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Govt sector wages and promotion must be linked to excellence and productivity: Amir

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Doha: In government sector in Qatar wages and promotion must be linked to excellence and productivity and to apply that, without exception, on all employees in the State, the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said in a speech at the opening of the 49th ordinary session of the Shura Council at the Council’s Headquarter on Tuesday morning.

“As for the government sector, it is necessary to emphasize that development programs and projects must be implemented with utmost precision and efficiency. I reiterate that jobs in various sectors of the State are not just an entitlement, but rather a duty and a responsibility. Therefore, wages and promotion must be linked to excellence and productivity and to apply that, without exception, on all employees in the State. And just as no private sector investor tolerates that individuals be paid without work and real return, we should not expect otherwise from the State,” Amir said during his speech.

Diversify income sources

Amir in his speech said that the State should exert its utmost effort to diversify its income sources through investment in its sovereign fund for future generations, etc.

“In light of our long-term vision of the future of our country and planning for it, we have been able to overcome developmental obstacles and challenges we came through in the last few years. As a result, Qatar has maintained its credit rating as per studies conducted by the international rating agencies in 2020. These agencies have unanimously affirmed a high credit rating for the State of Qatar with a stable economic outlook.

“This indicates confidence in the strength of Qatar’s economy and its ability to absorb major economic crises, including the current pandemic crisis, and its resilience, and even its development in spite of the blockade.

“However, this should not lead us to slackness and complacency. There are still great challenges ahead of us in achieving the goals of our long-term vision. To accomplish that, it is inevitable to accelerate minimizing dependency on the volatile revenues of oil and gas due to their price fluctuations and decline in price ceiling over time, as revealed by the recent crisis. This can only be achieved through enhancing economic diversification and proceeding towards increasing the productivity and efficacy of labor in the public sector and encouraging private sector investment.

The State should exert its utmost effort to diversify its income sources through investment in its sovereign fund for future generations, etc. But diversification of income sources also depends on the community, and the economic and service sectors, where the community members work, by resorting to saving, private initiatives, investment and relocating from consumer mentality to the mindset of productive community. The way must be cleared for that end,” Amir added in his speech.

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