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3rd Annual Qatarization Review Meeting for the Energy & Industry Sector

Doha, May 28, 2007 - In his opening address at the Third Annual Qatarization Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector in Qatar, His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry, continued to stress the importance of ensuring that the Sector searches, secures and retains the best of the Qataris to join the growing Sector workforce.

This, he said, supports the instruction given by His Highness, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar.

The meeting, chaired by His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha and was attended by senior executives from all participating energy and industry companies in Qatar and dignitaries from the education, and other organizations in the country.

Noting that the Sector today is facing many competitors hoping to increase the number of Qataris in their businesses, H.E said that he was pleased to see the growth of Education City, the establishment of the science park and the changes in the independent schools as part of the support to Qatarization.

He stated that he was happy with the results and thanked all participating companies and supporting institutions for their assistance in Qatarization. “What we are doing, is the best thing for our country”.

A key presentation was delivered by Fahad Al-Mohannadi, General Manager, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, who provided an overview of Qatarization in the Sector and its plans for the future.

He noted the size of the Sector grew by 25% last year, lead by companies such as Shell, Dolphin, Q-Chem, RasGas and QatarGas, and that more Qataris are now employed in the Sector than ever before with almost 6,000 Qataris engaged in permanent positions and on training programs.

In addition, presentations addressing the main constraints impacting Qatarization were delivered by Aida Al-Shahri, Manager, Human Resources for QatarGas; Erhama Al-Kaabi, Group Manager, Employee Development and Welfare for RasGas and Salman Al-Kuwari, Manager Human Resources for QAFCO.

During the afternoon, a further two presentations were given to an energy and industry-wide audience by Dr. Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive who discussed the role of the Qatar Science and Technology Park, and Mr. Samih Boustany, representing The Planning Council, who shared the Qatar Labour Market Strategy and its initiatives to support Qatarization.

The presentations stimulated a number of questions and debate from those in attendance.

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