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Labour Force in Qatar Quadruples Within Eight Years


Qatar : 19 May 2011

Massive boom in the economy of Qatar causes the nation’s labour force to grow four times larger in an eight year period.

Sitting at only 323,000 back in 2001, the Qatari workforce grew to reach 1.3 million by the year 2009.

In terms of the economy, average growth of around 13 percent each year has been seen from 2000 to 2009.

The Emir’s Economic Advisor Dr Ibrahim Al Ibrahim spoke at a forum recently. He stated that the growth rate for the Qatari GDP was far above the rate recorded by any other nation during that particular period (from 2000 to 2009).

Al Ibrahim added that in terms of purchasing power parity, Qatar’s GDP per capita is listed with the highest around the world.

The Qatari Businesswomen’s Association (or QBWA) hosted the forum, which opened Tuesday at the Ritz-Carleton and lasts for two days.

Qatari women in business are eager to be active in the development of infrastructure across the nation. They are focusing on certain projects related to the 2022 target.

The QBWA made it known during the forum that members are looking forward to the benefits of those projects tied into the 2022 developments.

The forum was inaugurated last year with much success and encouraged the QBWA to hold the second edition in 2011, according to the organizers.

The event is being closely coordinated with the Interactive Business Network in Doha. There are around 600 participants, mostly Arab women.

Aisha Al Fardan is the VP for the Association and stated that the event aims to assist women and enhance their role in the development of the economy.

When speaking about shifting changes in the Arab region Al Fardan noted that it is impossible to avoid the political, economical and social changes that are occurring.

She noted that the forum is aiming at building up a society that welcomes those with a belief in democracy, sustainable development and change.

The world now knows about Qatar, even more so after the nation won the bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The victory of that bid delivers a chance for the nation to develop infrastructure and creates a massive boost in the development of the Qatari economy, according to Al Fardan.

She said that women will see particular benefits by taking an active role in the infrastructure developments surrounding the 2022 event.

Al Fardan added that women in Qatar are active in every walk of life, including industry and trade.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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