Qatar Cabinet: 90% of World Cup projects awardedby Kim Kemp on Feb 16, 2017
The State Cabinet’s meeting was told that about 90% of projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in all sectors were awarded.
Also, about 65% of the road projects currently underway are planned to be completed this year and next year, QIB reported.
Last week the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the cabinet's regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises.
HE Ali Sherif Al Emadi, the Minister of Finance and chairman of the ministerial group for coordination and follow-up of major projects (of strategic importance), gave an in-depth presentation on the execution of existing and future projects in vital sectors, and the measures taken to implement them.
He said that about 65% of road projects will be completed during 2017 and 2018 and added that the majority of the projects are likely to be finished during the period between the end of 2019 and mid-2020.
The minister outlined that more than 50% of the rail project has been completed, with 100% of the drilling tunnel operations and 45% of the stations completed.
The minister highlighted the achievements within the health sector in 2016, including the opening of the Communicable Disease Centre, three health centres and two workers health centres.
2017 would also see the opening of four hospitals and four health centres.
Regarding electricity and water, the first phase of Umm Al Houl plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and 50% of the biggest water reservoirs projects has also been implemented.
A programme for infrastructure projects to more than 10,400 residential plots of land for citizens over the next three years was also approved, he said.
The minister added that several projects in the education sector were underway, with the most important being the expansion of educational buildings at Qatar University and new schools across the country.
The Prime Minister urged for commitment from competent authorities for the implementation of the projects according to their plans and deadlines and the allocated budget.