The Statement of Minister of Energy & Industry On Arab Water Day
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The State of Qatar celebrates, with the Arab countries, the Arab Water Day on 3rd March. The date was assigned at the first the Arab Mistrial Water Council held in Algeria in 2009. It reflects the vital role of water in our life as one of the key elements of sustainability.
The theme of Arab Water Day this year is “water – food – energy Nexus .. life sustainability”. It drags the attention to the tight relation between water, food, and energy security, and the importance of understanding this nexus for a rational resources management to achieve the sustainable development. We live in a region suffers from the scarcity of water resources, and demand increase due to population increase and the rapid economic development. It results in importing food, and using energy in water desalination.
Water sector in Qatar plays a prominent role in achieving the sustainable development. The Ministry of Energy & Industry represented in Qatar General Electricity &Water Corporation “KAHRAMAA” has set the required plans for the development of water sector utilities to increase its productivity and meet the increasing demand for water. It adopts many techniques to achieve the requirements of the sustainable development. It builds new stations to strengthen water network, along with upgrading the existing ones to provide high quality services and meet development requirements. As well, it constructs mega reservoirs to secure water storage and ensure stable supplies under any circumstances.
The State of Qatar, under the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani the Emir of Qatar, supports all Arab efforts to address water challenges by pursuing all ways that should provide and maintain water resources. It aligns with Arab Water Day theme “water – food – energy Nexus .. life sustainability”. In this year celebration, we focus on the integration of water, food and energy. It goes in line with QNV 2030 which aims at transforming Qatar into an advanced country, capable of sustaining its own development and providing for a high standard of living for its entire people for generations to come.
This concept aligns with the efforts of the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency “Tarsheed” KAHRAMAA launched in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- Thani, the Emir of Qatar. The prime target of Tarsheed is to increase the awareness of all society about the importance of reducing electricity and water consumption, increase energy efficiency, and produce electricity from alternative resources to achieve sustainability. In fact, it is a common responsibility calls for intensifying efforts to achieve.