Posted on January 30, 2017

Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Government Leaders Program participants engaged with senior officials at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) on Sunday, the 29th of January, to gain a deeper understanding of the Ministry’s role in bolstering sustainable economic growth as well as its policies to develop the business and trade sectors.

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H.E. Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of QLC, noted: “Facilitating a constructive dialogue between senior policymakers and other decision makers across ministries and public institutions is of utmost importance to Qatar Leadership Centre. Engagement leads to collaboration and drives us closer to achieving our common goals – this is what binds us together as we pursue Qatar National Vision 2030.” 

The high-level visit was a valuable learning opportunity for QLC’s Government Leaders Program participants, a select group of Qataris drawn from the public and semi-public sectors. In particular, the visit gave an in-depth look onto the Ministry’s policymaking, which aims to attract investment, boost trade, and support national development. Key subjects of the discussions included how the Ministry has streamlined business licensing to create a favorable climate for small and medium-sized enterprises. Participants also surveyed the MEC’s improved suite of e-government services designed to better protect consumers and regulate local markets.

Hissa Omar Al Amri, Head of Finance at Qatar Development Fund said, “I learned today about several MEC initiatives that inject renewed vigor into Qatar’s strong economy. These are spearheaded by the passionate and skilled experts at the Ministry, who are tireless advocates for Qatar’s residents and citizens.” Visits to various institutions and ministries are an integral part of QLC’s curriculum. Government Leaders Program participants reconnoiter many institutions critical to Qatar’s development over the 12-month long program. The diverse cohort of Qataris enhances important skills that allow them to contribute to the country’s National Development plans in innovative ways.

QLC Government Leaders 2 [].jpg“QLC’s learning visits to important organizations like the MEC have given me invaluable insight into how economic prosperity is attained in Qatar,” noted Maha Ali Al-Fehaidi, Head of Rail Projects at Ministry of Municipality and Environment. “As a government professional, I am conscious of how my work can complement that of the Ministry’s, so we can together realize continued economic vibrancy in this country.”

Saeed Mubarak Al-Khayarin, Head of Planning at Al Jazeera, mentioned: “This was a great opportunity for us to foster ties and exchange knowledge with fellow Qataris in multiple sectors. When we work together towards a common goal, we can meet and exceed our objectives.”

Participants in Qatar Leadership Centre’s three programs, the Government, Executive, and Rising Leaders programs, will convene at an Honoring Ceremony on March 13, 2017. At the ceremony, 107 Qatari professionals who successfully completed the programs will be recognized in the presence of distinguished guests, peers, and managers. Applications will open in the fall of 2017 for the Centre’s 2018-19 programs.