By Dr Yury Sentyurin
Under the current extraordinary circumstances, when the outbreak of Covid-19 emerged as a “Black Swan” and consequently impacted most of economic activities all over the globe since early 2020, governmental and private sectors have proved to be prudent, trusted and responsible partners in defeating the novel virus threat.
As regards to the State of Qatar, tireless continuous efforts and a comprehensive set of supportive measures undertaken to halt the virus spreading and address the caused economic consequences reflects the extent of support and attention the leadership and the esteemed government attach upon the score.
The absolute transparency adopted by Qatar in conveying facts related to the novel Covid-19 outbreak, is much appreciated and thankfully welcomed by the citizens and residents. The country’s proactive and innovative approach in monitoring new cases, coupled with straightforward awareness campaign on the precautionary and preventive measures ensures the primary safety line which is shaped by the conscience of people and their control over themselves.
The government contributes a lot to providing food and hygiene stuff for citizens and residents through setting price limits for food items. Moreover, as a social responsibility move, the Qatar Charity in co-operation with the authorities concerned, distributes health and awareness kits, food baskets and other materials to the beneficiaries.
Recognising the pandemic immerse exposure, the Doha-based Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) strictly follows the instructions by the wise leadership of the State of Qatar alongside the Supreme Committee’s for Crisis Management recommendations.
Being thankful for the safety and care measures, I offer sincere appreciation to the State of Qatar for consistent and efficient set of measures in combating the Covid-19 in the country, high-quality selfless medical support and treatment for all, and unfaltering devotion to common health.
In turn, the GECF community reaffirms, that the coronavirus is a common challenge and all of us must show greater solidarity so that we could emerge even stronger from the crisis unleashed by the pandemic. We are facing unprecedented time, when common endeavours are much-needed as never before in order to safe lives and speed up return of habitual lifestyle fulfilled with offline communications.
Being in compassionate solidarity with those under medical treatment and quarantine, the Forum’s Secretariat adheres all the WHO’s and local authorities’ guidelines and standards thoroughly to reduce risks for all. Thus, the GECF premises remain operating, but all the staff fully shifted to remote work starting from March 22. Only in case if the work cannot be done remotely from home, it is allowed to attend the office with inevitable adherence of all the precautionary measures. The team keeps up well, despite the fact that they have to work from home. Carrying out professional mandates in the changed working environment has become possible via innovative technologies – there are a diverse array of utilities and digital platforms for immediate communication, information exchange, and files access for employees working on a remote site. Apart from that, it is with comfort that there are no cases among the GECF staff in Qatar. Recalling multinational and multicultural nature of our organisation, we are grateful to the GECF’s Member Countries leadership and relevant authorities for ongoing co-operation, unwavering support, flexibility and readiness to compromise. This is decisive and especially much-appreciated in the times of pressing shocks and global challenges.
* Dr Yury Sentyurin is Secretary General of the GECF.
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