Qatar prepared to face crises: Minister
21 Sep 2017 - 8:12
Minister of Energy and Industry, H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, delivering the keynote speech at a symposium on ‘Leadership and Resilience in Emergency Management’ at the Georgetown University Qatar yesterday. Pic: Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula
Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada yesterday said the State of Qatar had set programmes which had made the country highly prepared and ready to face emergencies and crises in the energy and industrial sectors.
He stressed on the importance of crises management at the Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) symposium to discuss leadership and resilience in emergency management.
The Minister of Energy and Industry referred to the State of Qatar’s crisis management experience, when the neighboring countries suddenly and unjustly imposed a siege on the State. “However Qatar was able to commit to its oil and gas deliveries to its customers with out any tardiness or default. Qatar’s response was well recognized and showed Qatar’s preparedness to successfully counter the siege, by activating the emergency programs and business continuity plans, especially in the fields of oil and gas,” he said.
The event, hosted by the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, also celebrated the launch of the University’s new regionally focused executive master’s degree in emergency and disaster management.
The Minister of Energy and Industry stressed on the importance of adequate preparedness to mitigate such risks. “Such emergency and disaster management preparedness programs encourage critical thinking and innovates new educational and practical methods that work on facing a variety of the disasters’ negative impact, which maybe be faced in all walks of life,” he added.
Dr Al-Sada emphasized the need to continually work on improving safety practices and creating a culture of preparedness in order to ensure stability in the face of challenges and disasters. “The best safety systems are not fully effective unless they are part of a broader culture of preparedness,” said Dr Al Sada. “Developing such a culture is a journey rather than a destination.”
The keynote address by the Minister was followed by a panel discussion with industry experts John Galt, the country emergency and security manager for Qatar Shell, Dominic Genetti, vice president and joint interest manager at ExxonMobil Qatar, and Khalid Al Hashmi, assistant undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Ministry of Transportation and Communication.
“At ExxonMobil, we have learned that safety is too important to be considered proprietary. This is why we have been committed to working within our industry, as well as with governments and other stakeholders here in Qatar and around the world to share our best practices,” said Genetti.
“I would like to thank Georgetown University for bringing us together with other industry players in today’s panel session so that we can share all that we know about safety, and discuss lifesaving information and techniques. By combining our expertise and capabilities, we can continue to improve safety performance while meeting the needs of Qatar’s growing LNG industry,” he added.