Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Gas Exporting Countries Forum Holds Board Meeting in Doha

Doha, October 17 (QNA) – The two-day 14th meeting of the Executive Board of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) which opened here Wednesday at its headquarters is mulling various reports including the key report on the workshop held for creating a financial institution.
Delegations from 12 member countries – Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Oman and Venezuela – are attending the meetings conducted by GECF Executive Board Chairman Ilya Galkin from Russia at the Tornado Tower in Doha. The Netherlands and Norway have sent observer members.
The GECF Secretary General Leonid Bokhanovskiy hosted a series of meeting building up to the 14th meeting of the Executive Board.
The major issues discussed by the EB Members were the Program of Work and Budget for year 2013, which represents the platform of the work of the GECF in general and the Secretariat in particular during the next year, a GECF official said.
The 14th EB meeting set the framework for the discussions that would be held during the Ministerial Meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea next month on November 21 as well as the procedure for incorporation of new members countries, the discussions of the gas market reports and approval of GECF anniversary celebration activities.
A number of strategic meetings were also held today like the third High-Level Working Group on the GECF Long Term Strategy, which defines the guidelines for future work of the Forum; the 3rd meeting of the Steering Committee a Specialized Body which provides technical advisory to the Secretariat and Member countries also met.
Other specialized bodies discussed the establishment of a Gas Institute and had exploratory discussion on the creation of a financial institution within the GECF. (QNA)

Experts from 60 Countries to Attend Food Security Conference in Doha Next Month

Doha, October 17 (QNA) – Policy-makers, top academia, scientists, experts from food security, water management, agriculture and economics from 60 countries will join discussions at the two-day International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL), a senior official said here Wednesday.
The conference, to be held here on November 14 an 15, is being held under the auspices of HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and under Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNSFP) Chairman Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiya. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partner of this conference.
QNSFP Chairman Senior Advisor Taysir Al Ghanem told Qatar News Agency (QNA) Wednesday, “Ministers, government official, experts and representatives from 60 countries representing food security, water management, financial institutions and NGOs will attend the conference. The deliberations over two days, to be held at Qatar University, will include ministerial level dialogue and at the end of conference there will be a Doha Declaration.”
Besides ministers, senior government officials, policy developers, the conference will assemble experts, development practitioners and representatives of international and regional organizations, farmers  unions, NGOs, private and public financial institutions and funds, private agri-business enterprises and the media.
The speakers for the FSDL conference include officials from UNESCO and World Bank. The conference will focus on the three thematic areas – food security, water management and responsible investment – under which a number of key topics will be discussed by the delegates.
The first day’s plenary session will see ministerial dialogue on dry land agriculture and food security, climate change and the links between food, water and energy. There will be 12 technical sessions addressing various challenges and issues of food security and water resources.
The opening and closing ceremonies and the Ministerial Dialogue sessions will be held at the Ibn Khaldoun Conference Hall at Qatar University while the parallel thematic sessions will be held at the Auditorium, in the New Library building in the campus.
Ten international organisations – World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UNESCO, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Kings College London, Qatar Foundation (QF), Qatar University (QU), Georgetown University Qatar are involved in this conference, Al Ghanem said.
The QNFSP is a national initiative, established by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, consisting of an inter-governmental Task Force to develop the Food Security Master Plan for the State of Qatar which it will complete by the end of 2012.
The Master Plan will layout a sustainable solution that will be implemented by the executive branch of Qatar government through the QNFSP Task Force. The implementation of the Master Plan will assist the State of Qatar in the fulfillment of the goals and objectives set by the Qatar National Vision (QNV) of 2030, leading to Human, Social, Economic and Environmental development. (QNA)

Attorney General Meets WB Vice President

Doha, October 17 (QNA) – HE the Attorney General  Dr. Ali bin Fetais Marri met here today with Vice President of the World Bank (WB)  Anne-Marie Laurie. During the meeting, they exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest and discussed ways to strengthen the legal cooperation between the Public Prosecution Department  and each of the Rule of Law and Anti Corruption Centre and the World Bank in the field of training and exchange of information and provision of training courses for the Arab Spring countries in areas of capacity building and recovery of the looted money.(QNA)

النائب العام يلتقي نائب رئيس البنك الدولي

الدوحة في 17 اكتوبر /قنا/ التقى سعـادة الدكتور علي بن فطيس المري النائب العام في الدوحة اليوم السيدة آن ماري لوري نائب رئيس البنك الدولي. 
جرى خلال اللقاء تبادل وجهات النظر بشأن عدد من القضايا ذات الاهتمام المشترك ومناقشة سبل توثيق التعاون القانوني بين النيابة العامة ومركز حكم القانون ومكافحة الفساد من جهة والبنك الدولي من جهة ثانية في مجال التدريب وتبادل المعلومات وتوفير الدورات التدريبية لدول الربيع العربي في مجال بناء القدرات واسترداد الاموال المنهوبة.

Qatar Museum Authority Nominated For Cannes Award

Doha, October 17 (QNA) – Qatar Museum Authority (QMA) has been nominated for the worldwide-known international Cannes festival award 2012 for the best film editing category of a documentary short-film entitled “Be Amusing”. The film, produced by Resolution Productions, is the creation of QMA’s human resources team to sport Qatar career fair that was held last February in London.
The film links between a local and an international vision of the QMA, as well as displaying the Authority’s work environment.
In a statement contained in a press release here on Wednesday, Head of QMA’s Human resources Sector Shorouq Al Malki said that was the first time ever a GCC state organization be nominated for this prestigious award.
She said QMA s nomination for a Cannes award is deemed a major headway placing Qatar among top Global theatres.
Meanwhile, Managing Director and Owner of Resolution Productions, Kirby Kearns,  said the film s nomination for the award is a culmination of the team’s work and their ability to produce a competitive film worth appearing in Cannes International Film Festival.
The festival is annually held in France gathering a huge number of film industry icons. (QNA)

Qatar Committed to Promoting Women’s Rights

New York, October 17 (QNA) – The State of Qatar stressed full commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in accordance with the Islamic Sharia and social values; noting that enhancing the rights of women is a part of promoting the family as the natural unit and basis of society.
The remarks came during a speech by Asma Neji Al Amri, the First Secretary of the U.S. Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and member of Qatar’s delegation to 67th UN General Assembly before the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee (Third Committee).
The State of Qatar, which has ratified the major international treaty on women’s rights, firmly believes in the importance of empowering women to exercise all their political, social and economic rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws, she explained.
 The State of Qatar has made remarkable efforts to modernize education, in general, and education of women, in particular; enabling women to engage in the labour market and participate in production activities, she said.
In this context, the Qatari official highlighted the pioneer role played by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in promoting humanitarian affairs and empowering women through her economic, social and development initiatives and contributions at the national, regional and international levels.
She also reaffirmed Qatar’s keenness to establish institutional mechanisms to promote and protect women’s rights and working to promote women’s rights and end discrimination against them through a number of governmental agencies such as the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children.
Within the framework of assessment of achievements and progress attained towards realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the State of Qatar, three reports prepared in collaboration between the Statistics Authority and the Permanent Population Committee under the supervision of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were so far released, she said.
The recent report of 2010 shows that there has been significant progress in meeting the MDG and reveals that the State of Qatar has already achieved most of the MDG goals including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving basic universal education, reducing child and maternal mortality, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as ensuring environmental sustainability and global partnership for development, she explained.
She further reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to the importance of continued dialogue, consultation and work for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, referring to The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the Advancement of Women hosted by the State of Qatar on 12-14 February 2012.  (QNA)

Indonesian President Receives Credentials of Qatari Ambassador

Jakarta, October 17 (QNA)- President of the Republic of Indonesia, HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, received here today the credentials of HE Mohamed Khater Al Khater as Qatar’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Indonesia.
During the audience, the Qatari Ambassador conveyed to the Indonesian President greetings of HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and their wishes of best of health and further growth and prosperity to the Indonesian people.
For his part, the Indonesian President entrusted the Ambassador with his greetings to HH the Emir and HH the Heir Apparent and his wishes of further progress and prosperity to the Qatari people.
Talks during the audience also dealt with the important bilateral ties between Qatar and Indonesia and means of enhancing them to achieve common interests of the two peoples.   (QNA)