April - June 2005
Energy & Industry Sector 1st Annual Strategic Qatarization Plan Review Meeting Held
H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Industry & Energy, presided over the 1st Annual Review Meeting of the Five Year Strategic Qatarization Plan. The meeting, held at the Ritz-Carlton Doha on May 3, was attended by general managers of companies working in energy and industry sector, along with QEWC, QASCO, Ras Laffan Power Co., the President of Qatar University, and senior officials from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Society Development, and the Supreme Education Council .
In welcoming delegates to the meeting H.E. Al-Attiyah commended achievements made under the Qatarization plan, and the continuous commitment by the participating companies embracing the challenge. H.E. Al-Attiyah declared that the Qatarization ratio in the industrial sector, has now reached 31%, and that more than 4,200 Qataris are participating in the work force.
This December will mark the end of the first five-year period of the Plan and H.E. Al-Attiyah stated that in spite of the challenges to be faced, the energy and industry sector would work towards the 50% target as set in 2000.
H.E. Al-Attiyah said in his opening speech that the challenge of Quality Qatarization, remains in recruiting quality, competent Qataris to hold key, sensitive permanent positions.
“A critical measure of this quality is every Qatari employee being held accountable, and being accountable, to perform assigned duties and show results,” H.E. Al-Attyah said.
H.E. Al-Attiyah concluded his speech encouraging companies to continue to report bi-annually on their Qatarization plans, and said that plans are being put in place for a major Career Fair in 2006 in Qatar for government, business and education sectors to come together for the benefit of potential employees.
After the opening speech, the participants presented achievements of their organizations and their future plans.
In addition, two detailed presentations were submitted by Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Education Council, focusing on means to enhance the role of educational institutes in providing businesses in the energy and industry sector with their requirements in all fields.
Speech by H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Second Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Energy and Industry
Qatarization Annual Review Meeting
Ritz Carlton, Doha
May 3, 2005
Good morning everyone and a very special welcome to our first annual meeting to review progress on Qatarization in the Energy and Industry Sector. Our refreshing, new agenda is an exciting step forward in our continuing drive towards Quality Qatarization.
I continue to be impressed with the achievements each of you has made towards meeting Quality Qatarization. As one of the leading industries in Qatar, we have a social, political, cultural and business obligation to foster and support Qatarization in our businesses. This is no easy task and I am thankful for your continuing commitment to our challenge.
In June 2000 we were set a challenge. There is no doubt that each company rose to the challenge and new participating companies demonstrate that they embrace the same challenge. Your activities supporting Qatarization over the years tells me that many efforts have been made to realize the objective and these have not gone unnoticed.
Our growth in Qatarization has been steadily upwards. Industry-wide we are now at 31% Qatarization and we can proudly announce over 4,200 Qataris are participating in our work force.
We will soon reach a milestone as we come to the end of our first five-year period in December of this year. Over the next several months we will face a number of challenges as we work towards the 50% target.
What if we do not reach this target? Let me restate, that I remain, and I expect each participating company to remain committed to the challenge of Quality Qatarization. The need for and support of Qatarization is continuous and will go beyond a percentage target. However, each company is to meet this target.
In earlier meetings I’ve stated that we are after quality, competent Qataris holding key, sensitive permanent positions in support of our business requirements. A critical measure of this quality is every Qatari employee being held accountable, and being accountable, to perform assigned duties and show results.
I believe we have matured in our thinking about Qatarization and our processes reflect this thinking. Each participating company will continue to report bi-annually on their Qatarization plans. In addition, I am pleased to announce that plans are being put in place for a major Career Fair in 2006 in Qatar for government, business and education sectors to come together for the benefit of potential employees.
This morning I look forward to hearing from our presenting companies. I encourage each of you to also attend the afternoon session, which I believe you will find informative.
Finally, I would like to extend a special welcome to Shell, Al-Seif, Al-Koot and Gulf Drilling International who are present at our meeting for the first time.
Thank you for your attention.