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April - June 2006

Energy & Industry Sector Celebrates Qatarization Milestone

His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Industry presided over the Second Annual Review Meeting on Qatarization in the Energy & Industry Sector on June 4, 2006. The meeting, held at the Ritz-Carlton Doha, was attended by executives from companies who are participating in the Sector’s Strategic Qatarization Plan that completed its first five year period at the end of 2005.

In his opening address H.E. highlighted the massive growth experienced in the Energy & Industry Sector since 1991 when the seeds were sown for the country's industrial expansion and diversification. He stated that huge investments have gone into both upstream and downstream activities contributing to a real economic boom in Qatar.

Quoting the wise vision of His Highness, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, H.E. the Minister linked the development of Qatar with that of its people and their genuine contributions to prepare quality, competent Qatari males and females for permanent, responsible and accountable positions in the energy industry.

'Today', he stated, 'it is with pride and satisfaction that we mark our five-year achievements and that despite the unprecedented market growth, our Qatarization focus has not wavered.' Qatarization for the Sector is at an all time high with many companies achieving excellent results.

H.E. noted that Qatar's economic performance hinges on energy and its derivative industries, and the country has enacted a multi-pronged economic strategy designed to diversify its industrial platform and its overall economic structure, to secure multiple and durable sources of national income.

The strategy will embrace other sectors such as trade, tourism and manufacturing and is opening up the economy to foreign and private sector participation. H.E. stated there is a need for a clearly structured system of recruitment, training, coaching and career development to source, attract and retain human capital, especially Qataris within the Sector, as the competition for human resources will get tougher.

Essa Rashed Al-Kaabi, Director Administration, Qatar Petroleum, introduced key presentations delivered to the audience of approximately 100, that summarized Qatarization results for the whole Sector, as well as regionally. Presentations were given by Hamad Rashid Al-Mohannadi, General Manager, Qatar Petrochemical Company; Fahad Hamad Al-Mohannadi, General Manager, Qatar Electricity and Water Company; Khalifa A. Al-Suwaidi, Managing Director, Qatar Fertilizer Company and Misnad Abdulla Al-Misnad, Director Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar Petroleum. These were followed by a stimulating paper delivered by H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Secretary General, The Planning Council, who spoke to those present on the Qatar Labour Market Strategy and its implications within Qatar.

The meeting concluded in the afternoon, with two addresses continuing the theme of Qatarization in the Energy & Industry Sector from the perspective of the partnership and cooperation that is provided in support of Qatarization from Qatar-based educational institutions. Dr. Hind Abdul Rahman Jolo, Director of Human Resources, Qatar University, presented a paper on "Linking Qatarization with Education and Industry; Qatar University's Initiatives" and Dr. Harald Jorch, President of The College of the North Atlantic, Qatar shared how CNAQ supports and contributes to Qatarization, and discussed some future perspectives.

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