Qatar allocated $2 billion in aid to poor countries

August 26, 2010
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Qatar had allocated $2 billion in aid to poor countries through various global organisations between 2005 and 2009, a senior official said.

The assistance has played a key role in the country’s foreign policy and international cooperation, Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi, vice-chairman of the population panel, said as Qatari officials discussed the 2010 report on Qatar’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

According to the report, Qatar had 147 mobile phones per 100 persons and an Internet penetration of 43 percent in 2009, up from 24.7 percent in 2005.

However, the percentage of landlines had dropped from 23.1 percent in 2005 to 16.6 percent, the report said.

Shaikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, the President of Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), said that Qatar was well on its way to achieving its Millennium Development Goals by 2015, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

Fighting poverty and hunger, ensuring equal distribution of income and enhancing living conditions of people are some of the MD goals.

Shaikh Hamad, also chairman of Qatar’s Permanent Population Committee, said that primary education covered 92 percent of Qatari males and between 93 and 95 percent of Qatari females.

Literacy was between 95 and 99 percent among Qatari females in the 15-24 age group and 98 and 99 percent among males.

Shaikh Hamad said that rare economic growth over the past years had allowed Qatar to invest heavily in economic and social infrastructure and that high levels of public spending in key programmes and projects had accelerated national progress.

The report, prepared by the QSA in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said that while progress was being made in the areas of gender equality and empowerment of women, persistent challenges involved changing people’s behaviours and attitudes.

“There is, therefore, the need to support civil societies in strengthening their involvement and capabilities to contribute to achieving the ND goals,” Shaikh Hamad said.

 

         

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