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New population policy to unveiled in Qatar

A new population policy for Qatar is set to be unveiled, according to the Minster of Development Planning and Statistics and Permanent Population Committee

Minister of Development Planning and Statistics and Permanent Population Committee (PPC) chairman H E Dr Saleh bin Mohamed Salem Al Nabit addresses an event to mark Qatar Population Day.
Minister of Development Planning and Statistics and Permanent Population Committee (PPC) chairman H E Dr Saleh bin Mohamed Salem Al Nabit addresses an event to mark Qatar Population Day.

A new population policy is set to be unveiled in Qatar. 

The new policy, which will be consistent with Qatar's 2030 National vision, was announced by Minister of Development Planning and Statistics and Permanent Population Committee (PPC) chairman H E Dr Saleh bin Mohamed Salem Al Nabit. 

Based on the results of the mini-census 2015, the new policy will be more comprehensive and focus on meeting any future challenges. 

There is imbalance in many aspects on the population structure and, unless addressed, will continue in the foreseeable future, he told a press conference on the sidelines of an event at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The imbalance in population structure appears in many aspects - for instance, for every 100 females, there are 300 males.

The government however, will work to limit impact whether on gender basis or quality of the population in terms of skilled workforce and ratio of singles to families, he added.

However, other aspects seem to be more reasonable such as the rate of unemployment which is the lowest in the world. Participation in job market is also high, The Peninsula reports.

In his opening address at the event, Al Nabit said Qatar has completed a significant part of the population policy evaluation in line with United Nations guidelines.
He said the PPC Technical Bureau, in cooperation with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and after outlining the population policy pivot points, has completed a significant part of the required evaluation.

Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed Saleh Abdullah Al Sada said the Ministry of Energy and Industry is ready for cooperation with the PPC to enable the Population Policy to become a national programme.

In his speech, Mohamed Abdul Ahad, Regional Director, UNFPA for Arab States, called on cooperation between PPC and UNFPA, stressing that the regular review and continuous evaluation of population policies are vital.
In the second session, Sultan Al Kuwari, PPC Vice-Chairman, gave a presentation on the action plan and priorities of the second phase of the population policy evaluation plan (October 2015-2016). The third and final session was for working groups to discuss the six themes of the population policy to develop future directions for the second phase of the first six-year evaluation of the population policy.
 

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