Five Qatari Officials from the Interior, Transport and Communications Ministries to Participate in U.S. Exchange Program on Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of State will host a delegation of five leading Qatari experts from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) for a three-week long program on cybersecurity.  From February 19-March 10, 2018, Jassim Al-Kuwari and Sheikh Mansoor Al-Thani from the Ministry of Interior, as well as Rouda Al-Kuwari, Fatima Al-Majed, and Fahad Saeed Abdulla from the Ministry of Transport and Communications will participate in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Cybersecurity in the United States.  The group will meet with both government and private sector stakeholders in several different U.S. cities to exchange information and ideas in the area of cybersecurity.  Through this IVLP exchange program, the United States government will provide the Qatari participants with additional training, best practices, and a wider network of contacts to meet Qatar’s cybersecurity needs.

Recognizing the threat that cyber-attacks pose to a nation’s infrastructure and economy, the United States and Qatar have been proactive in addressing this global threat.  The United States and Qatar recently formalized their collaboration in the area of cybersecurity capacity-building in a Letter of Intent, signed at the bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC on January 30, 2018.

The IVLP Program is a professional exchange program run by the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, with nominees selected by U.S. Embassies worldwide.  Since 1952, more than 200,000 International Visitors have participated in the program, including more than 500 current or former Heads of State or Heads of Government.

For more information about the IVLP program, please refer to our website at https://qa.usembassy.gov/education-culture/ .