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      Doha, 17 May 2009 - His Excellency, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Industry, opened the Fifth Annual Qatarization Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector, on Sunday 17 May. The meeting, held at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, was attended by a number of dignitaries including His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Salah Al-Sada, Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs; His Excellency, Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor Al-Thani, Director General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning; Professor Sheikha Al-Misnad, President of Qatar University; and senior executives of the participating energy and industry companies. At the meeting, company Qatarization plans, experiences, and ways forward were shared, as companies strive towards achieving their Qatarization mission. The first Annual Qatarization Awards were also presented to companies, honouring their achievements in 2008.

      His Excellency thanked the educational institutions, and the support from government ministries and agencies, noting that without their essential support and continuity the Sector would not be able to meet its objectives. He stated, “The Sector offers unique structured career opportunities for Qataris which have been developed and refined over many years. To maintain our competitive advantage, we must draw upon and market the benefits we offer Qataris through the structured Qatarization process.”

      The Energy and Industry Sector honoured three companies at the Sector's first Annual Qatarization Awards presentation. Each award recognizes companies, not individuals, who have consistently exhibited excellence over the previous year. Each award was presented by His Excellency, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, in a special ceremony.

      To mark the occasion, His Excellency said, "This is more than a symbolic gesture, it is a sincere recognition of the exceptional commitment and support to Qatarization demonstrated by the receiving companies in key areas of Qatarization during 2008." The 2008 recipients were: Qatar Petroleum for Support and Liaison with the Education Sector; Qatar Shell GTL for Supporting Qatarization; and Qatar Chemical Company Ltd (Q-Chem) Support for Training and Development.

      Ahmed Al-Emadi, General Manager, Qatar Chemical Company, representing the 38 companies in the Energy and Industry Sector's Strategic Qatarization Plan, presented an overview of Qatarization across the Sector. He emphasized the very real achievement of sector companies during 2008 stating the number of Qataris increased by 1,524 to 8,301.

      In his report, Mr. Al-Emadi stated that, "In a growing economy, business expansions, and increased demands placed on the need for Qataris, the number one challenge reported by Sector companies was the limited supply of Qatari resources both at the university graduate and vocational levels. Despite their continuing commitment, this constraint restricted the ability of companies to deliver on Qatarization."

      Despite constraints, Mr. Al-Emadi advised that sector companies have continued their strong liaison with Qatar's education community, have participated in many career fairs, have introduced many and varied initiatives to attract, retain and develop Qataris, and have shown an ability to nurture alliances between companies in areas such as training.

      His Excellency, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Director General, General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP), spoke to the gathered audience on the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030, with emphasis on the Human Development pillar -- one of the four pillars within the QNV.

      During his presentation, H.E. Sheikh Hamad informed those present that the GSDP is coordinating and leading the preparation of Qatar's first National Development Strategy which will provide a framework for national development, set out prioritization of public sector programs and policies, and strengthen public sector institutions and implementation capacity.

      Professor Sheikha A. Al-Misnad, President of Qatar University, spoke to the audience in the morning session about the continuing support that Qatar University is providing to the Energy and Industry Sector and the challenges being faced to meet the labour market demands.

      The program for the day-long Annual Qatarization Review Meeting was enhanced this year, stated Essa R. Al-Kaabi, Chairman of the Energy and Industry Sector's Qatarization Steering Committee. "Two concurrent workshops were designed and offered to staff within the Sector to help improve the way we manage our Qatari work force", he advised. One workshop, entitled 'Delivering Business Objectives through HR Strategy', was specially designed for line-managers from across all disciplines in the Sector, and the other specially designed workshop was for human resource specialists in the Sector entitled 'Peak Performance'. "Both were very well attended," he said, "and were facilitated by international consultants specializing in the respective subjects.

      During the afternoon, participants were able to hear first-hand from two leading experts on topics that further supported Qatarization in the Sector, and participants had the opportunity to have questions answered during an Open Forum. Hamad Al-Muhannadi, Operations Manager, RasGas Company Limited chaired and moderated the afternoon’s proceedings.

      Ms. Kate Sweetman, an international consultant from Boston, USA, provided a fresh approach to business, process and people when she delivered her presentation on "Human Resources Strategy" geared to the HR practitioner. This was followed by a presentation from Mrs. Francoise Gerdil-Neuillet, Vice President Human Resources Development, Total E&P, Paris, France, who shared Total's nationalization experience from their international perspective and highlighting how the lessons they have learnt might contribute to the Qatarization initiatives in the Energy and Industry Sector.

      His Excellency, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, provided encouragement to all to continue their excellent work towards Qatarization in attracting more young Qataris to join the Energy and Industry Sector.
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