Qatarization Will Never Thrive If Qataris Refuse to Work as Technicians: Energy Minister

Published May 17th, 2017 - 11:30 GMT
The number of Qataris employed by the country’s energy and industry sector has tripled from 2,900 to 9,300 in 16 years, but challenges remain. (AFP)
The number of Qataris employed by the country’s energy and industry sector has tripled from 2,900 to 9,300 in 16 years, but challenges remain. (AFP)

The number of Qataris employed by the country’s energy and industry sector has tripled from 2,900 to 9,300 in 16 years, said the Minister of Energy and Industry, Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, at the 17th Annual Qatarisation Review Meeting.

Al-Sada praised the efforts of all the organisations taking part in developing and implementing the Strategic Qatarisation Plan, which has grown from 18 to 36 companies. 

Qatar has achieved a Qatarisation of 29 percent of its goal of a 50 percent Qatari workforce.

In his keynote speech, al-Sada highlighted the sector’s need for high calibre employees

He said, “It is, therefore, important the curricula offered by educational and technical institutions are aligned to the specific requirements of our sector. I am pleased to see how responsive our educational partners are to our needs.”

“Process operators, maintenance technicians, and vocationally trained staff are vital to our industry. It is crucial we place greater emphasis on making those positions more attractive and equally rewarding for Qataris. We must find innovative ways to raise awareness of the importance of these positions.” 

At the review meeting, a number of companies were honoured in recognition of their accomplishments in Qatarisation. 

The meeting was attended by Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, QP president and CEO, as well as by senior officials and representatives from 36 companies implementing the Strategic Qatarisation Plan of the energy and industry sector. Also present during the event were senior executives from Qatar’s education community.

The meeting began with a welcome message by Hamad A al-Hamadi, chairman, Strategic Qatarisation Committee.

The 17th Annual Qatarisation Review Meeting featured presentations highlighting the sector’s progress in implementing their Qatari human capital strategies in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy.

A high-level review of Qatarisation within the sector was presented by three young Qataris – Noor al-Sooj, reservoir engineer at Qatar Petroleum; Noora al-Kaabi, production specialist at Qatar Shell GTL; and Saood al-Hammadi, job and organisation analyst at Kahramaa. 

Also, al-Sada and al-Kaabi presented the sector’s 9th Annual Qatarisation Awards to recognise companies that exhibited Qatarisation excellence in 2016. 

The recipients of the prestigious Qatarisation Crystal Awards were Qatar Petrochemical Company (Support and liaison with the education sector); Nakilat (for supporting Qatarisation); Qatargas (Support for training and development; RasGas (Supporting student sponsorships); and Woqod (Best Qatarisation Progress). 

In addition, Annual Qatarisation Certificates were also presented to Dolphin Energy (Support and liaison with the education sector); Qatar Chemical Company (Supporting Qatarisation); Qatar Steel (Support for training and development); Kahrama (Supporting Student Sponsorships).


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