Emir: Qatar must tackle ‘cul­ture of con­sump­tion’

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DOHA: Qatar’s emir yes­ter­day said that the su­per­rich Gulf state must tackle its “cul­ture of con­sump­tion” as it deals with the sharp de­cline in world en­ergy prices. In a speech to mark the open­ing ses­sion of Qatar’s Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani also called for the elim­i­na­tion of “ex­trav­a­gance and waste” as the emi­rate faces its first bud­get deficit in 15 years.

Sheikh Tamim said that Qatar would com­plete all in­fra­struc­ture projects con­nected with the 2022 foot­ball World Cup but would strive for greater ef­fi­ciency in govern­ment spend­ing in a new five-year plan to be launched next year. This new ap­proach would in­cor­po­rate the de­vel­op­ment of a “cul­ture of plan­ning, work and achieve­ment”, as well as cul­tural changes, es­pe­cially aimed at the coun­try’s young.

“There are chal­lenges that we should tackle, which are re­lated to the goals and val­ues of young peo­ple and the im­pact of the cul­ture of con­sump­tion on these goals and val­ues,” the of­fi­cial Qatar News Agency quoted the emir as say­ing. “With­out that we can­not move for­ward - wealth alone is not suf­fi­cient.” The emir’s com­ments echo an ad­dress he gave last year in which he told Qataris the govern­ment could no longer pro­vide “for ev­ery­thing” and urged the young to pur­sue dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths.

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