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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Silatech, the international social development organization that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for youth in the Arab world.

The MoU was signed via the SC’s Josoor Institute, the organisation’s Centre of Excellence for the sports and events industries that is honing the next generation of professionals in the sports and events sectors, and cements a longstanding partnership between the SC and Silatech.

The MoU was officially signed at a ceremony on 14 December 2017 by SC Secretary General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi and Silatech’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sabah Al Haidoos. It aims to promote coordination and cooperation between the two parties with the purpose of mobilizing resources and leveraging the combined regional networks, investing in youth talents and capabilities in the Arab world and actively engaging talented young people using the hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Silatech has been one the organisation’s long-standing partners whom we have worked closely with since we were awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. We are delighted to build on a continuous cooperation that supports our vision to ensure the first Arab World Cup leaves a strong human legacy beyond 2022.

Al Thawadi added: “By enhancing the skills of young people across the Arab region and providing them with the newest trends in sporting events, we’re aiming to create a generation that is aware and capable of developing and improving in this new and exciting industry, benefiting not only the State of Qatar but the entire Arab region.”

Silatech’s CEO, Ms. Sabah Al Haidoos commented saying: “Hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a major achievement not only for Qatar, but for the entire Arab world, and has a promising development prospects for the whole region.”

She added: “We are pleased to collaborate further with SC, our strategic partner, to leverage our wide networks and programmes in Arab countries, and expand opportunities for youth in the growing and dynamic sports sectors and events management, helping them become an integral part of the historical success of such a major event .”

The partnership between the SC and Silatech dates back to the launch of Challenge 22 in 2015, the SC’s flagship regional innovation award that aims to promote a culture of innovation in the Middle East and attracts entrepreneurs, scientists and pioneers from across the Arab world, giving them the opportunity to showcase their ideas on a global scale to millions of people in 2022 and afterwards. Silatech continues to be a partner of the programme.