Qatari men encouraged to enter public sector


In an interview to the news website, Qatar Journal, he said: "If we talk about females, it is very encouraging that the indicators show clearly that they have been moving on being able to participate on many fronts. We have, in fact, ventured through various initiatives that complement or tie-in with the idea of promoting men into the private sector and secondly, encouraging entrepreneurship in the field of the private sector."
Sheikh Hamad stated the emergence of semi-private firms like Barwa and Qatari Diar for example, have allowed for further job opportunities for nationals. "They are now even in certain tourist areas like hotels. As it is changing, we are going through this curve and people are realising they need to diversify and need to be a part of this overall development."
With the public sector also playing a role in national development, Sheikh Hamad stated that there has now been "better appreciation and comprehension" that more emphasis is needed on training and development. Moreover, the programmes are now starting to take effect while setting benchmarks at the same time.
The official said that there are no plans to reduce the expatriate workforce here keeping in mind the economic growth in the country. Following media reports, the GSDP had clarified that studies that eventually showed an expatriate reduction would take place in the future had been carried out by independent agencies.
"Qatar is witnessing growth and will continue to do so. We do not foresee that this (reduction in expatriates) is going to happen. In fact we are hoping that with these investments in health and education, Qatar will be a hub for attracting and retaining quality expatriates."
Responding to a question related to a number of foreign universities operating here, Sheikh Hamad acknowledged: "Qatar has taken that decision based on its longer term plan and views, i.e. trying to host a quality education or schools or elite schools not simply for the purpose of Qatar (because we know we are a very small population) but we have the idea of housing them for the region and beyond the region."
Another plus point would be that local and regional schools could size themselves up against these institutions in terms of developing and maintaining high standards. "We are addressing for instance issues like promoting further technical colleges and vocational training, because we think this is another critical route that young male nationals ought to be considering in their future," said Sheikh Hamad.

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