Daily Archives: September 27, 2012

HH Sheikha Moza Joins UN Secretary General at Launch of Education First

UNITED NATIONS, September 26 (QNA) – HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser today joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of his new initiative to make education a top global priority and boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals on education.
Speaking at the Education First initiative held on the sidelines of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly,
Her Highness said, “The world is coming together to put education back in its rightful place on the agenda   first. Yes we will need funds, yes we will need resources, but most of all we need real understanding, genuine resolve, and action.”
The Education First initiative aims to tackle the global challenge of 61 million children receiving no education at all. Almost half of these live in conflict zones or fragile states.  HH Sheikha Moza will take an advisory role to Ban Ki-moon on the Steering Committee of Education First, drawing on her experience as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education and as her role as Millennium Development Goals Advocate for education.
“The loss of an education is a real and life-threatening tragedy to the victims whose voices right now are simply not being heard. It can mean the loss of a future,”  HH Sheikha Moza said.
“It is the most vicious of circles. No education means no job, no job means no income, and no income means no education. Destroying education in a conflict zone destroys a society s chances of recovery. We know that children deprived of an education in conflict zones are far more likely to be drafted into armies or militias of one type or another. This is the logic of violence at its simplest, at its most brutal.”
HH Sheikha Moza said she would announce in November her own ” significant new initiative that will be a practical and powerful step towards getting those 61 million children into school.” (QNA)http://qnasites/SiteCollectionImages/international%20flags/QNA_Qatar_Flag.jpg

العقيلي: قطر تمتلك مقومات توظيف قطاع البريد لتسهيل التبادل التجاري

الدوحة في 27 سبتمبر /قنا/ أكد السيد عبدالرحمن العقيلي رئيس المؤسسة العامة للبريد أن دولة قطر تمتلك مقومات تمكنها من تحقيق تقدم أكبر في مجال توظيف إمكانات القطاع البريدي لتسهيل حركة التجارة بينها وبين دول العالم.
وقال السيد العقيلي فى تصريح صحفي على هامش أعمال مؤتمر الاتحاد البريدي العالمي الخامس والعشرين المنعقد بالدوحة “إن النمو الكبير للإقتصاد القطري والحركة التجارية النشطة ووجود الشركات التجارية الكبرى والتوسع والتمدد الأفقي والزيادة السكانية والبنية التحتية القوية كلها عوامل تساعد على تنشيط البريد وتوظيفه فى مجال التبادل التجاري”.
ويشكل موضوع دعم الخدمات البريدية للتبادل التجاري وتنشيط وتسهيل الحركة التجارية وخصوصا أمام الشركات الصغيرة والمتوسطة أحد الموضوعات الرئيسية التي يناقشها المؤتمر.
كما يحظى موضوع تطوير الخدمات المالية البريدية وسبل الاستفادة منها في تنمية التجارة الإلكترونية التى تعتبر عماد نمو حركة الطرود البريدية بنصيب وافر من المناقشات.
وفي هذا السياق نوه السيد العقيلي باهتمام وزارة الأعمال والتجارة بهذا الموضوع، وقال” يحظى موضوع التجارة الإلكترونية باهتمام سعادة وزير الأعمال والتجارة وهناك فريق عمل لتفعيل وتنشيط التجارة الإلكترونية بين قطر ومختلف الدول وسيكون لمؤسسة البريد حصتها الكبيرة من هذا التطور من خلال اعتماده في عميلة النقل”.
وحول تفعيل نتائج المؤتمر أوضح أن بعض القضايا المطلوب تنفيذها تتطلب وقتاً كونها تحتاج الى موافقات الدول ذاتها وبعضها يحتاج الى إجراءات قانونية حتى يجد طريقه الى التنفيذ، لكنه عول على الإتفاقيات الثنائية بين الدول التى قد تساهم فى تسريع تنفيذ بعض الأمور المتعلقة بتطوير الخدمات البريدية.
وفي رده على سؤال بشأن أجواء المناقشات قال العقيلي “لم تبرز أي مشكلات في المناقشات لكن يحدث في بعض الأحيان اختلاف في وجهات النظر حول بعض القضايا مثل الرسوم البريدية والجمارك والنقل وغيرها وهو ما يمكن تجاوزه بسهولة”.
وشدد في هذا الإطار على أن دولة قطر أصبحت نموذجا يحتذى به في مجال العمل الجمركي وتطوره وأن الكثير من الدول طلبت الاستعانة بالتجربة القطرية في هذا المجال.

Bulgarian PM Meets Qatari Minister of Municipality

Sofia, September 27 (QNA) – Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Thursday met with Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, currently on a visit to Bulgaria. The meeting discussed cooperation relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them, especially in the fields of municipalities, infrastructure and urban planning.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Bulgaria HE Muhammad bin Ali Al-Nuaimi attended the meeting along with members of the delegation accompanying HE the minister. (QNA)

HH Sheikha Moza Urges Intensified Efforts to Meet MDG Targets

NEW YORK, September 27 (QNA) – HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has called for intensified efforts to reach the UN anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), by their fast approaching deadline of 2015.
Her Highness, a MDG Advocate for universal primary education, spoke at a meeting of the MDG Advocacy Group held on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly and which urged the international community to step up efforts for the final three years.
Although several targets have been met ahead of schedule, including on poverty reduction, water access, slum improvement and gender parity in primary education, enormous challenges remain.
More than one billion people are still living in extreme poverty and approximately 61 million children of primary school age are out of school. Progress has been uneven within countries and regions and severe inequalities persist.
In the meeting, HH Sheikha Moza assured the Group of her ongoing commitment to the issue of the protection and promotion of education during times of conflict or insecurity as an important priority in the target of achieving universal primary education, as of the 61 million children out of school globally, nearly half of them live in areas affected by conflict.
As an example of this commitment, Her Highness pointed to the recent release of a legal handbook published by her initiative Education Above All, which will raise awareness of the preventative and protective potential of international law and act as a deterrent for future violations.
 HH Sheikha Moza also informed the Group that in November she will be announcing the launch of a significant new initiative which will be an important step towards meeting the UN’s education goals. The announcement will take place in Doha during the fourth annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and the promotion of innovation in education.
The MDG Advocacy Group was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010 to help him build political will and mobilize global action for the benefit of the poor and the most vulnerable.
“This is no time to relax. 2015 is fast approaching,” Mr. Ban told the Group at their meeting. “We must continue to push as hard as we can to build on the momentum the Goals have generated.”  
He added that the Group is an “inspiring” example of partnership a model for approaching development challenges. “Governments stand at the centre. But we know that governments alone cannot get the job done. It will take the private sector, civil society, philanthropists and academia working together in common cause, catalyzing commitments and promoting accountability.” 

HH Sheikha Moza Takes Part in MDG Advocacy Group’s Meeting

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has participated in the third annual meeting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy group at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The meeting reviewed the progress achieved towards the MDGs.
HH Sheikha Moza, in her capacity as a global education advocate, renewed her call on the organizations and major donors to increase their contributions to the education funding and reinforce the protection of Education in conflict zones.  (QNA)

Qatar Welcomes Sudan, South Sudan Agreement

Doha, September 27 (QNA) – Qatar has welcomed the agreement between Sudan and South Sudan that was concluded Thursday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, an official source at the foreign ministry told Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The official expressed hope that the agreement would help in reaching agreements in the other outstanding issues between the two countries. 
The source praised the efforts of Ethiopia and the African Union that culminated in the agreements. (QNA)

Siemens Appoints New CEO for Qatar

Doha, September 27 (QNA) – Siemens today announced the appointment of Bernhard Fonseka as new Chief Executive Officer for its rapidly-expanding operations in Qatar. Based in Doha, Fonseka will take on his new role at Siemens WLL, the Qatari unit of Siemens AG, from October 1, 2012 and continue to expand the company’s footprint in the Gulf state, the electronics, and electrical engineering company said Thursday.
Speaking about his appointment, Fonseka said, “I am delighted to be in Qatar at such an exciting and crucial time, and to participate and engage in the massive transformation that the country is presently undergoing.
“At Siemens, we are fully committed to continue growing our business here and to play a leading role in developing further the local expertise needed to meet Qatar’s ambitions in line with its National Vision 2030, which aims at transforming the country into a knowledge-based society.”
Fonseka started his career with Siemens in 1995 and has been gathering broad experience in a wide range of business areas ever since, initially in the field of logistics and subsequently with large infrastructure projects for Siemens Industrial Solutions and Siemens Metal Technologies.
He has held leadership positions at Siemens in France and Russia, and complemented his extensive international experience in recent years in Asia. Prior to his appointment as Siemens Qatar CEO, he was Senior Vice President of Siemens China, and General Manager of the company’s Drive Technologies Division.
Fonseka succeeds Martin a Porta, who was at the helm of Siemens in Qatar since 2010 and during whose tenure the company secured numerous landmark projects. (QNA)

Qatar Keen on Providing Low-cost Housing

Cairo, September 27 (QNA) – Qatar has underlined its commitment to support and promote joint Arab action in all fields, especially housing and development, and the expansion in projects providing low-cost housing, and the exchange of experiences in this regard.
The remarks were made by Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs for Housing, at the closing of the 76th session of the Council of Arab Housing Ministers’ executive bureau held Thursday at the Arab League headquarters.
Al Kubaisi said that his country called for an agenda with specific topics for the second Arab housing conference, due to take place in Iraq in December, to ensure their implementation at good standards. (QNA)

Qatar Exchange Index Drops 105.95 Points This Week

Doha, September 27 (QNA) – Qatar Exchange index lost 105.95 points (1.23%) this week when the bourse closed at 8,493.70 points on Thursday. The trading value during this week decreased by 25.30% to reach QR 882,581,458.21 compared to QR 1,181,467,877.81.
The trading volume decreased by 20.24% to reach 23,248,786 shares, as against 29,149,481 shares, while the number of transactions fell by 20.70%, to reach 14,161 transactions as compared to 17,857 transactions.
Market capitalization fell by 0.92% to reach QR 469,034,199,248.81 as compared to QR 473,381,181,588.22 at the end of previous week.
Banks and financial services led the traded value this week with for 38.44% of the total traded value. Consumer goods and services accounted for 25.89%. Industries accounted for 13.74% and real estate accounted 10.28%.
Banks and financial services led the traded volume this week with 32.06% of the total traded volume. Consumer goods and services accounted for 22.81%. Real Estate accounted for 16.34% and telecoms accounted for 13.59%.
Banks and financial services led the number of transactions this week with 30.84% of the total number of transactions. Consumer goods and services accounted for 25.34%. Real estate accounted for 13.14% and industries accounted for 12.36%.
From the 42 listed companies 14 ended this week higher while 26 fell and two remained unchanged.
Qatar Meat and Livestock Company let the traded value this week with 18.04% of the total traded value. Commercial Bank accounted for 8.67% and QNB accounting for 7.37%. (QNA)