Doha, 25 August 2022 (TDI): The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi met with the Deputy Director-General of the International Organization for Migration IOM, Ugochi Florence Daniels, who is currently visiting the country.

During the meeting, they reviewed the cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the International Organization for Migration.

Furthermore, they also reviewed issues of common interest.

IOM and Qatar Relations

IOM Mission in Qatar was established in September 2020. It has formed productive working relations with migration-related ministries, UN agencies, media, academia, and civil society partners in the country.

IOM Mission in Qatar in close coordination with Qatari partners conducted six training sessions for officials to enhance the overall understanding of migrant workers’ rights and support national counter-trafficking efforts.

In total, 172 representatives from different agencies, namely the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Qatar National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, and Qatar National Committee on Human Rights, benefited from these training sessions.

Additionally, the Mission organized three closed workshops for partners. The partners included Qatar Fund for International Development (QFFD), Education Above All Foundation, and Qatar Airways.

The workshop was conducted to outline potential areas of mutual cooperation.

The Mission also signed two grant agreements with QFFD to support vulnerable people in need in northwest Syria and Lebanon.

Additionally, the Mission has signed a core contribution agreement with QFFD. The latter will provide IOM with unearmarked core contributions to support IOM operations globally through the allocation of flexible funding.

The mission also activated partnerships with national institutions by concluding an agreement with Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Charity as implementing partners for social and psychological support services for the evacuees of Afghan citizens.

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IOM also became the first international organization in Qatar to sign a contract with a local health institution, “Al-Ahly Hospital,” to provide medical services to Afghan evacuees.

IOM Qatar organized virtual panel discussions and an in-person public event to mark International Women’s Day, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, and International Migrants Day in Qatar together with its partners.