Posted on November 03, 2019

Qatar Airways has announced a new partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) that aims to widen access to information technology to its junior members of staff in Qatar.

To formalise the partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today at Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (QITCOM) by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and the Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development at MoTC, Ms. Reem Al Manoori, in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti. The partnership, which falls under MoTC’s Better Connections Program, will see hundreds of computers installed at Qatar Airways company accommodation, the delivery of IT training for Qatar Airways staff through workshops and e-learning courses, and the development of digital resources for the airline’s employees to help them understand their employment rights and manage key administrative processes.

H.E. Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti said: “We are delighted to cooperate with Qatar Airways by signing this memorandum of understanding, which will enable us to play a great role in achieving a digital inclusion, enabling communication tools and widening the access to electronic information for junior members of staff in their accommodations. This would result in enhancing their way of living and paving the way for their inclusion in the digital world”. “The Ministry of Transport and Communications will continue to work closely and build partnerships with different entities and concerned organisations in Qatar to increase the number of junior members of staff benefiting from the programme, with the aim of achieving more progression in implementing a digital inclusion for all segments of society.”

H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “It is an honour to partner with the Ministry of Transport and Communications for such a worthy initiative. By widening access to and training in information technology, we can make a real difference to the lives of thousands of our hard-working employees by making it easier for them to find key information. I look forward to working closely with the Ministry to implement this programme in the coming weeks and months.”

QITCOM is the largest information and communication technology showcase event in Qatar, organised by the MoTC. The Ministry took advantage of the event to showcase its Better Connections Program, which is a joint initiative with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs to provide free access to computers, online services, and training for workers at their accommodation. The aim of the Better Connections Program is to enable workers to gain an understanding of the benefits of online technology and teach them basic IT skills.

As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is the country’s largest employer. It currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia. The airline will add Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.