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Doha, May 13, 2008 - Under the Patronage of His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Industry, the 4th Annual Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector's Strategic Qatarization Plan, was today held at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha.

The meeting, which was opened by His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Al-Sada, Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs, on behalf of HE the Deputy Premier, was attended by a number of dignitaries including Mr. Nasser Al-Humaidi, Undersecretary Assistant for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 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.

His Excellency the Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs, delivered the opening address on behalf of HE the Deputy Premier, in which he referred to the unprecedented development of Qatar's natural resources in recent years resulting in growth and diversification in the Sector under the wise leadership of His Highness, The Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

"Each expansion, and the number of new companies", he said, " provides further avenues and employment opportunities for Qataris to join our businesses". He further emphasized the social responsibilities of each company to partner with Qatar's education providers to enhance and ensure that matters of mutual benefit are understood.

During the address, the Minister also reinforced the importance of effective Qatari human resource planning. "The more accurate we can forecast our needs, the more confidence the academic institutions will have in our requirements. This ultimately leads to better qualified graduates to meet the demands of our growing and diversifying economy", he said.

Regarding the numbers of Qataris in the Sector, His Excellency noted that he was encouraged by the results so far. As of December 2007, the sector had almost 3000 Qatari being prepared on training programs, including almost 850 Qatari sponsored students studying a variety of Disciplines at universities in Qatar and throughout the world.

Stating that "Despite the competition, challenges and expansions in our Sector, the flow of Qataris into our businesses, and the count of actual numbers, continue to demonstrate a steady growth".

Those present heard from Yousif R. Al-Khater, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Drilling International who shared with participants a summary of Qatarization in the Sector. They also received regional reports covering Qatarization at companies in Ras Laffan, Mesaie'ed, and companies in multi-locations including offshore from senior executives representing each region, Sheikh Khalid K. Al-Thani, Director, Ras Laffan Industrial City, Dr. Mohd. Y. Al-Mulla, General Manager, Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd., and Ibrahim J. Al-Othman, Deputy General Manager, Occidental Petroleum Qatar Ltd..

The morning session closed with a special presentation from Dr. Richard Leete, Director and Head of Department, Social Affairs at the General Secretariat for Development Planning, who discussed Qatar's labour market with particular reference to establishing a vocational training framework a key component of which are national vocational competency standards.

During the afternoon, over 100 representatives from the Energy and Industry Sector received presentations from guest speakers representing Qatar University and Petroleum Development Oman.

The informative session, chaired by Saif S. Al-Naimi, Director HSE Regulations and Enforcement, Qatar Petroleum, gave attendees the opportunity to hear first hand Qatarization initiatives and nationalization aspects that could assist then in their own Qatarization plans.

Dr. Hassan Al-Fadala, College of Engineering Dean and Director, Gas Processing Centre presented a paper entitled "Qatar University Gas Processing Centre: "A Step Towards Qatarization of Knowledge" and Mr. Mundhir Al-Barwani, Director, Human Resources, Petroleum Development Oman, shared his company's experiences with nationalization.

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