The Planning and Statistics Authority in the State of Qatar, in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), organized a national workshop entitled "Enhancing Integrated National Development Planning in the State of Qatar" on 26 and 27 October 2021 in Doha at JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel. The workshop was attended by around 100 participants from ministries and government agencies, the private sector, civil society organizations, ESCWA and Qatar-based UN organizations.• This workshop falls within the framework of the activities of the Development Account project "Towards the Arab Horizon 2030: Enhancing Integrated National Development Planning in the Arab Region". This workshop falls within the framework of the activities of the Development Account project "Towards the Arab Horizon 2030: Enhancing Integrated National Development Planning in the Arab Region". This workshop also comes within the recommendations of the report "Legislative Frameworks for the Business Environment in the Arab Countries", prepared by ESCWA in 2021.
Over the course of two days, the workshop dealt with two main themes; the first related to development planning at the national level, using tools prepared by ESCWA, in particular Qatar's experience in preparing Qatar National Vision 2030 and National Development Strategies. The second theme was related to the business environment and foreign direct investment. The workshop mainly focused on the following main topics:
- ESCWA's tools and materials related to integrated planning.
- Successes and challenges in the national development planning in the State of Qatar.
- Public policies and regulatory reforms, especially in the field of foreign direct investment.