DOHA: HE Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum (QP), Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada opened the inaugural Qatar Petroleum Human Resources Conference here Tuesday.
HE the Minister of Administrative Development Dr. Issa Bin Saad Al Nuaimi attended the opening ceremony.
In his opening speech HE Dr. Al- Sada said, "This event is a significant opportunity to address the challenges facing our sector, mainly those related to attracting and retaining professionals with specialized technical and operational skills.
"It is a major problem that often surfaces due to the scarcity of some disciplines and the recruitment competition by companies in the oil and gas sector.
"The energy and industry sector needs to place enough emphasis on coordinating our human development strategy in line with the demands of the job market to achieve the required balance under our commitment to the pillars of Qatar National Vision and the National Development Strategy.
Senior QP officials, representatives from the corporation's joint ventures and subsidiaries and over 250 HR professionals from the country's energy and industry sector attended the opening.
Under the patronage of HE Dr. Al-Sada, the two-day conference organized by the corporation's HR Department, is being held with an overall theme of 'Building Capabilities'.
The conference will highlight key issues, identify challenges, explore possible solutions and ways forward in the management of human capital in Qatar's energy and industry sector.
It will further promote sharing of knowledge among participating companies and to address existing challenges with strategies that are aligned with the HR-related goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.
HE Dr. Al- Sada stressed that "this will require developing the human resources management systems and policies with specified criteria and standards that motivate the work environment in our sector by attracting qualified staff, protecting their rights, ensuring their safety, and retaining those with remarkable skills."
The first day of the conference, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, focussed on the theme 'Talent Management'.
The speakers included Dr. Richard Leete and Badria Al-Harami, Director and Senior Researcher, respectively, at the Department of Social Development of the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS).
Shabir Hussain, Talent Management, Omanisation and Recruitment Manager of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO); and Graham Sparks, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Talent at Shell were the other speakers.
Wednesday, the last day of the conference, will revolve around the theme 'Human Capital Engagement'.
David Lofquist, HR Director for Russia at ExxonMobil; Ricardo Sookdeo, Head of Group Talent and Performance Management at Maersk; and Carolina Pretzel, Deputy VP for Human Resources, Communications and CSR at Total E&P Qatar will be speaking.
The conference is intended as a solutions-based event with presentations scheduled in the morning followed by workshops in the afternoon.
During the workshops, the participants discuss in detail the issues raised by the speakers in their presentations and they then develop possible solutions to the problems and challenges that have been identified. (QNA)