Qatar plans to re-merge labour and social affairs ministries

October 14, 2010
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Qatar plans to remerge the ministries of Labour and Social Affairs 27 months after they were split, a local daily reported.

Under the proposal, the ministry will have one undersecretary and three assistant undersecretaries, Al Sharaq newspaper said, quoting sources it did not name.

The 11 directorates in both ministries will be merged to reduce their number, but no staff will be transferred, the paper said.

No reason was given for the decision to re-emerge the ministries.

Gulf Cooperation Council countries tend to have their labour and social affairs under one portfolio. However, Bahrain split its labour and social affairs ministries in 2005, a move that allowed Fatima Al Beloushi to become the second woman minister in the country’s history after she was given the social development portfolio. Nada Haffadh was the first woman minister after she was appointed in 2004 in charge of the health sector.

         

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