The program of cooperation with Qatar began in April 2003 with a Public Transport Sector Reform study. By 2004, a manpower planning exercise with the support of the World Bank evolved into a Labor Market Strategy for Qatar.
In 2011, the government signed a Framework Agreement for Advisory Services with the Bank in order to further develop the cooperation program and deepen the partnership. Under this framework, the Bank supported the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics to prepare the mid-term review of the National Development Strategy (NDS 2011-16) and the Ministry of Environment to upgrade environmental rules and regulations following the WB-GCC Gulf Environmental Program (GEPAP).
The Bank is currently supporting the Ministry of Planning and Statistics to prepare the next National Development Strategy (2017-2022). This engagement will involve the Bank’s experts across multiple sectors in order to conduct a comprehensive analysis and provide support to the key government agencies as they prepare their input to the strategy. The Bank is also helping the Central Bank to upgrade the payments system and the Qatar Development Bank to further support SME development.
The size of the Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) portfolio in Qatar grew from around $500,000 in 2011 to more than $1 million in 2016 and will grow to over $3 million in 2017.