Swedish minister to attend Doha Forum

13 May 2017 - 23:51
The Peninsula


Oscar Stenstrِm (pictured)








Swedish Vice-Minister of Trade, is visiting Qatar to take part in Doha Forum 2017 and to engage in bilateral meetings with Qatari ministers and private sector stakeholders. Stenstrِm will be in the country until tomorrow.

As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the important issues raised in Doha Forum 2017 are especially relevant to Sweden. Because of this, the presence of Stenstrِm marks the depth of Sweden’s commitment to the issues of development, stability, and the refugee crisis, as this year’s topics for Doha Forum.

Parallel to attending the Forum, Stenstrِm received over 25 Swedish private sector companies for a Team Sweden business dinner yesterday. During the dinner, a broad range of issues were touched upon, including Swedish government support for the country's private sector companies operating in Qatar, as well as the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility, and how Swedish companies lead by example in this area. Additionally, the Founding Committee of the Swedish Business Council in Qatar introduced their vision ahead in strengthening business ties between Qatar and Sweden.

Today and tomorrow, Stenstrِm will engage in bilateral meetings with several ministers and heads of important Qatari institutions. Early today, a meeting is scheduled between the Swedish Vice-Minister and H.E. Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, on the issues of health and life-science trade and research cooperation, including preparatory remarks for a large health care delegation visit from Sweden to Qatar this fall.

Later today, a meeting is scheduled between Stenstrِm and H.E. Sheikh Abdalla bin Mohammed Al Thani, CEO of Qatar Investment Authority.

During this meeting, they will discuss future bilateral investment opportunities, including venture capital fund opportunities in Sweden serving as a hub for investments in the Scandinavian innovation sector. Early this morning, Stenstrِm is to meet with Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, and explore ways in which the Swedish waste management company Envac Group has provided waste management solutions to smart city initiatives in Qatar, including Msheireb Downtown Doha, Lusail, The- Pearl, and Hamad International Airport. Talks are under way for developing this cooperation into a full waste management system, significantly reducing the amount of waste that reaches landfills.

Later today, Stenstrِm will meet with H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry. The meeting will focus on a proposed project by a strong group of Swedish industrial companies and sustainable energy experts.

The project would provide for a new water desalination facility run entirely on wind and solar energy, providing significant fuel cost savings and environmental improvements.

This concept has been tested on a Qatari farm for over a year in a successful pilot project, and is ready to be scaled up to provide fresh water for a large portion of Qatari society. Dr. Al Sada showed his interest by also inviting external stakeholders from Ashghal and other organizations to this meeting.