The Safety and Security Operations Committee (SSOC) of the Security Committee of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 organised a press conference recently to announce the details of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Security Last-Mile Conference.

Head of the Safety and Security Operations Committee for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Major General Engineer Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al-Ansari, Head of the Legal Affairs and Communication Unit of the Committee Brigadier Ibrahim Khalil Al-Mohannadi and Head of the Media Unit Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al-Muftah, addressed the press conference.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Security Last-Mile Conference, being held today and tomorrow, 22 and 23 May, at the Intercontinental Doha Hotel, is under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

SC last mile conference

The conference will outline Qatar’s security readiness ahead of Qatar 2022, and will seek to identify the latest preparations for the tournament, enhance police cooperation and monitor the implementation of plans and strategies in collaboration with local, regional and international stakeholders. The event will also ensure cooperation between tournament organisers and qualified countries that will participate in the tournament.

A number of personalities, including delegates representing the qualified countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations, FIFA, the SC, and many international and local entitities, as well as representatives from other relevant stakeholders, will participate in the conference.

The conference agenda includes: tournament overview, security risk assessment, security planning, security procedures at tournament facilities, cybersecurity requirements, and communication and cooperation with international partners.

Major General Al-Ansari said that in order to ensure the highest levels of security and stability for all spectators during the 2022 World Cup, they established the International Police Cooperation Center (IPCC), an operations room managed and supervised by the committee, and provided with the latest advanced technological and  necessary infrastructure to perform its role and achieve its objectives. A group of young qualified officers with outstanding skills have also been deployed at the centre.

IPCC will serve as a centre for exchanging information between Qatar, as the host country, and the participating and even non-participating countries, and other relevant international organisations. The conference, according to Brigadier Al-Mohannadi, will be an opportunity to further enhance cooperation between those involved.

Brigadier Al-Muftah added that the conference will also discuss other important issues, including the tournament’s Safety and Security Operations Committee. Since its formation, the committee has sought to implement its security strategy and plans in the field of training and qualifying personnel, and to enhance international and regional cooperation with brotherly and friendly countries. The SSOC has also carried out numerous field exercises to ensure that Qatar hosts a safe and secure FIFA World Cup™.

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