(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC will provide support to the '2nd Middle Eastern SME Forum 2012' to be held in Doha on May 28-29 at the Grand Hyatt.
"SMEs are the economic backbones of most countries. As regional countries move towards diversification of their resources, the importance of supporting SMEs becomes more and more crucial", said Robin McCall, Group Chief Executive Officer at al khaliji.
Despite the GCC region's strong entrepreneurial traditions and the large size of the Gulf SME sectors, they have not yet fully lived up to their potential of sustainable diversification and job creation.
The '2nd Middle Eastern SME Forum 2012' will be held under the auspices of Qatar's Ministry of Business and Trade. The event will discuss opportunities and challenges for the SME sector, with local, regional, and global business leaders, including al khaliji executives, sharing their experiences and thoughts with a diverse audience. This year, the forum will tackle the importance of education and innovation in the development of the SME sectors, as well as mechanisms for supporting them. This is the second year that al khaliji has supported the forum on this high level.
"al khaliji has been providing unprecedented support the SME sector in Qatar, not only as a matter of principle, but as a matter of strategy," continued McCall. "That is why we have been supporting this event since its inception a year ago. We are more than pleased to share our experiences with the attendees. Therefore, I encourage everyone with a stake in SMEs " entrepreneurs, business leaders, industrialists, government officials, and financial leaders - to attend and actively participate in what will definitely turn out to be a very interesting and rewarding debate."
al khaliji's support for the forum falls within the bank's general corporate responsibility strategy that aims to support education, enhance business knowledge, and build awareness in the local community.