Posted on February 17, 2018

Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani attended the first annual ceremony of the Ministry of Transport and Communication on Qatar Digital Government Training Program (QDGTP). More than 3,000 participants have been trained under QDGTP since its launch in 2016.

The ceremony, which took place at Four Seasons Doha Hotel, witnessed the graduation of the first class of students from Mada Assistive Technology Centre, which aims to enable all persons with a disability in Qatar to reach their full potential through information and communication technology. Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti said under the wise leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar is moving towards developments and is keeping up with the advancements in digital age. He said the advancement of the country is a collective responsibility of all residents.

Al Sulaiti added that the wise leadership of Qatar spares no effort in raising awareness regarding the needs of persons with disabilities and the need to make use of their abilities and potentials. The Minister added that based on the directives of  the Emir, QDGTP was launched by the Prime Minister, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MoTC). The program aims to build highly qualified management and leadership capabilities of technological personnel. The program also aims to enhance the technological and professional capabilities and skills of staff, prepare personnel of high-caliber technological cadres and provide them to government agencies to ensure the implementation of digital transformation plans in the country and the strategic goals of Qatar Digital Government 2020.

Al Sulaiti praised the Prime Minister’s diligent follow up to implement this strategy, for the advancement of the ministries and governmental entities to develop their performance and increase their productivity. This will then achieve the vision of benefiting all individuals and businesses from communicating electronically with government agencies which seek to provide more transparent and effective services, Al Sulaiti added. Al Sulaiti stressed the commitment to seek to improve the lives of persons with disabilities at all levels through Information and communications technology (ICT) and merge them in the society to ensure to benefit from their abilities and contribution to the advancement and development of the State of Qatar. He highlighted that the program of Mada Assistive Technology Centre on access to jobs, confirms this and implements the plan.

Al Sulaiti said the Mada program seeks to qualify people with disabilities in order to integrate into the labour market and develop their various skills to contribute to the building of the country. Speaking at the event, Assistant Under Secretary for Digital Community Development Affairs in the Ministry of Transport and Communication Reem Mohammed Al Mansouri said that the Qatar E-Government training Programme has made important achievements in the field of training the IT personnel. She explained that 1,150 staffs have received the training and obtained 199 internationally recognised certificates in the field of information technology, bringing the overall achievements, since beginning of the programme in 2016, to over 3,000 trainees and 266 international certificates, through 178 training courses.

She added that the Qatar E-Government’s digital training Programme has designed two specialised training Programmes, the executive managers’ training (CTO) and the Talent Training Programme (IT Talent). She pointed that the two programmes are among the first of its kind in the Middle East region, and that they were developed in cooperation with HEC Paris University. Al Mansouri added that 25 executives IT officers representing 20 bodies joined the CTO programme. The Qatar E- Government program also trained 32 staff in the first batch of IT Talent training program, she added explaining that after the success of the first batch, 25 staff members and employees were registered for the second batch.

Reem Al Mansouri also presented the training plan for the first quarter of 2018, where 38 training courses were introduced in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs. Maha Al Mansouri, CEO of Mada Centre for Assistive Technology explained that many people with different disabilities who were not fortunate enough to have access to suitable opportunities, have joined the “Access to Jobs” program, which is specially designed to meet the individual needs of its members through specialised trainers and consultants.

She highlighted the importance of this program as a practical solution to reduce the gap between the educational system and effective employment and a role model. She added that it aims to find immediate solutions to address the issues of employment for persons with disabilities, identify the challenges facing them and then design programs with the necessary partnerships to overcome these challenges. The Mada Center’s CEO stressed that, in partnership with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, the Center will follow up on its members to provide necessary training to enable them succeed in performing the tasks required of them in the best possible manner.

source: The Peninsula