The Minister of Energy and Industry, HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, chaired the 15th Annual Qatarization Review Meeting on 18 May 2015 to discuss the energy and industry sector’s accomplishments in the field of Qatarization.

In his opening address, HE Dr Al-Sada thanked the academic institutions in Qatar for their continuing critical support in the sector’s Qatarization drive. He said:

Through Qatari human capital development, we will forge pathways that provide our Qatari youth and Qatari employees with challenging and significant careers that are key to building a prosperous future and will help achieve sustainable development for generations to come.’

HE Al Sada also emphasised the importance of a vocational path and encouraged those present to ‘do more to expand efforts to attract and retain Qatari technicians and increase intake.’ This is seen as key to determining the success of the energy and industry sector’s Qatarization programme. HE Dr Al Sada further urged companies ‘to look at the architecture of their work environments with a view to accommodate the growing presence of Qatari women in their workforce.’

The meeting was attended by Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, President of Qatar University, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Petroleum, as well as senior executives and representatives from each of the 40 participating companies in the sector’s Strategic Qatarization Plan. Also present at the event were the senior executives from Qatar’s education community.

In support of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016, the meeting attendees listened to presentations highlighting the energy and industry sector’s progress in managing its Qatari human capital strategies.

In line with the meeting, a high-level review of Qatarization in the sector was presented by Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Deputy General Manager of Maersk Oil Qatar; Abdulaziz Al Mannai, Executive Vice President for Human Capital of Qatar Petroleum; Hyatt Al-Shihri, Administration Manager of Bunduq Company Limited; and Dr Ken McLeod, President of the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. This was followed by an Executive Statistical Report.

As one of the highlights of the meeting, HE Dr Al Sada and Al Kaabi then presided over the 7th Annual Qatarization Awards ceremony, which honoured companies that exhibited Qatarization excellence during 2014. The recipients of the coveted Qatarization Crystal Awards were Oryx GTL Limited for Support and Liaison with the Education Sector; Maersk Oil Qatar for Supporting Qatarization; Dolphin Energy Limited for Support for Training and Development, Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd. (QAPCO) for Supporting Student Sponsorships, and RasGas Company Limited for Best Qatarization Progress.

Annual Qatarization Certificates were also presented to Qatar Chemical Company Ltd. (Q-Chem) for Support and Liaison with the Education Sector; Qatar Steel Company for Supporting Qatarization; Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) for Support for Training and Development; and Bunduq Company Limited for Supporting Student Sponsorships.

In addition, HE Dr Al Sada also honoured Qatar University with the annual ‘Partnership Award of Appreciation,’ which was accepted by Professor Al-Misnad, in recognition of the university’s active partnership with the energy and industry sector by exchanging knowledge and expertise and providing a rich resource of Qatari candidates in support of company Qatarization plans.

The Master of Ceremonies for the awards ceremony was Hamad Salah Al Baker, Manager, Public Relations and Communications at Qatar Petroleum.

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