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His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani opened the Qatar Economic Forum 2022, Powered by Bloomberg, at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, on Tuesday morning.
Addressing the forum, he said it aims at enriching dialogue on the strategic issues that are at the forefront of priorities for the global economy. 
His speech touched on various topics, from COVID-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine to Qatar's economic growth and its preparations for the FIFA World Cup.
The pandemic, he said, has revealed the extent of the gap between the rich and poor nations and contributed to its expansion, especially during the faltering efforts to achieve development and reduce poverty. 
He emphasized that there are issues that have no economic solution, these include the wars and their devastating consequences on Ukraine and many other countries and peoples, stressing that the solution, in this case, can only be politically oriented.
HH the Amir affirmed that economic forecasts regarding Qatar's gross domestic product (GDP) indicate about a 4.9 percent growth in 2022 due to the rise in energy prices and the positive impact of the policies and measures adopted by the state.
He said Qatar assumes its responsibility as an active partner in the international community to confront climate change in its various economic, environmental and social dimensions.
He  expressed confidence that the wide participation of the countries of the world in the FIFA World Cup 2022 will not only open the prospects for strengthening international economic partnerships, but will also constitute a springboard for strengthening the bridges of communication and dialogue between different peoples.
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