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26th Steering Committee Meeting

Doha, 12 December 2011 - The Energy and Industry Sector’s Qatarization Steering Committee held its 26th meeting at the Diplomatic Club, Doha on Monday, 12 December, attended by the senior administrative and human resource officials representing the 40 companies. The Chairman Mr. Abubakr Al-Saiari, welcomed the membership who, through lively discussion, discussed a number of Qatarization related topics on the meeting agenda.

Dr. Barak S. Yehya, Expert, Institutional Development, GSDP shared the views of the NDS and its impact on the E&I Sector's Qatarization focus. During the presentation he covered the themes of QNV 2030 and NDS 2011-2016, Strategies for Building a K-Economy, Human Capital Development, Labour Market Challenges, and Qatarization Through Skill Development. Dr. Barak provided Conclusions and Recommendation to the E&I Sector as it relates to the NDS in three areas: 1) Labour Force, 2) National Capacity Building, Education and Training, and 3) Transfer of Technology. He noted that all 180 NDS programs and projects impact Qatarization, but that only 64 have a direct impact. A newly established Supreme Committee for Development Planning will be responsible for leading and overseeing implementation and follow up of the NDS on a national level.

Abdulla Shams, Manager, Qatar Independent Technical School (Q.I.T.S) provided an update on some background information about the school, its vision and its contribution towards Qatarization. Currently the school has 426 students in the 2011/12 academic year in grades 10, 11 and 12. Students are required to cover both technical and academic curriculums for a balanced education. Technical disciplines are: process, electrical, mechanical, welding, instrumentation and information technology, while the academic disciplines are: physics, mathematics, English, chemistry, Arabic, Islamic studies and physical education. Q.I.T.S. students graduate with two qualifications – a technical certificate either TAFE (Cert. II) or a Microsoft certificate (IT), and academic certificate from SEC.

Dr. Mazen O. Hasna, Dean, College of Engineering, Qatar University provided a brief on the new PhD in engineering program at the university. This is the first PhD program in Qatar. The program is research based with 12 areas of study. The program covers 60 credits, over 6 semesters, over a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years. The program is affiliated with University College London (UCL), a leading university in the UK.

Roger Gregson, Qatarization Unit presented the proposed definitions for Qatarization noting companies had already received correspondence containing the definitions in preparation for discussion at this meeting. He recognized the team who had helped develop the definitions. The objective at this meeting is to reach consensus on the definitions so that they can be applied and incorporated into the forthcoming SQP Guidelines. A fundamental change is the move from the term "Permanent Qataris" to the use of "Qataris on Employment Contracts". The current SQP makes many assumptions regarding Qatarization definitions across the Sector. It is possible that internally companies may use slightly different definitions. We believe that it is timely to establish an endorsed set of sector-wide definitions that can be applied consistently across the companies in support of our SQP. The definitions cover Establishment, Employees, Employee Attrition, Qatari Employees, and Qatari Employees. There was general agreement and endorsement of the definitions.

Robin Ullrich, Q-Chem Team Leader, on behalf of the three constraint teams, updated the Committee on the progress, agreed recommendations and next steps for each of the three constraints. He advised the recommendations cover the full E&I sector, all recommendations are interconnected and the recommendations have been reviewed and supported by QP’s DA.
The recommendations are designed to attract/retain more of the best talent to the E&I sector, tap into under utilized labour markets, in particular women and young males, and enable technical schools to prepare students adequately for the sector.

In other business the Chairman shared plans for six 2-day customized Human Capital Planning Workshops for all 40 companies in the Sector, the objective of which is to obtain consistency and professionalism in the way manpower planning is actioned and reported across the Sector. An external consultant has been identified who is well versed in the subject, and QAPCO have graciously agreed to financially sponsor the workshops. The Qatarization Unit will organize the workshops which will be grouped by companies in sub-sectors (O&G, Petrochemical, Power, and Support).

The Chairman concluded the meeting by thanking all for their attendance and participation.

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