Minister urges human development strategy

March 05, 2014 - 5:09:49 am

H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada addressing the HR Conference.

DOHA: The Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada yesterday inaugurated the Qatar Petroleum HR Conference, which has attracted over 250 human resources professionals from the country’s energy and industry sector.

In his opening address, 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 specialised 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.”

The Minister 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.” 

Held at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, the first day of the Qatar Petroleum HR Conference focused on 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). The other speakers were Shabir Hussain, Talent Management, Omanisation and Recruitment Manager of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO); and Graham Sparks, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion and Talent at Shell. Today, the forum will revolve around the theme “Human Capital Engagement”. 

The speakers will be David Lofquist, Human Resources Director for Russia at ExxonMobil; Ricardo Sookdeo, Head of Group Talent & Performance Management at Maersk; and Carolina Pretzel, Deputy VP for Human Resources, Communications & CSR at Total E&P Qatar.

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