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Qatar Forms Climate Change Ministry, Appoints Finance Minister

Qatar Forms Climate Change Ministry, Appoints Finance Minister

Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 - 11:15
A night view of Doha, Qatar. (AFP)

Qatar's emir created an environment and climate change ministry on Tuesday and appointed Ali bin Ahmad Al-Kuwari as finance minister, a role he had held in an acting capacity.

In a government reshuffle, Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani was named minister of environment and climate change in the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter, weeks before a UN climate change conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow.

Two women were handed cabinet posts for education and social development. They join Health Minister Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, who had been the only woman in the cabinet.

Al-Kuwari was commerce and industry minister in the previous cabinet and had also been acting finance minister since May.

Before joining the cabinet in 2018, Kuwari was chief executive officer of Qatar National Bank.

There were no changes to the energy, foreign and defense portfolios in the reshuffle announced by the office of Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

The commerce and industry ministry will now be headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani.

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