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The program of strategic cooperation with Qatar is recent and is based on ad hoc requests from the government. The first formal technical cooperation agreement was signed in April 2003 for a Public Transport Sector Reform study. A manpower planning exercise launched in 2003 with the support of the World Bank evolved in 2004 into a Labor Market Strategy for Qatar. The study was completed in June 2005 and could serve as a model for the GCC countries with similar labor issues. The project made a significant impact in Qatar, as highlighted on the General Secretariat for Development Planning web site. A payment system evaluation was also completed in FY05.

In 2007, WBI conducted a study on Knowledge Economy (KE) Development in Qatar; the results of the study were discussed at several high-level workshops and were well received. Currently the Bank is supporting implementation of the KE strategy.

In addition, the Bank conducts an annual workshop that discusses GCC–wide cross-cutting issues. The workshop Partnering for Value, Innovation and Job Creation: PPPs in the GCC took place in May 2006; it concentrated on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as an important tool for sustaining achievements of GCC economies.

See Strategic Cooperation Program Brief 

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