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Qatar Second National Development Strategy (NDS-2) 2018 - 2022.

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This Second National Development Strategy is a nationwide multi-sectoral document that comes as a continuation of the series of national strategies and, in particular, the NDP for the period 2011-2016, aimed at achieving the goals and aspirations of Qatar National Vision 2030 that in turn aims at transforming Qatar into an advanced country by 2030, capable of sustaining its own development and ensuring high living standards for its people for generations to come.
Starting from the lessons learned from the development and implementation of the first National Development Strategy 2011-2016, the main objectives of this new document are (i) sustain economic prosperity through economic infrastructure development, economic diversification and private sector development, and management of natural resources; (ii) promote human development through a comprehensive and integrated healthcare system, quality education and training, efficient and committed workforce; (iii) achieve a sound social development through social protection, public security and safety, cultural enrichment and sports excellence, and (iv) achieve a sustainable development that preserves the environment.
Compared to the first Development Strategy, the NDS-2 enhances the role of the international cooperation and aims at strengthening Qatar s regional and international status, upgrading international partnerships and contributing actively to regional and international peace and security. It also contains a chapter on Performance Management, which provides a tool for monitoring implementation paths, ensuring a smooth and efficient follow-up, and facilitating the timely elimination of obstacles.
To help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, by 2022 Qatar points on sustainable exploitation of natural resources, with the following objectives (i) a sophisticated plant, animal and fish production system that promotes self-sufficiency and food security; (ii) increasing in the local livestock through diversifying species and veterinary services provided to farms and creating quarantines and veterinary laboratories at border crossings; (iii) self-sufficiency rate of 30% of animal production through a sustainable management of the animal production system; (iv) self-sufficiency and food security through the use of modern technologies in agriculture based on valid data on cultivated acreage, number of farms and production volume so as to preserve land from degradation and low productivity; and (v) 65% of the fishery self-sufficiency through the development of fisheries, the creation of advanced fish farms, diversification of fish production, establishment of fishery industries, development and equipment of fishing ports with essential services, establishment of a research center to improve fishery production, and creation of a pilot plant for freshwater fish breeding.
In order to make agriculture and fisheries more productive and sustainable, the Strategy envisages to (i) develop an integrated agricultural service plan by 2022; (ii) install modern irrigation systems by all farms, using appropriate crops that consume less water, improving irrigation efficiency, controlling wells consumption, increasingly using Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) in agriculture, and accelerating the adoption of the Groundwater Well Drilling Regulation Law; (iii) enhance an efficient use and conservation of water resources; (iv) implement a plan to stop water losses in the government sector; (v) launch awareness campaigns; (vi) introduce drip irrigation to replace traditional methods, change irrigation methods and stop cultivating crops that consume large amounts of water; and (vii) promote a sustainable exploitation of fisheries in view of the limited fishing areas, and the depletion of fisheries and stock.
The resilience of livelihoods to disasters will be mainly increased through a better control on pollution at different levels in order to (i) create a less climate-sensitive environment that ensures sustainable development, health and environment safety, including the creation of a green belt around Doha and its environs; and (ii) promote sustainable environmental practices through awareness campaigns to familiarize individuals with environmental considerations, requirements, sensitivity and conservation method. To facilitate decision-making for policy makers it is necessary to create a database on Qatar s environment to make required and accurate data available in a timely manner.
As for the Governance, main interventions will be directed to reinforce steps towards its improvement by supporting the continuing government modernization and development programs and projects, enhancing organizational alignment and capacity building and improving the public sector performance. The reference to the Governance item is present in every sector considered in the document.
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2018 - 2022.
Publication reference
Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.
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