Qatar2022One of the commitments made at the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting was from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee—preparing to host the 2022 World Cup.

Dedicating Sport Development to Improving Food Security seeks to harness the innovations associated with hosting the World Cup, for the purpose of overcoming food production infrastructure insecurity, due to harsh climate conditions, that necessitate Qatar importing 95% of its food.

Hassan Al-Thawadi (second from right), Secretary General Qatar 22, said in a press conference today that he saw hosting the World Cup as a “catalyst for change and positive development,” and a way to help “unite the Middle East.” When asked about reports of foreign workers, involved in the construction, being mistreated, he said “these incidents are criminal acts” and “it’s on the forefront of our mind.”