ictQATAR Hosts Web Presence Workshop for SMEs

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
ictQATAR Hosts Web Presence Workshop for SMEs

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) hosted a Web Presence workshop for Small and Medium Enterprises in collaboration with Ooredoo, Qatar Development Bank and Thomson Reuters. The workshop, attended by about 100 IT professionals from SMEs, aimed at providing SMEs with the appropriate know-how to successfully develop their online businesses.

ictQATAR presented the ICT SME Toolkit webpage (www.ictqatar.qa/en/smetoolkit)  which assists SMEs in adopting technologies in Web Presence, e-Commerce, and Cloud Services. The SME Toolkit operates as the central portal which gives SMEs the required knowledge and tools to adopt these technologies.

“ictQATAR is committed to supporting SMEs out of its belief that SMEs are a key driver of Qatar’s plans for economic diversification and growth toward building the knowledge-based economy. For this end, ictQATAR launched several programs and initiatives including among others the ICT SME Toolkit to enhance that role and increase SMEs’ competiveness in the new emerging digital economy. SMEs have not just local competitors, but regional and international competitors as well and are required to increasingly adopt ICTs in order to stay competitive. A thriving SME sector is a healthy sign that the economy and wider society is growing sustainably and ICT is a big part of that,” said Feda Barghouti, ictQATAR’s ICT Market Development Section Head.

A delegation from Thomson Reuters and Qatar Development Bank spoke about Qatar Business Pulse, a national portal for entrepreneurs and small & medium enterprises (SMEs). Qatar Business Pulse will help leaders develop their businesses and create a new culture of development, teambuilding and relationship management programs. It provides reliable, timely, and accessible information related to the SME sector in Qatar. The portal facilitates collaboration and partnership between government entities, business sectors, entrepreneurs, media, and the international business community.

Nadim Najjar, managing director, MENA, Thomson Reuters, said: “We are delighted to take part in this awareness campaign. The Qatar Business Pulse initiative comes in line with our role as a key contributor to the growth of local markets through enhancing transparency, offering quality content, helping companies function better, and assisting professionals to make informed business decisions across the MENA markets.”.”

Ooredoo presented the Ooredoo Web Builder solution, which enables start-ups and SMEs to build and deploy a high quality website with a professional feel, deploying clean, modern and very easy-to-use templates. Ooredoo offered a one-month free trial version to all participants, and the best 5 websites built by the workshop participants will receive an exclusive offer from Ooredoo to use the bundled applications free-of-charge for one year.      

Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director, Public and Community Relations, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo is committed to supporting Qatar’s vision of using IT innovation as a key driver of economic and social growth to empower SMEs. We are pleased to offer a special promotion of 30% off the standard annual price of our Internet presence package, which includes Ocloud Web Builder Pro & Ocloud Collaboration, to SMEs registered on the course to support their potential and future growth.”