National Day / Ministry of Development Planning: Seeking Development Goals by Exploring Future

Doha, – The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics made many accomplishments in 2016 in line with its responsibility of developing a comprehensive vision for the state, preparing national development strategies and following up on their implem…

Doha, - The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics made many accomplishments in 2016 in line with its responsibility of developing a comprehensive vision for the state, preparing national development strategies and following up on their implementation.

National day arrives this year while the ministry is working on studies pertaining to those strategies and population policies. It is also looking to support the planning of different government authorities, in order to link development priorities with the fiscal budget. The ministry is also charged with establishing a complete statistical framework, including census among other data.

Preparations for national development strategy 2017-2022 was one of the biggest achievements in 2016, as the ministry provides technical support to prepare the second national development strategy.

The ministry's plan is focusing on two main projects; providing technical support for the social development sector as well as the human development section of the strategy.

As part of its follow-up role, the ministry coordinates with the World Bank team in charge of preparing the National Development Strategy 2017-2022. Together they prepare a feasibility study to place a multi-level context for monitoring and evaluating the strategy, which improves to wise governance and accountability.

Since the beginning of 2016, the ministry has held wide-ranging dialogue with national development partners to identify opportunities to raise the efficiency of the implementation of the new strategy's programs and projects, eventually reaching the optimum implementation levels. The dialogue also aimed to shed light on issues and possible responses to regional and international changes and how to update the strategy to suit those changes.

In the context of preparing the environmental and economic content of the strategy, the ministry completed a feasibility study on the challenges that face the strategy on those two issues.

The ministry also set a timetable for completing the missions and activities. It also coordinated with the World Bank to support this strategy and coordinated with other concerned ministries.

Parallel to preparations for Qatar's second strategy, the ministry continued implementing activities pertaining to the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.

Such activities were in sectors such as healthcare, education and training, labor market, empowering women , social protection, security, sports and culture.

The ministry has also coordinated with a number of government authorities to provide support on the implementation of the 2011-2016 National Development Strategy.

Among those authorities were the Ministry of Energy and Industry; the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs; the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Central Municipal Council; and Qatar Media Corporation.

Part of those activities was releasing a report on the economic prospects of Qatar 2015-2017. This took place in June 2015. There was an updated version which was released in December 2015. It included a thorough update of the data used in the first version, including the equilibrium price of oil.

The ministry also cooperated with the permanent population committee to update info on foreign residents and to do a survey on the labor force in 2014. There was also a population report that was prepared in 2012 as well.

The ministry also issued a human development report in 2016 entitled "Realizing Qatar National Vision 2030: The Right to Development." The ministry is currently working on its fifth human development report.

In the statistical field, the ministry conducted a number of surveys that benefited decision makers. It included one on the labor force, and others on the consumer, business community, environment and donation of body organs as well.

One of the ministry's most influential surveys was the one on the public's satisfaction of the level of services offered at government authorities. It aimed to learn about the public's assessment of these services and help in developing them to make the service better for the public.

One of the biggest projects that the ministry is carrying out is the e-links project. It started with collecting data on the prices of all food and personal care products for six sources.

This process will facilitate the collection of data through a global barcode system which links data of corporations with statistic programs for consumer prices. This would increase the speed at which the data are made available and save human and financial resources.

The ministry managed to establish an e-link with the General Authority of Customs. This contributes massively to data related to foreign trade (exports and imports) that are updated daily.

The ministry also conducted this year a project for building statistical record for economic entities. The record acts as the warehouse for information for entities in the State of Qatar. All economic statistics rely on the record as the main framework for all survey's and classifications including International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC 4).

As part of GCC cooperation in the field of planning and development, the ministry continues to cooperate with the general secretariat of the GCC in following up the implementation of the revised long-term comprehensive development strategy for GCC states (2010-2025). Some of the activities in that regard included holding workshops on the volatility of oil prices and its impact on the future of development in the GCC. The workshop took place on October 18, 2016 in execution of the decisions of a ministerial committee for development and planning.

The ministry also cooperated with the GCC State center on a number of statistics, including foreign direct investment (FDI). They also cooperated in the field of energy balance and participated in an Arab forum for statistical capability that was hosted in Doha last October. A number of high-ranking officials representing the region's ministries of planning, statistics and development, participated in the event. (END)

Source: Qatar News Agency