(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Members of Qatar Chamber have elected a new board of directors for the seventh council (2023-2028) during the chamber's General Assembly Meeting (GAM) held recently.
Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani presided over the GAM, which was held in the presence of Qatar Chamber board members, the general manager, the chamber's members, and businessmen attending the event.
All insurance, banking, services, tourism, and agriculture candidates for the elections won by acclamation. They are Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, representing the insurance sector; Rashid bin Nasser al-Kaabi (banking); Ibtihaj al-Ahmadani (services); Sheikh Hamad bin Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Thani (tourism); and Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari (agriculture).
Qatar Chamber members elected a new board representing the trade, contracting, and industry sectors. Mohamed bin Hassan al-Malki, the chairperson of the Supervisory Committee for the Qatar Chamber Elections, announced the winners.
The candidates who won in the elections for the trade sector are Mohamed Mahdi Ajian al-Ahbabi, Rashid Hamad Hazaa Hamad al-Athba, Khalid Klefeekh Khalid al-Hajri, Mohamed Jawhar Saeed Mohamed al-Mohamed, and Abdulrahman Abduljalil Abdulghani al-Abdulghani.
The winners in the industry sector elections are Abdullah Mohamed Abdul Rahim al-Emadi, Abdulrahman Abdullah Ibrahim al-Ansari, and Fahd Mohamed Fahd Buzwair, while Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Ali al-Obaidli, Nasser Sulaiman Haidar al-Haidar, Shaheen Mohamed Lahdan al-Mohannadi, and Ali Abdullatif al-Misnad won the elections in the contracting sector.
The new board of directors will hold a meeting soon to elect the chairman and vice-chairmen. The meeting's agenda reviewed the board of directors' report on the chamber's activities and financial status for 2022.
It also discussed and approved the auditor's report on the chamber's budget, final accounts, and the statement of revenues and expenses for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.
It also included discharging members of the board of directors and approving the estimated budget for the fiscal year 2023, in addition to appointing a new auditor for the fiscal year 2023.
The number of attendees reached 17,622 members, including 5,349 in person, and 12,273 members by proxy, representing 24.1% of the total number of members, totalling 73,148 members.
Addressing the meeting, Sheikh Khalifa said the chamber continued its efforts last year to support and develop Qatar's business sector and to encourage investment and facilitate its growth, in addition to promoting the national economy and the state's investment climate.
He also reviewed the accomplishments made by the board of directors during the sixth council 2018-2023, noting that the chamber continued to play its leading role in protecting and representing the interests of the private sector and enabling it to play its hopeful role in economic activity.
Despite the significant challenges faced by the economy during that period, including the blockade, Covid-19, and the impact of the war in Ukraine, Sheikh Khalifa said the Qatari economy continued to grow, benefiting from several factors, such as domestic legislation, higher energy prices, the growing contribution of non-oil sectors to GDP, expansion in foreign investments, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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