In­dus­try devel­op­ment of­fers many ‘op­por­tu­ni­ties to Qataris, res­i­dents’

Gulf Times Business - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Ala­gos Busi­ness Re­porter

Qatar is strate­gi­cally in­vest­ing “mas­sive re­sources” to de­velop all its in­dus­tries as a key source of “op­por­tu­ni­ties es­ca­la­tion” for all its cit­i­zens and res­i­dents as the coun­try strives to build a knowl­edge-based econ­omy, Qatar Fi­nance and Busi­ness Academy CEO Dr Khalid al-Horr has said.

“Qatar recog­nises that a high­lyskilled hu­man cap­i­tal is the foun­da­tion by which steady growth can be at­tained. In or­der to sup­port this growth, we have been mak­ing ef­forts to raise the fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try stan­dards and help or­gan­i­sa­tions and pro­fes­sion­als achieve their learn­ing and busi­ness ob­jec­tives, thus aligned with Qatar 2030 vi­sion,” al-Horr told Gulf Times.

“While there is no deny­ing the fact that im­mi­gra­tion of high­ly­trained or qual­i­fied peo­ple has be­come a grow­ing global concern to­day, but the Qatari gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued thrust on of­fer­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to young­sters has tremen­dously helped in re­tain­ing Qatari tal­ent to the land of op­por­tu­ni­ties. The fact that Qatari econ­omy is wit­ness­ing boost from all the quar­ters has also sub­stan­ti­ated this very sit­u­a­tion,” he con­tin­ued.

Al-Horr stressed that “‘ brain drain’ is not an is­sue in Qatar.” Nev­er­the­less, the QFBA has de­signed its cur­ricu­lum in such a way that it pre­pares the youth to take right de­ci­sions and paves the way for their growth in Qatar specif­i­cally, he stressed.

“Our var­i­ous pro­grammes are de­signed around the crit­i­cal is­sues fac­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment to­day and into the fu­ture,” al-Horr em­pha­sised.

Al-Horr pointed out that the QFBA’s pro­grammes ad­dress the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sion­als in the fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try. Ad­di­tion­ally, QFBA has part­nered with the Qatar Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre Au­thor­ity to launch ‘Kawader’ – the academy’s unique train­ing pro­gramme as an in­cu­ba­tor for the next gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers and de­ci­sion-mak­ers in Qatar’s emerg­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try.

More­over, the Qatar In­sti­tute for Pub­lic Fi­nance (QIPF) is a Me­naw­ide ini­tia­tive aimed at ac­tively tack­ling knowl­edge gaps and shar­ing ex­per­tise and best prac­tice in the pub­lic fi­nance field, al-Horr noted.

“Ex­pand­ing our reach to in­clude higher ed­u­ca­tion plat­forms, we have joined forces with Northum­bria Univer­sity New­cas­tle to of­fer Qataris and res­i­dents of Qatar the unique op­por­tu­nity of en­rolling in spe­cialised in­ter­na­tional busi­ness de­grees from Northum­bria.

“Bring­ing Northum­bria Univer­sity on board, along­side our spe­cialised pro­grammes, pro­vide us a great im­pe­tus to strengthen the fi­nan­cial devel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion land­scape of Qatar and make young­sters fu­ture-ready to in­vest in a bet­ter fu­ture for Qatar,” al-Horr added.

Al-Horr: Fo­cus on highly-skilled hu­man cap­i­tal.

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