Baudouin Prot: Qatar is really important to BNP Paribas

On 29 May 2011, BNP Paribas Chief Executive Officer Baudouin Prot travelled to Qatar. The visit included private meetings with H.M. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and other key ministers, regulators and private clients.

During his visit, Baudouin Prot also attended a business lunch under the patronage of the Prime Minister. Bringing together government officials, opinion leaders and key industry figures from throughout the region, the event aimed to promote Qatar s National Vision 2030, by building on thought leadership and encouraging dialogue between stakeholders in the country.

On this occasion, the Chief Executive Officer stressed that, Qatar is really important to BNP Paribas. The Bank has a longstanding commitment to Qatar, where we have for the last 38 years been supporting major development projects. Today, I have been privileged to meet with His Highness the Emir, and His Excellency the Prime Minister, to discuss the National Vision 2030 and future developments. These are very exciting times for the nation of Qatar, which is likely to see superior growth in the coming years.

BNP Paribas Chairman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates

Soon after becoming Chairman of BNP Paribas, Baudouin Prot visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in April 2012, meeting with senior officials, key clients, opinion leaders, staff and other stakeholders. He took the opportunity to stress the importance of the Gulf States to BNP Paribas strategy. BNP Paribas has been present in the Middle East region for almost 40 years, he said. On this trip I have been privileged to meet with key clients and various stakeholders who have worked with BNP Paribas over the years. This has in turn helped us to contribute positively to the local economies in which we operate.

H.E. SHEIKH YOUSEF HUSSAIN KAMAL,

MINISTER OF ECONOMY & FINANCE OF QATAR, DELIVERS A SPEECH

DURING THE VISIT OF BAUDOUIN PROT, CEO OF BNP PARIBAS,

TO QATAR, MAY 2011

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