As part of the Qatarization Strategy and achieving of Qatar National Vision 2030 goals Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) held a career fair on Wednesday 05th of July, 2017 at the Sharq Village and Spa hotel. The fair was aimed to meet Qatari students and graduates and familiarize them with the opportunities to intern or work at the company. The career fair witnessed a remarkable number of Universities and schools graduates, in addition to the qualified national cadres.
QAFCO staff welcomed the visitors and responded to their queries about the nature of work at the company and types of jobs as well as training and development programs.
QAFCO personnel from various trades interviewed applicants from more than 500 applications received and signed contracts to fill technical and administrative positions at QAFCO.
Dr. Hamed Al Marwani, Chief Administrative Officer at QAFCO, said, “As part of our commitment to Qatarization policy, we are keen to recruit and develop the Qatari youth, and continue to attract and prepare the national cadres to work for the company." “QAFCO offers a wide range of opportunities in different fields for young Qataris looking for jobs, including technical and administration fields. In the field of training, QAFCO is a pioneer in providing scholarships to its Qatari staff to equip them with the necessary knowledge.” Dr. Al Marwani further added.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Maryam Mattar, QAFCO Public Relations and Communications Manager said: “QAFCO gives special consideration in recruiting Qatari youth, and developing them to meet future challenges. While QAFCO is looking forward with renewed confidence and clear vision for future improvements, the company recognizes the importance of adapting to the dynamic situation and thereby help QAFCO consolidate its position as one of the world’s largest fertiliser producer. ”
The opportunities at the fair covered various functions at the company. For university graduates, opportunities were galore in supply chain, information technology and Laboratory as well as different branches of engineering. As for the higher secondary schools students the company invited applications in the fields of security, fire fighting, warehouse and other operational and technical fields within the company.
It is worth to mention that QAFCO complex is comprises of six completely integrated trains, each has 2 production lines: ammonia and urea. The total annual production of the company is 3,8 million tons of Ammonia and 5,6 million tons of urea, by so QAFCO turn to become the world's largest single-site producer of ammonia & urea. Thus, enabling Qatar to be on the list of the world largest exporters of high quality ammonia & urea. This is besides the downstream companies namely Gulf Formaldehyde and Qatar Melamine Company which contributed significantly to the diversification of products and support the country’s economic and social growth.
Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) organized the first annual forum for its Suppliers and Contractors on Wednesday, 8th of November 2017 at Al- Banush Club, Mesaieed.
The forum, attended by 130 executives representing 60 Suppliers and Contractors, was held with the objective of strengthening business relations, understanding issues, exchanging information and expectations and collaborating for enhanced value and performance.
Khalid Mohd I. Abdulla, the Supply Chain Manager at QAFCO said: "It is necessary for QAFCO to cooperate and strengthen the relations and mutual understanding with its partners to get the maximum benefit for both parties.” He also shared QAFCO’s achievement of securing the prestigious CIPS Corporate certification – Advanced Silver Award.
The event also recognised 8 of its partners for their excellent performance. QAFCO's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Garry Symmons, handed the awardees with certificates and trophies of appreciation and excellence.
The recognition awards raise awareness on Health, Safety and Environment requirements. QAFCO also shared its Life Saving Rules, expectations on supplier performance and ended the event with an interactive open floor discussion for the mutual exchange of ideas and feedback.
Qatar Fertiliser Company P.S.C. (QAFCO) sponsored the 10th edition of the annual QAFCO – Texas A&M University Conference in association with Texas A&M University at Qatar, and in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Qatar Candidate Chapter, which hosted experts from around the world on February 15, 2018 at Education City, Doha, Qatar.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, the conference highlighted the pressing need for policy makes, industry and academia to work together to develop new knowledge and create scientific solutions that have direct impact on the world around us.
H.E. Minister Al-Sada said, "The series is significant because it places Qatar at the genesis of an expanding knowledge pipeline."
This year’s conference focused on the theme “Emerging Frontiers in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.”
QAFCO CAO Dr. Hamed Al-Marwani expressed, “The QAFCO – Texas A&M Conference 2018 is a confluence of ideas. I believe conferences such as these can help give better insights into issues wherein institutional learnings of industry and academia can mutually benefit. I hope the conference becomes the platform for sharing ideas to find solutions for short and long-term issues facing us.”
Dr. César O. Malavé, Dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “It is critical for industry and academia to work together to solve the real-world problems that will affect our future. For the past 10 years, Texas A&M at Qatar and QAFCO have partnered to host the annual QAFCO – Texas A&M University at Qatar Conference to encourage the exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise that is essential to fuel innovation and new thinking. We are grateful to QAFCO, our longtime friend and partner, for its visionary leadership in driving the success of this annual event.”
QAFCO has been an exclusive sponsor of the conference series since 2007. Over the past decade, the conference has attracted a steadily increasing audience of chemists and engineers from all over the globe, covering a wide range of topics and discussions related to chemistry and chemical engineering.
Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), Hassad Food and Yara International ASA (Norway), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 15 February 2018 to support efforts to increase food production from the Qatari agricultural sector. The partnership will focus on increasing agricultural yields, in line with Qatar’s aim to achieve self-sufficiency in a reliable and sustainable manner.
Mr. Said Mobarak Al-Mohannadi, Chairman – QAFCO Board of Directors, Mr. Mohamed bin Badr Al-Sadah, Chief Executive Officer of Hassad Food and Mr. Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara International ASA, jointly signed the memorandum on behalf of the three companies.
The ceremony was attended and witnessed by Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum.
Mr. Al-Mohannadi expressed, “Today marks an important milestone in the history of QAFCO, YARA and Hassad Food, being part of an ambitious initiative to support Qatar’s food security objectives. We are confident that this project shall prove to be one of the contributors towards the development of the Qatari agricultural sector and strengthen existing relations between the three entities.”
Mr. Al-Sadah expressed, “It’s our pleasure to be part of such a great partnership, Hassad, as Qatar’s premier investor in food and agribusiness sectors, aims to continuously support the local agricultural sector. We are committed to provide the needed support to the two esteemed entities, to assist in increasing the local production from high quality food products.
Mr. Holsether expressed, “Yara is proud to have been a partner to the state of Qatar for nearly 50 years through our shareholding in QAFCO, and today’s signing marks another important step in our continued commitment to this collaboration. With our vast experience in providing balanced crop nutrition, we support farmers worldwide to increase yields and improve the quality of produce. We sincerely look forward to contribute with our products, solutions and knowledge in the Qatari agricultural sector, in collaboration with our two partners.”
The memorandum formalizes ongoing efforts by the three entities to support the State of Qatar’s goal of food security. Over the past months, the entities have already engaged in workshops and farm tests together with several farmers to lay the foundation for a successful outcome. Over the coming months, several test projects will be carried out on several farms to demonstrate the yield potential and create best practices for the agricultural sector of Qatar.
ABOUT HASSAD FOOD
Established in 2008, Hassad Food is Qatar's premier investor in food and agri-business sectors, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Hassad, has a diverse set of investments locally, and internationally in several countries like Australia and Oman.
Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with more than 16,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. Its crop nutrition solutions and precision farming offerings allow farmers to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing environmental impact. Its environmental and industrial solutions improve air quality and reduce emissions, and are key ingredients in the production of a wide range of products.
Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) has been successfully recertified in Integrated Management System (IMS) for Quality, Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety (OH & S), Responsible Care (RC) and Energy. The recertification is an affirmation of QAFCO's conformance to the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, RC 14001 and ISO 50001 standards, respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, QAFCO Chairman, Mr. Said Mobarak Al- Mohannadi, said, “We, at QAFCO, have always believed in our commitment towards delivering on quality without compromising on the principles of safety and environment. QAFCO has a long history with management systems and strongly consider them as essential tools for delivering on our commitments. This recertification is a validation of our belief in our management systems”
QAFCO Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi expressed, “QAFCO has been among the early believers and adopters of Management Systems for its various business processes. Over the years, the management systems have helped QAFCO endeavor and drive continual improvement across all processes as well as promote and foster a culture of safety, health and environmental consciousness”
QAFCO adopted the transition to the revised standards of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and RC 14001:2015 and underwent the transition audit along with the recertification audit of its IMS in September 2017 itself, although the time for transition is available till September 2018. Accredited third-party certification body conducted the recertification audit and issued the certification, which is valid until November 2020. QAFCO was also assessed and certified for “Product Stewardship Excellence” under the IFA Protect & Sustain program.
QAFCO is also among the first few organizations in the State of Qatar to be certified to the ISO 50001, for Energy Management System. In addition, QAFCO is also certified for the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), ISO 17025, ISO 17020.The recertification is yet another achievement in QAFCO’s close to five-decade-long history, and QAFCO's association with certifications dates as early as 1996.