Dr. Al-Nabit: Qatari Population Policy is One of the Most Successful Experiences in the Region

Doha, October 20 (QNA) – Dr. Saleh Mohamed Al-Nabit, the Secretary-General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) who is also Chairman of the Standing Population Committee, has said that the Population Policy of Qatar, has become one of the most successful experiences in the Arab region.
He said in an address here on Saturday marking Qatar’s celebration of the Qatari Population Day, coinciding on 20 October, every year that nothing is more indicative on this success as the invitation of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (AORAD) to the technical office of the Standing Population Committee for the use of the Qatari experience, in population policy, during a workshop held last month.
The celebration came according to the Cabinet’s decision, issued in Oct. 2010, for the annual celebration of the Qatari Population Day on 20 October, marking the kick-off date of the Population Policy of the State of Qatar 20 October 2009.
Dr. Al-Nabit added that the celebration organized by the Standing Population Committee is dedicated to highlight the population issues and to raise awareness on them.
He stressed that the population policy seeks to increase the Qataris’ contribution to the economic activity as well as to reduce the unemployment ratio and thus reduce the imbalance in the labour market.
He explained that this policy is not limited to assess what has been achieved, but rather an attempt to shape Qatar’s future, especially the features of population and social development in light of the future challenges associated with the large and ambitious developmental projects now underway and the ones to be launched later, in addition to the projects related to the 2022 World Cup.
Dr. Al-Nabit went on to say that future demographic reality of the State of Qatar until 2022 will be influenced by the size of the requirements of developmental projects, especially those associated with the future needs of the workforce, calling on the authorities concerned to put such an effect into consideration.
 Referring to the state’s efforts in the transition towards the knowledge economy and the impact of that on the demographic reality, the Secretary-General of (GSDP) said that the National Development Strategy 2011 – 2016 called for turning Qatar’s economy into a knowledge economy and sought to match the size and quality of expatriate labour with the course of development targeted by cooperation between the national and expatriate labour forces, through attracting and retaining qualified, highly-skilled expatriate competences.
Dr. Al-Nabit pointed to the transformations that the labour market witnessed during the last three decades, indicating that the most prominent of these transformations is the numerical expansion in the labour force, which has exceptionally increased between 2004 and 2010 by 13% annual increase.
 The Secretary General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning, expected expansion of the labour force to respond to the requirements of various development projects contained in the National Development Strategy 2011 – 2016 and its associated projects.
 He pointed out that among the major positive transformations of the labor market is the expanded participation of Qatari women and youth in the economic activity and the emergence of new activities in the various economic, administrative, scientific and service fields.
 Calling for concerted efforts of all government and private institutions in Qatar to control the consequences of these rapid transformations and expansions in the labour market, he said that the future challenges in manpower and demographic reality cannot be monitored and controlled with strengthening partnership and institutional work between the concerned state institutions.
 Dr. Al-Nabit added that the consultations which take place during celebration of the Qatar population Day constitute an important element of this partnership, and wished for the continuity of communication by all means that enable shaping the future population of the State of Qatar and realizing the aspirations of Qatar’s people and leadership.
 The Secretary-General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) who is also Chairman of the Standing Population Committee pointed out that the committee has issued its third report, titled “Status of Qatar Population 2012”, which is a documentation of the results of follow-up the implementation of Qatar population policy, for a full year (October 2011 – October 2012).
 He stated the report highlights the most important achievements and challenges with references to priorities of the coming phase as proposed by the Standing Population Committee. (qna)

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