Links Group

Screening of Company Incorporation Service Providers Can Help Attract More Foreign Investment Into Qatar and UAE, Says the Links Group


Doha, Qatar -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/24/2013 -- Speaking from the side lines of the World Chamber’s Congress, being held in Doha this week, the Middle East’s award-winning company formation specialist believes benchmarking local service providers could help allay foreign companies’ concerns over perceived inefficiencies and opacity in the system.

“Qatar and the UAE have done an incredible job at attracting and supporting inbound and outbound trade and investment, but the rapid rate of growth has outpaced the progress of regulation and administrative systems,” said John Martin St. Valery, Founding Partner and CEO, The Links Group.

“There are myriad service providers helping to establish foreign companies in these markets, but in our experience, too many exploit what is an evolving process to create overly dependent client relationships. This short-sightedness and lack of transparency causes confusion and is a deterrent for foreign companies wanting to set up their businesses here,” he added.

According to The Links Group, other factors foreign companies attribute to their risk-averse views of Qatar and the UAE include: the absence of a centralised statistics bureau, which makes feasibility and business planning difficult; uncertainty over selecting the right local partner; and poor access to local finance.

The Links Group says recent government initiatives are certainly helping to address some of these concerns with E-services making company formation in Qatar and the UAE more efficient, dedicated agencies like Enterprise Qatar and Dubai SME fostering innovation and SME growth, and Free Zones eliminating the need for a local partner.

However, The Links Group maintains injecting some quality assurance into the local company formation sector will help inspire more confidence among foreign companies as they navigate the markets’ fragmented company incorporation procedures.

“At The Links Group our corporate nominee partnership approach and fastidious self-regulation have seen us become a preferred partner of Dubai FDI and several chambers of commerce around the world. But too often we find our efforts, and those of our colleagues, mired by a lack of standards in our sector.

“It is our view that a professional code of conduct or some kind of benchmarking system for company service providers in Qatar and the UAE could contribute to the improvement of trade and investment flows for the two countries,” said Martin St. Valery.

About The Links Group
Established in 2002, The Links Group is a premier company formation specialist advising corporations and individuals on how best to establish a legal commercial presence in the Middle East. It provides an unrivalled network of corporate services to assist the company formation process with a particular focus on the UAE and Qatar. This includes company formation, legal structures, licenses and visa documentation, serviced offices, resource management and marketing support. It is also the only company of its kind to be associated with the Foreign Investment Office (FDI) of the Dubai Economic Department.

The Links Group difference is that foreign companies work with a highly structured board as their local partner as opposed to an unknown individual. This unique structure provides foreign businesses with a corporate entity to act as their nominee, local partner, shareholder or sponsor, thereby minimising the risks associated with appointing an unknown individual nominee.

The Links Group has an untarnished track record with over 300 clients, who represent combined annual revenues of over USD 3bn to their respective economies.

The Links Group is also recognised as a Dubai SME 100 company, a ranking of the top performing SMEs in the emirate.

In 2013, The Links Group scooped the Company Formation Services Provider award and Consulting Services Provider award at Trade & Export Middle East Excellence Awards.

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