The Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said that Qatar had programmes set, making the country highly prepared to face crises and emergencies in the energy and industrial sectors.
He spoke about the crisis management at the Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) symposium to discuss leadership and resilience in emergency management.
The minister stressed on the current crisis management experience and criticized illegal blockade on Qatar. “However Qatar was able to commit to its oil and gas deliveries to its customers without any tardiness or default. Qatar’s response was well recognized and showed Qatar’s preparedness to successfully counter the siege, by activating the emergency programs and business continuity plans, especially in the fields of oil and gas,” he said.
The event also marked the launch of the University’s new regionally focused executive master’s degree in emergency and disaster management.
The Minister of Energy and Industry stressed on the importance of adequate preparedness to mitigate such risks. “Such emergency and disaster management preparedness programs encourage critical thinking and innovates new educational and practical methods that work on facing a variety of the disasters’ negative impact, which maybe be faced in all walks of life,” he added.
He pressed the need to regularly work on improving safety practices and creating a culture of preparedness to ensure stability during disasters and challenges.
“The best safety systems are not fully effective unless they are part of a broader culture of preparedness,” said Dr Al Sada. “Developing such a culture is a journey rather than a destination.”
The minister’s address was followed by a panel discussion with industry experts John Galt, the country emergency and security manager for Qatar Shell, Dominic Genetti, vice president and joint interest manager at ExxonMobil Qatar, and Khalid Al Hashmi, assistant undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Ministry of Transportation and Communication.
“At ExxonMobil, we have learned that safety is too important to be considered proprietary. This is why we have been committed to working within our industry, as well as with governments and other stakeholders here in Qatar and around the world to share our best practices,” said Genetti.
“I would like to thank Georgetown University for bringing us together with other industry players in today’s panel session so that we can share all that we know about safety, and discuss lifesaving information and techniques. By combining our expertise and capabilities, we can continue to improve safety performance while meeting the needs of Qatar’s growing LNG industry,” he added.