(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: The Dutch Business Council in Qatar gathered on Thursday at The Grand Hyatt in Doha to network and share experiences from the service sector in Qatar.
The evening was introduced by the Ambassador of The Netherlands, Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie, and DBCQ Chairman Robert Willem Cats. They both underlined the importance of service as an enabler to advance business opportunities and strengthen relationships, and the contribution of Dutch companies in Qatar to progress in this area.
Bahia Tahzib-Lie and Robert Willem Cats welcomed Houtan Homayounpour, Head of the ILO Project Office in Qatar and congratulated him with the recent amendment of the residency law to allow most foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits.
The Dutch business community discussed the opportunities and challenges of the service industry in Qatar.
'Service is something we can do every day, in so many ways. I am proud to witness how the Dutch business communities and their families give their time, energy, devotion, and expertise to help others in Qatar at the office, in the community, and at home. Service is important to the Netherlands Embassy.
'It is an integral part of our vision and mission statement. As a gateway and key accelerator for vibrant relations between the Netherlands and Qatar, we provide top quality services, knowledge, and focused support. There is no greater honour than service, Ambassador Tahzib-Lie commented.
Guest speakers from the TMF Group, Ernst & Young and K & L Gates shared their experiences from providing services on tax, dispute handling, law, HR, and accounting matters and stressed the importance of combining an international network with a strong local presence and relationships.
They all expressed their optimism about the market potential and the growing market opportunities for both established and new business initiatives and underlined a joint commitment to contribute to Qatar's growth.
'We are proud of our Dutch heritage and network and see that the market in Qatar has tremendous opportunities for us to contribute with our expertise, high-quality services and entrepreneurial spir-it. We are very pleased to see that Qatar is supporting the facilitation of new business initiatives which will provide many opportunities for our Dutch entrepreneurs. We are keen to contribute to Qatar's development and growth, Robert Willem Cats concluded.
Established in 2006, The Dutch Business Council in Qatar supports the interests of the Dutch busi-ness community in Qatar, and currently has 100 members.