HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie affirmed that governmental institutions are facing many challenges, the most prominent of which is the blockade imposed on the state, and the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Concerted efforts are required to confront these challenges and turn them into opportunities, especially in light of the preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, he said.
In his speech during the opening of the first annual Planning Forum, which was launched via video conferencing, with the participation of all sectors in the ministry, HE al-Subaie said that the current stage calls for a transformation in the management of the business that is done, through good planning for the future, based on results to reach the strategic objectives.
Yousef Ahmed Janahi, Director of Planning and Quality Department and General Co-ordinator of the forum
The forum is the first of its kind to build effective communication channels between the ministry's leaders to discuss their ambitions in order enhance institutional effectiveness, exchange ideas, and opinions in the process of enhancing the mechanisms used to improve the satisfaction of the beneficiaries of the internal and external public, he explained.
In conformity with the directions of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, in keeping pace with Qatar National Vision 2030, it was necessary to develop the strategic plan of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and to achieve this goal, he said, adding that the ministry, with the help of experts and specialists from various sectors, began to develop its strategic plan in co-operation with one of the international consultancy firms specialised in formulating strategic plans.
He stressed that the forum represents an effective tool for decision-makers to find out the rapid internal and external changes of the ministry in the various urban, agricultural, environmental, and service sectors, and to identify the gaps and difficulties that hinder the achievement of the strategic vision, mission and goals of the Ministry, in addition to preparing plans, projects, and policies that contribute to evaluating the course of implementing strategic plans for sectors and departments, through performance measurement indicators for all administrative units in the ministry, that conforms with the National Development Strategy of Qatar for 2018-2020, and Qatar National Vision 2030.
Excellence in performance is the way to achieve goals and to achieve this, the Qatari cadres must be built through education, qualification, training, and refining of their skills, in addition to hiring Qataris for jobs with national competencies, as this is one of the major priorities at the ministry, he said, pointing out some important strategic projects that have been planned to be relied on in developing services strategically, especially in the field of the partnership between the public and private sectors.
HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment reviewed a number of the ministry's projects in the fields of urban planning affairs, municipalities, public services, agriculture, fisheries, environment, and shared services.
HE al-Subaie said that the Ministry of Municipality and Environment is working on providing its services for citizens and residents, as well as to the public and private sectors through several access points and in various sectors, as there are more than 450 services, noting the necessity of uniting efforts to work as a single system and not as separate organisational units, to improve work performance in the services provided to the public.
He pointed out that the use of technology is considered one of the most significant advanced ways to implement the ministry's strategy and achieve its mission, vision, and goals, and it also contributes very effectively to developing services and raising the level of service provided to the public and beneficiaries, to be accessible to all around the clock.
Yousef Ahmed Janahi, Director of Planning and Quality Department and General Co-ordinator of the forum, confirmed that the main objectives behind holding this forum are to create a common vision for the future of the ministry during the five-year plan period in light of the approved long-term vision and the national strategy of the state and to provide the opportunity for senior officials to present their plans for an open and honest discussion, review and comment on them in the interest of the Ministry, in addition to discussing related issues and explore and exchange solutions.
The forum's first session Sunday included a presentation of the main plans, projects, and activities of the Urban Planning Affairs Sector, where Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry Eng. Fahd Mohamed al-Qahtani presented the work plan of the Urban Planning Affairs Sector, and the managers of the departments of the sector, namely (urban planning — land and survey — expropriation — infrastructure planning infrastructure — state property) by presenting their department's business plan, separately.