MUT graduate promote youth businesses at the Qatar Economic Forum

Bright Hlongwane, left, with Dubai Property Billionaire, Hussain Sajwani in Qatar

MUT graduate and Youth in Business South Africa Secretary General, Bright Hlongwane, was part of South Africa’s delegation to the second Qatar Economic Forum with a mission to attract foreign investors.

Hlongwane was part of a group comprising 500 business leaders, heads of state, diplomats, and thinkers that met in Doha, Qatar from 20-22 June 2022. The theme of the Forum was Equalizing the Global Recovery.

“South Africa’s youth-owned businesses are open for business and more than ready for foreign direct investment,” explained Hlongwane. “It is also important that foreign investors look at an opportunity to invest in youth-owned businesses in South Africa.”

In his conversation with the SABC,  Hlongwane said what made the Middle East stand out was the leadership in the region. He added that the Qatar expedition was also an opportunity to learn about business leadership in the region and see how these could be replicated in the South African context.

He said the leaders in the Middle East are exemplary and more action-driven; they have a laid out plan that clearly states how they were going to implement the decisions that were taken in previous meetings.

Hlongwane added that they met many potential investors in Qatar, but it was too early for any concrete agreements.