30/11/2017 08:03 AST

The College of Business & Economics at Qatar University hosted QInvest, Qatar’s leading private investment group, as part of its annual Finance and Economics Day.

The event was held under the patronage of Dr Khaled Shams, Dean of The College of Business & Economics. Addressing the event, Tamim Hamad Al Kawari, Chief Executive Officer of QInvest, said: “Qatar is currently experiencing unprecedented economic change best characterized by diversification and growth in new sectors. We, at QInvest, are convinced that local talent has played, and will continue to play, a pivotal role in this evolution. Through our ongoing commitment to the communities in which we operate, we will continue to support students, building their knowledge to ensure academic excellence, and which can enable them to gain the necessary expertise to achieve professional development and growth within the job market.” Dr Khalid Shams, Dean of the College of Business and Economics said: “The job market in Qatar requires leading graduates in the fields of economics and finance across both public and private sectors. I am proud of the students’ pioneering projects in all disciplines. The importance of this event is not limited to students of The College of Business & Economics, but it is an opportunity for all students enrolled at Qatar University to participate and engage in the various events and programs organized. The day has been designed to allow them to take advantage of a creative and dynamic environment which should provide a source of motivation and inspiration for young talent.”

The Department of Finance and Economics devoted a seminar on investment banking attended by more than 200 people including Bassel Hanbali, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at QInvest, who talked about the nature of the work of investment banks and their lines of businesses noting the developmental role played by the advisory, investments, and asset management divisions.

The discussion was based on QInvest’s achievements in the real estate investment, asset management and investment funds, most recently the launch of the QInvest SQN Income Generating Fund in response to increasing demand from Qatari investors for Sharia’a compliant income generating products.

Hanbali highlighted the importance of structured products in providing investors with a unique opportunity to access income generating assets in developed markets.

The seminar covered QInvest’s successful track record in fund management through the QInvest Managed Account Platform (QMAP) funds and local equity funds.

Commenting on QInvest participation, Essa Saud Al-Kawari, Head of Government & Community Relations and Administration Affairs at QInvest, said: “QInvest is proud to participate in the annual Finance and Economics Day event, which offers an opportunity to strengthen relationship between QInvest, Qatari institutions, Qatar University and students. The event highlights the increasing importance of investment banking sector within the Qatari economy.”

The workshops during the annual Finance and Economics Day at Qatar University included several seminars, including those led by the Qatar Stock Exchange and Ministry of Economy and Commerce, which discussed the factors that attract investment to the Qatari market. The seminars also considered the role of the Government in adopting a package of measures and policies that seek to encourage local and international investors to various sectors, mainly manufacturing, tourism, education and health.

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