The energy and industry sector has increased the rate of employement from 2900 to 9300 in 16 years and has achieved the Qatarisation rate of 29 percent, said minister of Energy and Industry HE Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada.
He said that the companies implementing the Strategic Qatarisation Plan ” the policy of replacing foreign workers with locals ” has grown from 18 to 36. “We are on the road to reaching our goal of 50 percent Qatarisation in the energy and industry sector,” Sada said at the 17th Annual Qatarisation Review Meeting in Doha.
Number of companies that contributed to the Qatarisation were honoured at the meeting. The meeting was attended by Qatar Petroleum President and CEO Saad Sherida al Kaabi, along with the senior officials and represntatives from 36 companies that implemented the Strategic Qatarisation Plan in the energy and industry sector.
Sada highlighted the requirement for high-calibre candidates and employees in this sector. “It is, therefore, important that 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,” the minister said.
“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,” he added.
Presentations were given in the meeting that highlighted the sector’s progress and its support for the Qatar National Vision 2030 and also the National Development Strategy. 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, presented a high level review of Qatarisation within the sector.
Sada and Kaabi gave away the awards to recognise companies that achieved exceleence in Qatarisation in 2016.