Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada presided over the 18th Annual Qatarisation Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector recently, which was also attended by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, along with senior executives and representatives from 35 participating companies and senior executives from the country’s education community.

Dr Al Sada highlighted the importance of efforts to enhance competitiveness in the world market. He said that the country, as well as all energy and industry companies in the country, showed resilience and determination, which helped mitigate the impact of the blockade on businesses. He said that the ‘crisis’ did not weaken the businesses, but has, in a way, enhanced its innovative capabilities.

He emphasised the importance of developing strength in the technical field including vocational education, as it forms the backbone of the industry. He encouraged all participants to be more innovative in their efforts to attract, develop, and retain Qataris especially those with technical education and training.

At the end of the meeting, the Sector’s 10th Annual Qatarisation Awards were presented to honour companies who exhibited Qatarisation excellence in 2017.

Recipients of the prestigious Qatarisation Crystal Awards included the following: Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd, Occidental Petroleum Qatar Ltd, Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd, and Qatar Chemical Company. Annual Qatarisation Certificates were also presented to Qatar Steel Company, Qatar Shell GTL Ltd, and Qatar Fertiliser Company.