At GREAT2018 conference organized by Mada on 23-25 April, 2018, Assistive Technology Center (Mada) and SASOL the international integrated chemicals and energy company represented by "Accessible Qatar" initiative, signed a MOU to organize cooperation in the field of e-Accessibility and Physical Accessibility.
The Memorandum of Understanding regulates cooperation between the two parties in assessing the levels of digital and physical accessibility in Qatar, as well as capacity building initiatives, exchange of expertise and training in the field of digital and physical access. The two sides will also cooperate in raising awareness of the importance of assistive technology to support and integrate persons with disabilities in society.
"We are delighted to partner with SASOL, represented by "Accessible Qatar" initiative, which is recognized for its initiatives in the field of accessibility and integration of persons with disabilities into society," said Maha Al Mansouri, CEO of Mada. "This partnership is in line with the role of the Mada AT Center in the implementation of Qatar's Digital Access and Web Accessibility Policy, through building partnerships, providing assessments, consultation and training for various governmental and non-governmental entities to ensure accessibility to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to access digital content, information and communications technology on an equal basis with their peers," added Al Mansouri.
"At Mada, we believe that empowerment is achieved through partnerships, technology is part of the solution, and partnership with the private sector is important as this sector can offer a lot through social responsibility initiatives and contributions to raise awareness, achieve accessibility and provide assistive technology for persons with disabilities," said Al Mansouri.
"At Sasol, we believe in the importance of inclusive society and are supporting the right of all members of society to have equal opportunities to be active," said Rigard Du Plessis, General Manager of Sasol in Qatar. "Through our Accessible Qatar Initiative, we have made great progress in accessibility over the past years. We are delighted by the signature of this agreement with Mada, which complements our efforts to build an inclusive society in Qatar." added Mr. Du Plessis.
Mada Assistive Technology Center is a non-profit organization committed to connecting persons with disabilities to the world of Information and Communication Technology. First opening its doors in 2010, Mada was set up in response to Qatar's commitment to the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities, thereby explicitly recognizing that technology is pervasive across a breadth of private and public sector activities and inherent in the Ministry of Transport and Communications strategy, and works to improve digital inclusion for persons with disabilities in the State of Qatar.
Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and the expertise of our 30,100 people working in 33 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity.
Sasol is a 49% shareholder with Qatar Petroleum in ORYX GTL, the world's first commercial-scale GTL plant, based in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. ORYX GTL uses Sasol proprietary gas-to–liquids (GTL) technology to convert natural gas into liquid fuel and chemical products.