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Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Development Bank Join Hands to Support Qatari Exports

The partnership will help boost the exports of locally produced goods Qatari exporters will benefit from discounted rates and access to Qatar Airways extensive network

11 March 2021

Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Development Bank have joined hands to support local manufacturers in the State of Qatar. The cargo carrier is offering discounted rates to local Qatari manufacturers who are current QDB clients and hold a certificate of origin for their products,
to export to international markets.

The products under this partnership cover all types of general goods that are manufactured within the State of Qatar, while dangerous goods are excluded from the agreement.

Guillaume Halleux, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo said, “Through this agreement, we are pleased to support local Qatari manufacturers and help extend the reach and availability of their products to international markets. We have a young and modern fleet of freighters, passenger freighters, mini freighters and belly-cargo planes to cater to their export requirements. Additionally, through our bespoke charter solutions, they also have the option of utilising part or full charters.”

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Hamad Salem Mejegheer, Executive Director of Export Development and Promotion at QDB said, “We enjoy a strong strategic relationship with Qatar Airways based on common objectives and mutual understanding. This is reflected in our many bilateral initiatives, and this agreement is a product of such a synergistic partnership, which we are confident will open up new global markets and wider horizons for Qatari products more thanever  before. Moreover, this will also help reduce export costs, and complement our ongoing efforts in supporting export development at the Bank.”

The special discount is available to more than 350 Qatari exporters – QDB clients – who wish to export their locally made products on Qatar Airways Cargo flights. Qatari exports are projected to grow noticeably over the coming years, as an increasing number of new SMEs are trained  and developed to export their goods. To avail this discount, the Qatari exporters can visit Qatar Airways Cargo’s Sales office at the cargo terminal between 7 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays or contact them via phone on 40183095, 40183093 or 50459468

Qatar Airways Cargo is perfectly positioned to support the growth of exports as the cargo carrier expands its fleet and network strategically, enhancing its products and investing in digitalisation to support its customers’ business.

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About Qatar Airways Cargo:
Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight on the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters and 24 Boeing 777 freighters.

About Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
Qatar Development Bank (QDB) was established in 1997 as the Qatar Industrial Development Bank, a 100% government-owned developmental organisation. Its primary aim was to develop investments within local industries, thereby accelerating growth and economic diversification in Qatar through
support for the private sector.

QDB has achieved significant milestones in recent years, playing a chief role in growing Qatar’s private sector. QDB has also played an integral role in stimulating national economic and social development, through funding a variety of local projects and providing support to the private sector through a range of innovative services. By adopting this strategy, QDB has contributed to empowering Qatari entrepreneurs, improving the standard of living, as well as allowing Qatari entrepreneurs to benefit from a wide range of promising investment opportunities, and to develop their exporting potentials while supporting their entry to new international markets.

QDB’s strategy is entirely in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. It is focused on promoting and facilitating the growth of the private sector in key economic sectors, with the aim of building a diversified, sustainable economy.

QDB aims to promote entrepreneurship spirit within the private sector in Qatar by providing the necessary services that shall ease the growth, development, and diversification of this sector. In doing so, QDB offers access to information, incubation, and capabilities to SMEs, in addition to access to capital through direct and indirect financial services, investment and access to local markets, and access to international markets for Qatari exporters through export insurance and funding services.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222200, Fax: +974 40225350