EVERY year the State of Qatar celebrates the occasion of its National Day, which in 2014 holds special significance for all Qatari citizens, as it witnessed remarkable achievements, progress and prosperity in various spheres of life under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, carrying on the vision His Highness, the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
On the happy occasion of Qatar’s national day, Saleh Mohammed Al Nesef, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Brunei Darussalam, stated that Qatar is emerging and reaching new frontiers and rising to global prominence as oil and gas power, sports capital, business and real estate development hub, and a research centre.
Thanks to the Emir of Qatar’s wise leadership, strong determination and ability to mobilise the resources of the nation, in addition to his deep belief in the great capabilities of the Qatari citizen.
Saleh Al Nesef pointed out that Qatar is shining, with several corporations helping to diversify the national economy, as Qatari and regional companies are expanding the market, contributing valuable services and reshaping the country’s skylines, while economic diversification strategies emphasise the use of Qatar’s vast natural gas reserves to attract further investment in non-energy sectors.
“Qatar’s diversification efforts, coupled with a buoyant oil sector, continue to underpin rapid economic growth in addition to the emergence of Qatar as one of the richest countries in the world as its GDP per capita, already the highest in the world, is expected to double from 2014 to 2025, largely due to low costs of gas production and its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” the ambassador added.
Meanwhile, the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) is the home to various international companies conducting cutting-edge research and development.
The Qatari Ambassador illustrated the fact that as Qatar is an energy powerhouse experiencing tremendous economic growth; much of what goes on at the QSTP is related to environmental sustainability in an effort to prevent the negative effects of urban and energy development.
Furthermore, it is evident that Qatar supports the application of knowledge as a key source of long-term economic growth by dedicating 2.5 per cent of national GDP to Research & Development projects.
Moreover, the ambassador pointed out that while growth in Qatar is seemingly boundless, the government is careful to ensure that progress in both industry and business are in line with Qatar’s National Vision (QNV) 2030, which emphasises modernisation while preserving tradition.
The QNV 2030 focuses on the four pillars of human, social, economic and environmental development and aims to create “an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its entire people”.
Conversely, Qatar’s expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) has created an exceptionally well-developed communications infrastructure under the guidance of the Supreme Council for Communication and Information Technology (ictQATAR).
The Qatari Ambassador highlighted that Qatar is regarded as the foremost education investment market in the Middle East region.
With more than 60,000 students, approximately 47 per cent of whom are enrolled in primary education and nine per cent enrolled for undergraduate and postgraduate level education, the Qatari government’s educational policy focuses on increasing the quality of education provided to students.
Looking back on the past six years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Brunei in 2008, the ambassador said, “I am pleased to see that with our join efforts, Qatar-Brunei Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship has achieved significant progress.”
This process was in no small measures assisted by the state visit paid by His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar – then to Brunei Darussalam on January 2012 – during which the two sides reached broad consensus on strengthening bilateral exchanges and cooperation in different fields.
The two governments issued a joint statement and made comprehensive planning for our bilateral relations, which has promoted Qatar-Brunei relations to a new stage of comprehensive and rapid development, explained the ambassador.
Furthermore, over the past years the two nations have concluded numerous cooperative agreements and memorandums of understandings (MOUs) which strengthened closer cooperation in different fields.
The two countries have also been exchanging visits at the Ministerial Level with the aim of broadening the dimensions of the existent outstanding bilateral relations.
“We hope that the friendship and cooperation between Qatar and Brunei will develop from strength to strength,” said the ambassador. He added, “we are confident with the wise leaderships of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the bonds of collaboration between Qatar and Brunei will be further strengthened in the years ahead.”