Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the State of Qatar, the Business and Investment in Qatar Forum was held this this year in Berlin, in Germany from 15 to 16 April 2013, with the participation of high officials from Qatar and Germany.
This year's forum was convened while Qatar is setting an example of economic excellence regionally and internationally, based on a clear vision that depends on strategic use of the country's surplus from oil and gas, and its foreign investment policy, in the aim of developing a competitive and open economy. The vision and strategy will provide bigger investment opportunities for the private sector and broaden the knowledge base of the society to insure prosperity and progress for the coming generations.
Qatar has witnessed unprecedented economic growth over the past several years, being one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This growth has and will continue to be accompanied by openness to world markets, which will foster a better investment climate locally. Attracting investment is a strong priority for Qatar, as is reflected in allocating 40 percent of the 2011 budget to development projects that will occur over the next decade. For the 2012-2013 budget, the government is seeking to increase funding for major infrastructure projects by 25 percent.