DOHA: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar moved a step closer with the organising Supreme Committee signing five stakeholder cooperation agreements.

The result of the signing ceremony, in Doha, was described as “uniting the nation toward the common goal of staging a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup that contributes to achieving the aims laid out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and [leaving]  a legacy that will benefit the nation for decades.”

The agreements were signed with Qatar Rail, Ashghal, Kahramaa, Aspire Zone Foundation and Qatari Diar – all entities with responsibilities and projects that will play a key role in delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said: “The signing of the stakeholder cooperation agreements with our local stakeholders is a symbol of the unity that exists inQatarin relation to successfully delivering theMiddle East’s first FIFA World Cup.   We will be signing more agreements in the near future to further unify local entities behind our common goal.”

Al Thawadi added:  “The World Cup is no longer merely an event that lasts 30 days.  Events of this stature have the potential to accelerate the progress of a nation and leave a lasting social, economic and cultural legacy.

“Our aim is to ensure that the event contributes to achieving the targets set in the 2030 National Vision and to ensure this, it is of the utmost importance that the entire nation works together in a spirit of close cooperation.  We are working diligently with our stakeholders every day to ensure the correct foundations are in place for the 10 years ahead.”

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, the Qatar Football Association president, added: “Today is a key milestone in our country’s journey toward welcoming the world for football’s greatest event in 2022.  Our nation is working together to ensure that the event is a success and benefitsQatar, in terms of football and for our people.”

The main objective of the agreements is to set the framework for coordination with stakeholders responsible for the delivery of projects.  It establishes clear guidelines for reporting on progress, identifying and implementing efficiencies and providing for early warning should there be any issues affecting the timely implementation of projects.

Representatives from Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and the stakeholders will meet on a monthly basis as part of a Joint Working Group that will cover coordination on aspects involving logistics, health and safety, risk, quality control, security, environmental issues, sustainability and project management.

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