The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers Highlights the Objectives and Competencies of the National Planning Council

2 May 2024

HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, has issued Amiri Decision No (13) of 2024, establishing the National Planning Council, to replace the Planning and Statistics Authority. According to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the decision ushers in a new phase in the State’s strategic and development planning to become more in line with developments taking place across fields and disciplines.

In a statement marking this development, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers pointed out that with the establishment of the new Council, the State’s strategic and development planning will have a better outlook on the future with a comprehensive long-term vision and advanced strategic thinking that keeps pace with rapid global developments.

Amiri Decision No (14) stipulates that the National Planning Council shall be formed under the chairmanship of HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Finance, as Deputy Chairman. The Council members are:

  1. HE Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  2. HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education
  3. HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry
  4. HE Dr Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Minister of Labour
  5. HE Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
  6. HE Abdullah bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Attiya, Minister of Municipality
  7. HE Eng Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs
  8. HE Ibrahim bin Ali Al Mohannadi, Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs
  9. HE Abdulaziz bin Nasser bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, President of the Civil Service and Government Development Bureau and Secretary General of the National Planning Council

The Chairman of the Council may add representatives from other concerned authorities to the membership of the Council.

Competencies of the National Planning Council

  • Developing national visions, strategies and development plans, and supervising their implementation.
  • Ensuring the achievement of the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
  • Monitoring future prospects in various sectors and analysing their impact on development plans.
  • Approving proactive planning projects and risk management.
  • Monitoring Qatar’s ranking in indices issued by international organisations.

Duties of the Secretary-General

  • Managing administrative, financial and technical affairs.
  • Proposing the strategic plan and general policy, and supervising their implementation.
  • Communicating the Qatar National Vision 2030 and national development strategies to government agencies, the private sector and civil society organisations.

National Statistics Centre

Under the Amiri Decision, a centre called the “National Statistics Centre” shall be established within the General Secretariat of the National Planning Council, aimed at establishing a comprehensive statistical system for the state, and the centre shall be the official source of official statistics for the State.

Policy Implementation

Under the Amiri Decision, ministries, government agencies, public bodies and institutions must implement the policies, decisions and circulars issued by the National Planning Council and provide its General Secretariat with the necessary information and data relevant to their duties as well as cooperate with it within their areas of competence.

The National Planning Council will work in close coordination with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and all relevant entities in the State to drive national development forward, in realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.