Second Round of Negotiations on Qatari-Moroccan Free Trade Agreement Held in Doha

The second round of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Morocco took place during the period January 22 to 23, 2023, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Doha.

The State of Qatar’s representatives at the negotiations were headed by Mr Saleh Abdullah Al-Mana, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Trade Agreements at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, while the Moroccan delegation was headed by Mr Abdelouahed Rahal, Director General of Trade at the Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The second round of negotiations build on the first round of negotiations, organized in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. The convening parties discussed ways to consolidate their comprehensive economic partnership and enhance trade and investment relations between the two countries, in order to serve their common interests.

The Free Trade Agreement comprises a means that supports inter-trade. Additionally, it contributes to increasing the volume of investments, increasing exports of both sides, organizing competition, facilitating the free flow of goods and services, and settling trade transactions.

 

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry Participates in Ministerial Roundtable at Second Edition of FMF in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, participated in the Ministerial Roundtable, convening ministers concerned with the mineral resources sector, organized by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources (MIM), within the framework of the second edition of the Future Minerals Forum (FMF), themed “creating responsible and resilient minerals and metals supply and value chains in Africa, Western and Central Asia”, taking place on January 10-12, in Riyadh.

The Roundtable featured the participation of a number of ministers, representatives of government delegations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies involved in the mining sector at the regional and international levels.

The Roundtable entailed four dialogue sessions to highlight the role of governments in developing vital supply chains for minerals, means to enhance cooperation between countries to accelerate establishing a green metals industry, as well as ways to enhance global cooperation to establish Centres of Excellence, in aims at supporting development capabilities in the region, and looking into joint cooperation opportunities to maximize mineral utilization, with a focus on the role of mining in economic development. This comes alongside showcasing successful models in this regard in States across the region.

His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry moreover took part in the activities of FMF’s second day, January 11, 2023, which included dialogue sessions. Activities also featured organizing an accompanying exhibition displaying the latest current and future mining technologies, as well as highlighting investment opportunities available in the regions of Africa, West and Central Asia.

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Organizes Ceremony to Honour Committees & Work Teams Who Participated in Hosting FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, honoured the committees and working groups who took part in hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, during a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in the presence of a number of Senior Ministry officials, as well as itsrepresentatives in the committees that took part in hosting the tournament, including members of the Emergency Committee to ensure the import and flow of foodstuffs and supplies, the Logistics Support Task Force, the Field Monitoring Task Force, and the Food Security Operations Room Task Force, in addition to representatives of the concerned authorities.

The honouring ceremony seeks to stress the committee and work team members’ active role incontributing to hosting the tournament. It also comes in recognition of their efforts that contributed to supporting the Nation’s efforts to ensure the success of this world championship at all levels.

During his speech on this occasion, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry stressed the importance of the event, as it comprised a key occasion to celebrate the national efforts that made the 12-year journey leading up to hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a success. Under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad AlThani, the State of Qatar proved that success is not granted, H.E.stated, pointing to how effort, willpower, and determination make miracles.

H.E. expressed thanks to the members of the committees and work teams from the various concerned authorities for their unlimited efforts and giving during the tournamenta feat that contributed to building a civilized legacy, which will ever be cherished in nations’ memories, and also ever remain a source of inspiration and pride for this generation and those to come.

The honouring ceremony included a presentation that shed light on the role of the Ministry’s committees and work teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as their most prominent contributions to the success of this major global event.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with H.E. Dr. Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets British Minister of State for Investment

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with His Excellency Lord Dominic Johnson, British Minister of State for Investment, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Malta

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Dr Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Malta, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirms availability of goods and stability of prices during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed the availability of food and consumer goods in the local markets, noting the stability of their prices, and their ability to accommodate to all consumer needs during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The Ministry was keen to support the axes and priorities of its action programs aimed at ensuring the highest levels of food security and readiness to provide the needed food and consumer commodities, in terms of type and quantity.

In this regard, the Ministry referred to its efforts to achieve the defined goals to enhance the country’s food security throughout the World Cup tournament. The goals are as follows:

(1) Ensuring the availability of sufficient stocks of basic food and consumer strategic commodities during the period of hosting the World Cup.

(2) Maintaining stable prices of basic goods and services.

(3) Addressing emergencies that may arise during the World Cup tournament using risk management.

(4) Ensuring the availability of goods in the vicinity of guests of the global event, by establishing mobile sales outlets in the places of residence and dwelling of World Cup guests.

In this regard, the Ministry’s efforts to enhance public-private partnership has contributed to supporting supply in central markets and various sales outlets across Qatar, in addition to enhancing the strategic stock of basic and consumer goods, despite the fluctuations in the global supply chains.

In this context, the Ministry praised the level of cooperation and coordination with a number of strategic companies, at the forefront of which are: Hassad Food Company, Widam Food Company, Almeera Consumer Goods Company, and Qatar Flour Mills Company.  The Ministry pointed, in this regard, to the key, pivotal role played by the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Food Security Emergencies Operations Room, which was formed at the Ministry.

Moreover, the Ministry indicated the stability of prices of many commodities during the tournament. The prices of some products, such as vegetables, witnessed a significant decrease owing to being in season, in addition to the Ministry’s efforts to support the availability of national products in the local markets.

Additionally, the inspection campaigns conducted by the Ministry in the three central markets were key to supporting price stability and combating monopoly. These campaigns included 138 suppliers and 162 sales outlets (hypermarkets/supermarkets and their various branches), in addition to other catering companies, restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias.

The Ministry also sought to support goods diversity and availability in the main regions throughout the tournament. In this regard, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Ministry of Municipality, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Almeera Consumer Goods Company, launched 10 temporary outlets in the vicinity of World Cup fans. Moreover, restaurants, exchange shops, and telecom operator kiosks were made available in various Almeera branches.

This initiative aims to give Qatar’s visitors easy access to products throughout the tournament, ensuring them an abundance and diversity of goods. Moreover, in addition to avoiding overcrowding in the permanent outlets, opening the temporary outlets seeks providing visitors with the chance to shop, round the clock, seven days a week.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Turkish and Saudi counterparts

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, held individual meetings with each of His Excellency  Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency Mr Mehmet Muş, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Turkey, on the side-lines of his participation in the 38th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) meetings, convened in Istanbul.

During the two meetings, officials discussed bilateral cooperation relations in the fields of trade and investment, as well as means of developing them.

The meetings also featured exchanging views on the topics listed in the COMCEC’s agenda.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry chairs Qatar’s delegation participating in meetings of COMCEC 38th session

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, chaired Qatar’s delegation participating in the meetings of the 38th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), presided by His Excellency Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, in Istanbul, on November, 26-29, 2022.

During the session, the COMCEC Strategy Implementation Report was discussed, in addition to showcasing the OIC Program of Action for the period 2016-2025 (OIC-2025: Program of Action). The OIC General Secretariat submitted a report on the progress and latest developments in terms of implementing the program.

The meeting convened on COMCEC’s 38th session also featured pointing a spotlight on global economic developments, with special reference to the OIC member States.  In this regard, the Statistical, Economic, and Social Research and Training Centrefor Islamic Countries (SESRIC) presented its annual report on global economic developments, in light of which the member States shared their expertise, and previewed their experiences with regard to recent economic developments.

Moreover, the meeting touched on several issues related to intra-OIC member trade. Additionally, the heads of the delegations participating in the meeting tackled many topics of common interest, including discussing ways to enhance the role of the private sector in economic cooperation among the member States. In this context, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture presented its report on the recent developments of private sector meetings.

Established in 1981, the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) is the main platform for multilateral economic and commercial cooperation in the Islamic world.

State of Qatar as Vice-Chair of Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission (UNCTAD) during its 13th session

The members of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) chose Mr Kassem Al-Darwish Fakhro, Commercial Attaché at the State of Qatar’s bureau to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other economic organizations in Geneva, as the Vice-Chair of the Investment, Enterprise, and Development Commission during its 13th session, held from November 14-18, 2022.

 

Entrusting the State of Qatar for this position comes in light of the great interest it attaches to developing investment policies, to achieve its development goals in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

 

The Commission provides the opportunity to discuss key and emerging issues in the area of investment and enterprise and their implications for sustainable development, as well as policy solutions. Discussions focus on ways to mobilize public and private financing for investment in achieving the SDGs. Additionally, the best performing IPAs receive awards for their exceptional achievements in promoting and facilitating sustainable investment in agribusiness.

 

The Commission also looks into ways to capitalize on the effect of new technologies in formulating science, technology, and innovation policies for sustainable development, as well as the challenges facing developing countries in this field and potential solutions. Special emphasis is placed on technologies in the fields of energy and agriculture.

Established in 1964, UNCTAD is a specialized United Nations agency, which seeks to promote development among developing countries, and to facilitate the integration of their economies into the global one. Moreover, UNCTAD works on developing ideas and policies in this field.

The State of Qatar chaired UNCTAD during the period 2012-2016, and hosted the 13th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 13), convened in Doha in 2012. The Doha Manar and Doha Mandate documents, adopted during UNCTAD 13, represent significant achievements, as they underscore the importance of development, and point out the concerns of developing countries in international trade.

 

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry launches Industrial Services Platform

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the launch of the Industrial Services Platform in the Ministry’s website. This platform is an electronic interface that supports industrial sector investors, providing them with e-services throughout the various stages of the industrial project, to save time and effort, and dispense the need to visit the Ministry’s headquarters.

 

This initiative stems from the Ministry’s keenness to improve the business services system in Qatar, as well as to facilitate and speed up the delivery of services for factory owners. Moreover, the said initiative contributes to encouraging the investment and industrial climate in Qatar. It also instils a culture of innovation in the institutional work environment.

As per the Ministry, the Industrial Services Platform includes 15 main services for a start:

  • The establishment stage: services of issuing, renewing, and writing off an industrial project initial approval;
  • The construction stage: services of issuing, renewing, and writing off licensing to establish an industrial project; and
  • The operation phase: services of issuing, renewing, and writing off licensing to operate an industrial project (certificate of registration in the Industrial Registry).

 

 

The Ministry indicates that obtaining an industrial project initial approval requires one day (if all documents are submitted via the platform), such that the extract validity period is one year. Obtaining an industrial project initial approval requires filling out the relevant application form through the Industrial Services Platform, and having an active commercial register.

As for the service of renewing the industrial project initial approval, applicants obtain it upon applying, to receive a renewal valid for one year. Obtaining it requires filling out the relevant application form via the platform. With regard to the service of writing off the initial approval, the Ministry explained that it is obtained immediately upon applying, and requires filling out the relevant application form via the platform.

Concerning the industrial project establishment license service, the Ministry indicates that it requires three days, and the extract validity period is one year. Obtaining the said service requires filling out the relevant application form via the platform, submitting the project data (raw materials, machines, and products), and attaching the environmental permit issued by the Ministry of Environment, and the notice of the initial plot allocation for the project, or a lease contract/certificate of ownership of the construction site of the factory.

For the service of renewing the license to establish an industrial project, the details provided by the Ministry indicate that the service can be obtained immediately upon applying, and the renewal validity period is one year. Obtaining the said service requires filling out the relevant form via the platform. Likewise, applicants can write off the license to establish the industrial project upon applying for the service, after filling out the relevant form via the platform.

The Ministry indicated that obtaining licensing to operate an industrial project (certificate of registration in the Industrial Registry) takes five days, and the validity period of the obtained license is two years.

The service in question requires filling out the relevant application form via the platform, provided that the applicant holds a license to establish an industrial project and a valid commercial license.

The required attachments are: an environmental operating permit, a building completion certificate, and a copy of the certificate of conformity to Qatari standards issued by the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology, in the case of industrial facilities that produce concrete, bricks, asphalt, and insulating materials (to be provided upon request). With regard to the service of renewing a license to operate an industrial project (registration certificate), the Ministry explanation indicates that the renewing a license to operate an industrial project is obtained immediately upon applying for the service, to receive a renewed license valid for two years.

This process requires applying for the service via the platform, and attaching the operating permit, and the project budget. Writing off licensing to operate an industrial project (registration certificate) is obtained immediately upon applying for the relevant service via the platform, having a valid or expired industrial project operating license.

According to the details provided by the Ministry, the processing time of increasing the production capacity of the industrial project takes three days, and requires filling out the relevant application form via the Industrial Services Platform. Moreover, the processing time of the service of obtaining a customs exemption for an industrial facility is three days, and requires filling out the relevant application form via the platform, given the availability of a valid license to establish an industrial project in the case of projects in the construction phase, or a valid operating license in the case of projects in the operating phase.

Concerning applying for power supply at subsidized prices, the Ministry indicates that this service requires one day, after filling out the relevant application form via the platform, and attaching a copy of the latest power bill, provided that the applicant holds a valid operating license. Obtaining approval for halting an industrial project takes one day, and the extract validity period is 6 months. The service in question requires filling out the relevant application form via the Industrial Services Platform, provided that the applicant holds a valid operating license.

The Industrial Services Platform is accessible through the website of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, or through the following link: https://industrialportal.moci.gov.qa/login.

 

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Makes Inspection Visit to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Food Security Emergencies Follow-up Centre and Service Centre

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, visited a number of Ministry centres, to assess the Ministry’s readiness for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

H.E. checked the work progress in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Food Security Emergencies Follow-up Centre, specialized in following up the operational processes to supply the local markets with food and consumer items during the tournament, in an effort that stems from the Ministry’s keenness to devise the appropriate scenarios to address potential challenges throughout the tournament, especially through streamlining communication mechanisms between national companies, local factories, and goods suppliers, with sales outlets.

The Ministry’s efforts also seek enhancing the response to inventory shortages at sales outlets and the three central markets, in addition to testing immediate response plans for any emergency, assessing the readiness of all concerned parties in terms of handling various scenarios, assuring the understanding and awareness of joint plans, as well as defining roles and responsibilities.

The visit also entailed an explanation of the role of the Emergency Committee to ensure the import and flow of food and subsidized goods, which was formed under Ministerial Resolution No. (52) of 2022.

The said Committee handles securing all local market needs, namely food and consumer goods, and ensures access to all the supply sources and available alternatives. Moreover, it provides the appropriate conditions for importing, unloading, clearing, storing, and distributing goods, in addition to following up market developments and their supply and demand trends. It also protects competition and prevents monopolistic practices. The Emergency Committee also takes on risk management, as well as showcasing the plans of all major entities and companies to meet local market needs in terms of main food and consumer goods.

The visit featured a briefing on the work plan of the field control teams affiliated to the Emergency Committee, aimed at ensuring the import and flow of foodstuffs and catering items. H.E. moreover viewed the results of the inspection campaigns conducted on all commercial establishments, namely major outlets, grocery outlets, restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, and hotels.

The said campaigns seek to: ensure the availability of all consumer goods and services, deter monopolistic practices, monitor prices, and crack down on violations pertaining to the infringement of the World Cup logo intellectual property rights before, during, and after hosting the tournament.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Services Centre was also inspected, in addition to checking the workflow therein.

The Services Centre aims at streamlining the registration and commercial licensing procedures, facilitating the establishment of companies concerned with World Cup projects, and providing a variety of quick services that accommodate all investor and dealer needs.

Moreover, the Services Centre speeds up transactions that include the various Ministry sectors, and also contributes to the registration of World Cup intellectual property marks.

At the conclusion of the visit, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry praised the efforts exerted to ensure the Ministry’s readiness in preparation for this tournament. Moreover, H.E. the Minister called for further increasing efforts to contribute to the success of this global event, and ensure it duly reflects Qatar’s position as a leading global destination at various levels.

Qatar pays great attention to the National Food Security Strategy, in a constant pursuit of enhancing the State’s strategic reserves and food security.

Qatar has always been in a leading position in terms of food security indicators in the region. This reflects the State’s wise leadership’s vision,  underlying the proactive contingency plans, the citizen support programs, and the investment in crop storage, improving roads and ports, irrigation infrastructure, diversifying international trade partners and trade routes, and increasing domestic production capacity for the key perishable commodities.

Moreover, the State has expanded and modernized the logistical infrastructure in its ports and warehouses, and increased reserves of a wide range of basic foodstuffs in retail stores across Qatar.

 

First Round of Negotiations on Draft Qatari-Moroccan Free Trade Agreement Launched

The Moroccan capital, Rabat, saw launching the first round of negotiations on a draft free trade agreement between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Morocco, which took place during the period November 7-9, 2022.

The delegation of the State of Qatar at the negotiations was chaired by Mr Saleh Abdullah Al-Mana, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Trade Agreements at the Qatari Ministry of Commerce and Industry, while the Moroccan side was headed by Mr Abdelouahed Rahal, Director General of Trade at the Moroccan Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The negotiations stem from the keenness to enhance prospects for bilateral cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Morocco in all fields, especially in terms of economic affairs, trade, and investment.

During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of concluding the agreement, and highlighted the role it would play in furthering common interests, and enhancing the bilateral partnership relations in aims at meeting the two sibling countries’ aspirations.

The first draft of the Qatari-Moroccan Free Trade Agreement included looking into ways to enhance cooperation in the field of trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property, competition, and dispute settlement, taking into account the sensitive sectors.

In conclusion, the minutes of the first round of negotiations were signed, and it was agreed to hold the second round of negotiations for Qatari-Moroccan Free Trade Agreement in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Conducts Simulations of Operational Supply Processes of Food and Consumer Goods during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The initiative aims to:

·         Test emergency response plans

·         Address a variety of scenarios during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with strategic partners, factories, national companies, hypermarkets, and catering companies, conducted simulation exercises of operational supply processes of food and consumer goods to local markets during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The simulation exercises for operational processes form part of the Ministry’s efforts to define scenarios to address projected challenges while holding the tournament, particularly in aims at facilitating communication between national businesses, local factories, and goods suppliers with hypermarkets. The Ministry’s efforts also seek enhancing the response to inventory shortages at hypermarkets, catering businesses, and the three central markets.

Moreover, the said exercises seek to test quick response plans for any emergency, assess the readiness of all concerned parties in terms of handling various scenarios, assure the understanding and awareness of joint plans, and define roles and responsibilities.

The simulation exercises saw the participation of: the Emergency Committee’s operations room, hypermarkets, national companies and factories, catering companies, and major suppliers of food and consumer goods.

The Ministry emphasized that the simulation exercises offered a chance to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of operational process coordination structures and communication channels amongst all stakeholders, in preparation for hosting the international event.

 

 

The simulation exercises included simulating many possible events and scenarios during the tournament, as well as defining ways to address them by the concerned authorities.

One simulation exercise involved supplying fruit and vegetable types from strategic partner warehouses to the central markets (Al Sailiya, Umm Salal, and Al-Wakrah), in coordination with Aswaq Company for food facilities management. Moreover, simulations included assessing the supply of vegetables, fruits, frozen red meat, frozen chicken, table eggs, and bottled water, from strategic partner warehouses to those of catering companies, in addition to assessing the supply of food items from strategic partner warehouses to major outlets or their associated warehouses, such as Almeera, Carrefour, LuLu Hypermarket, Safari Hypermarket, Spar, Masskar Hypermarket, and the Family Food Center.

The Ministry confirmed that the simulation exercises were carried out successfully, demonstrating that all parties involved were prepared to meet the diverse local market needs during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

 

 

 

 

Al Meera Launches Temporary Outlets in Vicinity of World Cup Fans in Cooperation with Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Ministry of Municipality

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, announced opening temporary outlets in the vicinity of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ fans.

This initiative aims to give Qatar’s visitors easy access to products throughout the tournament, ensuring them an abundance and diversity of goods. In addition to avoiding overcrowding in the permanent outlets, opening the temporary outlets seeks to provide visitors with the chance to shop, round the clock, seven days a week.

To this end, Al Meera inaugurated 10 temporary outlets across Qatar, eight of which were opened on November 2, and two will open on November 5, namely: West Bay – Onaiza 63 Ezdan, West Bay – Al Dafna 61, Bu Sidra Complex, Umm Ghuwailina Metro Station, Al Messila Bus Station, Fan Village in Lusail, Fan Village in Ras Bufontas, Caravan City in Al Messila, Barwa Barahat Al Janoub Property, and Barwa Madinatna.

In addition to temporary sales outlets to serve World Cup guests, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company has 64 branches across Qatar. These include 15 sales outlets that are open round the clock, in addition to 6 branches in the Doha Metro that will be open round the clock, seven days a week.

The Ministry explained that the initiative includes the various regions hosting World Cup guests, hence allowing them to shop for high quality services and products at reasonable prices.

The new temporary outlets started operating today, Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Al Meera used the distinctive World Cup designs and colors in decorating its outlets.

It is worth noting that the Ministry has been keen during the last period to coordinate efforts with all concerned authorities to accommodate all consumer needs.

In this context, the Ministry has cooperated with Al Meera to provide an adequate stock of various types of consumer goods such as grains, rice, oils, meat and its derivatives, poultry, eggs, cheese, dairy, juices, and foodstuffs of all kinds.

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Launches Advertising License Service through SW

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality, announced launching the Advertising License Service through the Single Window Platform. This step forms part of the efforts to improve and develop services to upgrade the business services system, and contributes to facilitating and speeding up providing these services. Such endeavours support enhancing the investment and trade climate in Qatar.

 

The Ministry explained that the service in question allowed companies and investors to obtain advertising licenses (temporary, permanent, or annual) from the concerned authorities, to advertise using street/building billboards or vehicle ads. The advertising license is provided within three days, after submitting the application, with the required documents attached, via the Single Window website.

 

The Advertising Licenses Service complements the Ministry’s efforts to develop the services provided to the private sector.  The said efforts pour into honing procedures for doing business in the State, and unifying Ministry procedures vis-à-vis citizens and investors, through a single service window.

 

The Advertising Licenses Service is among the services launched through the Single Window, to speed up and digitize procedures, in aims at improving services provided to individuals and companies, raising the efficiency of government administrative processes, and effectively employing information technology in providing public services. The said streamlining efforts support the State of Qatar’s vision of building a knowledge-based economy, and achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030.

 

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched a package of smart e-services through the Single Window platform, comprising 27 main services, and 149 sub-services. Such efforts mark a qualitative leap in the Ministry’s processing and dealings vis-à-vis citizens.

The said services include: comprehensive incorporation, comprehensive renewal, requesting a replacement for lost commercial license, obtaining a hard copy of commercial registration, issuing tax card, receiving e-mail notifications, activating link point with the building completion certificate, enabling e-signatures, completing issuance of the industrial license for industrial registration, obtaining approval for Qatar Development Bank financing, and completing activation of Industrial Approvals Portal. The services also include access to the Industrial Approvals Portal’s improved features, control panel, and reports.

Moreover, the services entail issuing facility registration, access to the mobile application, comprehensive modification service, adding a branch, issuing a sub-license, contract management services for foreign contracting companies, comprehensive closure, issuing home licenses, printing extracts, and obtaining a certification of good conduct, as well as the company merger/division service.

 

In addition, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has devised and launched a number of services that were not included in the original scope of the project. These services were implemented to improve investors’ Single Window experience, as well as increase their satisfaction with the offered services. These services include: executive seizure and release of seizure (Supreme Judicial Council), digital seizure and release of  seizure (Authority for Minors’ Affairs), validation of the commercial register extract for entities and individuals, home licensing services (issuance – amendment – renewal), registration and commercial licenses extracts, issuance of establishment branch registration, declaring real beneficiary information, and the comprehensive information centre service.

 

Through the Single Window Platform, 60,450 digitally signed incorporation contracts were signed by investors, and contracts were digitally signed by the Ministry of Justice, in addition to signing 10,272 documents by investors, through the Incorporation Contract Digital Signature service. Moreover, 70,913 payment processes were completed via the Single Window e-Payment Gateway. Concerning the e-Approvals Gateway, it includes 77 registered entities and 17 active government entities. 23,684 complete digital approvals have been issued through the e-Approvals Gateway, which hosts 80 digital link points with various supporting agencies and bodies.

 

As for requests and transactions, the number of transactions submitted through the Single Window has amounted to 218,159 transactions, 12,809 facility registration issuances, and 46,176 tax number issuances.

 

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Azerbaijani Minister of Economy

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr. MikayilJabbarov, Minister of the Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes workshop on Qatar’s Coding and Tracking Office and International Barcode

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank (QDB)’s Coding and Tracking Office, organized yesterday a workshop entitled ‘Introducing Qatari Coding and Tracking Office and International Article Number’, in aims at supporting the national economy through the industrial and service sectors.

 

The workshop featured introducing the global standards organisation (GS1), the business solution services it provides, the global standards system (GS1 System), and the rules for assigning article numbers to products, services, and places. Also, during the workshop, the Qatar’s Coding and Tracking Office (GS1 Qatar) was introduced, as well as the services it provides to Qatari companies, with the aim of spreading awareness and introducing local companies and institutions to the unified international standards system and the mechanisms for its application in supply chains to serve the various sectors in Qatar.

 

The workshop also touched on the global barcode and tracking system. It is noteworthy that Qatar obtained the code 630 to ensure a unique and distinctive identification that allows tracking national products and marketing them at home and abroad. This measure contributes to increasing exports and complying with international requirements.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al-Thani, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with Mr. Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Finland, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

State of Qatar Seals Contract to Officially Participate in World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

The State of Qatar has signed a contract for its official participation with a national pavilion in the World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, scheduled to be held from April 13 until October 13, 2025, in Osaka, Japan.

The participation contract was signed by Mr Nasser Mohammed Al-Muhannadi, Deputy Commissioner-General and Chairman of the Preparation Committee for the State of Qatar’s Participation in World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. From the Japanese side, the contract was signed by His Excellency the Commissioner General of the Japan Association for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, in the presence of Mr Abdulbasit Al-Ajji, Vice Chairman of the Preparation Committee and the preparation of the State of Qatar pavilion, along with a number of officials in the Expo’s organizing committee.

The Preparation Committee for the State of Qatar’s Participation in World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, composed of representatives from several State authorities, has commenced action as of the decision to form it.

The Committee shall handle preparing the needed equipment for the State’s participation in the World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. It shall also take on designing a distinguished, top-notch pavilion. To these ends, the Committee is holding periodic meetings in order to ensure the State of Qatar makes a distinguished, admirable participation.

Themed ‘Designing Future Society for Our Lives’, the World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai focuses on three sub-themes: Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, and Connecting Lives.  150 countries and 25 international organizations are expected to participate in the Expo, and the projected number of visitors is some 82 million visitors, of which 3.5 million are from outside Japan.

The Expo activities and events are in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, the 2030 Agenda, aimed at achieving a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable society.

For Qatar’s part, its participation in the World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai is an opportunity to strengthen trade, industrial, and investment cooperation relations with the various participating countries.

This will contribute to supporting the economic sectors that serve Qatar’s development trends, including the industrial, commercial, and tourism sectors.

Moreover, this participation gives Qatari businessmen and companies access to building strong relations with the Japanese side, hence allowing the establishment of businesses and partnerships in various sectors, especially as Osaka is one of Japan’s business hubs.

 

Qatar participates in Ministerial Meetings of GCC’s Commercial and Industrial Cooperation Committees

The State of Qatar participated today in the 63rd meeting of the GCC Commercial Cooperation Committee, the fourth meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for Standardization Affairs, and the 49th meeting of the GCC Industrial Cooperation Committee, which were held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The State of Qatar’s delegation in the meetings was chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

The meetings featured discussing a number of topics and issues listed on the agenda, in addition to taking the appropriate pertaining decisions.

Moreover, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry participated in the inauguration ceremony of the Future Factories Program, which was launched on the sidelines of the meetings of the Commercial and Industrial Cooperation Committees at the headquarters of the Secretariat General under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Honors Entities Participating in its 2022 Initiatives to Subsidize Prices of Consumer Goods and Red Meat

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry organized a ceremony to honor the entities participating in the initiatives to subsidize the prices of consumer goods,  sheep meat during Ramadan, as well as sacrifices, under an initiative launched by the Ministry in 2022. The ceremony was attended by a number of Ministry officials and company owners.

 

During his speech on this occasion, Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Al Bohashem Al Sayed, Director of Quality Licensing and Market Control Department at the Ministry, stressed the importance of the ceremony as it comprises a significant occasion to celebrate the success of the initiatives launched by the Ministry to subsidize the prices of consumer goods and red meat in 2022. The ceremony also comprised a chance to honor government and private agencies that played a key role in these achievements, Dr. Al Bohashem pointed out, further expressing the pride he felt of the spirit of cooperation, as well as the joint and continuous coordination between the Ministry and all concerned parties, for the end of meeting citizens and residents’ various needs. Such efforts contribute to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to build an advanced State, capable of achieving sustainable development and ensuring a maintained decent living for its people, generations to come.

 

The Ministry is keen to implement such initiatives to protect consumer rights and enhance their purchasing power during periods of high demand for basic and consumer food items and commodities, especially during Ramadan, Dr. Al Bohashem said. In cooperation with the concerned government agencies and a number of private sector representatives, including sales outlets in Qatar, merchants, and suppliers, the Ministry has sought to launch initiatives for reducing commodity pricing and subsidizing sheep meat prices during Ramadan, as well as the prices of sacrifices for 1443 AH/ 2022 AD.

 

In this regard, Dr. Al Bohashem pointed out that the Ministry, in cooperation with major outlets in Qatar, and through its annual initiative for reducing goods prices, had succeeded in increasing the number of items and goods covered by the initiative by 23% compared to last year. The list of discounted goods currently includes more than 800 food and consumer commodities. The initiative hence contributes to reducing the rate of consumer spending on basic necessities by 14%.

 

Moreover, Dr. Al Bohashem explained that in parallel with that, through the subsidizing sheep meat prices initiative, which comes within the framework of encouraging local production and supporting farm owners, subsidies covered about 30,000 sheep during the blessed month of Ramadan, and about 12,500 sacrifices. The entire quantity was sold, in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Widam Food Company.

 

Dr. Al Bohashem stressed that work was still underway in cooperation with various concerned authorities and institutions to enhance price stability in local markets, strike a balance between supply and demand, protect competition, and prevent monopolistic practices, according to a clear and integrated strategy based on the National Vision, oriented towards meeting all the aspirations of Qatar’s citizens and residents. Dr. Al Bohashem further expressed his aspiration that this recognition would motivate joint action to further progress and prosperity in Qatar.

 

The honoring ceremony included a presentation of the Ministry’s initiatives to subsidize the prices of consumer goods and red meat for 2022, to clarify the nature and objectives of these initiatives.

 

The ceremony featured honoring the entities that participated in the Ministry’s initiatives to subsidize the prices of consumer goods and red meat for 2022.  This recognition marks the Ministry’ appreciation of the efforts of the entities participating in its initiatives, and their outstanding contribution to the success of these initiatives, as a result of all entities’ concerted and coordinated efforts.

 

It is worth noting that the Ministry’s initiatives to subsidize the prices of consumer goods and red meat for 2022 contributed to maintaining price stability of basic consumer goods during the blessed month of Ramadan, and the sale of the entire quantity of red meat during the holy month and Eid al-Adha. Moreover, the said initiative supported the growth of local production in terms of the supplied sheep this year. About 26,300 local sheep were provided during the blessed month of Ramadan, while the number of imported sheep reached about 3,700 sheep. Moreover, 9000 local sheep were provided during Eid al-Adha, while the number of imported sheep amounted to 3,500 sheep.

 

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry participates in preparatory meetings of GCC Commerce & Industry Undersecretaries

  • E. the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry participates in the opening ceremony of the annual Gulf Entrepreneurs Forum.

 

H.E. Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, participated today in the 55th preparatory meeting for the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee, and the 41st preparatory meeting for the GCC Industrial Cooperation Committee, at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Their Excellencies the Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Trade and Industry discussed a number of topics of common interest listed on their agenda, and made  recommendations based thereon to Their Excellencies the Ministers of Commerce and Industry in the GCC States for them to adopt in their upcoming meetings, and take the appropriate relevant measures.

 

Moreover, H.E. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry participated in the opening ceremony of the annual Gulf Entrepreneurs Forum. H.E. also participated in the consultative meeting of Their Excellencies the GCC Ministers of Trade and Industry, which featured discussing the various aspects related to the entrepreneurship system, pointing out the most significant challenges and recommendations related to strengthening the Gulf entrepreneurship environment.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Inaugurates QI International Trade Fair for Iranian Products

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and His Excellency Mr Mohsen Rezaei,Vice President for Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, inaugurated the QI International Trade Fair for Iranian Products, taking place at the Katara Cultural Village until October 19.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of members of the Qatar Chamber and the Qatari Businessmen Association, alongside several Iranian company owners.

After the inauguration ceremony, Their Excellencies the Minister of Commerce and Industry and the Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs toured the exhibition. They viewed some of the participating companies’ pavilions featuring their products.

The QI International Trade Fair for Iranian Productsaims to introduce the key Iranian industries, as well as display Iranian companies’ products across a number of fields. The main displayed products include: food items, carpets, oil and gas derivatives, petrochemical products, textiles, and leather products.

Moreover, the Fair features organizing a number of side-events. It also comprises a platform for holding bilateral meetings between businessmen from both sides, to discuss available investment opportunities, and ways to build long-term economic cooperation mechanisms between Qatari and Iranian companies.

On the side-lines of the QI International Trade Fair for Iranian products inauguration ceremony, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, met with H.E. Mr Mohsen Rezaei.

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Organizes Training Program on Trademarks and Trade Names

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the International Trademark Association, organized a training program on trademarks and trade names for employees in the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Department, the Commercial Registration and Licensing Department, and the Single Window Platform, on October10 & 11, 2022, in the presence of His Excellency Mr Saleh Majed Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs.

 

This training stems from the Ministry’s keenness to enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, raise employees’ efficiency and readiness, enhance their capabilities, and introduce new procedures for trademarks and trade names.

 

The training program covered several topics, including a general introduction on intellectual property and trademarks, and the most common intellectual and industrial property rights such as: copyrights, literary works, trade secrets, patents, industrial designs, trade names, and trademarks. Moreover, the training highlighted Law No. (9) of 2002 on Trademarks, Commercial Indicators, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs and Models, and Law No. (7) of 2014 Promulgating the Law (Regulation) of Trademarks in the GCC Countries.

 

Additionally, the training program shed light on the concept of the trademark, its types, elements and significance, as well as methods of examining and querying trademarks and geographical indications.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Meets with Indonesian Minister of Trade

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr. Jeenbek Kulubaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two nations in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

 

 

His Excellency Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry Participates in the 13th Turkish-Arab Economic Forum

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, participated today in the 13th edition of the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 13th Turkish-Arab Economic Forum featured the participation of a number of ministers, senior Arab and Turkish government officials, bankers, and personnel of financial, business, and investment institutions in Turkey and other countries in the region, as well as regional and international finance and development institutions.

For his part, H.E. Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater stressed in his speech at the Forum’s main session of the importance of this event, which comprises a prominent venue for exploring growth prospects for the global economy, in light of the current challenges, and also for discussing ways to consolidate the trade and investment partnership between the Arab countries and Turkey.

Qatar’s participation in the Forum stems from its deep belief that confronting any cross-border crisis can only take place jointly, based on the concerted efforts of the international community, H.E. stated. Moreover, Qatar is well-aware of the importance of partnership as a major guarantee for strengthening bilateral relations between countries, H.E. added, noting in this regard that Qatar viewed Turkey as a key strategic partner.

H.E. additionally praised the distinguished and close sibling relations between the two nations, founded on common denominators that have crystallized in light of the stands of solidarity and both sides’ similar visions in various fields. The said factors have positively reflected in the level of trade exchange between the two nations, as the volume of Qatari-Turkish trade exchange amounted to about 1.8 billion USD in 2021, and Qatar is home to more than 767 Turkish companies operating in various vital sectors.

The Turkish-Arab Economic Forum was convened for the first time in 2005, and has had 12 previous editions. The forum is a venue for discussing a number of economic issues of common interest between the Arab States and Turkey, as well as discussing ways to enhance and deepen economic and investment cooperation between the two sides.

The 13th edition of the Forum featured organizing four working sessions that focused on a number of important axes, including: the new pillars of the Turkish-Arab economic partnership, ways to overcome the current global geopolitical and economic challenges, trade development through investment in supply chains and logistics, new investment prospects in Turkey, and opportunities in the field of food security, as well as other vital topics.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry issues report on special licenses for August 2022

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued its monthly report on special licenses for August 2022, with the number of licenses granted for sale for reduced prices (discounts, festivals, final liquidation, and loyalty customers) amounting to 64 licenses.

 

The report indicated that the number of offer licenses including: promotions, special offers, prize draw, and clear and win, amounted to 523 licenses last August: 53 licenses for companies on goods in malls and retail outlets, and 444 licenses for special offers including new prices, buy one and get one for free, and buy one and get one at half the price, etc. The report indicated that the number of licenses for prize draws granted last August was 26.

 

 

Type of offer license Number
Promotional offers 53
Special offers 444
Prize draws 26
Clear and win 0
Total 523

 

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Organizes Awareness Campaign on Organ Donation

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation, organized an awareness campaign on organ donation, with the aim of educating employees on the importance of this initiative.

The organization of this campaign comes as part of the Ministry’s Community Participation Program. It moreover translates the Ministry’s humanitarian values, entailed in its strategic plan aimed at achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030- Qatar’s citizen-oriented endeavor for sustainable human development.

The campaign aims to educate participants on the importance of organ donation and its role in saving the lives of thousands of patients. It also provides the necessary information to people wishing to donate, in addition to explaining the registration process.

The campaign participants portrayed outstanding interaction and awareness of the importance of organ donation, especially since this humanitarian gesture may contribute to saving the lives of patients and alleviating their suffering. The initiative in question also instills the values of cooperation and solidarity in society.

 

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Executive Director of German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Signing strategic partnership agreement between Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BVMW to establish the first BVMW office in Gulf Region

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with Mr. Markus Jerger, Executive Director of the German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), currently visiting Qatar.

The meeting featured previewing aspects of promoting and developing trade and economic cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany.

During the meeting, the economic policies adopted by Qatar to diversify the national economy were also highlighted.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry signed a strategic partnership agreement with the German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), in aims at establishing a representative office in Qatar, creating the BVMW’s first ever headquarters in the Gulf Region.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Markus Jerger, Executive Director, BVMW.

On this occasion, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry praised the importance of this partnership, pointing out that it reflected the keenness of the Qatari and German governments to consolidate their strategic partnership and develop cooperation between both nations’ business sectors. H.E. added that this joint effort will also benefit German SMEs by providing them with more investment opportunities in both the State of Qatar as well as gain access to expanding to various markets in the region.

For his part, Mr Markus Jerger, Executive Director, BVMW, said: “The signing of the strategic partnership follows the announcements of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, during his visits to Germany in 2018 and 2022 to expand investment and economic cooperation between Qatari and German small and medium-sized enterprises. Qatar is currently one of the largest foreign investors in Germany with around 25 billion euros.  Qatar has announced further investments in Germany in the coming years with a focus on SMEs, amounting to 10 billion euros. With the opening of our BVMW-GCC headquarters in Doha, we are creating a contact point for German and Qatari small and medium-sized companies to benefit from business opportunities and advantages in Qatar and Germany, as well as the opportunity to expand into various markets in the region, especially since Doha is an important investment hub in the region. Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish our national teams a successful participation in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.”

Under this new partnership, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BVMW will host numerous cross-promotional business and investment events, arrange several delegation visits between the two countries and launch marketing campaigns across multiple media platforms to shed light on the several business opportunities in Qatar for German SMEs.

The signing of this agreement builds on the November 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IPA Qatar and BVMW, which aims to jointly advance Qatari-German economic and commercial cooperation and identify new opportunities within the SME sector.

The establishment of BVMW’s office in Doha will contribute to strengthening the Qatari-German relations in the field of business, by connecting BVMW members with Qatari counterparts. It will also serve as a hub for expanding opportunities to link German businesses with potential partners across the region. This new partnership also forms a dual framework to launch joint initiatives in the areas of business facilitation, knowledge transfer, and exchange of experiences.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Bans Commercial Use of Qatar’s Official Emblem

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry underscored banning the use, sale, or circulation of the State of Qatar’s official emblem by commercial stores, as well as its commercial use on electronic platforms, in accordance with Law No. (9) of 2002 with respect to Trademarks, Trade Indications, Trade names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs and Templates.

In this regard, the Ministry intends to work in coordination with the concerned authorities to ensure that traders, store managers, and others comply with what is stated in this announcement. The Ministry will also intensify its inspection campaigns, and will take the necessary legal measures against anyone who violates laws and the enacting ministerial decisions.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Organizes Blood Donation Campaign

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation, organized a blood donation campaign for its employees at the Ministry’s headquarters in Lusail City.

 

This campaign stems from the Ministry’s commitment to supporting social responsibility, and comes as an emphasis of its active role in community service, as well as increasing community awareness of the importance of blood donation.

 

The campaign also aims at contributing to supporting the blood bank stock at Hamad Corporation to meet the increasing demand for blood and its derivatives, especially in light of the preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with a target of securing a sufficient stock of blood for this significant global sporting event.

The campaign witnessed a large turnout of Ministry employees, who were keen to make a blood donation. They praised this initiative, which encourages humanitarian action.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes workshop for judicial officers of National Committee for Intellectual Property Right Protection during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the International Football Association (FIFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, organized today a workshop for the judicial officers of National Committee for Intellectual Property Right Protection during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

 

Continuing until Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the workshop has seen the participation of about 90 staff members from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Municipality.

 

The training in question forms part of the Ministry’s efforts, in coordination with other relevant ministries and government agencies, to implement measures to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in accordance with the highest pertaining international practices, as well as to support intellectual property rights and provide the necessary protection for major international brands.  The workshop touches on ways to instil fair competition, prevent illegal abuses such as unauthorized promotional activities, combat the sale of counterfeit goods, or FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 products without obtaining the approval of the concerned authorities, and curb the unauthorized use of FIFA and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 trademarks and designs.

 

The workshop also addresses many vital topics, including the tasks of judicial officers in the vicinity of stadiums during the period of holding matches, ways to protect trademarks and intellectual property rights of FIFA and tournament sponsors, as well as means to protect World Cup designs and the rights of companies that have been licensed to sell World Cup products. Additionally, the workshop features highlighting the pertaining laws and regulations, such as Law No. (10) of 2021 regarding the Measures for Hosting FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

 

Moreover, the workshop discusses ways to protect the rights of joint stock companies, mechanisms for determining officially licensed products, and a review of the trademark protection program in stadiums during the tournament period.

 

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with President of Qatar-US Business Council

His Excellency Mr. Sultan Bin Rashid Al-Khater, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry met today with His Excellency Mr. Scott Taylor, President of the Qatar-US Business Council, who is currently visiting Qatar.

 

The meeting was attended by H.E. Sheikha Mayes bint Hamad Al Thani, the Qatar Managing Director for Qatar- US Business Council.

During the meeting, officials discussed and exchanged views on issues of common interest, as well as aspects of bilateral cooperation in the trade, investment, and industrial fields, as well as means to enhance and develop them, in light of the distinguished ties and common strategic interests binding the two nations.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry previewed the economic policies adopted by Qatar to diversify the national economy and support the private sector. H.E. moreover highlighted the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities available in the country, aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and American company owners to invest in Qatar.

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes sense of security training workshop

Doha – Thursday, September 8, 2022:

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Police Training Institute at the Ministry of Interior, organized a training workshop for the Ministry’s judicial officers on the sense of security, on September 4-8, 2022.

The workshop forms part of the Ministry’s efforts aimed at implementing and adopting the best practices in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Moreover, the Ministry is keen on raising the efficiency of judicial officers, who were assigned to inspection and control throughout this event. It also seeks to develop their capabilities and provide them with knowledge and skills needed to enhance their sense of security and security readiness.

The workshop shed light on some terms related to the sense of security, including definitions pertaining to the sense of security, its types, characteristics, mechanism to address it, and the means to develop it. The workshop also touched on the main aspects related to body language and its uses, as well as other related topics.

Additionally, the workshop touched on how to deal with violators, site inspection procedures, inspector role and skills in terms of observation and obtaining the necessary security information.

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry closes two retail massage parlours in As Salatah and Old Al Hitmi

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of two massage parlours in As Salatah and Old Al Hitmi, for violating Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors. The violation consisted of failure to meet the general and specific requirements, and practicing a commercial activity without obtaining the required license from the concerned authorities.

This measure forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to monitor and regulate markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and to assess the degree of compliance with laws and regulations governing commercial activities, in a bid to uncover and crack down on violations.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial, and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or include the registration and commercial licensing via following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry receives Excellence in Innovation Award for e-Inspection System project

The Ministry won the Excellence Award in the Innovation category, for its e-Inspection System project, stemming from its keenness to contribute to Qatar’s journey towards digital transformation.

 

The award was received by Mr. Ali Khaled Al-Khulaifi, Director of Planning and Quality Department and Acting Director of Information Technology Department, on the side-lines of launching of the first large-scale cloud data centre region in Qatar, on Wednesday evening, August 31, 2022.

 

 

The e-Inspection System project culminates the Ministry’s efforts to implement the measures to host the World Cup events, pursuant to Law No. (10) of 2021 on the Measures for Hosting FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

 

 

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is working in cooperation with the various ministries and relevant authorities in Qatar to contribute to organizing this historic global event, in line with the law passed in this regard. The said law’s measures stipulate monitoring the distribution, sale, and advertisement of all products marketed by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), its affiliate organizations, and its business partners, as well as goods suppliers, works contractors, and service providers, at the event sites and the commercial zone subject to control.

 

Additionally, the Ministry monitors compliance with Law No. (11) of 2021 on the Protection of Trademarks, Copyrights, and Related Rights of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

 

The e-Inspection System aims to enhance the capabilities and skills of the Ministry’s inspectors in terms of monitoring and controlling the concerned authorities responsible for ensuring abiding by the laws and decisions regulating the business and trade sectors in Qatar, especially in terms of registries, licenses, intellectual property rights, combating commercial fraud, monitoring defective and harmful goods, after-sale services, strategic inventory, price evaluation and follow-up, field control, central markets, and others.

 

The e-Inspection System forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to provide smart, innovative services that contribute to enhancing consumer protection, regulating the business environment, supporting competition, and combating commercial fraud.

 

The e-Inspection System includes all Ministry departments, so as to support its inspection campaigns in various fields related to its competencies. The e-system also allows the Ministry inspectors to complete all procedures for filing violations to the concerned authorities electronically without the need to fill out paper forms.

 

Moreover, the e-Inspection System provides the user with the ability to communicate and follow up the inspection procedures, including records, notifications, and payment of penalties and fines, in addition to the ability to complete the reconciliation procedures with the violating parties. This e-system also allows inspection campaign management and control, assigning inspectors, and helping to take decisions in light of performance indicators.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry participates in Izmir Business Days Forum via video conferencing

 

  • The volume of Qatari-Turkish trade exchange amounted to about 1.8 billion USD in 2021.
  • The Forum is a significant occasion to consolidate the strategic partnership between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey, in terms of policies and plans aimed at developing and promoting agricultural trade.
  • About 29.3% of the global population has experienced moderate or severe food insecurity in 2021, i.e. an increase of 350 million people compared to the pre-COVID-19 period.

 

Doha – Thursday, September 1, 2022:

 

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, participated with a recorded speech in the opening session of the Izmir Business Days Forum, organized via video conferencing. The Forum is taking place within the framework of the 91stedition of the Izmir International Fair, held on September 1-2, 2022, in the Turkish city of Izmir.

At the beginning of his speech, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry extended his appreciation of the Izmir Forum topics that aim to chart the future prospects for the agricultural sector and the food supply chains, stating that it comprised one of the world’s largest humanitarian global issues.

“Undoubtedly the measures imposed during the past two years to contain the COVID-19 virus have been effective,” His Excellency said, further referring to the repercussions of some measures that have contributed to exacerbating the challenges that different world countries have been facing for several years, especially regarding international trade, and the functionality of global supply chains for food and agricultural commodities.

Additionally, His Excellency said that the recent developments had directly affected global food security and caused fluctuations in food markets.

His Excellency referred to the 2022 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report, devised by five international organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The said report indicates that about 29.3% of the global population has experienced moderate or severe food insecurity in 2021, i.e. an increase of 350 million people compared to the pre-COVID-19 period, His Excellency stated.

Moreover, His Excellency touched on the reality that some countries had resorted to adopting protectionist trade measures to curb the rise in food prices, as per the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank data issued in June 2022. The aforementioned reports highlight that around 25 countries have adopted export restrictions, affecting about 8% of global food trade, His Excellency said.

In this context, His Excellency stressed the firm belief of the State of Qatar that “any cross-border global crisis can only be resolved under the auspices of the international community,” elaborating that the repercussions of these crises affected all countries of the world, and their impact could be greater on countries that were largely dependent on basic commodity imports, especially developing and poor countries.

The Izmir Business Days Forum is an opportunity to discuss the innovative and efficient solutions and initiatives, which can facilitate trade, support global food supply chains, and enhance investment in agricultural technologies that are resilient to the effects of climate change, His Excellency further stated.

During his speech, the Minister of Commerce and Industry praised the close sibling relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey, stressing that the said relations had been consolidated under the wise visions of both countries’ leaderships. Moreover, the depth of Qatari-Turkish relationships has positively reflected on the volume of trade exchange between them, which amounted to about $1.8 billion in 2021.

Qatar’s participation in this year’s edition of the Izmir Forum is a significant occasion to consolidate the strategic partnership between the two sibling countries in terms of policies and plans, aimed at developing and promoting agricultural trade, to support achieving both nations’ common food security goals, His Excellency said.

At the conclusion of his speech, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry explained that the Forum represented a new opportunity to underscore Qatar’s firm commitment to strengthening international cooperation in various fields, in support of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, aimed at meeting the aspirations of all the peoples of the world to progress, development, and prosperity.

The Izmir International Fair is the first trade fair in the Republic of Turkey. Over the past nine decades, it has succeeded in becoming an important, diverse platform for exchanging views on global and domestic trends in trade and policy-making, as well as for forging new partnerships.

This year, the Fair features the Izmir Business Days Forum, themed: ‘Agriculture Trade: Establishing Resilient Global Food Supply Chains’. The Forum includes five dialogue sessions, featuring a number of speakers, including ministers, senior officials, experts, CEOs of major institutions and companies, as well as media representatives from different countries worldwide.

The sessions highlight a number of topics including: ‘Transformation in Agriculture: Green and Sustainable Agriculture’, alongside presenting ‘Agricultural-Based Specialized Organized Industrial Zones Application Examples’. The Forum also addresses ‘The Future of Agriculture and Food in A Changing World’, ‘Sustainable Agriculture and Food Trade’, ‘Food and Agriculture Products Export from the Perspective of Sustainability’, and ‘Current Trends on Maritime Agribusiness Logistics’.

 

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry cracks down on shop in Al Sadd for selling and displaying counterfeit goods and products

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the concerned authorities, cracked down on a shop in the Al-Sadd for displaying and selling counterfeit leather goods and bags bearing international brands. This act comes in violation of Article No. (6) of Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection.

The campaign resulted in issuing a violation against the shop, and the necessary legal measures were taken against the perpetrator.

This measure forms part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses, and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications.

Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between three thousand and one million Qatari Riyals.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to the needed due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry, “The United Kingdom is one of Qatar’s leading strategic partners”



 

  • Trade in goods between Qatar and UK grew in 2021 to reach 4.54 billion USD recording a 51.4% increase compared to 2020
  • The UK is the seventh-largest trading partner of Qatar

Doha – Wednesday, August 24, 2022:

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and His Excellency Mr. Ranil Jayawardena, Minister for International Trade in the United Kingdom, chaired the third session of the Qatar-UK Joint Economic & Trade Committee, held in London.

 

The third Joint Committee saw the attendance of H.E. Fahd bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United Kingdom, along with representatives of several stakeholders, including the Qatar Investment Authority, the Investment Promotion Agency, and the Qatar Development Bank.

 

At the outset of his opening speech, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry stressed that the topics discussed in the meeting reflected the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as their determination to advance the prospects for cooperation in all fields, including trade, investment, and commercial partnership.

The visit by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani earlier this year displays the close bilateral relationship shared between Qatar and the United Kingdom, H.E. noted.

The bilateral relations are founded on both nations’ shared values and mutual interests as evidenced by the strong growth in bilateral investments and trade, which positions the UK as one of Qatar’s leading strategic partners, H.E. said, pointing out that trade in goods between the two countries grew in 2021 to reach 4.54 billion USD recording a 51.4% increase compared to 2020. This makes the United Kingdom the seventh-largest trading partner of Qatar.

On the level of investments between the two countries, H.E. observed that More than 1,200 British companies are operating across various fields in Qatar.

Moreover, human capital plays a key role in supporting the national economy, considering that Qatar is home to 21,500 UK citizens, H.E. pointed out.

The UK is an attractive destination for Qatari investments in several strategic sectors, including real estate development, hospitality, healthcare, technology and other areas, H.E. stated in a related context.

H.E. welcomed the joint declaration earlier this year from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the UK, to launch negotiations toward the signing of a Free Trade Agreement.

 

Speaking about the Qatari economy, H.E. stressed that Qatar has successfully maintained progress toward achieving sustainable economic growth, owing to the strategic policies implemented by the nation’s leadership.

 

The Qatar National Vision 2030 seeks to build a knowledge-based economy that is both diversified and self-sustainable, H.E. pointed out, further explaining that the four pillars of the vision, namely Human, Social, Economic, and Environmental Development, provide an outlook on what Qatar seeks to achieve.

 

The State has devised policies that aim to create an economy that is open, attractive and facilitates commerce and investments, H.E. further explained.

 

In 2019, Qatar has implemented new legislation which allows for 100% foreign ownership of businesses, H.E. indicated. This comes alongside establishing multiple Industrial areas and Logistic zones such as Al Karaana Zone, Umm Alhoul Zone and others amounting to a cumulative of 162 square kilometres in industrial and logistic zones.

 

The newly developed Hamad Port, with its state-of-the-art infrastructure is currently handling over 1.5 million containers annually, with the capacity to handle over 7 million containers, H.E. added.

H.E. expressed his aspiration that the meeting would contribute to establishing solid mechanisms for bilateral coordination to advance both countries’ shared vision and promote their development objectives.

In this regard, H.E. stressed the need to conclude the ratification process of the Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between the State of Qatar and the United Kingdom to encourage bilateral investments from both nations’ public and private stakeholders.

His Excellency called on both sides to intensify efforts towards establishing a Joint Business Council between the Qatari and British Chambers of Commerce.

During the Committee’s proceedings, the two sides discussed the progress made in the recommendations of its second session, as well as the current projects and the expansion plans thereof.

 

The Joint Committee also tackled a number of issues related to enhancing economic, commercial, and investment cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including industry, agriculture, transportation, health, education, science, and technology.

 

The two sides agreed to take the necessary steps to move forward in consolidating trade and investment cooperation between the two countries to increase the volume of trade exchange between them, and to facilitate the flow of goods, services, and investments between the two countries.

In the conclusion of third session of Qatar-UK Joint Economic & Trade Committee, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Ranil Jayawardena signed the minutes of the meeting in addition to signing an MoU between Qatar Development Bank and the UK Export Finance, signed by Mr. Abdulrahman Hesham Al Sowaidi, Acting CEO of Qatar Development Bank, and Mr. Vomic Shah, Global Head of Origination at UK Export Finance (UKEF).

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry carries out joint inspection campaign on retail outlet working in a residence in Msheireb

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, carried out a joint inspection campaign on a retail outlet operating without a commercial license in ahouse in Msheireb, in violation of Article No. (6) of Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection.

The inspection campaign resulted in issuing a violation against the retail outlet for displaying and selling counterfeit products and goods bearing international marks on social media platforms, as well as for practicing the commercial activity without obtaining the necessary licensing. The due legal measures were taken against the violators.  

These inspection campaigns are part of the Ministry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses, and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications.

Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between three thousand and one million Qatari Riyals.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with Ambassador Hasan Kleib,Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and his accompanying delegation, currently visiting Qatar.

The meeting touched on various cooperation aspects between Qatar and WIPO, and discussed strengthening the partnership between the two sides. The convening parties sought to evaluate the implementation of joint projects and programmes, as well as future opportunities to enhance partnerships and mechanisms to support and develop national intellectual property (IP) policies and competencies.

Furthermore, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industryextended Qatar’s appreciation to WIPO for its support in developing IP policies and systems in the State of Qatar, particularly in terms of the development of the National IP Strategy, which capitalizes on the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the two sides.

The various joint projects aim to achieve the objectives in the State of Qatar’s national development plan, in line with the national economic policy. They also align with economic diversification policies and the transition to a knowledge-based economy within the framework of Qatar National Vision 2030.

At the conclusion of the meeting, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry reiterated Qatar’s commitment and permanent support to WIPO in developing a balanced and effective international IP system that encourages innovation and creativity.

WIPO is a global forum for IP expertise, services, policy and cooperation. It provides technical assistance to its member states to help build relevant skills and capabilities. Moreover, WIPO is one of the oldest specialised United Nations agencies and one of the largest international organisations in Geneva.

State of Qatar elected to chair International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Union) Executive Committee for two years

The State of Qatar has been elected to chair the Executive Committee of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Union), affiliated to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), during  the proceedings of WIPO’s 63rd Series of Meetings of the Assemblies, which took place on July 14-22, 2022 .

 

The Union members unanimously elected Mr. Ahmed Essa Al Sulaiti, Acting Director of the office of the State of Qatar to the World Trade Organization (WTO), as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Union for a period of two years. Moreover, representatives from the United States and Finland were elected as his deputies.

 

Electing the State of Qatar to chair the Executive Committee stems from the great interest that the State attaches to intellectual property issues. The Berne Union members have entrusted the State of Qatar with this position in recognition of the progress it has made in this strategic field.

 

For its part, the Executive Committee, together with the Berne Union, oversee the implementation of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works adopted in 1886, which deals with the protection of works and the rights of their authors. It provides creators with the means to control how their works are used, and on what terms.

 

It should be noted that WIPO is one of the oldest specialised United Nations agencies, and one of the largest international organisations in Geneva. It is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, and cooperation. With 193 member states, WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

H.E. Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs at Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam

His Excellency Mr Saleh bin Majed Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Pham Quang Hieu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

His Excellency Mr Saleh bin Majed Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Pham Quang Hieu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

His Excellency Mr Saleh bin Majed Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Pham Quang Hieu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

His Excellency Mr Saleh bin Majed Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Pham Quang Hieu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, who is currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Sri Lankan Minister of Power and Energy

Doha – Wednesday, June 29, 2022:

 

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power & Energy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

 

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry announces recall campaign of SPAR Belgian “spread-up” Choco-Hazelnut Spread

Doha- Thurs 23 June 2022:

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Qatar’s SPAR dealership, has announced the recall campaign of SPAR Belgian “spread-up” Choco-Hazelnut spread, produced on 28 Feb 2022, as the factory discovered the remnants of almond nuts in the product, which cause allergies in some people.

The Ministry said the recall campaign comes to assure immediate stop of using the product and return it temporarily to the vendor, stressing that it will follow up on the withdraw of all the quantities subjected to contamination from all selling ports across the country.

The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the recall campaign and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary actions are carried out.

The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department, which processes complaints, inquires and suggestions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001 – Email: info@moci.gov.qa

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s mobile application available on iPhone and Android devices MOCI_QATAR

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H.E. the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry chairs the Qatari delegation in GCC Trade Cooperation Committee Meeting

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, chaired the delegation of the State of Qatar participating in the 62nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Trade Cooperation Committee, convened at the headquarters of the GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

The meeting discussed a number of topics and issues of common interest related to trade cooperation between the GCC states, in addition to previewing the recommendations made by the Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Commerce in the GCC at the preparatory meetings and taking the appropriate decisions in this regard.

 

Moreover, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry took part in a bilateral meeting with Their Excellencies the Ministers of Commerce in the GCC states and Her Excellency Mrs. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade in the United Kingdom.

 

Additionally, His Excellency the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry and Their Excellencies Ministers of Commerce in the GCC member states witnessed a signing ceremony to launch free trade negotiations between the GCC states and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

 

Signed by H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf. Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and H.E. Ms. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade in the UK, the signing will further strengthen the economic and trade relations that will serve common interests.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry carries out joint inspection campaign on commercial establishments in the fodder market in Abu Nakhla

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, conducted a joint inspection campaign, on retail outlets in the fodder market in Abu Nakhla, in order to follow up on establishments’ compliance to special requirements on providing and selling fodder, and to ensure the stability of prices.

Covering 62 shops, the inspection campaign resulted in releasing 8 violations against a number of fodder retail outlets. Violations ranged from non-compliance with the requirements of contracting with shops and central markets, and the failure of shops to provide their services to consumers through the staff of the facility itself.

Moreover, 44 violating workers were arrested, and they were referred to the competent authorities at the Ministry of Interior to take legal action against them.

These inspection campaign comes within the framework of the Ministry’s efforts to protect consumers’ rights by maintaining price stability, controlling markets, cracking down on abuses and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications, in addition to ensuring the implementation of the Consumer Protection Law by placing price tags and information on goods, as well as issuing invoices.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry participates in roundtable entitled ‘Road to Resilience: Improving Global Supply Chains’

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, participated in a roundtable entitled: ‘Road to Resilience: Improving Global Supply Chains’, within the framework of the Qatar Economic Forum, Powered Bloomberg, taking place until Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The roundtable saw the participation of  H.E. Mrs Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, State of Qatar, H.E. Mrs Atifete Jahjaga, former President of the Republic of Kosovo, H.E. Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Mr Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO, Acme United Corporation, Mr Sumit Vakil, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Resilinc, Mr Francisco J. Sànchez, Partner, Holland & Knight, Mr Daniel Laverick, Chief Digital and Data Officer, Zuellig Pharma, and Mr Sunil Veetil, Head of Global Trade and Receivable Finance for MENAT, HSBC.

During his intervention in the meeting, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry touched on the challenges witnessed by global supply chains in light of the preventive measures that were imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as other geopolitical crises that weighed heavily on global supply chains. In this regard, His Excellency Mr Al Khater pointed to the necessity of establishing solutions that contribute to preserving the rules of the global economy in a way that supports the flow of international trade and investment.

Food security is of paramount importance to the State of Qatar, who is taking measures to ensure that global supply chain disruptions do not affect the quality of life, both in Qatar and abroad, His Excellency pointed out.

In the context of his talk about previous experiences that can be leveraged to reduce supply chain difficulties, His Excellency highlighted the efforts of the State of Qatar to continue implementing its development plans aimed at achieving its National Vision in all priority sectors. His Excellency Mr Al Khater referred in this regard to the initiatives aimed at supporting Qatar’s agricultural sector, which contribute to increasing production to meet local market needs. Moreover, the State of Qatar has succeeded in achieving self-sufficiency in several basic foodstuffs, including milk, dairy products, and poultry.

His Excellency added that these initiatives contributed to supporting the national economy, referring to the country’s logistical and warehousing capabilities and infrastructure that were designed according to the highest international standards, especially shipping lines, and air freight services, aimed at enhancing access to global markets.

In this regard, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry said, “We have set in place, early on, a strategy to develop all factors related to imports and supply chains. This includes the development of key infrastructure projects such as Hamad Port, which […] acts as one of the prominent ports in the Middle East.”

Additionally, His Excellency Mr Al Khater spoke of the industrial strategy adopted by the State to devise solutions to the challenges associated with global shifts, including the repercussions of the pandemic. The strategy in question aims to revitalize and diversify national industries and strengthen supply chains, His Excellency Mr Al Khater explained.

The State of Qatar played an active role in supporting working groups aimed at enhancing the World Trade Organization’s response to trade challenges in the agricultural sector during the pandemic period, His Excellency added, pointing out that the State had made sure not to impose restrictions on exports of agricultural foodstuffs allocated for the United Nations World Food Program.

His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry also touched on the role of advanced technology in supporting supply chains in the short and long terms. His Excellency pointed a spotlight at the efforts exerted by Qatar over the past years to raise its strategic stock of food and strategic commodities. To this end, the State has established an electronic system to manage and control the country’s strategic stock, and also devised plans and programs to secure foodstuffs for citizens and residents and confront various challenges that impede the flow of food and consumer goods to local markets, His Excellency further said. Moreover, the State developed mechanisms to speed up the response to any emergency conditions.

Moreover, all concerned authorities in Qatar have worked to develop a number of programs and projects related to building a knowledge-based economy, by developing a strategy for scientific activities and innovation, putting in place incentives and financing mechanisms, raising productivity, preparing an operational model that supports innovation, establishing platforms and databases for scientific research and innovation, and strengthening cooperation with relevant international organizations, His Excellency Mr Al Khater pointed out.

His Excellency the Undersecretary touched on the ‘Technology and Innovation Support Centres’ initiative launched by the State, in coordination with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), government agencies, and a number of private sector institutions, in aims at enhancing innovators’ access to patents. Additionally, His Excellency spoke of Law No. (10) of 2020 on the Protection of Industrial Designs, which aims to protect the formal aspects of industrial innovations. His Excellency also touched on Qatar’s efforts to join a number of international agreements that represent the highest international standards in the field of intellectual property protection and innovation, including the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, the Patent Law Convention, and the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

The State of Qatar has also launched a program to attract major investors in the international arena, as part of the National Manufacturing Strategy (2018-2022) initiatives, His Excellency said, further pointing out that in this regard, Qatar had worked hand-in-hand with the Investment Promotion Agency to prepare 25 industrial projects across the seven strategic sectors identified in the strategy.

At the conclusion of his intervention, His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, stressed that Qatar’s support for innovation, research, development, and knowledge has contributed to enhancing the technological capabilities of the industrial sector. Moreover, effort are underway to enhance the State’s investments in diversifying local and global supply chains, by developing infrastructure and adopting the latest digital and logistical technologies and tools, His Excellency further pointed out.

Moderated by Mrs Haslinda Amin, Anchor, Bloomberg Television, the roundtable touched on the current challenges in global supply chains and the prospects of globalization in light of the labour shortages, the international fragmentation of production, and geopolitical tensions that interfere with the free flow of goods. Additionally, the roundtable featured discussing ways to recalibrate economic systems to be more resilient to enhance States’ ability to adapt to various changes, as well as consolidate trade’s role as an engine of global development and prosperity.

The State of Qatar is hosting the second edition of the Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, over three days, under the slogan ‘Equalizing the Global Recovery’, with the participation of a number of heads, state leaders, official figures, senior officials, decision makers, and more than 500 business leaders from around the world, and featuring over 75 keynote speakers.

The Forum’s current edition highlights a number of global topics and issues, including: achieving equality in the long-term global economic recovery equation, the future of global markets and prospects for globalization, ways to support global supply chains, sports from a business perspective, transformations in the energy sector and the green economy, and mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry participates in a session entitled ‘A New Era for Globalization’

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, participated in the proceedings of a session entitled ‘A New Era for Globalization’, conducted within the framework of the second edition of Qatar Economic Forum, powered by Bloomberg.

 

During his intervention in the session, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry touched on the role of leadership the age of disruption and how the said role has changed in the post-pandemic stage. During the post-pandemic stage, world countries have become aware of weaknesses in global supply chains, and in their resilience to crises and disruptions, His Excellency noted, further explaining that the realization in question had given rise to a certain degree of protectionism, a phenomenon that has been on the rise in the pre-pandemic stage.

 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst for disruption, especially in two areas: medical goods and vaccine materials, which witnessed a huge increase in the trade volume, and the high levels of digital trade, which has already been increasing for years owing to technology (high speed Internet, mobile phones, etc.), His Excellency stated. However, the pandemic contributed to accelerating this growth, His Excellency further explained, noting in this regard that the share of digitally-delivered services had increased from 54% in 2019 to 64% in 2020.

 

His Excellency stressed that the only real solution to confront global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic required multilateral measures, pointing out in this regard that a functional multilateral system offered a chance to solve global problems, including epidemics, climate change, cybersecurity issues, etc.

 

Food security is of paramount importance to the State of Qatar, so it has taken the necessary measures to ensure that global supply chain disruptions do not affect the quality of life of Qatar’s residents and the people who need it abroad, His Excellency pointed out.

 

In the context of talking about the mechanisms of revitalizing globalization, His Excellency stressed the importance of maintaining an effective global trading system that is transparent and predictable. The free trade flow not only allows countries with competitive advantages to participate in global trade, but also plays a role in bringing people together and connecting them to each other, His Excellency explained.

 

 

As an open economy, Qatar views trade and investments as a priority, His Excellency added, expressing in this regard his aspiration to enhance cooperation with trading partners in areas that can enhance the State’s economic competitiveness and investment attractiveness, at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

 

In terms of environmental, social and corporate governance practices, His Excellency pointed out that despite the benefits of globalization to the global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a lack of resilience in companies’ supply chains due to their lean business practices, driven by their goals of maximizing profits and reducing costs by any means.

 

Qatar has identified environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) practices as a main focus in many sectors and industries, namely: the Qatar Stock Exchange launched the first sustainability platform in the region to encourage listed companies to disclose their reports on sustainable development (ESG); FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22), the operational arm for the delivery of the tournament, achieved the ISO 20121 certification, becoming the first FIFA World Cup in history to do so; and the North Field Expansion will include the largest of its kind carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to capture CO2 emissions from the project, His Excellency further said.

 

On global and local investments, His Excellency noted that according to UNCTAD, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the State of Qatar showed an improvement of about $1.35 billion. Additionally, specialized studies in this regard show that the State of Qatar has attracted a total of $1.3 billion of foreign investments in 2021, compared to $846 million in 2020, His Excellency further said.

 

At the conclusion of his intervention, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry stressed that despite the efforts made to create a resilient, self-sufficient economy, capable of meeting the needs of its residents, the COVID-19 pandemic rang as a reminder of the need for multilateral efforts to resolve any situation that hinders the current global trading system.

 

Moreover, His Excellency underscored the fact that a well-functioning multilateral trading system offers an opportunity to resolve problems in an inclusive and transparent manner that preserves developing countries’ rights, especially LDCs, to have access to economic growth, and an increased contribution to global trade.

 

Moderated by Ms Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg, the panel discussion entitled ‘A New Era of Globalization’ aims to shed light on ways to defend global free trade, especially after many governments had abandoned support for this kind of trade even before the COVID-19 outbreak. The session touched on the new economic thinking that governments can adopt to revitalize globalization for the modern world.

 

The session was attended by Mr Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC, and  Mr Ferit F. Şahenk, Chairman & CEO, Dogus Group.

 

It is worth noting that the State of Qatar is hosting the second edition of the Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, over three days, under the slogan ‘Equalizing the Global Recovery’, with the participation of a number of heads of State, State leaders, official figures, senior officials, decision makers, and more than 500 business leaders from around the world, in addition to featuring over 75 keynote speakers.

The agenda of the Forum’s current edition highlights a number of global topics and issues, including: achieving equality in the long-term global economic recovery equation; the future of global markets and prospects for globalization; ways to support global supply chains; sports from a business perspective; transformations in the energy sector and the green economy; and mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes annual forum for public shareholding companies listed in Qatar Stock Exchange

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry organized the annual forum for public shareholding companies listed in the Qatar Stock Exchange, in the presence of representatives from the Qatar Stock Exchange, the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA), the Qatar Central Securities Depository Company (QCSD), and the Qatar Institute of Certified Public Accountants, in addition to owners and representatives of public shareholding companies and a number of entrepreneurs and interested individuals, as well as local and international accounting offices and companies operating in Qatar.

The Forum comes within the framework of the Ministry’s keenness to facilitate conducting investment and commercial business in Qatar, and provide all means of assistance to commercial companies. These efforts pour into raising the level of confidence in the Qatari business environment, and enhancing partnership with the private sector, thus leading to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030, equipped with a competitive, diversified, and sustainable economy.

The Forum, which featured a statement by a Ministry of Commerce and Industry representative, highlighted the importance of shareholding companies to the national economy. Moreover, it introduced the key amendments to Law No. (8) of 2021 Amending Some Provisions of Law No. (11) of 2015 Promulgating the Commercial Companies Law, in addition to showcasing the process of updating shareholders’ information at QCSD, and holding general assemblies for public shareholding companies listed electronically in accordance with the provisions of the Commercial Companies Law.

 

Also during the Forum, the Ministry previewed the services it provides to the public shareholding companies listed in the Qatar Stock Exchange, and showcased its efforts to develop and upgrade them, as well as enhance means of communication with them. Among these services is the attendance and supervision of the employees of the Ministry’s Companies Affairs Department of public and private joint stock companies’ ordinary and extraordinary general assemblies.

At the end of the Forum, officials of the Ministry, the Qatar Stock Exchange, QFMA, and QCSD responded to the participants’ inquiries about a number of topics related to public shareholding companies listed in the Qatar Stock Exchange, and their relations to the four aforementioned entities. Topics also touched on how the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar Stock Exchange, QFMA, and QCSD can strengthen cooperation and coordination between them to serve the work of listed companies and hone their performance to enhance their role in the economic process.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim, Minister of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the side-lines of the second edition of the Qatar Economic Forum, taking place in Doha on June 20-22, 2022.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry. Moreover, the officials exchanged views on the topics on the Forum’s agenda.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Kazakhstani Minister of National Economy

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Alibek Kuantyrov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on the side-lines of the second edition of the Qatar Economic Forum, taking place in Doha on June 20-22, 2022.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry. Moreover, the officials exchanged views on the topics on the Forum’s agenda.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Meets with CEO of Bloomberg Media

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, has met with Mr. Scott Havens, CEO of Bloomberg Media, who is visiting the country to participate in Qatar Economic Forum.

 

During the meeting, arrangements of the forum were discussed, and views were exchanged on the topics on its agenda.

 

In addition, they discussed prospects for cooperation in areas of common interest, highlighting the investment incentives provided by the Qatari economy, as well as the initiatives launched by the state to support the private sector and attract foreign investments.

Minister of Commerce and Industry Accompanies a Delegation of Senior Officials on a Tour of Al Thumama Stadium

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, accompanied a delegation of senior officials on a tour of Al Thumama Stadium, during their visit to learn about Qatar’s preparations to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. This tour is part of the Qatar Economic Forum program.

 

The delegation, including His Excellency Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo, along with a number of dignitaries, including Mr. Scott Havens, CEO of Bloomberg Media, a large number of the Higher Organizing Committee of the Second Qatar Economic Forum 2022, representatives of diplomatic missions in Qatar, and CEOs of a number of Banks and major local and international companies, in addition to a large group of representatives of the local and international media, was briefed on the various facilities of Al Thumama Stadium and its readiness to host the World Cup matches.

Located 12 kilometers south of the heart of Doha, Al Thumama Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches from the group stage matches up to the quarter-finals. The design of the stadium was inspired by the gahfiya, the traditional woven head cap worn by men and boys across the Arab world.

H.E. Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry inaugurates Cityscape Qatar 2022

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, inaugurated the tenth edition of Cityscape Qatar 2022, taking place at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC), on June 20-22, 2022.

After the inauguration, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, toured the exhibition, viewing the various participating departments and pavilions, as well as the latest developments, services, and investment opportunities provided by participating companies and entities.

 

In this context, H.E. Mr Al-Khater stressed the importance of Cityscape Qatar 2022, pointing out that it represented an important platform showcasing the development witnessed by the real estate sector in Qatar, especially in light of the projected positive growth indicators of the national economy, and the recovery of real estate markets during the coming period.

 

The State’s interest in Cityscape reflects its belief in the pivotal role played by the real estate sector in supporting the diversity and competitiveness of the national economy, as well as in achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, H.E. Mr Al-Khater said, pointing out that this event had become an important attraction for investors looking to diversify their investment portfolios.

 

H.E. Mr Al-Khater moreover expressed his aspiration that this event would achieve tangible results, consolidating Qatar’s position as an ideal destination for real estate investment in the region.

It is worth mentioning that Cityscape aims to shed light on the most prominent real estate projects across Qatar, as well as provide a platform for communication between residence buyers, investors, and specialists in the field of design and construction in the real estate sector.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Meets with Czech Counterpart

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al–Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, who is currently visiting Qatar to take part in the Qatar Economic Forum.

 

The meeting featured previewing topics of common interest, aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation in terms of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Meets with Egyptian Counterpart

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al–Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with Her Excellency Mrs Nevine Gamea, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is currently visiting Qatar to take part in the Qatar Economic Forum.

 

The meeting featured previewing topics of common interest, aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation in terms of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry cracks down on (188) violations during May 2022

Last May, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry carried out extensive inspection campaigns to monitor the extent to which suppliers (retail outlets) comply with their obligations stipulated in the laws and Ministerial decisions on consumer protection, within the framework of the Ministry’s keen efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, in a bid to control prices and uncover violations so as to protect consumer rights.

The inspection campaigns resulted in releasing (188) different violations that included: failure to guarantee that the performed service during a period of time is commensurate with the nature of that service, to refund the amount paid by the recipient of the service, or to perform it again in an appropriate manner; making promotional offers without obtaining the required licensing from the competent department; describing or advertising the commodity in a manner that includes deceptive information; failure to write all the explanatory information about the displayed commodity; failure to comply with the mandatory price bulletin of vegetables and fruits; and failure to announce prices, and charging prices higher than those announced.  

Penalties imposed on retail outlets included administrative closures and fines ranging between QAR 5,000 and QAR 30,000, as per the laws and decisions regulating the work of the Consumer Protection Department.

No.

Violation Type

Number

1

Failure to display prices

10

2

Failure to display prices in Arabic

5

3

Failure to issue invoices

1

4

Failure to issue invoices in Arabic

7

5

Failure to issue complete invoices

4

6

Failure to offer an Arabic version of the information on displayed commodities

2

7

Failure to clearly define the service information, features, characteristics, and pricing

1

8

Failure to provide a detailed monthly report on presenting prizes under a promotional offer, as of the draw date and until delivering the last prize

1

9

Failure to provide spare parts for durable goods within a specified period of time, and failure to provide the announced or agreed-upon guarantees

1

10

Failure to comply with the mandatory price bulletin of vegetables and fruits

12

11

Failure to write all the explanatory information about the displayed commodity

13

12

Failure to guarantee that the performed service during a period of time is commensurate with the nature of that service, to refund the amount paid by the recipient of the service, or to perform it again in an appropriate manner

42

13

Non-compliance with the form and format of the promotion advertisement approved by the competent department

4

14

Failure to comply with the discounted prices issued by the department due to using misleading or deceptive information

2

15

Failure to commit to making draws in the presence of a judicial officer, knowing that draws should be made publicly at the time and place specified in the license issued

1

16

Using subsidized flour extract (77%) in producing kinds of bread other than the Arabic and local bread

1

17

Making a promotional offer without obtaining the necessary license from the competent department

25

18

Offering a discount without obtaining the necessary license from the competent department

8

19

Imposing the purchase of a commodity in certain quantities, or the purchase of another commodity alongside of it

7

20

Describing the commodity, advertising it, or displaying it in a manner that contains false information

19

21

Charging a higher price than that announced

9

22

Increasing prices without obtaining the necessary approvals from the competent Authorities

7

23

Expired products

6

Total

188

The authorities concerned with consumer protection at the Ministry received a number of complaints last May. They were dealt with, and necessary measures to resolve them were taken.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to the needed due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Sierra Leonean counterpart

Thursday, June 16, 2022:

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with His Excellency Ing Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, Minister of Trade and Industry of Sierra Leone, who is currently visiting Qatar.

 

The meeting featured previewing issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

 

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry carries out field training with participation of 44 international brands to detect counterfeit goods

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the House of Wisdom & Arbitration for Law in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and featuring the participation of the authorized agents of 44 international brands, carried out a field training for the judicial control officers at the Ministry, to provide them with modern methods and means, as well as the key ways used to distinguish between the original and counterfeit goods.

This workshop has been organized as the Ministry, represented by the Consumer Protection and Combating Commercial Fraud Department, is keen to enhance the expertise of its judicial officers, develop their capabilities, and provide them with new methods and means to distinguish between the original and counterfeit goods of all kinds and forms.

The participating judicial control officers carried out surprise inspection campaigns on gold, jewelry, and precious watches shops at the Gold Souq and one of the shopping centers in Doha.

The said campaigns resulted in releasing 39 violations, for displaying and selling counterfeit gold jewelry bearing international brands. This practice comes in violation of Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection, in which Article (6) states: “No defective or adulterated commodity shall be sold, displayed, presented, promoted, or advertised. The commodity shall be deemed to be adulterated or defective where it does not conform to the prescribed standard specifications, is unfit for use, or has expired.”

The Ministry urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

Ministry of Commerce and Industry issues violations against 12 accounts on social media platform

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Prosecution represented by the Cybercrime Department, seized 12 accounts on a social media platform (Instagram) that display and sell counterfeit products and goods bearing international brands, in violation of Article No. (6) of Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection. The necessary measures were taken against violators.  

These inspection campaigns are part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses, and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications.

Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between three thousand and one million Qatari Riyals.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

Ministry of Commerce and Industry issues violation against factory in new industrial area

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, conducted an inspection campaign on factories in the new industrial area, in order to monitor the extent to which suppliers comply with Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection.

These inspection campaigns are part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses, and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications.

The inspection campaign resulted in the seizure of a factory that tampered with the country of origin, and sold counterfeit goods, such as LED lamps, in violation of Article No. (6) of Law No. (8) of 2008 regarding Consumer Protection. 2080 samples were seized, and 50 samples were recalled.

Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between three thousand and one million Qatari Riyals.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

Ministry of Commerce and Industry announces Launching Provisional Commercial License Service

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labour, announced launching a service to issue a provisional commercial license, for all commercial activities, such as hotels, health facilities, and others, excluding commercial licenses for the administrative offices category, such as contracting, limousine, and cleaning services.

This initiative comes as part of the national efforts to support the private sector and facilitate the procedures for doing business in Qatar.

The Ministry stressed the need to meet the following conditions when issuing a provisional commercial license:

The provisional license remains valid for one year only, and it can only be renewed with the approval of the competent department.

–  The provisional license is issued without external approvals, provided that approvals are obtained when the final commercial license is issued.

–  The provisional commercial license does not permit launching operations. It rather offers a period to facilitate establishing business sites and obtaining approvals from third parties related to issuing the final license to practice commercial activities (establishment registration/ labourapprovals/ obtaining raw materials imported for the commercial project/ bank procedures).

– A note shall be placed in the title description (A provisional license, valid for one year from the date of issuance of the commercial license. Practicing the commercial activity is prohibited before all requirements are met).

The Ministry referred to the stages to issue anprovisional license, namely:

Stage I, in which the following requirements are met:

1- License application form (provisionallicense);
2- Lease agreement acknowledgment form;
3- Construction completion certificate, a building permit, or a contract with the State; and
4- A copy of the identity card.

Accordingly, a provisional commercial license is issued.

Stage II:

The Ministry indicated that after the expiry of the provisional commercial license, valid for one Gregorian year only, all documents required to issue a final license shall be submitted, namely:

– Civil Defence Certificate

– Construction completion certificate (if not submitted in Stage I).

Moreover, the Ministry stressed the need to abide by Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Stores and Street Vendors, which states in Article No. (7) that:

The competent department decides on the license application, and informs the license applicant of its decision on the day of submitting the license application, as long as the applicant provides the documents and data requested by the competent department.

The license applicant is obligated to fulfilall general and special requirements according to the type of licensed activity. Applicants can practice the commercial activity only after obtaining all the approvals required by law from the competent authorities, provided that they commit to submitting these approvals upon renewal of the license.

The Ministry also underscore the need to complywith Article No (19) of the same law, which states that:

The license shall be revoked, by a decision of the competent department, in the following cases:

1- If the licensee makes an amendment to the business site, or engages in any activity other than that licensed, without having obtained the approval of the concerned department.

2- If the business becomes inoperable, or does not meet the conditions stated in the license.

Additionally, the Ministry stated the need to comply with Article No. (20) of the said law, which states: The license shall be revoked in cases other than those stipulated in the previous article, if the public interest so requires.

The Ministry also confirmed that it would take all legal measures in the event of violating Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Stores and Street Vendors, by applying Article No. (26) of the law, which states:

Without prejudice to any severer penalty stipulated by another law, a penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, and a fine of not more than fifty thousand (50,000) QAR, or either of these penalties, shall be imposed on any individual who violates any of the provisions of Articles (3first paragraph) and (7-second paragraph) of this law.

Under the Patronage of HH the Amir…Qatar Economic Forum to Launch June 20

Under the high patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the second “Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg” will take place from June 20-22, 2022, in Doha, convening heads of state and more than 500 business leaders to discuss ways to equalize the global economic recovery.
The 2022 program will spotlight solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges, including the misalignment between jobs of the future and the workforce of today; tangled supply chains; a looming debt crisis; and widening global inequalities. The discussions aim to contribute to a clear roadmap for the next phase of global economic growth.
Commenting on the significance of this yearsQatar Economic Forum, HE Minister of Commerce and Industry for the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani said: “Making conscientious decisions about the future of the global economy is a priority for governments and businesses, who are navigating a shifting financial landscape, new technologies, and a progressive focus on energy security.” His Excellency added that: “The Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg is an opportunity for dialogue that supports our countrys strategic directive to produce impactful growth, whilst encouraging forward-looking economic cooperation, with a view to the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.” For his part, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Media Scott Havens noted: “In light of the global economic downturn caused by COVID-19, business leaders across the world need to take responsibility for creating an inclusive and sustainable recovery. Bloomberg Media is proud to be at the helm of this important conversation in Doha, bringing together policy innovators, thought leaders and industry experts to set a course for the decades ahead.” The Forum is expected to draw over 75 main stage Qatari, regional and international speakers, and more than 500 global attendees, from CEOs to influential entrepreneurs and leaders of disruptive businesses. Speakers include HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank, HE Ali bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Minister of Finance, State of Qatar; HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Energy, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, State of Qatar, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry for the State of Qatar; HE Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Monica Geingos, First Lady, Republic of Namibia; HE Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Maait, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt; Hon. Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Republic of Kenya; and Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations, Steven T. Mnuchin, 77th Secretary of the Treasury, The United States of America.
Other notable speakers include HE Akbar Al-Baker, Group CEO, Qatar Airways; HE Ghanem Al Ghenaiman, Managing Director, Kuwait Investment Authority; Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi, Group CEO, Asyad Group; HE Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser, Chairman, Islamic Development Bank Group; HE Mansoor Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud, CEO, Qatar Investment Authority; HE Shaikh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairman and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; HE Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman, Qatar Free Zones Authority, State of Qatar; HE Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General at Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, State of Qatar; Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Group; Darius Adamczyk, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell International; Christian Angermayer, Founder, Apeiron Investment Group; Tewodros Ashenafi, Chairman and CEO, Southwest Holdings; Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Group; Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor; Ben van Beurden, CEO, Shell; David Calhoun, President and CEO, The Boeing Company; Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International; Jennifer Comalie, Chairperson, National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia; Aliko Dangote, Founder and President/Chief Executive, Dangote Group; Mohammed Dewji, CEO and President, MeTL Group; Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO, DornaSports; Luis Gallego, CEO, International Airlines Group; Erez Galonska, Founder and CEO, Infarm; Toufik Hakkar, Chairman and CEO, Sonatrach; Russell Hardy, Group CEO, Vitol Services; Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA; Jenny Johnson, President and CEO, Franklin Templeton; Martina Merz, CEO, thyssenKrupp; Dozy Mmobuosi, Group CEO, Tingo; Virginie Morgon, CEO, Eurazeo; Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC; Thomas Noroxe, CEO, Joe and the Juice; Jim Ovia, Founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank; Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman and CEO, TotalEnergies; Nouriel Roubini, CEO, Roubini Macro Associates; Ferit S. Sahenk, Chairman and CEO, Dogus Group; Hussain Sajwani Chairman, Damac Properties; Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship; Vimal Shah, Chairman, BIDCO Africa; Jane Sun, CEO, Trip.com Group; Tidjane Thiam, Executive Chairman, Freedom Acquisition Corp. 1; Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods; Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered; and Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil.
Produced by Bloomberg Live and editorially programmed by Bloomberg News, the Forum will be livestreamed on the Bloomberg TV and bloomberg.com.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with UK Minister for International Trade

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with His Excellency MrRanil Jayawardena, Minister for International Trade in the United Kingdom, who is currently visiting Qatar.

During the meeting, the convening officials discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two nations in various fields. Moreover, the meeting featured previewing a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that are aimed at encouraging British investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

The volume of trade exchange between Qatar and the United Kingdom amounted to nearly 4.54 billion US dollars in 2021. The United Kingdom hence ranks as Qatar’s seventh trade partner.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry closes commercial store in Umm Lekhba for a month

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of a commercial store in Umm Lekhba, for a month, due to violating Articles No. (7) of Law No. (8) of 2008 regarding Consumer Protection. The violatorwas displaying and selling counterfeit products and goods of international brands.

This measure comes as part of the intensive inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry to monitor markets and commercial activities in the country, aimed at controlling prices and uncovering abuses and fraudulent, counterfeit, and non-conforming goods.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

Ministry of Commerce and Industry announces partial closure of delivery company’s delivery program, Umm Salal Mohammed Branch

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the partial closure of the delivery program of a delivery company, Umm Salal Mohammed branch, for a period of one month, due to violating Article No. (10) of Law No. (8) of 2008 Consumer Protection, and Article No. (4) of Ministerial Resolution No. (1) of 2011 regarding controls for setting prices of vegetables and fruits.

The violation comprised non-compliance with the mandatory price bulletin for vegetables and fruits, and failure to abide by the principles and controls for any increase in prices.

This measure comes as part of the intensive inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to monitor markets and commercial activities in the country, in order to control prices and uncover abuses and fraudulent, counterfeit, and non-conforming goods.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry inaugurates Project Qatar & Hospitality Qatar

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, inaugurated the 18th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition ‘Project Qatar 2022’, and the Hospitality Qatar Exhibition in its seventh edition, being held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, on June 6-9, 2022.

After the inauguration ceremony, H.E. the Minister toured both exhibitions to see the various pavilions, services, and products offered by the participating companies and institutions.

In this context, H.E. stressed the importance of Project Qatar 2022 in highlighting the growth witnessed by major ongoing development projects as part of achieving Qatar’s national vision, QNV 2030, as well as those that come in preparation for hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The exhibition provides an important platform that brings together major international companies and institutions involved in the construction sector, H.E. stated, adding that the event provided an opportunity to learn about the latest technologies, specialised equipment, and the best international practices in this field. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to form fruitful partnerships and new business alliancesthat add value to the local market, as well as contribute to enhancing the investment environment in Qatar, H.E. further said.

On the occasion of the opening of Hospitality Qatar, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry, underscored the importance of the exhibition, as it comprises an opportunity to view the development in Qatar’s hospitality sector, especially in light of the positive indicators of the national economy’s projected growth in the coming period.

The State’s interest in the Hospitality Qatar Exhibition reflects its belief in the pivotal role played by the hospitality sector in supporting the diversity and competitiveness of the national economy, H.E. added, expressing his hope that this event would achieve tangible results that further consolidate Qatar’s position as a leading tourist destination, regionally and globally.

Project Qatar 2022 aims to highlight the products and services provided in the construction sector, including electrical equipment; construction systems and technology; engineering and design services; as well as building materials such as marble, pipes, steel products, ceramics, and granite.

As for Hospitality Qatar, marking its seventh edition this year, it is Qatar’s exclusive and longest-running International Hospitality and HORECA Trade Show. The key event targets local, regional, and international companies operating in the tourism and hospitality sector, giving them a unique opportunity to enhance their brands.

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry meets Iranian Minister of Energy

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Ali Akbar Mehrabian, Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the side-lines of the eighth session of the Qatari-Iranian Joint Committee, taking place in Doha, on June 5-6, 2022.

 

During the meeting, the officials discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields. The meeting also delved into a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

 

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities directed at encouraging Iranian investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry: “Qatar is keen to consolidate its economic openness and strengthen cooperation with its trade partners worldwide”

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and His Excellency Mr Ali Akbar Mehrabian, Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, chaired the eighth session of the Qatari-Iranian Joint Committee, taking place in Doha on June 5-6, 2022.

 

The meeting featured official talks and reviewed aspects of cooperation at the level of various sectors of common interest between the two nations.

 

At the beginning of his opening speech, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, stressed that the committee meeting comprised an additional building block on the track of the solid relations between the brotherly countries. In this regard, H.E. highlighted the advanced level of bilateral cooperation between the two sides following the historic visit of His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, to Tehran last month, which came after the recent visit of His Excellency Mr Ibrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to Doha.

 

The changes the world is currently witnessing today urge both countries, more than ever before, to exert concerted efforts to expand bilateral economic, trade, and investment cooperation, so as to serve their common interests, H.E. said.

 

Combining efforts, H.E. further stated, stemmed from the strong and well-established relations between the two countries, which are positively reflected in the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and Iran, which has witnessed a growth of about 34% in 2021, H.E. explained.

 

On the investment level, H.E. stated that the Iranian private sector played a significant role in supporting the process of development and construction in Qatar. The number of Iranian companies operating in Qatar has reached some 811 companies that are active in several economic and vital fields, H.E. elaborated.

 

Moreover, the agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) that have been signed between the two sides have contributed to consolidating the bonds of trade and investment cooperation between them, H.E. said, pointing out that these agreements included the agreement to encourage and protect mutual investments, and the MoU on facilitating transport and transit traffic, signed between the governments of the State of Qatar, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Republic of Turkey.

 

H.E. underscored the significance of the results reached in the seventh session of the Qatari-Iranian Joint Committee, during which it was agreed to establish the Qatari-Iranian Business Council.

 

In this regard, H.E. expressed his confidence in the role that the Qatari-Iranian Business Council would play in developing intra-regional trade, facilitating the goods and services flow, and strengthening bridges of dialogue and communication between the Qatari and Iranian business sectors. These contributions would therefore pave the way for establishing more joint projects, by capitalising on the available opportunities, and the key aspects that distinguish the economies of both countries.

 

Speaking about the Qatari economy, H.E. said that Qatar was maintaining its efforts to enhance its economic openness and consolidate cooperation with all its trade partners around the world, given that trade is instilled as an inherent part of its ancient history.

 

Qatar is aware of the importance of sustainable and flexible supply chains and trade systems based on equality, equal opportunities, and mutual benefit, H.E. added, pointing out that these would support the State’s trade relations with all its sibling and friendly countries, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

In a related context, H.E. invited the Iranian private sector to capitalise on the incentives, investment advantages, and the advanced business environment provided by Qatar to the local and foreign private sector. The said factors have contributed to consolidating Qatar’s strategic position as a logistical gateway and starting point for expansion towards the markets of the Middle East, East Asia, and Africa.

 

Qatar relies on a strong infrastructure that has been designed and built according to the highest international standards, including Qatari ports, Hamad International Airport, and the free and logistical zones, H.E. added in this regard.

 

These gains contributed to enhancing the strength and durability of the Qatari economy, H.E. further stated, adding that the Qatari economy was expected to grow by 4.9% in 2022.

At the conclusion of his speech, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry expressed his aspiration to follow up on the outcomes of the Qatari-Iranian Joint Committee’s eighth session, and to build on the recommendations of the technical work team aimed at laying the foundations of a comprehensive strategic partnership, which derives its sustainability and success from the vision of both countries’ leaderships. Moreover, H.E. expressed his optimism for achieving additional positive outcomes during the Qatari-Iranian businessmen meeting.

During the session’s proceedings, the two sides discussed the progress made at the level of the recommendations of the Committee’s seventh session, in addition to touching on current projects and plans for expanding them, as well as means to overcome obstacles facing some projects. The Joint Committee also discussed a number of issues related to enhancing Qatari-Iranian cooperation in various fields, including trade, industry, free zones, health, education, chambers of commerce, and other fields of common interest.

 

The two sides agreed to take the necessary steps to move forward in consolidating trade, investment, and industrial cooperation between the two countries, with the aim to increase the volume of trade exchange between them, and facilitating the Qatari-Iranian flow of goods, services, and investments

At the conclusion of the eighth session of the Qatari-Iranian Joint Committee, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and H.E. Mr Ali Akbar Mehrabian, Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, signed the meeting minutes.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with CEO of General Authority for Investment and Free Zones in Arab Republic of Egypt

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr Mohamed Abdel Wahab, CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) in the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting Qatar.

During the meeting, the convening officials discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two nations in various fields. Moreover, the meeting featured previewing a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry.

During the meeting, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Egyptian investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes workshop on combatting money laundering and terrorism financing

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry organized a workshop on combatting money laundering and terrorism financing, in the presence of H.E. Mr Saleh bin Majed AlKhulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs.

The workshop comes within the framework of the Ministry’s keenness to enhance public-private partnership in the field of combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and the proliferation of arms, thus consolidating the State of Qatar pioneering position in this field.

Featuring the participation of a number of auditors, trust fund service providers, companies, and traders of precious metals and gemstones, the workshop seeks to shed light on the risks of money laundering and financing of terrorism, prevent the financing of arms proliferation, and limit its negative impact on the business environment in Qatar.

The workshop highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to enhance cooperation and coordination with the competent authorities, most prominently the National Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorism Financing Committee, to curb illegal financing crimes, and preview the State’s achievements in implementing initiatives aimed at increasing compliance within the framework of combating money laundering and terrorism financing in the financial sector and others.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with Malaysian Technology Development Corporation CEO

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation CEO and his accompanying delegation, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

 

The meeting was attended by a number of representatives from the entities forming the Qatar delegation, namely the Investment Promotion Agency, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Science & Technology Park and Qatar Development Bank.

 

During the meeting, officials discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides in many fields, especially in terms of investment and technology.

 

H.E. the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Malaysian investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

The Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) is wholly owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad which is the strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia.

 

MTDC has been a leading player in technology marketing in Malaysia for more than 30 years. It aims to instil modern technologies use by local companies and is active in many areas, including fund management, providing project incubators, and offering advisory services. These areas, especially knowledge, technology, innovation, support, and investments, are among the most important pillars of Malaysia’s economic growth.

 

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with Deutsche Messe Chairman

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with Dr Jochen Koeckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe, in the presence of a representative of the Investment Promotion Agency, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

 

The meeting featured discussing ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides so as to support and enhance the State of Qatar’s participation in the future editions of the Hannover Fair.

During the meeting, H.E. the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging German investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

The Deutsche Messe is the operating company for the Hanover Fairground, based in the city of Hanover, Germany. It is the largest trade fair operator in Germany and was founded in 1947. It specializes in organizing trade fairs for capital goods, human resource management, education, technology, as well as consumer goods and other fields.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with BDI President

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, President of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), Federation of German Industries, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

 

The meeting was attended by a number of representatives of the entities forming the Qatari delegation, namely the Investment Promotion Agency, and Qatar Chamber.

 

The meeting featured previewing the bilateral relations between the two countries, and discussing various issues and topics related to economic developments and joint relations between the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The convening officials also addressed cooperation in terms of establishing joint industrial projects between both sides’ private sectors, as well as capitalizing on the German experience in the field of developing small and medium industrial zones.

Additionally, officials tackled organizing and exchanging visits between the German and Qatari industrial sectors, holding exhibitions and joint events, and exchanging experiences.

During the meeting, H.E. the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging German investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

 

It is worth noting that Qatar and Germany have close economic and trade relations that have been positively reflected on the volume of trade exchange between the two countries. The volume of trade exchange between Qatar and Germany amounted to around 3.152 billion USD in 2021, and Germany ranks as Qatar’s tenth trading partner. Moreover, Qatar is home to about 323 German companies operating in various economic fields.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry & Qatar Development Bank launch Qatar’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank (QDB), launched Qatar’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB), in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), and in the presence of representatives from the three parties. The launching ceremony also witnessed the participation of senior Qatari founders of industrial companies and manufacturers.

Through this strategic cooperation, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and QDB aim to transform Qatar into an advanced economic and industrial hub by enhancing its international connections network.

His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Hassan Al-Malki, Assistant Undersecretary for Industry Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, highlighted the importance of this platform for Qatar’s heads of industrial institutions, major national companies, and owners of small and medium companies. H.E. Mr. Al-Malki said: “The industrial sector stands at the forefront of Qatar’s priorities in terms of development, as it represents a main pillar of diversifying the national economy. Moreover, the industrial sector comprises a key element for achieving self-sufficiency in the State, and shaping younger generations’ future, in line with the National Vision 2030.

This platform is a collaborative space to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the industrial sector, as well as to exchange visions, ideas, and experiences about our nation’s industrial and technological capabilities.”

For his part, Mr. Abdulrahman Hesham Al Sowaidi, Acting CEO of QDB, said: “We have taken the first step towards officially positioning our country as an advanced manufacturing hub, as Qatar made its debut appearance in the latest edition of WEF’s Global Network of Advanced Manufacturing Hubs Report. This is sufficient proof of the support QDB and its strategic partners provide to this vital sector. The launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Qatar further cements our position as a regional leader in this area and makes us proud to have exchanged our industrial experiences with other hubs around the world. I look forward to having further discussions on how we can best shape our economic future over the next few weeks as we contribute to diversifying Qatar’s economy and bringing the country closer to achieving its National Vision 2030.”

Among the Qatar AMHUB’s tasks is to hone Qatar’s manufacturing system, by enhancing its efficiency and accelerating its growth. Thus, the Qatar AMHUB would transform into a niche, comprising a collaborative space and a community where the manufacturing industry leaders come together to discuss challenges within the domain, especially aspects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution trends. The Hub also invests in QDB’s network of relationships and partnerships with other manufacturing platforms around the world.

Francisco Betti, Head of the Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing Value Chains at the World Economic Forum, said: “We are extremely pleased to deepen our collaboration with the Qatar Development Bank and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as we welcome Qatar into the Global Network of Advanced Manufacturing Hubs.

“Through this collaboration we will leverage our global community to build new pipelines for learning and inspiration, amplify the work already being driven to accelerate the manufacturing ecosystems in the region, and work together to shape a future for global manufacturing and value chains that is inclusive and sustainable.”

Following the launch and activation of the Hub, a closed roundtable session as well as an SME gathering is scheduled to take place over the coming months.

Qatar’s AMHUB is one of 13 platforms that were launched by WEF all over the world in aims at enhancing the future of the industrial sector internationally through knowledge sharing and exchange of experiences, while empowering manufacturers to tackle on challenges such as manpower issues, government policies, and environmental challenges.

The AMHUB consists of members of the public and private sectors, businessmen, and SMEfounders, in addition to a number of elite academic institutions that study the opportunities and challenges the industrial sector faces.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry shuts down delivery application and two branches of commercial company in Al Wakrah and Al-Aziziyah for one month

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of two branches of a commercial company in Al Wakrah and Al-Aziziyah, as well as shutting down the company’s delivery application on social media sites, for a period of one month each, due to violating Article No. (10) of Law No. (8) of 2008 Consumer Protection, and Article No. (4) of Ministerial Resolution No. (1) of 2011 regarding controls for setting prices of vegetables and fruits. The violation comprised non-compliance with the mandatory price bulletin for vegetables and fruits, and failure to abide by the principles and controls for any increase in prices.

This measure comes as part of the intensive inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to monitor markets and commercial activities in Qatar, in aims at controlling prices and uncovering abuses and fraudulent, counterfeit, and non-conforming goods.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the needed due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets with Portuguese Officials during his Visit to Portugal pavilion at the Hannover Fair

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid AlKhater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with H.E Joao Neves, deputy minister for the economy, and H.E Joao Saldanha de Azevedo Galamba, secretary of state for energy and climate change in the republic of Portugal, during his visit to Portugal pavilion at the Hannover Fair, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

During the visit, H.E the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry discussed improving bilateral relations between the two countries in several fields, and reviewed number of topics of mutual interest, aiming to enhance cooperation through commerce, investment, and industry sectors.

H.E. the Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Portuguese investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was briefed on the sections of the pavilion, and the presentations offered on investment opportunities, as well as the most prominent initiatives, projects, services, and products, in addition to benefits granted to international company owners and investors.

H.E. stressed that the fair provides an important opportunity for businessmen, investors, and officials of major companies to learn about the latest innovations and industrial technologies, in addition to comprising a chance for the participating parties to promote their products in new markets. Moreover, it comprises an opportunity to communicate with many decision-makers in the industrial field, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences, thus enhancing cooperation and forming joint projects.

It is worth noting that the volume of trade exchange between the State of Qatar and the Portuguese Republic amounted to about $205.8 million in 2021. Additionally, Qatar is home to 44 Portuguese companies operating in many important economic sectors and activities. Moreover, the two countries are bound by several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and agreements, including the Agreement on Economic and Commercial Cooperation.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry Meets with Chief Executive of Foreign Trade and Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid AlKhater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with Dr Volker Treier, Chief Executive of Foreign Trade and Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

The meeting was attended by severalrepresentatives from the Investment Promotion Agency, Qatar Chamber, and the Qatari Businessmen Association.

The meeting featured previewing bilateral relations between the two countries and discussing many issues and topics related to economic developments and joint relations between Qatar and Germany. The convening parties also discussed cooperation in the field of establishing joint commercial and industrial projects between the two countries’ private sectors.

It is worth noting that Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany have close economic and trade relations that have been positively reflected on the volume of trade exchange between the two countries which reached 3.152 billion USD in 2021. Germany also ranks as Qatar’s tenth trading partner. Moreover, Qatar is home to about 323 German companies operating in various economic fields.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry meets Minister President of Germany’s Lower Saxony

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid AlKhater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr. Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony in the Federal Republic of Germany, as part of Qatar’s participation in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022.

During the meeting, the officials discussed prospects for joint cooperation at all levels and ways to develop them. The two sides touched on the cooperation between Qatar and Germany, especially the state of Lower Saxony, in the commercial, industrial, and investment fields. They discussed ways to take additional steps to enhance and develop economic cooperation between both sides’ private sectors, to serve the common interests of the two nations.

During the meeting, H.E. Mr. Al-Khaterhighlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging German investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Qatar and Germany have close economic and trade relations that have been positively reflected on the volume of trade exchange between the two countries. The volume of trade exchange between Qatar and Germany amounted to around 3.152billion USD in 2021, and Germany ranks as Qatar’s tenth trading partner. Moreover, Qatar is home to about 323 German companies operating in various economic fields.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry participates in official opening ceremony of Hannover Messe 2022 & inaugurates Qatar’s pavilion

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid AlKhater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry participated in the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022, which was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr Olaf Scholtz, German Chancellor, and His Excellency Mr Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal, the guest country for this year’s edition, held from May 30 until June 2, 2022, in Hanover, Germany.

The opening ceremony featured the attendance of a number of Qatari Excellencies, senior officials, and participating businessmen, as well as many leaders and political figures, and a large number of CEOs of major leading industrial companies around the world.

Moreover, H.E. Mr AlKhater inauguratedQatar’s pavilion at the Hannover Messe 2022. The inauguration ceremony of Qatar’s pavilion saw the attendance of Qatari and German officials, alongside German and international media.

In a statement on this occasion, H.E. the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said: “Qatar’s participation in this year’s Hannover Fair is of great importance, especially as it is the largest international industrial, trade, and investment event, organized physically since the Covid-19 outbreak. The State’s participation in this global event reflects its keenness to consolidate the principles of economic openness and enhance bilateral cooperation with its various strategic partners around the world, especially the Republic of Germany. It also translates Qatar’s desire to build bridges of communication between government and private industrial bodies in Qatar on the one hand and investors and businessmen from around the world on the other, to establish successful investment partnerships. 

The fair provides an important opportunity for Qatari businessmen, investors and officials of major national companies to learn about the latest innovations and industrial technologies, in addition to comprising a chance for the participating parties to promote their products in new markets, H.E.explained.

Organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and spanning an area of about 821 square metres, Qatar’s pavilion features 16 government and private sector agencies specialized bodies in the industrial field, including: the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Investment Promotion Agency Qatar, Qatar Free Zones Authority, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatari Businessmen Association, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, in addition to a number of private companies such as the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, Doha Cables, Q-Tec Switchgear, Snoonu, Qterminals, Suhail Holding Group, and Seashore Group.

Distinctive projects and initiatives in State of Qatar pavilion

The activities of Qatar’s pavilion features a session entitled ‘The future is now: Qatar’s prospects for global company growth’, organized by the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar, with the participation of a number of investment stakeholders in Qatar, including Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Free Zones Authority, and Qatar Financial Centre. This discussion session aims to shed light on the business environment in the State of Qatar and the incentives and benefits offered to investors.  

The entities participating in the State of Qatar pavilion shall preview the most prominent Qatari initiatives, projects, services, and products, as well as the promising investment opportunities, incentives, and privileges available to investors and businessmen to enter the Qatari market and expand towards regional ones.

The State’s pavilion also sheds light on the leading Qatari industries and the latest technologies and technological developments in the industrial sector in the country. The Hannover International Industrial Fair comprises a significant opportunity to exchange expertise and experiences, introduce Qatari companies and industries, and blaze a trail for creating distinctive partnerships between Qatari and international companies, enhancing cooperation between them, in addition to introducing the most prominent global experiences, and significant technical development in the industrial sector.

Characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment

During its participation in the Industrial Fair, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry presents the characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment, as well as the laws and legislation passed to stimulate local and foreign investment, including the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, and the law regulating public-private partnership, in addition to reviewing the incentives and advantages that have been provided to investors, such as exempting foreign invested capital from income tax for up to ten years for specific investment projects in many sector; and providing exemption from customs taxes and fees when importing equipment and raw materials. The Ministry also introduces the services provided to investors to facilitate procedures pertaining to investment applications, establishing companies, and completing transactions.

The Ministry also shines a spotlight on the investment opportunities available in the industrial sector, as well as the goals it seeks to achieve by 2030, and growth projections of the industrial sector. Additionally, the pavilion introduces the Ministry’s role in developing industrial zones, and regulating the process of allocating industrial plots to investors holding industrial licenses.

This year’s edition of the Hannover Messe  is being held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. This edition sheds light on industrial transformation, especially digitization and sustainability, owing to their role in supporting the development of the industrial sector and the business environment.

The program of the four-day event includes a number of dialogue sessions that highlight a wide range of topics such as industrial automation, cloud technologies, digital infrastructure, data management, digital platforms, robotics, information security technology, artificial intelligence, renewable energies, green hydrogen, as well as efficient energy use, CO2-neutral production, digital energy management, and the economy alongside other important areas.

The world’s largest industrial forum, the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair attracts the largest production companies globally. Moreover, it is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, offering a chance to see an integrated set of technical innovations and smart solutions in all areas related to the industrial sector. Moreover, it comprises an opportunity to communicate with a large number of decision-makers in the industrial field, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences, thus enhancing cooperation and forming joint projects.

Qatar participates in Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022

The State of Qatar is participating in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022, taking place from May 30 to June 2, 2022, in the German city of Hanover. The largest industrial forum on the global scene, Hannover Fair attracts the largest production companies in the world, and is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.

Organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and spanning an area of about 821 square metres square meters, the State of Qatar’s pavilion features a number of government and private sector agencies, including: the Investment Promotion Agency, Free Zones Authority, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatari Businessmen Association, Qatar Centre for Technological Innovation, in addition to a number of private companies such as the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, Doha Cables Company, Qtech Switchgear, Snoonu, Qterminals, S’hail Holding Group, and Seashore.

Distinctive projects and initiatives in State of Qatar pavilion

The entities participating in the State of Qatar pavilion shall preview the most prominent Qatari initiatives, projects, services, and products, as well as the promising investment opportunities, incentives, and privileges available to investors and businessmen to invest in the various sectors in Qatar.

 

The Industrial Fair also sheds light on the leading Qatari industries and the latest technologies and technological developments in the industrial sector in the country. The Hannover International Industrial Fair comprises a significant opportunity to exchange expertise and experiences, introduce Qatari companies and industries, and blaze a trail for creating distinctive partnerships between Qatari companies and international companies, enhancing cooperation between them, as well as learning of the most prominent global experiences, and significant technical development in the industrial sector.

 

Characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment

During its participation in the Industrial Fair, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry presents the characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment, as well as the laws and legislation passed to stimulate local and foreign investment, including the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, and the law regulating public-private partnership, in addition to previewing the incentives and advantages that have been provided to investors, such as exempting foreign invested capital from income tax for up to ten years for specific investment projects in many sector; and providing exemption from custom taxes and fees when importing equipment and raw materials. The Ministry also introduces the services provided to investors to facilitate procedures pertaining to investment applications, establishing companies, and completing transactions.

 

The Ministry also shines a spotlight on the investment opportunities available in the industrial sector, and the determinants of Qatar’s Manufacturing Strategy, as well as the goals it seeks to achieve by 2030, and growth projections of the industrial sector. Additionally, the pavilion introduces the Ministry’s role in developing industrial zones, and regulating the process of allocating industrial plots to investors holding industrial licenses.

It should be noted this year’s edition of the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair is being held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition sheds light on industrial transformation, especially digitization and sustainability, owing to their role in supporting the development of the industrial sector and the business environment.

The program of the four-day event includes a number of dialogue sessions that highlight a wide range of topics such as industrial automation, cloud technologies, digital infrastructure, data management, digital platforms, robotics, information security technology, artificial intelligence, renewable energies, green hydrogen, as well as efficient energy use, CO2-neutral production, digital energy management, and the economy, alongside other important areas.

 

The world’s largest industrial forum, the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair attracts the largest production companies globally. Moreover, it is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, introducing an integrated set of technical innovations and smart solutions in all areas related to the industrial sector. Moreover, it comprises an opportunity to communicate with a large number of decision-makers in the industrial field, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences, thus enhancing cooperation and forming joint projects.

The State of Qatar is participating in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022, taking place from May 30 to June 2, 2022, in the German city of Hanover. The largest industrial forum on the global scene, Hannover Fair attracts the largest production companies in the world, and is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.

Organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and spanning an area of about 821 square metres square meters, the State of Qatar’s pavilion features a number of government and private sector agencies, including: the Investment Promotion Agency, Free Zones Authority, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatari Businessmen Association, Qatar Centre for Technological Innovation, in addition to a number of private companies such as the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, Doha Cables Company, Qtech Switchgear, Snoonu, Qterminals, S’hail Holding Group, and Seashore.

Distinctive projects and initiatives in State of Qatar pavilion

The entities participating in the State of Qatar pavilion shall preview the most prominent Qatari initiatives, projects, services, and products, as well as the promising investment opportunities, incentives, and privileges available to investors and businessmen to invest in the various sectors in Qatar.

 

The Industrial Fair also sheds light on the leading Qatari industries and the latest technologies and technological developments in the industrial sector in the country. The Hannover International Industrial Fair comprises a significant opportunity to exchange expertise and experiences, introduce Qatari companies and industries, and blaze a trail for creating distinctive partnerships between Qatari companies and international companies, enhancing cooperation between them, as well as learning of the most prominent global experiences, and significant technical development in the industrial sector.

 

Characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment

During its participation in the Industrial Fair, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry presents the characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment, as well as the laws and legislation passed to stimulate local and foreign investment, including the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, and the law regulating public-private partnership, in addition to previewing the incentives and advantages that have been provided to investors, such as exempting foreign invested capital from income tax for up to ten years for specific investment projects in many sector; and providing exemption from custom taxes and fees when importing equipment and raw materials. The Ministry also introduces the services provided to investors to facilitate procedures pertaining to investment applications, establishing companies, and completing transactions.

 

The Ministry also shines a spotlight on the investment opportunities available in the industrial sector, and the determinants of Qatar’s Manufacturing Strategy, as well as the goals it seeks to achieve by 2030, and growth projections of the industrial sector. Additionally, the pavilion introduces the Ministry’s role in developing industrial zones, and regulating the process of allocating industrial plots to investors holding industrial licenses.

It should be noted this year’s edition of the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair is being held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition sheds light on industrial transformation, especially digitization and sustainability, owing to their role in supporting the development of the industrial sector and the business environment.

The program of the four-day event includes a number of dialogue sessions that highlight a wide range of topics such as industrial automation, cloud technologies, digital infrastructure, data management, digital platforms, robotics, information security technology, artificial intelligence, renewable energies, green hydrogen, as well as efficient energy use, CO2-neutral production, digital energy management, and the economy, alongside other important areas.

 

The world’s largest industrial forum, the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair attracts the largest production companies globally. Moreover, it is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, introducing an integrated set of technical innovations and smart solutions in all areas related to the industrial sector. Moreover, it comprises an opportunity to communicate with a large number of decision-makers in the industrial field, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences, thus enhancing cooperation and forming joint projects.

The State of Qatar is participating in the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair 2022, taking place from May 30 to June 2, 2022, in the German city of Hanover. The largest industrial forum on the global scene, Hannover Fair attracts the largest production companies in the world, and is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.

Organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and spanning an area of about 821 square metres square meters, the State of Qatar’s pavilion features a number of government and private sector agencies, including: the Investment Promotion Agency, Free Zones Authority, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatari Businessmen Association, Qatar Centre for Technological Innovation, in addition to a number of private companies such as the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, Doha Cables Company, Qtech Switchgear, Snoonu, Qterminals, S’hail Holding Group, and Seashore.

Distinctive projects and initiatives in State of Qatar pavilion

The entities participating in the State of Qatar pavilion shall preview the most prominent Qatari initiatives, projects, services, and products, as well as the promising investment opportunities, incentives, and privileges available to investors and businessmen to invest in the various sectors in Qatar.

 

The Industrial Fair also sheds light on the leading Qatari industries and the latest technologies and technological developments in the industrial sector in the country. The Hannover International Industrial Fair comprises a significant opportunity to exchange expertise and experiences, introduce Qatari companies and industries, and blaze a trail for creating distinctive partnerships between Qatari companies and international companies, enhancing cooperation between them, as well as learning of the most prominent global experiences, and significant technical development in the industrial sector.

 

Characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment

During its participation in the Industrial Fair, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry presents the characteristics of Qatar’s investment environment, as well as the laws and legislation passed to stimulate local and foreign investment, including the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, and the law regulating public-private partnership, in addition to previewing the incentives and advantages that have been provided to investors, such as exempting foreign invested capital from income tax for up to ten years for specific investment projects in many sector; and providing exemption from custom taxes and fees when importing equipment and raw materials. The Ministry also introduces the services provided to investors to facilitate procedures pertaining to investment applications, establishing companies, and completing transactions.

 

The Ministry also shines a spotlight on the investment opportunities available in the industrial sector, and the determinants of Qatar’s Manufacturing Strategy, as well as the goals it seeks to achieve by 2030, and growth projections of the industrial sector. Additionally, the pavilion introduces the Ministry’s role in developing industrial zones, and regulating the process of allocating industrial plots to investors holding industrial licenses.

It should be noted this year’s edition of the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair is being held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition sheds light on industrial transformation, especially digitization and sustainability, owing to their role in supporting the development of the industrial sector and the business environment.

The program of the four-day event includes a number of dialogue sessions that highlight a wide range of topics such as industrial automation, cloud technologies, digital infrastructure, data management, digital platforms, robotics, information security technology, artificial intelligence, renewable energies, green hydrogen, as well as efficient energy use, CO2-neutral production, digital energy management, and the economy, alongside other important areas.

 

The world’s largest industrial forum, the Hannover Messe International Industrial Fair attracts the largest production companies globally. Moreover, it is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, introducing an integrated set of technical innovations and smart solutions in all areas related to the industrial sector. Moreover, it comprises an opportunity to communicate with a large number of decision-makers in the industrial field, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences, thus enhancing cooperation and forming joint projects.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry participates in Arab Forum in Arab Republic of Egypt

His Excellency Mr Sultan bin Rashid AlKhater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, participated in the Arab Forum entitled ‘Promoting Economic Integration among Arab Countries: Intra-trade and Role of Public and Private Sectors’. Organised by the Arab Parliament, in cooperation with the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) of the League of Arab States, the Forum is being held fromMay 23 to 25 in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.

H.E. Mr AlKhater participated in the Forum’s sessions, which revolved around four axes covering many issues of common interest, such as the reality of Arab trade in light of regional blocs,therole of the private sector and the related challenges, development mechanisms and ways to reach an Arab customs union, and the issue of facilitating trade exchange with regards to global trends and the Arab reality. Moreover, the Forum reviewed the position of the Arab world among the indicators of global trade exchange.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Czech counterpart

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with His Excellency Mr JozefSíkela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, on the side-lines of his participation in the World Economic Forum ‘Davos 2022’, held in Switzerland, under the theme: Preparing for the Post-Covid era, fromMay 22 to 26, 2022.

The meeting saw discussions on ways to develop bilateral relations between the two nations in various fields. Moreover, the convening officials reviewed a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry, in addition to exchanging views on the topics on the Forum’s agenda.

Moreover, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Czech investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

It is worth noting that the volume of trade exchange between the State of Qatar and the Czech Republic amounted to about $165.8 million in 2021.

This year’s edition of the World Economic Forum Davos highlights a number of key issues and topics, including post-pandemic recovery and climate change. Over 2,500 leaders and experts from all over the world are taking part in ‘Davos 2022’, including more than 1,250 private sector leaders, along with up to 100 global innovators and technology pioneers.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

On Wednesday, May 25, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day, which aims to enhance the protection of property rights, widely disseminate them, and achieve the desired benefit from them. This year’s theme is ‘IP & Youth: Innovating for a Better Future’.

Taking place at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, the celebration includes two discussion sessions tackling the role of government and semi-governmental agencies in supporting intellectual property (IP) and youth, in addition to showcasing success stories of a number of Qatari youth, creators, and inventors, with the participation of the Qatar Scientific Club and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, as well as a number of innovators, inventors, and individuals interested in intellectual property.


The Ministry of Commerce and Industry invites intellectual property agents, lawyers, the honorable public, as well as individuals interested in IP to attend the celebration organized at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel (Al Areen Hall), starting at 9 AM.


It is noteworthy that the celebration of the World Intellectual Property Day has been taking place annually since 2000 with the aim of spreading the IP culture, raising awareness of it, and increasing respect of IP rights.

The celebration activities aim to educate the public and encourage them to innovate, in terms of patents, artistic and literary works, trademarks and other areas included under IP rights.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry met with His Excellency Mr Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, on the side-linesof his participation in the World Economic Forum ‘Davos 2022’, held in Switzerland, under the theme: Preparing for the Post-Covid era, from May 22 to 26, 2022.

The meeting featured discussions on ways to develop bilateral relations across multiple fields, between the State of Qatar and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Moreover, the convening officials explored a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry, in addition to exchanging views on the topics on the Forum’s agenda.

Moreover, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Iraqi investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

It is worth noting that the volume of trade exchange between the State of Qatar and the Iraqi Republic amounted to about $145.3 million in 2021. Additionally, Qatar is home to 304 Iraqi companies operating in many sectors and important economic activities. The two countries are bound by a number of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and agreements, including the Agreement on Economic, Commercial, and Technical Cooperation.

This year’s edition of the World Economic Forum Davos highlights a number of key issues and topics, including post-pandemic recovery and climate change. Over 2,500 leaders and experts from all over the world are taking part in ‘Davos 2022’, including more than 1,250 private sector leaders, along with up to 100 global innovators and technology pioneers.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry attends World Economic Forum Davos 2022 opening ceremony

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, attended the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum, held in the Swiss city of Davos, on May 22-26, 2022.

On the side-lines of the forum, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry shall hold a number of meetings with a number of ministers and senior officials from the participating countries and international organizations.

This year, the forum sheds light on a number of important issues and topics under the slogan ‘Preparing for the post-Covid era’. It tackles six main axes, including ways to: enhance global and regional cooperation; achieve economic recovery; build healthy and equitable societies; safeguard climate, food, and nature; lead the industry transformation; and harness the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

About 2,500 leaders and experts from around the world will participate in this year’s edition, including more than 50 heads of State and government, 1,250 leader from the private sector, and up to 100 global innovators and technology Pioneers.

sQatar participates annually in World Economic Forum meetings. The previous forum reports praised the State of Qatar’s balanced economic performance, and its wise management of policies pertaining to macroeconomics and the efficiency of good and service markets. Moreover, the reports commended Qatar’s initiatives aimed at providing a supportive environment for innovation, and motivating individuals and the private sector so they contribute to enhancing GDP growth to increase the national economy’s strength and competitiveness.

Founded in 1971, the World Economic Forum is an independent international non-profit organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is entrusted with world development.

The forum meets annually in Davos, convening a large number of heads of State and government, senior government officials, and key influential businessmen in the global economy. This annual meeting aims to provide a platform for communication and exchange of ideas between the participants. Additionally, it comprises an important opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations between various countries and international companies.

H.E Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry heads Qatar’s delegation in the Extraordinary Meeting of GCC’s Undersecretaries of Industry

His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, headed Qatar’s delegation in the second extraordinary meeting of GCC’s undersecretaries of Industry, held in Riyadh.

Their excellencies, Undersecretaries discussed some of the topics on the agenda, that will contribute to improve Gulf countries joint actions, and promote their integrated industries. The meeting addressed adopting an integrated strategy to improve GCC’s Industries by seeking the increase of added value from manufacturing sector, and raising industrial competitiveness indicator worldwide, in addition to lifting private sector participation through SMEs.

During the meeting, update and modification the law of integrated industrial organization and its executive regulations were discussed as well, in order to fulfill GCC countries’ ambitions of building smart industries, and encourage the shift towards fourth industrial revolution based on innovation and sustainability.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry Wins Golden Stevie Award for Its Innovative National Product Campaign

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced winning the Gold Stevie Award in the Innovation in Cross-Media Marketing category, at the Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards ceremony, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, on May 21, 2022, under the sponsorship of Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

 

The award was received by Mr. Tareq Hussain Al-Khalaf, Director of the Public Relations & Communication Department, and Mr Saif Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director of National Product Competitiveness Support Department. The award comes as the culmination of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s ceaseless efforts to enhance food security, develop local industries, and increase self-reliance in many key sectors, especially in light of sudden economic crises. Through this endeavour, the Ministry seeks achieving one of the main pillars of Qatar’s vision of building a competitive and diversified economy capable of meeting the needs of society at present and in the future.

 

In this context, the Ministry launched a cross-media marketing campaign at the State level, in addition to holding community activities, and promotions in commercial centres. The Ministry highlighted the quality and competitiveness of locally-made products, to address consumer preference for international brands. The campaign also aims to improve export capabilities through expanding opportunities for Qatari factory owners, thus providing them with a wide manufacturing base and increased market access.

 

The interactive campaign activities covered all important sectors including food, beverages, medical materials, textiles, paper, prints, electrical materials, furniture, wood, plastics, rubber, petroleum, building materials, metals, machinery, and manufacturing industries.

 

It is worth noting that the Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards. With their three categories: gold, silver and bronze, the awards are dedicated to honouring the largest organizations in innovation in the business sector across 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, including: Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, Algeria, Lebanon, and Turkey.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry inaugurates Qatari-Spanish Business Meeting in Madrid

In the presence of His Excellency Mr. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Her Excellency Mrs. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Kingdom of Spain, inauguratedthe Qatari-Spanish Business Meeting, organisedat the headquarters of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) in Madrid.

The opening session of the business meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Antonio Garamendi, President of CEOE, H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani, Chairman of the Qatari Businessmen Association, H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Bonet, President of the Spain Chamber of Commerce, H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber, Mr. Ignacio Galán, Co-President of the Qatari- Spain Business Committee from the Spanish side, and H.E. Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al-Thani, Co- President of the Qatari-Spain Business Committee from the Qatari side.

At the onset of his opening speech, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Kingdom of Spain for its warm reception and hospitality, shining a spotlight at the strong, solid relations between the two countries.

H.E. touched on the Qatari-Spanish economic relations, pointing out that they had witnessed significant development during the past years. The volume of trade exchange between the two countries witnessed growth of about 44% between 2020 and 2021 to reach around $1.2 billion last year.

On the investment front, the number of Spanish companies operating in Qatar has reached about 220 companies that are active in a number of economic and vital fields, H.E. further stated, highlighting that the State of Qatar had made investments in the strategic sectors that support the Spanish economy, including those of tourism, sports, and real estate.

H.E. added that the agreements signed between the two sides during the past years had also contributed to consolidating Qatari-Spanish bilateral relations. Moreover, H.E. expressed his happiness with establishing the Qatari-Spanish Business Council, aimed at providing a platform and a starting point for enhancing economic and investment cooperation.

“We are aware of the importance of partnership in ensuring strengthening interstate bilateral relations. Therefore, the State of Qatar considers the Kingdom of Spain a promising strategic partner given the significant economic factors that characterise our two nations,” H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry said.

In this context, H.E. referred to the position of the State of Qatar as a leading investment destination in the region and the world, owing to its advanced business environment based on a stimulating legislative and administrative system and a robust infrastructure designed and built according to the highest international standards. These advantages instilled the State of Qatar in a strategic position as a logistical gateway for expanding towards markets in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

In this regard, H.E. drew attention to the role played by Qatari ports, including Hamad Port, a key commercial port in the region. Many other major institutions play a significant role in promoting Qatar’s economic openness, and attracting major companies and investors from all over the world, H.E. added.

These gains contributed to enhancing the strength and durability of the Qatari economy, H.E. further stated, adding that according to the latest World Bank estimates, the Qatari economy was expected to grow by 4.9% in 2022.

In this context, H.E. referred to the remarkable performance of the non-oil sectors, whose contribution to the country’s GDP amounted to about 63.2% in 2021.

Moreover, H.E. pointed out the efforts made by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to develop the contribution of the manufacturing sector.

H.E. also referred to the rapid development witnessed by the telecommunications and information technology sector in Qatar at the level of technical infrastructure and fifth generation optical networks, which contributed to Qatar having a leading position in the MENA region as reflected in the Government Electronic and Mobile Services (GEMS) Maturity Index for the year 2021, according to a report issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

In a related context, H.E. expressed his appreciation of the continuous Qatari and Spanish efforts to establish regulatory frameworks for bilateral cooperation between the two countries. In this regard, H.E. referred to the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed between the two sides in the field of digital services, agricultural production, and joint cooperation between both countries’ business sectors.

At the conclusion of his speech, H.E. expressed his aspiration that the Business Meeting would contribute to advancing the distinguished Qatari-Spanish bilateral relations towards broader horizons of cooperation and joint action.

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Her Excellency Mrs. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Kingdom of Spain, witnessed the signing ceremony of two MoUs between Qatar Chamber and each of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services.


In the signing, the Qatari side was represented by His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber. From the Spanish side, the MoUs weresigned by His Excellency Mr. José Luis Bonet, President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and His Excellency Mr. Ángel Asensio, President of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services.

The MoUs aim to strengthen bridges of dialogue between the Qatari and Spanish business sectors and to consolidate cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, services, as well as other economic fields. 

His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry witnessed the signing of an MoU between the Qatari Businessmen Association and Iberdrola Company. From the Qatari side, the MoU was signed by His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, Second Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatari Businessmen Association. From the Spanish side, it was signed by Mr. Ignacio Galán, Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola Company.

Moreover, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry attended the signing of an MoU between the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar and Iberdrola Company, aimed at establishing a global innovation center to support digital transformation in the State of Qatar. The said MoU was signed by Sheikh Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar, from the Qatari side. As for the Spanish side, it was signed by Mr. Santiago Bañales, Managing Director of Iberdrola Innovation in the Middle East.

The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation in the field of digital services, as well as to tap into the potential of the research, development, and innovation environment in the State of Qatar.

His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry also saw the signing of an MoU between Hassad Food Company and Integra Agricultura Y Tecnologia, aimed at recycling the surplus agricultural production.

From the Qatari side, the MoU was signed byH.E. Eng. Mohammed Badr Al-Sada, CEO of Hassad Food Company, while from the Spanish side, it was signed by Mr. Esteban Barrachina, CEO of Integra Agricultura Y Tecnología.

The MoU in question seeks to develop innovative local projects that contribute to achieving food security for the State of Qatar, preserving local agricultural resources, and increasing local production of fodder.

The meeting featured a dialogue session on investment opportunities in the State of Qatar, during which visual presentations were made by His Excellency Sheikh Ali Al Waleed AlThani, CEO of the Investment Promotion AgencyQatar, Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO and Board Member of the Qatar Financial Centre, His Excellency Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, Deputy CEO of Qatar Free Zones Authority and Mr. Yosouf Al-Salehi, Executive Director of Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

The presentations highlighted the performance of the national economy, the investment opportunities available in Qatar, as well as Qatar’s business environment, advanced logistical infrastructure, and promising economic sectors.

Moreover, the Meeting included a dialogue session on Qatari-Spanish economic and trade relations. The said dialogue session featured the participation of a number of Spanish authorities specialised in renewable energies, engineering, sports, and media.

The Business Meeting also comprised a number of bilateral side-meetings between businessmen from both sides, during which they discussed ways to build investment partnerships in sectors that support both countries’ economies.

It is worth noting that the Qatari-Spanish Business Meeting aims to build bridges of communication, as well as enhance trade, investment, and industrial relations between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Spain. It also ambitions to create effective partnerships and attract new investments to the Qatari market.

H.E. Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry inaugurates Fifth Conference on Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, inaugurated the Fifth Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED), themed ‘Entrepreneurial Digital Transformation’, oragnised by Qatar University in cooperation with the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait.

 

At the outset of his opening speech, H.E. Mr Al-Khater stressed the importance of CEED, which highlights ‘Entrepreneurial Digital Transformation’, especially in light of the great and unprecedented development witnessed by information and communication technology (ICT), following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The pandemic contributed to reducing the run-up to implementing long-term digital transformation plans from years to a mere few months, H.E. Mr Al-Khater stated. Countries moved towards accelerating the adoption of technological solutions to address the economic consequences of the pandemic and achieve business continuity in various vital sectors, seeking to balance and stabilise their economies.

 

As Qatar recognises the vital role that digital technology plays in supporting the growth of the national economy, the State has sought to motivate various government agencies to: adopt advanced technical solutions to shorten and facilitate procedures, abolish paper transactions, and digitise all services, H.E. Mr Al Khater said. This endeavour contributes to developing the business environment, according to a clear strategy aimed at building an advanced digital economy that achieves the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030).

 

In this regard, H.E. drew attention to the keenness of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to cooperate and coordinate with various relevant government agencies and bodies with the aim of accelerating and shortening the procedures for granting approvals and licenses necessary for establishing businesses.

 

The Ministry has also made sure to provide access to these services through its smart electronic Single Window platform, which aims to assist investors during the various stages of establishing a business, starting from the planning stages, through the registration procedures, to issuing the necessary licenses through an electronic interface that connects investors to about 18 government agencies through a single platform.

 

Moreover, the Ministry launched the 1000 Opportunities initiative, which forms part of the Single Window e-platform, H.E. Mr Al-Khater said, pointing out that the said initiative allowed local investors and owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to view the existing and future opportunities and projects that would meet their projects’ various needs, whether in terms of products or services, which would be provided by local private sector companies.

As part of developing e-services provided to entrepreneurs and small investors, the Ministry launched the Qatar Business Map portal on its website, H.E. Mr Al-Khater pointed out.

The Qatar Business Map portal aims at providing a database that contributes to facilitating the access of emerging and small projects to target customers, in addition to helping entrepreneurs to choose the ideal site for establishing their businesses.

H.E. explained that these programmes and initiatives aim to support Qatar’s leading position in various specialised economic reports in this field. In this regard, H.E. Mr Al-Khater referred to the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, which states that Qatar ranked first globally in terms of Employee Entrepreneurial Activity (EEA) that serves the national economy. Moreover, Qatar ranked first in the MENA region and fourth globally in the best supportive government policies in the field of taxes and bureaucratic procedures, as well as the first in the MENA region and fifth globally in entrepreneurship education and training at the university and vocational levels.

 

H.E. Mr Al-Khater said efforts were underway to develop more programmes and initiatives, and remove all obstacles facing the various private sector components, especially entrepreneurship. Moreover, the said private sector components are being directed towards sectors that support Qatar’s national economy, H.E. Mr Al-Khater added.

 

H.E. stressed the keenness of the State of Qatar to establish tools and programmes to enhance the ability of young entrepreneurs to contribute to economic growth and develop their entrepreneurial projects to form a key part of the national economy’ pillars.

 

At the conclusion of his speech, His Excellency the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry called on the entrepreneurship sector to present innovative and new projects and ideas in future sectors and industries, so as to support Qatar’s journey towards transitioning into a knowledge-based digital economy.

 

CEED aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences to advance and develop entrepreneurship research in the region. CEED also seeks to enhance research cooperation between all participants in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, and to develop sustainable policies that address economic, social, and environmental challenges.

 

In this year’s edition, CEED tackles a number of topics related to digital transformation, by hosting several Qatari, Arab, and international experts and researchers. CEED also features sessions for key speakers in the field of entrepreneurship and digital transformation, as well as entrepreneurship policies. The conference also includes various discussion panels on entrepreneurial digital transformation and the entrepreneurship system in the Qatar, the Arab countries, and other countries of the world.

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with Her Excellency Mrs. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Kingdom of Spain.

During the meeting, the officials discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two nations in various fields. Moreover, the meeting featured previewing a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening cooperation at the level of trade, investment, and industry.

During the meeting, His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar had put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislation, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Spanish investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry organizes workshop on Qatar’s Coding and Tracking Office and International Barcode

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank (QDB)’s Coding and Tracking Office (GS1 Qatar Office), organized a workshop entitled ‘Introducing Qatari Coding and Tracking Office and International Barcode’.

 

The workshop featured introducing the global standards organisation (GS1), the business solution services it provides, the global standards system (GS1 System), and the rules for assigning article numbers to products, services, and places.

 

Also, during the workshop, the Qatar’s Coding and Tracking Office (GS1 Qatar) was introduced, as well as the services it provides to Qatari companies, and the most important sectors registered in it, such as food industries, agricultural products, pharmaceutical industries, drug stores, chemical industries, clothing and textiles, electrical appliances, and furniture.

 

The workshop also touched on the global barcode, as well as its types, reading mechanisms, various use applications, barcode printing and its quality, printing methods and mechanisms, correct barcode placement, and the mechanism of using the Global Company Prefix (GCP) in creating the global barcode, in addition to addressing the mechanisms of registration and obtaining membership in GS1 Qatar Office.

 

The office was established last year, after Qatar had obtained in 2020, by a unanimous vote, the approval of the General Assembly of GS1 to establish a barcode office for Qatari products. Qatar was granted the code 630 for locally-made products that can be exported or even traded within the country.

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim AlThani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with H.E. Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, currently visiting Qatar.

During the meeting, the officials touched on the commercial, industrial, and investment relations between the State of Qatar and Malaysia, as well as ways to enhance and develop them. They also discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the two sides.

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector and pointed to the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that allow Malaysiancompanies to expand and invest in the State of Qatar.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry closes training center in Ain Khaled

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of a training center in Ain Khaled for a period of 14 days, for violating Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors. The violation consisted of failure to meet the general and specific requirements.

This measure forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to monitor and regulate markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and to assess the degree of compliance with laws and regulations governing commercial activities, in a bid to uncover and crack down on violations.

The Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial, and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations pertaining to the registration and commercial licensing via following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

 

Ministry of Commerce and Industry closes three warehouses in Birkat Al-Awamer for 14 days

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of three warehouses in Birkat Al-Awamer for a period of 14 days each, for violating Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors. The violation was issued for practicing a commercial activity without having the required licensing.

The measure comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts to monitor and regulate markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and to assess the degree of compliance with laws and regulations governing commercial activities, in a bid to uncover and crack down on violations.

The Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in meeting the obligations stipulated in Law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial, and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors.

The Ministry is intensifying its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities.

The Ministry further urges all citizens and residents to report any violations pertaining to registration and commercial licensing via the following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

– Twitter @MOCIQATAR

– Instagram MOCIQATAR

 

H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy of the Republic of Korea

Doha – Sunday, April 17, 2022:

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met today with His Excellency Mr. Moon Sung-wook, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, currently visiting Qatar.

 

During the meeting, the officials touched on the commercial, industrial, and investment relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Korea, as well as ways to enhance and develop them. They also discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the two sides.

 

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector and pointed to the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities that allow Korean companies to expand and invest in the State of Qatar.

It is worth noting that the State of Qatar and the Republic of Korea have strong economic and trade relations, as the volume of trade exchange between them amounted to nearly $11.57 billion in 2021. The Republic of Korea ranks as the State of Qatar’s fourth trading partner.

 

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