2nd edition of Les Rencontres du Qadran – February 24th 2020

2nd edition of Les Rencontres du Qadran – February 24th 2020

The Franco-Qatari business circle Qadran convened a high-level conference this week in Paris, bringing together business leaders from France and Qatar to explore the role of technology in the development of world cities, notably Doha and Paris.Qadran a organisé une conférence de haut niveau cette semaine à Paris, réunissant des chefs d'entreprise français et qataris, dans le but d’explorer le rôle de la technologie dans le développement des villes mondiales, notamment Doha et Paris.

The event, held in the presence of Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment, His Excellency Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, highlighted the importance of data, new mobility solutions, smart construction techniques and sustainability in urban development projects as the two cities prepare respectively for the 2022 World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games.

In opening the conference, Qatar’s Ambassador to France, His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, noted that the conference, which coincides with the opening of the Franco-Qatari Cultural Year 2020, underlines the strong economic links between the two countries. In addition, he invited French companies to participate in the eighth Qatari International Agricultural & Environmental Exhibition to be held in Doha from 17th to 21st March 2020, and also in the first Waste Management Conference & Exhibition in Doha from 14th to 16th April 2020.

Addressing the Qadran conference in Paris, Kari Eik, secretary general of the Organization for International Economic Relations (OIER) estimated that cumulative revenue for global smart city technology investment would total $1.7 trillion market between 2020 and 2028.

Other highlights of the Qadran conference included:

  • A keynote speech by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the French Minister of State attached to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, who stressed the importance of the long-standing and deep ties between France and Qatar, and the rich potential for future cooperation;
  • An in-depth discussion about the role of data in running smart cities, between Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, CEO of Qatari Diar, and Gilles Babinet, France’s Digital Champion to the European Commission;
  • A roundtable devoted to the role of smart mobility in driving sustainable urban transformation between top executives of Ooredoo, Vinci Construction, and RATP Dev;
  • A second roundtable on socio-economic inclusion brought together senior representatives of the Qatar Free Zones Authority, Ashghal, EPA Euroméditerranée, and Suez;
  • A presentation of investment opportunities in Qatar from officials of the Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Businessmen Association and the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar.

Alexandre Zibaut, Chairman of Qadran said: “Qadran’s latest conference brought together actors engaged in some of the most exciting urban transformation projects underway today, offering their shared experience and vision for tomorrow’s cities. The quality of the debate has highlighted the strong economic links between Qatar and France and Qadran is proud to contribute by thus fostering a better and more sustainable world tomorrow.”