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Press Release for the 11th Annual Qatarization Review Meeting

The Energy and Industry Sector, held its 11th Annual Qatarization Review Meeting on Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Chaired by His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, the meeting was attended by senior executives and representatives from each of the 40 participating companies, along with dignitaries from Qatar’s education community and special guests. The theme of the meeting this year was Qatari Human Capital Management.

In his opening address His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, stressed that the Energy and Industry Sector, through its strategic Qatarization drive, supports “The vision for Qatar of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as articulated in the National Vision 2030, and the sustainable targets of the National Development Strategy”, which builds a bridge between the present and the future. Confirming the link between the recent past, present and future, H.E. applauded the dedication of his predecessor, His Excellency, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier, and also Chairman of the Emiri Diwan, who had steered the Sector through a period of unprecedented growth and monumental achievements. In encouraging continued support from the participating organizations, His Excellency, Dr. Al-Sada assured “…our Qatarization business is business as usual. Though Qatar is investing heavily in diversification,” he said “Qatar's energy resources continue to fuel the country's long term development. I believe we should ensure that as many Qataris as possible join us to work towards maintaining the important role our Sector has in the country's economy.”

Throughout his address, His Excellency emphasized the importance of strong Qatari human capital management linking partnerships with the education community, realistic manpower planning, investment in the community, and team work to attract and retain a committed Qatari work force. He assured the audience of his determination and dedication to further build on successes. “Together”, he said, “we will forge new Qatarization paths.”

The Energy and Industry Sector’s Strategic Qatarization Plan was reviewed through two reports, one reflecting statistics and trends, and one reflecting activities and accomplishments. Essa Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) highlighted the statistical findings based on 2010 data submitted by the participating companies. He noted Qatarization in the Energy and Industry Sector is the placement of qualified, competent male and female Qataris into permanent established positions, and despite the growth in the Sector establishment, the numbers of Qataris holding permanent positions steadily increased as it has done so every year since 2000. By the end of 2010, the Sector had almost five thousand, five hundred Qataris holding permanent positions with a further four thousand Qataris being prepared in the pipeline. This he said is a testament to the strong Qatarization commitment on the part of companies. The Sector experienced a marked downward trend in Trainee attrition which was 23% lower in 2010 than 2009 due, in part, to improved practices implemented by companies

Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Oryx GTL Limited, shared the key Qatarization activities in the Sector during 2010 noting companies continued focus on the Qatarization target. Companies worked hard throughout the year on attraction strategies and improving mechanisms for employee engagement. Relationships and partnerships with the education community along with collaborations through Corporate Social Responsibility programs, plus continued competency-based training and development, enabled companies to better manage critical roles, to better manage the investment in Qatari development, and improve Qatari talent management. Through the framework of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and the National Development Strategy, Sector companies will continue to work on setting strategies and implementing programs in support of Qatari human capital management and development.

His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, honoured companies in the Energy and Industry Sector at the third Annual Qatarization Awards ceremony. The awards recognize companies, not individuals, who have consistently exhibited Qatarization excellence over the previous year. Two types of awards are presented – a crystal for the three top performing companies, and a certificate for the three companies who have advanced the most during the year. The 2010 recipients are: Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd. (Qatarization Crystal Award), and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Certificate) for Support and Liaison with the Education Sector; Qatar Shell GTL Limited (Qatarization Crystal Award), and Oryx GTL Limited (Certificate) for Supporting Qatarization; and Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatarization Crystal Award), and Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd. (Certificate) was awarded for Support for Training and Development.

Mr. Erhama Al-Kaabi, Group Manager for Employee Development and Welfare at RasGas presided over three guest presentations, the first from Mr. Tan Chong Meng, Executive Vice President for Downstream Global Commercial businesses with Royal Dutch Shell, Singapore whose topic was “Facilitating Strategic Asian Talent Development ”. During his presentation Mr. Tan shared results from the Asian Talent Council (ATC), of which he is Chairperson. He noted that analogous to the Qatarization aspiration of embedding quality and competent Qatari staff into permanent roles, the ATC serves as a framework to support business growth by accelerating the quality and pipeline of Asian talent for senior leadership positions across the different Shell business lines.

Mrs. Doris Nelson, General Manager Human Resources, for Exploration and Production ConocoPhillips, Houston, USA and Mr. Erec Isaacson, President ConocoPhillips, Qatar, focused their presentation, entitled “Engaging our Qatari Workforce", on the alignment of development and performance processes to engage and retain a Qatari workforce. The presentation also discussed the complementary roles for Human Resources and Line Management in these important activities.

Concluding the meeting agenda was a presentation given by Dr. Saleh Mohamed Al-Nabit, Director of the Institutional Development Department, General Secretariat for Development Planning. His presentation highlighted the impact of the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011-2016 on Qatarization in all sectors of the Qatari economy. It discussed the challenges that face quality Qatarization in the labour market, and how the NDS will address these challenges through 180 projects and programs. The presentation emphasized that 60 of these projects will have a direct impact on Qatarization, and includes education, talent pool, career focus, participation of women, perceived prestige and business infrastructure.

The annual meeting provides a forum for participating organizations to assess Qatarization in the Energy and Industry Sector and an opportunity for key players to network.

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