Two-week training course held at Sheraton hotel on 24 September 2023 in Qatar. The training course aimed to enhance seaport security using the latest and most advanced methods.
A two-week training course was organised by the permanent committee on seaport management of the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the police officers institute of govt of Qatar.
The training involved twenty-four police officials affiliated with the permanent committee of the Ministry of Interior.
Officials from other departments and agencies, including special forces responsible for seaport security, attended this training.
In addition to officials from the Qatar police and Qatri departments, two trainees from the Sultanate of Oman also participated in this training course.
Dr Abdul Amir Al-Faraj addressed the training session. He belonged to Kuwait and visited Qatar recently to facilitate the training program. He is an expert in maritime arbitration.
Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Seaport Management Brigadier General Dr Abdulhadi Mohammed Zabin al doari stated that the training course comes within the permanent committee framework of raising the efficiency of port workers through the organisation of this training course.
It will facilitate the capacity building of seaport workers.
The training course focused on the methods of controlling the safety of vessels, port infrastructure, and security of seaport staff, along with technology-based inspection and security awareness among the management responsible for seaports security.
Security awareness of seaports gains significance as smugglers sometimes use seaports to execute their anti-social activities. Some businessmen also evaded the tax by committing fraud with seaport authorities. How to detect and stop this malpractice is discussed from different perspectives.
The training course also covered various other security-related topics. These topics related to the procedure of seaport work and inspection mechanisms, all aimed at enhancing the development and security of seaports.
Topics like assessing seaports’ security risks and threats, identifying weak points, and other mechanisms like providing security services were discussed.
The main issues of bilateral and multilateral relations are deeply discussed. In the lack of multilateral cooperation between the countries, managing the security at the seaport will be impossible.
Issues related to verifying and reporting forged documents used for tax evasions at seaports were also discussed.