Posted on November 01, 2017

Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Government Leaders gained insight on public policy and governance on a recent Learning Journey to Singapore. The trip, a staple of QLC’s yearlong program, fosters knowledge exchange between QLC participants and their Singaporean counterparts at all levels of government. Alongside top policy minds, participants learned about Singapore’s approach to addressing its national opportunities and challenges.

Singapore’s experience is instructive for the participants, who are on the leading edge of Qatar’s own development; a strong desire for further progress and development is what the countries have in common. More importantly, they share similar views on path-to-growth strategies.  Both Singapore and Qatar play a vital role within their regions, demonstrating that success does not depend on size of the country. “As growing countries on the global stage, Singapore and Qatar developed strategic visions to guide transformation and advancement,” noted His Excellency Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of QLC. “Engaging with public sector experts who contributed to Singapore’s vast achievements inspires the Government Leaders to develop smart, creative policies that will help Qatar continue to thrive.”

The Government Leaders Learning Journey was co-organized by Civil Service College Singapore, a valued partner of QLC. Mrs. Tina Tan, Director of Civil Service College International, welcomed the participants during an opening ceremony. The agenda included workshops on the fundamentals of good governance as well as policy development for economic development and diversification. Government Leaders also participated in a special session on Total Defence with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence. Total Defence is a framework in which every sector of Singapore’s society is called upon to do its part to protect the country from military, civil, economic, and social threats.

An important topic addressed in the interactive sessions was cybersecurity. Government Leaders met with Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency to discuss new challenges in an increasingly connected world. The participants also learned how Singapore serves its elderly citizens, visiting the Council for Third Age. There, they saw how the organization promotes active aging for senior citizens through volunteerism and education. To close out the Learning Journey, Government Leaders evaluated how to apply their key learnings to help achieve Qatar’s development goals.

Qualified Qatari professionals seeking to further develop their leadership skills can read about QLC by visiting www.qlc.org.qa

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