The blockade imposed on Qatar by some of its neighbouring countries has further enhanced Qatar’s strong belief in the importance of innovation, research, and development, said HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF).
Sheikha Hind was speaking at the inaugural session of the Annual
Research Conference 2018 which was attended by Her Highness Sheikha Moza
bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed
al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence
Affairs, HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, Minister of Energy and
Industry and a number of international experts in various research
“The blockade represents a challenge for us to persevere and pursue
innovation; we see it as an opportunity to continue co-operation and
research partnerships, and to make further contribution to the
development of Qatar,” said Sheikha Hind.
“The blockade has motivated us to strive for economic independence and
devote our efforts to make Qatar a regional and international centre for
research and development, through co-operation with partners,
governments, and research institutions, both locally and globally,” the
QF vice chairperson said.
“As the blockade continues, Qatar has unveiled its second national
development plan, focusing on building human and institutional
capacities, developing a system that supports entrepreneurship and
promotes research and development. The plan comes in the context of
efforts aiming to achieve sustainable development and accelerate
progress and innovation,” noted the QF CEO.
According to Sheikha Hind, the Annual Research Conference fulfils this
role and it stems from Qatar Foundation’s efforts to address major
national challenges, contribute to the establishment of a diverse and
sustainable economy, and provide effective and impactful solutions.
She said that focusing on national priorities, the conference recognises
solution-based research as the best means for greater prosperity and
regional security. “Based on our firm belief that research, technology,
and development are among the most important elements of a competitive
and diverse economy, our main areas of interest at Qatar Foundation
remain research and development, along with empowering and activating
research innovations across Qatar.
Research offers a significant contribution to promoting human capital
development and supporting the growth of local institutions throughout
the region, thus helping to provide security that can mitigate the
current turmoil in the region,” she said.
“The current circumstances require us to take effective and careful
measures, and to exert more efforts to raise the banner of Qatar by
investing in the brightest minds. I invite you all to co-operate
together to achieve the desired positive impacts,” Sheikha Hind said.
The QF CEO also highlighted that Qatar Foundation collaborates with
stakeholders in the public and private sectors to shape the future of
research and development, both inside and outside the country to provide
innovative and research-based solutions.
“Through our concerted efforts, we can achieve our vision and goals in a
manner that fortifies Qatar and all its residents. Our efforts will not
stop at this point, but like our nation, we share the fruits of our
work, our experiences, and our ideas for the benefit of all,” added
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), attended the QF Annual Research Conference 2018 yesterday at the Qatar National Convention Center. Her Highness honoured the winners of Best Research and Best Innovation Awards. The event was attended by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and a number of international experts in various research fields. PICTURE: A R al-Baker-HHOPL