Posted on June 23, 2011

Qatar Project Management (QPM), one of the region’s premier project management companies and the first Qatari firm in the field, concluded its diverse participation at the   Qatar Public Safety and Security Summit (QPSS), which hosted 120 regional and international industry professionals.

Key stakeholders involved in the safety and security industry convened at QPSS to explore and discuss the rising demand for safety and security solutions within the evolving framework of Doha’s expansion. As one of the country’s largest project management companies, QPM’s involvement in the Summit was essential and was manifested in a keynote speech given by Wayne Harris, QPM’s HSE & Security Director. Harris’ address was entitled ‘Implementing standards for safety and security management in major construction and infrastructure developments’, and he outline the strategic elements of his topic in relation to the city’s expansion.

“Given the acceleration of infrastructure and construction projects in Doha, it is vital that standards are established and implemented to better protect workers, and the general public. The development of safety and security management practices is seen as one of the key factors to ensure the successful delivery of any major international project,’’ commented Harris.

The key points of the conference included the importance of risk profiles and understanding the interface between various stakeholders, the development of effective management protocols, and diverse standards for safety and security. Other discussions explored include, reinforcing standards to ensure compliance – creating an effective enforcement strategy and gauging the public’s perception of acceptable safety and security standards. The Summit is a biannual gathering for government authorities and project developers as well as regional and international safety and security specialists to identify, investigate, and resolve safety and security challenges in Qatar.

With Qatar ready to spend approximately $100 billion (QR 364 billion) over the next five years on infrastructure projects, Harris commented, “Considering the amount of resources being allocated for project development within the country, I think it’s very clear why there needs to be an increased emphasis placed on designing and implementing new security and safety systems—as investments of this magnitude demand state-of-the-art protection. QPM fully understands clients’ needs in these areas, and remains committed to providing the most comprehensive systems for diverse projects locally and on the international stage.”