Qatar Foundation partners with Siemens
Doha, December 13, 2011
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) said it has joined hands with Siemens to develop enhanced infrastructure expertise in the country.
The QF partnership is aimed at setting up a key regional infrastructure hub for Siemens and to further its mission to develop infrastructure knowledge from within the country.
A deal was signed by QF vice chairperson Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani and Siemens president and CEO Peter Loescher in the presence of chairperson Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and visiting German President Christian Wulff at Qatar National Convention Center in Doha.
“QF’s mission is to unlock the human potential of our nation so as to support its ongoing transformation towards a knowledge economy,” remarked Sheikha Moza.
“This is an excellent example of how, by partnering with world-class technology partners, we will be able to fulfill this vision,” she noted.
"We support Qatar in its transition from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by developing human capital," said Sheikha Moza.
"QF does so through strategic partnerships and initiatives in the fields of education, scientific research, technology, and health and community development," she added.
Dr Tidu Maini, the chairman of Qatar Science & Technology Park, said, "In a globalized world with complex challenges that must be met, partnerships need to be built on solid foundations, common values and integrity - qualities which are at the core of QF’s and Siemens’ values."
Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will establish a service headquarters in Qatar for the company’s regional power transmission and distribution business.
It will also develop a regional competence center for rail-bound transport in Qatar – one that will help design, develop and customize rail products for unique needs within the region.
The technology giant also aims to build an innovation center at QF’s Qatar Science and Technology Park that will develop expertise in important sustainable projects.
“In the Middle East, Qatar has always been an area of great importance for Siemens,” said Loescher.
"We are happy to forge this partnership, which can help build the necessary infrastructure and knowledge base that will not only benefit Qatar, but also Siemens and the broader region," he added.
Martin A Porta, CEO of Siemens in Qatar said, “We believe a nation’s sustainability is the joint responsibility of both the private and public sectors, and we are honored to be able to partner with the Qatar Foundation on such an important mission.”
Joachim Kundt, CEO of Siemens Lower Gulf Region said the QF partnership will ensure the sustainable level of local expertise needed to help build and support Qatar’s new infrastructure plans for its 'National Vision 2030."-TradeArabia News Service