ICT initiative for workers marks major milestone

HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti has inaugurated an information and communication technology (ICT) unit at a Doha Metro compound where Qatar Rail labourers live, marking the completion of the first 100 ICT facilities as planned for Phase 2 of the ministry’s Better Connections Programme.

Inaugurating the 100th ICT facility takes the number of worker beneficiaries beyond 50,000 who are now able to perceive, use and benefit from information and communication technology where they live, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has said in a press statement.

Having access to ICT tools, the labourers learn how to stay connected with their friends and families, in addition to learning new digital skills.

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The event was organised by the ministry and witnessed by HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi as well as stakeholder and programme partner representatives.

The Better Connections Programme is an initiative designed to include migrant workers with little to no ICT skills in Qatar’s digital society by ensuring that they have access to ICT and the Internet where they live.