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Posted On: 9 November 2013 12:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Qataris being trained to bag new port jobs

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Qatar is embarking on an ambitious project to train citizens so that they can bag the maximum number of 20,000 jobs that will be created when the New Doha Port is ready for operation in 2016. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the New Doha Port Project’s Steering Committee, Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi. There will be two key areas where nationals are to be trained to take up employment and these include customs and security. Hence, there is a need to focus on local human resource development so that there is no dearth of suitable candidates for these jobs when they are created. The chairman pointed out that work on the new port was progressing as scheduled and it was to be ready in time for commissioning in 2016. There are 21 projects associated with the new port the work on which is proceeding smoothly. There is adequate involvement of local companies in these projects. “Some 50 percent of the work related to these projects is being carried out by Qatari companies,” said Al Nuaimi, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported yesterday. According to Al Nuaimi, nearly a third (30 percent) of the work on the new port project is over. Al Sharq said quoting the chairman that once ready, the new port will be able to handle some two million containers a year. This capacity will be raised threefold to six million in future. So after the new port begins operations, it will be able to fully meet the needs of the rising population of the country and the string of mega development projects being launched. Al Nuaimi is also the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority. He said that the steering committee of the new port is currently working in two areas. One relates to identifying what jobs would be required in the administration of the new port. The administration will have different sections. “So we need to identify job descriptions,” he said. The other sphere is related to awarding contracts for the operation of the port once it is ready for commissioning. According to Al Sharq, the chairman issued a statement on the occasion of signing a key agreement for digging canals as part of the new Doha Port project. The port’s steering committee signed an agreement on Thursday for digging the canals for the upcoming port. Wave breakers will also be built, he said. The contract was inked with South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company, which has set up a joint venture with another company to undertake the work. The project was awarded in August, the daily said.