Posted on October 28, 2015

Under the “First Six-year Evaluation of the Population Policy” theme, the Permanent Population Committee (PPC) organized an event on the occasion of Qatar Population Day which was celebrated in the Four Season Hotel on yesterday, 27 October 2015.

His Excellency Dr. Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Nabit, Minster of Development Planning and Statistics and PPC Chairman, opened the event with a speech welcoming guests and participants, wishing them success in achieving the goals of Qatar Population Day, which the PPC used to celebrate every year in line with the United Nations World Population Day celebrations. His Excellency Has stressed that Qatar Population Day this year comes after the completion of the first stage of the population policy evaluation.

He pointed out that the PPC Technical Bureau, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and after outlining the population policy pivot points, has completed a significant part of the required evaluation. It seeks in the next phase to continue the evaluation process in the light of the results of the Mid-Term Review of the National Development Strategy (NDS), carried out by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, allowing more coordination and integration between the NDS projects and the Population Policy Action Plan.

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Abdullah al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry (guest of honor), delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of the in-depth and comprehensive reviews undertaken by the Permanent Population Committee in terms of the Population Policy Action Plan in the light of Qatar National Vision 2030, and based on the developments of demographic situation shown by the results of the General Census of Population and Housing 2015, and the results of the Mid-Term Review of NDS 2011-2016 carried out by the MDPS. In a related context, he expressed the readiness of the Ministry of Energy and Industry for extensive fruitful cooperation with the Permanent Population Committee in order to enable the Population Policy to become a national program whose positive effects would benefit everyone without exception.

This was followed by the speech of His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Abdul Ahad, Regional Director of the UNFPA for the Arab States, which focused on the importance of the cooperation between PPC and UNFPA, pointing out that the periodic review and continuous evaluation of population policies are vital. Thus, the evaluation carried out by the State of Qatar for its population policy provides another example of commitment to professional standards and best practices in dealing with population and development issues.

In the second session, after the above-mentioned welcoming speeches, Mr. Sultan Al Kuwari , PPC Vice Chairman, gave a presentation about the action plan and the priorities of the second phase of the population policy evaluation plan (October 2015-2016). As for the third and final session, it was dedicated for working groups to discuss the six themes of the population policy (population and manpower; urban growth, housing and environment; education, training and youth; public health and reproductive health; women and children; and elderly and persons with disabilities), in order to develop future directions for the second phase of the first six-year evaluation of the population policy.