Omani Delegation Learn from Qatar’s Labour Market Strategy

Published February 7th, 2007 - 07:13 GMT

Qatar’s Labour Market Strategy (LMS) is attracting interest overseas with officials from the Omani Department of Labour visiting Doha this week to meet with the Planning Council to gain further insight into current plans and projects.

Sheikh Saoud Bin Hamad Al Hamoudeh, Deputy Director General for Employment and Training and Ms. Jukha Bint Khaled Al Omani, Director of Statistics and Employment Planning of the Department of Labour in Oman met today with H.E Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Secretary General of the Planning Council.

The Planning Council chairs a multi-agency team, involving nine key Qatar organisations, implementing strategic solutions to address Qatar’s short and medium term labour issues.  The strategy was introduced in April 2006 following a major analysis of Qatar’s labour market by the World Bank in 2005 and subsequently approved for implementation in December 2006 by the Council of Ministers.

“We have much to learn from our brothers within the GCC and this is one opportunity for Qatar and Oman to share valuable insights and initiatives aimed at dealing with labour market concerns and opportunities that we have in common,” says H.E Sheikh Hamad.

“Like Qatar, Oman is experiencing significant growth and labour market concerns are now very much a regional issue.  Today’s regional workforce is very mobile and there are significant opportunities within GCC countries for us to support each other as our economies continue to grow.”

H.E Sheikh Hamad, along with members of the LMS Project Office, introduced the Omani officials to the LMS National Action Plan.  The delegation was given a full overview of the Labour Market Strategy, which then led to an explanation of the rationale, objectives and goals behind the LMS National Action Plan.

The Labour Market Strategy was developed further to the World Bank study of the Qatari Labour Market, which was commissioned by the Planning Council in 2005.

The strategic goal of the Labor Market Strategy and the subsequent National Action Plan is to foster sustainable economic and employment growth in Qatar through the development and implementation of effective labor market policies and services that aim to: maximize the participation of Qataris in the economic development of the country; develop and utilize a Qatari labor force that is equipped to learn and adapt; maintain and improve Qatari labor market participation and strengthen workplace productivity.

The Labour Market Strategy National Action Plan is being implemented through a multi-agency approach. A management structure has been developed and an Oversight Committee, four Steering Committees and a Project Management Office are in place and operational. Eleven projects will be implemented by nine Qatari agencies, including Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, Ministry of Civil Service and Housing, Qatar Petroleum, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Qatari Chamber of Commerce, Supreme Education Council and the Planning Council.


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