"QATAR IS SE­CURE"

Qatar To­day talks to Brig Nasser bin Fa­had Al Thani in the Min­istry of In­te­rior (MOI) about in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East and also the up­com­ing Milipol Qatar 2014.

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Qatar will be play­ing host to the pres­ti­gious bi­en­nial event Milipol Qatar 2014 this month and Qatar To­day talks to Brig Nasser bin Fa­had Al Thani at the Min­istry of In­te­rior about in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East and also the up­com­ing Milipol Qatar 2014.

In­ter­nal se­cu­rity has been ac­corded top pri­or­ity by the gov­ern­ments in the re­gion in view of the grow­ing economies on ac­count of vast oil and gas re­serves and all mea­sures are be­ing taken to main­tain law and or­der in the coun­try, says Brig Sheikh Nasser bin Fa­had Al Thani.

Though the US State Depart­ment has as­sessed the crime rate in Qatar as low com­pared with other coun­tries, Brig Sheikh Nasser, who is also pres­i­dent of the bi­en­nial and the 10th edi­tion of the re­gion's premier in­ter­nal se­cu­rity ex­hi­bi­tion Milipol Qatar 2014 Com­mit­tee, says that the gov­ern­ment is not com­pla­cent as in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is more rel­e­vant to the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly Qatar, in view of its grow­ing econ­omy.

“Qatar, which is host­ing a se­ries of in­ter­na­tional events in­clud­ing Milipol Qatar 2014, 12th FINA World Swimming Cham­pi­onships (25m), Qatar PSA Squash World Open and 47th World Mil­i­tary Sail­ing Cham­pi­onships later this year, Mul­taqa Qatar, Cityscape Qatar, Mid­dle East Lux­ury Travel Show and World Men's Hand­ball Cham­pi­onships in 2015, be­sides FIFA World Cup in 2022, is de­ter­mined to see that the events are in­ci­dent-free,” he says.

Quot­ing the find­ings of a survey by trade pub­lisher “En toute sécu­rite” www.se­curi

ty-info.com, he says the Mid­dle East's se­cu­rity mar­kets grew 12% to a value of 16bil­lion Euros (QR76.79 bil­lion) in 2012, com­pared with an av­er­age of 5.5% growth in over­all spend­ing world­wide.

“In the Mid­dle East, the in­ter­nal state se­cu­rity mar­ket seg­ment touched 5.8bil­lion Euros (QR36.67 bil­lion) in 2012, an in­crease of 18%, among the strong­est growth seen world­wide. The share of in­ter­nal state se­cu­rity spent within the en­tire se­cu­rity mar­ket (which also in­cludes se­cu­rity premises of fire and elec­tronic se­cu­rity, etc) in the Mid­dle East is 36%, around dou­ble the equiv­a­lent share by per­cent­age in Europe,” he says.

Chal­lenges

In the 2014 rank­ings is­sued by the Econ­omy and Peace In­sti­tute in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Peace and Con­flicts Stud­ies Cen­tre at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney in Aus­tralia, Qatar stood first in the MENA re­gion, and was ranked 22nd in the world among 162 coun­tries. Qatar has also been ac­quir­ing the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and the lat­est tech­niques in its fight against ter­ror­ist and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. “So far, based on the Qatar Crime and Safety Re­port is­sued by the Over­seas Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (OSAC) in Fe­bru­ary 2014, the US State Depart­ment has as­sessed the cur­rent crime rate in Qatar to be low. OSAC was cre­ated in 1985 un­der the Fed­eral Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee Act to pro­mote se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Amer­i­can pri­vate sec­tor in­ter­ests

world­wide and the US State Depart­ment,” he says.

The OSAC “Coun­cil” is com­prised of 34 pri­vate sec­tor and pub­lic sec­tor mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions that rep­re­sent spe­cific in­dus­tries or agen­cies op­er­at­ing abroad. Qatar has been ranked 6th in the MENA re­gion for 2014 in the Global Peace In­dex.

Se­cu­rity in place

Ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events sched­uled to take place in and be hosted by Qatar, such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup, are char­ac­terised by the par­tic­i­pa­tion and pres­ence of top foot­ball per­son­al­i­ties and their fans from all over the world as well as VIPs, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and celebri­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Brig Sheikh Nasser, as early as now, Qatar is pre­par­ing all the nec­es­sary se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for such a high pro­file global sport­ing event. “What I can as­sure is that we def­i­nitely aim at pro­vid­ing the safest and most se­cure hold­ing of the event,” he says.

Re­search & de­vel­op­ment

Brig Sheikh Nasser points out that, although ter­ror­ist and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties may have a univer­sal clas­si­fi­ca­tion as in­ter­nal se­cu­rity threats, their na­ture, char­ac­ter­is­tics and man­ner in which they are car­ried out may vary in ac­cor­dance with the lo­cal set­ting of ev­ery state or so­ci­ety.

“Thus, shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion as well as the re­search and de­vel­op­ment that go into the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­nal se­cu­rity so­lu­tions are of great im­por­tance to all se­cu­rity agen­cies world­wide,” he says.

Fur­ther­more, through such shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion and ex­per­tise, the var­i­ous states de­ter­mine sim­i­lar­i­ties or dif­fer­ences, and there­fore help in the cru­cial decision-mak­ing process in which tech­nol­ogy and tech­nique may be ap­pli­ca­ble to spe­cific threats.

“Un­doubt­edly, both ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity threats have be­come in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated. Ac­cord­ingly, such so­phis­ti­ca­tion must be met and ad­dressed by even more so­phis­ti­cated tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses that are ap­pli­ca­ble to spe­cific lo­cal­i­ties,” Brig Sheikh Nasser says.

The event

Milipol Qatar, to be held be­tween Novem­ber 10 and 12, is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal com­pa­nies spe­cialised in se­cu­rity to pro­mote their prod­ucts in the Mid­dle East and the world, opines Brig Sheikh Nasser.

“We are look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing

“With in­ter­nal se­cu­rity be­ing a top­most pri­or­ity in the re­gion and Qatar due to the rapid eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments and the pres­ence, vast oil and gas re­sources, it is ex­pected that or­gan­i­sa­tions – both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors – will have in­creased spend­ing on se­cu­rity-re­lated so­lu­tions due to the grow­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion of po­ten­tial se­cu­rity threats.”

BRIG SHEIKH NASSER BIN FA­HAD AL THANI

Min­istry of In­te­rior

guests from around the world and spe­cially from the GCC and the Mid­dle East and we are hop­ing that this year's ex­hi­bi­tion will be one of the best and even bet­ter than the 2012 edi­tion,” says Brig Sheikh Nasser.

Milipol Qatar, which was in­sti­tuted in 1996, has been or­gan­ised by the MOI, in part­ner­ship with Comexposium from Paris. Through the years, this event hosted by Qatar has grown and is con­sid­ered the most im­por­tant se­cu­rity event con­ducted in the re­gion.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies will ben­e­fit from the pres­ence of re­gional and even global ex­hibitors and ex­perts, as well as gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­charge of se­cu­rity-re­lated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Not only do th­ese se­cu­rity agen­cies stand to ben­e­fit from learn­ing about the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and tech­niques in in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, but also profit from po­ten­tial business op­por­tu­ni­ties,” says Brig Sheikh Nasser.

“It is ex­pected that or­gan­i­sa­tions – both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors – will have in­creased spend­ing on se­cu­rity-re­lated so­lu­tions due to the grow­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion of po­ten­tial se­cu­rity threats,” he says.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the dis­cus­sions as well as prod­ucts and ser­vices that are to be show­cased by ex­hibitors dur­ing Milipol Qatar 2014 will most likely have com­ple­men­tary ap­pli­ca­tions for se­cur­ing such high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional events.

Brig Sheikh Nasser says that the is­sue of in­ter­nal se­cu­rity has en­com­passed strong co­op­er­a­tion among states and bor­der se­cu­rity agen­cies par­tic­u­larly due to in­creased move­ment and travel of peo­ple – ei­ther for leisure, liveli­hood or business pur­poses.

“The Min­istry of In­te­rior will have a 1,016 sq. m. pavil­ion in­clud­ing Min­istry de­part­ments and Milipol Qatar Com­mit­tee. Those de­part­ments in­clude: In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems, Coastal and Bor­der Guards and Preven­tion Se­cu­rity in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pub­lic Re­la­tions, In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity, Crim­i­nal Ev­i­dence and In­for­ma­tion and NCC, in ad­di­tion to the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces (Lekhwaya) who will par­tic­i­pate with a 1,056 sq. m. pavil­ion,” he adds

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