Manama, Bahrain (DPA) – Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) authority and Bloomsbury Publishing announced Monday that they had reached a multi-year agreement to publish a print and online banking and finance global guide.
The first copies of Qatar Finance – The Ultimate Resource are expected to appear by autumn 2009, but officials from QFC and Bloomsbury, one of the world’s leading independent, publicly-quoted publishing houses, would not disclose the cost or the duration of the agreement.
According to QFC, 300 experts from the fields of banking and finance will have input into the 1.5 million word database publication that aims to meet the information and business needs of the professional finance community worldwide and form a unique online forum for finance professionals.
This project underlines the importance of financial services in Qatar’s development, and its role as a key financial and commercial hub in the Middle East, said QFC CEO and Director General, Stuart Pearce.
In a little over two years, the QFC has established itself as one of the fastest-growing financial centres in the world as Qatar increasingly commits itself to becoming a knowledge-based economy.
Bloomsbury Publishing founder and chief executive, Nigel Newton, described the project as a unique one with global significance.
“It will be the first definitive guide and reference to the financial world today and will become the globally recognized print and online first point of reference for people involved in finance from business leaders to students and all levels in between,” he said.
The Doha-based QFC was established in 2005 to attract international financial services institutions and major multi- national corporations to Qatar.
Bloomsbury Publishing portfolio of intellectual properties includes the Encarta World English Dictionary, JK Rowlings’ Harry Potter, Margaret Atwood, John Irving, David Guterson and Ben Schott.