Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Porsche Cayenne 2011-2016 models to check circlip on bearing bracket for pedals


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Al Boraq Automobiles Co. W.L.L, dealer of Porsche vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Porsche Cayenne models of 2011-2016 to check the circlip on the bearing bracket for pedals. A new circlip may have to be installed if needed.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry has urged all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department.
 
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day


The Ministry of Economy and Economy will hold a two-day ceremony on April 26 and 27 entitled “Creativity beyond Borders” to mark World Intellectual Property Day – which aims to enhance the protection of intellectual property rights and to promote its adoption on a large scale.
 
The celebrations will feature a seminar that will take place on April 26, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with the participation of Qatar Scientific Club, Qatar University, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development as well as a number of innovators, experts and those of whom are interested in the field of intellectual property rights.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce will also organize a two-day exhibition on April 26 and 27 at Landmark Mall to familiarize the public with the various aspects of intellectual property rights.

The Ministry invites the public to attend the exhibition to take part in World Intellectual Property Day celebrations in order to learn and increase their knowledge about the importance of intellectual property rights.
 
World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated on an annual basis since the year 2000 with the aim of spreading awareness about the concept of intellectual property rights protection among copyright holders or those interested in innovative, artistic or literary areas of intellectual property rights, encouraging and enabling them to protect their inventions.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce reaches out to professionals via “LinkedIn”


Doha, Qatar; April 24, 2016: The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has signed a strategic partnership agreement with “LinkedIn” – the world’s largest and most effective professional network in a bid to strengthen its position as a leader in attracting qualified professionals in Qatar and to support its efforts in communicating with the ministry’s employees and to reinforce its corporate identity as an entity that is attractive to qualified professionals.
Under the agreement, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce will work in order to take advantage of specialized workshops that will be offered to the ministry’s employees and affiliates by “LinkedIn.” The ministry will also benefit from the solutions offered by the “LinkedIn” platform in attracting qualified professionals from all disciplines, and to help employees create and develop their professional profiles on the site, which will contribute to reflecting the positive work environment that is provided by the ministry and help attract and retain more qualified professionals in the future.
Mr. Tariq Abdulaziz Al-Sada, Director of Public Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said that the strategic partnership agreement will allow the ministry to gain access to the finest professional talent as well as help highlight to employees at the ministry the importance of vocational and career planning which will have a positive effect on the ministry and the State of Qatar as a whole as it will help educate and inform the public about the ministry’s biggest initiatives as well as the various services offered.
In turn, Mr. Rajai El Khadem, Head of Public Sector in LinkedIn MENA said: “We are proud at “LinkedIn” to collaborate with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce through this partnership agreement that will help deliver the ministry’s message to a larger segment of the public. We hope to support the ministry’s development plans at a professional level and allow the ministry’s employees the opportunity to join “LinkedIn” and to communicate among each other via the world’s largest professional communication network, which represents an added value to the services they provide, in addition to opening up new prospects for individuals to share their experiences with their counterparts around the world and to communicate with countless professionals, particularly within the region, in their mother tongue through the Arabic version of the “LinkedIn” site.
It is worth mentioning that members of the “LinkedIn” network from the Middle East and North Africa have surpassed 17 million members. The network brings together industry leaders and some of the most influential personalities from the Arab world, as part of LinkedIn’s most influential people list.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Lexus LX 470 2002-2006 models regarding airbag control unit programing


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Company W.L.L, dealer of Lexus vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Lexus LX 470 models of 2002-2006 regarding the airbag control unit programing.
                
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The ministry has urged all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department.
 
Call Center: 16001
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce obliges major retail outlets to adopt unit prices

In a bid to protect consumers and indorse the principle of price transparency, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has issued a decree obliging major retail outlets to declare the unit price of goods on sale.                                
According to the new decision, retail outlets are to display unit prices on price tags, according to the nature of the product and using one of the following measurement units:
 If the item is measured by weight: the kilogram or 100 grams is used as a unitIf the item is measured by volume: the liter or 100 ml is used as a unitIf the item is measured by length: the meter is used as a unitIf the item is measured by surface area: the square meter (m2) is used as a unit
   
 
              
 
The  initiative comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to boost competition in the market and to protect the consumers’ right to compare between the prices of products sold in different weights and sizes. 
 
A study that was carried out by the Ministry revealed that retail outlets only display the prices of goods on sale without specifying the unit price, making it difficult for consumers to compare between products.
 
The new initiative will require retail outlets to review the form and content of price tags currently in place, to include unit prices in addition to the selling price, name of the product and size. Selling price should be displayed against a yellow background while unit price should be displayed against a white background in order to enable consumers to easily distinguish between them. All retail outlets are to adhere to this system, regardless of the methods currently adopted to display prices, either by placing price tags directly on products or visibly forward-facing on display shelves.
 
In order to provide greater protection for consumers and allow them to better compare between competing products, the newly introduced procedure will apply to the majority of food and non-food commodities in addition to promotional and discount campaigns unless the overall cost of the product is the same as the unit price. The new decision has exempted merchants and retail outlets from declaring unit prices in such cases, on the grounds that there would be no benefit in comparing between items if they are packed and offered for sale by considering the original unit of measurement as a basis for comparison. For instance, when cooking oil is displayed and offered for sale in bottles of one-liter capacities, there would be no benefit in writing the liter price for a second time on the price tag. It is noteworthy to mention, and that as a first step in implementation, the decision would apply to major retail outlets of 400m2 or more.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce emphasizes that consumer awareness and the cooperation of major retail outlets will ensure the success of the initiative, enhancing competition among brands from the perspective of the consumer by facilitating price control procedures and allowing consumers to save money.
 
The decision has taken into account retail outlets’ need for some time to take the necessary steps to revise and replace currently approved price tags and have been granted six months to adjust their positions according to the new provisions.
 
The ministry urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department.
 
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce takes part in 8th edition of the National Exhibition for Student Research


 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, will take part in the 8th edition of the National Exhibition for Student Research,  organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and taking part on the 24th and 25th of April, 2016.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s participation in the event comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness about intellectual property rights and to familiarize the public with its services in this regard.
 
Throughout the event, the Ministry will offer support to student innovators and researchers from different age groups as well as national research and educational organizations and institutions.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of IKEA LATTJO Bat Cape over risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Hamad and Mohamed Al- Futtaim Company – IKEA WLL, has announced the recall of an IKEA children’s costume – the LATTJO Bat cape over the risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck.
                        
IKEA urges customers who have a LATTJO Bat cape to immediately remove it and bring it back to the IKEA store for a full refund.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that suppliers follow up on product defects and recall defective items.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the supplier to ensure the recall of defective products and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary procedures have been taken.
 
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce seizes 1539 counterfeit spare parts from industrial area garage


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has carried out an unannounced inspection campaign targeting garages located in the industrial area in order to ensure their compliance with the provisions of law Number (8) of 2008 on consumer protection.
 
The inspection campaigns come within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities in the State of Qatar in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry uncovered and seized 1539 counterfeit spare parts, which is a violation of article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their contents and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
Penalties for violations of law number (8) of 2008 range between administrative closures and a minimum fine of 3000 riyals and up to 1 million riyals.
 
Counterfeit spare parts pose great risks to consumer safety because they affect the performance of vehicles, leading to potential moral and material losses to consumers.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
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Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. cuts cost of maintenance services in line with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s 9-clause initiative


 The Ministry’s 9-clause initiative aims to bolster the competition between car dealers and improve the quality of maintenance servicesA positive response demonstrated in reducing the price of maintenance services without effect on vehicle warranties.Free vehicle maintenance service of 1,000 Km for all model years and free vehicle maintenance service of 5,000 Km for all Toyota and Lexus models of 2016 onwardsDiscounts on maintenance services range between 6% and 39% during maintenance periods (from 0 Km to 100,000 Km)
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced that Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co., dealer of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Qatar, has conformed to its 9-clause initiative, designed to ease car warranty terms.
 
The company has reduced the cost of maintenance services on all Toyota and Lexus vehicles and has submitted a list of the new prices that will take effect at its service centers starting Sunday, April 17, 2016 to competent authorities at the Ministry.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has in the past period by asking a pioneering initiative to support competition in the maintenance and repair during the warranty, through the liberalization of auto warranty, and compel the agents to abandon the restrictions that was impose on the owners of vehicles and of obliging them to work maintenance and repair centers of their service, and drop the guarantee in the event of the implementation of those operations service centers and other non-affiliated to the agent.
 
It is noteworthy to mention that the Ministry of Economy and Commerce had recently launched an innovative initiative, designed to boost competition in maintenance and repair services during warranty periods and compelling car agents to abandon restrictions related to warranty terms imposed on vehicle owners that had previously required them to conduct maintenance and repair works at the car agency’s workshop and that could result in revoking warranties following the implementation of maintenance works at nonaffiliated third-party workshops.
 
Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. is the second car dealer to conform to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s initiative, which aims to develop the automotive sector, promote competition in terms of maintenance and repair services, bolster a competitive environment that enables clients to carry out maintenance works at workshops of their choice, and entice workshops to improve the efficiency and quality of their services and reduce the cost of maintenance.
The list of discount services offered by Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. applies to all Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The discounts range between 6% and 39% on the total costs incurred by consumers for maintenance services during the period (from zero km to 100,000 km) as shown in the following table:

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has praised Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. for reducing the cost of maintenance services and stressed that inspectors from competent administrative departments will monitor compliance with those discounted rates at all Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. service centers.
 
The ministry urges all consumers to properly select among the available options and in the case of choosing to conduct maintenance and repair works at third-party workshops to retain invoices as proof of maintenance and repair works as well as a reference to the third-party workshop that conducted the repairs, in addition to spare parts and materials used, with the aim of presenting it to the car agency to demonstrate that repair works were carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
 
The ministry also urges consumers to carefully examine warranty booklets to ensure the compliance of car dealers with the stipulated warranty terms and inform the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of any manipulation of warranty terms and violations by car dealers through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Chevrolet Malibu 1997-2005 models over the possibility of ignition key moving from operating to idle while driving


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Jaidah automotive, dealer of Chevrolet vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Chevrolet Malibu models of 1997-2005 due to the possibility of the ignition key moving from operating to idle while driving.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Cadillac STS-V 2004-2007 models due to a possibility of electrical terminals of the fuel pump melting


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Mannai Trading Company, dealer of Cadillac vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Cadillac STS-V models of 2004-2007 due to a possibility of the electrical terminals of the fuel pump melting.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
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Minister of Economy and Commerce leads Qatari delegation to Paris


HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Commerce, will lead on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, a Qatari delegation to the French capital Paris where he will participate in meetings in Cadran that will bring together chief corporate executives and businessmen from both countries.
 
Discussions will touch on the promotion of bilateral investment and commercial ties as well as dialogue between the French and Qatari business community in a bid to develop new partnerships between companies from both countries and increase Qatari exports to France.
 
The meetings represent an important step toward expanding the horizons of cooperation between both countries and creating new opportunities for bilateral investments through the establishment of partnerships between Qatari and French companies and businessmen, which will benefit both sides in various economic and trade fields.
 
The one-day meeting will be divided into three sessions, and will touch on Qatari investments in France, the development of bilateral economic relations and the contribution of French industries to promoting a diversified and sustainable Qatari economy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
 
Participants will also discuss efforts to expand existing partnerships and identify new investment opportunities for companies in both countries.
 
Qatar and France enjoy strong political and economic relations that have been bolstered by the ratification of several bilateral economic agreements and memoranda of understanding.
 
The total volume of bilateral trade reached 7.5 billion riyals in 2015. Qatari exports to France including natural gas and petroleum products stood at nearly 3 billion riyals in 2015, while the value of imports reached nearly 4.5 billion riyals.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Honda City 2012-2013 models and Jazz 2012-2014 models over flaw in driver airbag


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Doha Marketing Services Company (DOMASCO), dealer of Honda vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Honda City models of 2012-2013 and Jazz models of 2012-2014 over flaw in driver airbag.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Ford Fusion 2010-2011 models over defect in the fuel tank


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Almana Motors Company, dealer of Ford vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Ford Fusion models of 2010 and 2011 models over a defect in the fuel tank.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of IKEA GOTHEM lamp over the risk of electric shock


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Hamad and Mohamed Al- Futtaim, dealer of IKEA lamps in Qatar, has announced the recall of IKEA GOTHEM lamps over the risk of electric shock.
 
IKEA urges customers who have Gothem lamps to immediately remove them and bring them back to IKEA store for a full refund.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that suppliers follow up on product defects and recall defective items.
 
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the supplier to ensure the recall of defective products and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary procedures have been taken.
 
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce compels car dealer to replace defective vehicle with new one after receiving consumer complaint


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has compelled a car dealers in Doha to replace a defective vehicle with a new one after its service center failed to repair recurring faults.
 
The Ministry took action after receiving complaints from several vehicle owners regarding manufacturing defects. Inspectors from the Ministry reviewed and investigated the complaints before notifying the car dealer of the need to replace faulty cars with new ones in accordance with article (10) of law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection.
 
The law stipulates that consumers are entitled to choose whether to repair, return or exchange defective products.
 
The measures come within the framework of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repais.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce stressed that it will crack down on all violations of the Consumer Protection law and will intensify its inspection campaigns to combat fraud.
 
The ministry added that it will refer violators of applicable laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities who will in turn take appropriate action against them in a bid to protect consumers’ rights.
 
The ministry has urged all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Chevrolet Silverado 2015-2016 models to re-install the brake pedal position


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Jaidah automotive, dealer of Chevrolet vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Chevrolet Silverado models of 2015 and 2016 to re-install the brake pedal position.
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
The ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
The ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Cadillac ATS 2013-2016 models due to sunroof “tilt” and “slide” switches not being recessed properly


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Mannai Trading Company, dealer of Cadillac vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Cadillac ATS models of 2013-2016 due to sunroof “tilt” and “slide” switches not being recessed properly
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce kicks off workshop on international trademark classification


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), kicked off on Monday, March 28 a workshop on the use of the Nice Classification and the Vienna Classification of trademarks.
The four-day workshop is taking place with the participation of 20 employees from the Intellectual Property Rights department at the Ministry.
The workshop aims to introduce and familiarize participants with international classifications and train employees of the Trademark department on the use of the Vienna Classification in a bid to facilitate the process of trademark assessments.
In a lecture presented at the workshop, Ms. Alison Zuger, an expert from the World Intellectual Property Organization, introduced participants to international classifications of trademarks.
Zuger highlighted that the Nice Classification is an international approved classification in accordance with the Nice Agreement of goods and services while the Vienna Classification is an international classification that was established under an agreement that concluded in 1973 at the Vienna Diplomatic Conference.
The Vienna agreement establishes a classification of the figurative elements of trademarks and constitutes a hierarchical system that proceeds from the general to the particular, dividing all figurative elements into categories, divisions and sections based on their shape.
The workshop comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to support and develop the services provided to all concerned parties with respect to the protection of intellectual property rights in addition to promoting awareness on intellectual property rights protection.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Nissan Altima 2013-2015 models over possible defect in the front engine secondary hood lock

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Saleh al Hamad al Mana, dealer of Nissan vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Nissan Altima 2013-2015 models because of a possible defect in the front engine secondary hood lock.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce signs MoU with Qatar University on scholarship and training programs


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce signed on Sunday, March 27, 2016 a memorandum of understanding with Qatar University concerning scholarship and training programs for university students.
The MoU comes within the framework of the ministry’s continuous cooperation with Qatar University and is part of its efforts to enable national cadres to contribute to national growth and development in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The MoU aims to lay the ground for the development of successful action plans by investing in national cadres at Qatar University through offering training programs in the fields of management, accounting and finance, customer service, leadership, and legal expertise.
The programs aims to prepare students for admission to job vacancies at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce as well as to enroll a larger number of students with special needs in the academic welfare program and provide various levels of training, including English language training as well as professional technical certificates such as the International Business Driving License (IBDL), International Computer Driving License (ICDL) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) among others.
In accordance with the MoU, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce will provide universities with required specialties based on job vacancies and will offer students at Qatar University the opportunity to train in specific disciplines required at the ministry in addition to providing training workshops for students.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce signed a MoU with Qatar University to exchange expertise and carry out research and studies in the business sector in a bid to achieve mutual objectives.
Last summer, and within the framework of joint cooperation with Qatar University, the ministry launched a training program for a number of male and female students at the Faculty of Management and Economics. The program aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to join the job market following graduation.
Through its training programs, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce seeks to provide a supportive environment for university students in order to enable a new generation of young Qataris to meet the requirements of specialized job functions at the ministry as well as equip them with the practical and technical skills that enable them to perform their professional duties and responsibilities in line with their university fields.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Honda CR-V, Civic and Jazz 2004-2008 models and Honda City and Stream 2004-2005 models over flaw in passenger airbag


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Doha Marketing Services Company (DOMASCO), dealer of Honda vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Honda CR-V, Civic and Jazz models of 2004-2008 as well as Honda City and Stream models of 2004-2005 due to a flaw in the passenger airbag.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce organizes blood donation campaign


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation, organized on Tuesday March 22, 2016 a blood donation campaign at its headquarters in Lusail, in an effort to contribute to blood bank reserves in the State of Qatar.
 
A large number of employees participated in the campaign in support of this noble humanitarian initiative.
 
The campaign comes within the framework of the ministry’s social responsibility efforts and embodies its humanitarian values, which lie at the core of a comprehensive strategy aimed at achieving Qatar National Vision 2030, which focuses on promoting sustainable human development.
 
The campaign generated a great deal of interest among male and female employees at the ministry who flocked to the mobile medical clinic. Donors expressed a positive response and showed great awareness to the importance of donating blood and contributing to increasing blood bank reserves, praising the initiative that will save the lives of many patients.
 
Employees expressed their happiness in participating in this humanitarian initiative, which is consistent with their values and which demonstrates their commitment to their community.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Suzuki Motorcycles GSR600, GSX1300R, GSX-R600, GSX-R750, SFV650 2008-2012 models over potential moisture absorption in regulator/ rectifier power module circuit board


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Teyseer Motors, dealer of Suzuki motorcycles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Suzuki Motorcycles GSR600, GSX1300R, GSX-R600, GSX-R750, and SFV650 models of 2008-2012 over the regulator/ rectifier power module circuit board having possibly absorbed moisture.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Maserati V8 Quattroporte 2014-2015 models over weakness in electrical wiring


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Alfardan Sports Motors, dealer of Maserati vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Maserati V8 Quattroporte models of 2014-2015 due to a weakness in the electrical wiring, possible failure existence in material wiring regulator and launch system.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Call Center: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar
Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce participates in Earth Hour by extinguishing building lights for one hour


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce participated on Saturday March 19, 2016 in Earth Hour – the largest environmental event worldwide by extinguishing the lights in its building for one hour, from 8.30 to 9.30 in the evening.
The Ministry’s participation in Earth Hour reflects the commitment and keenness of the State of Qatar to reduce electricity consumption and comes within the framework of a national campaign to rationalize electricity consumption, with the aim of raising society’s awareness on the importance of preserving the environment, conserving energy as well as protecting the earth against pollution, in line with the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Earth Hour is a global initiative that involves extinguishing all unnecessary lights and electrical appliances for an entire hour, as an expression of the importance of conserving energy and rationalizing electricity consumption with the aim of promoting and integrating the concept of Earth Hour in the daily lifestyle of all individuals.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Cadillac Escalade 2011 – 2012 models due to outer diameter of ignition key cylinder exceeding standard diameter

 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Mannai Trading Company, dealer of Cadillac vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Cadillac Escalade 2011-2012 models due to the outer diameter of the ignition key cylinder exceeding the standard diameter.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar
Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce presents employment and training opportunities to attract national cadres


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce is participating in the 10th edition of the Qatar University Career Fair which is being held from March 14 to 17 with the aim of familiarizing students with employment opportunities and the needs of the labor market.
 
The ministry’s participation for the third consecutive year in the career fair comes within the framework of its efforts to attract national cadres and retain them in positions in line with the needs and vacancies at the ministry as well as build cooperation bridges with various educational institutions across Qatar.
 
The ministry will be presenting its plans and programs in order to attract Qatari cadres and encourage them to apply to various job opportunities in the areas of business management, translation, accounting, public relations, economics and international relations.
 
The ministry will be also offering training opportunities in addition to internal and external scholarship opportunities to students who will also be informed about the services offered by the ministry and its main responsibilities.
 
Through its participation in the career fair, the ministry aims to further enhance cooperation with Qatar University, building on a previously held training program that provided students with practical and technical skills with the aim of equipping them with essential tools and competencies that will allow them to effectively join the labor market.
 
During its participation in the previous edition of Qatar University’s Career Fair, the ministry offered 14 internship opportunities in the fields of business management, economics and international affairs by providing them with practical training opportunities at the ministry in addition to hiring a number of graduates according to job vacancies at the ministry.
 
The Qatar University Career Fair introduces students to a number of diverse opportunities in a variety of fields including academic follow up, summer training programs and jobs vacancies at government and private agencies. The career fair also seeks to familiarize students with disciplines and employment opportunities offered by exhibitors and the needs of the labor market.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce signs partnership agreement with KidZania, Doha

 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has signed a partnership agreement with Qatar Entertainment Company (Tasali), allocating 14 meters of space at the edutainment city, KidZania, Doha which is currently under construction at Aspire Zone and will open in 2017, making the ministry the first strategic government partner.
 
The partnership comes as part of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s efforts to promote children’s understanding and raise awareness about the diverse services offered by the ministry. Children will be educated on the ministry’s role in relation to consumer rights and consumer protection, familiarized with the means of uncovering commercial fraud, in addition to distinguishing between original and counterfeit products.
 
The ministry also intends to highlight the rights and duties of both merchants and customers, shed light on inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in order to adjust prices and combat commercial fraud. Simulation programs will also be introduced on other services provided by the ministry, along with age-appropriate information and tips with the aim of instilling entrepreneurial and leadership skills and traits. Children will also be introduced to proper investment fundamentals that will benefit them in their future investment projects and business ventures.
 
Mr. Tariq Abdulaziz Al-Sada, Director of Public Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce indicated that through its participation at KidZania, Doha – the ministry aspires to instill economy, commerce and consumer rights principles in children within the (4) to (14) years age group and raise awareness on the ministry’s various activities and services as well as shed light on their rights as consumers and be taught to distinguish between original and counterfeit products.
 
Children will be educated in a simple age-appropriate style on the importance of trade and introduced to economic concepts – all in an interactive, fun and safe environment – especially since programs offered are designed to teach children responsibility and accountability allowing them to take on adult roles and experience a realistic work environment.
 
Mr. Xavier Lopez, CEO and Founder of KidZania, said “We are very excited to be joined by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce as a partner to KidZania, Doha. The signing of this agreement signifies profound proof that government institutions are as committed as we are in inspiring children and giving them the opportunity to experience working in different areas, within advanced facilities, offering them a highly entertaining educational experience, that will assist in boosting their confidence and impart a sense of belonging to their community.”
 
KidZania, Doha has been designed in the form of a small town which mimics a real city and has its own official currency, the “KidZo” which is dealt among children within the city. It also contains streets, cars, houses and public national institutions such as police departments, hospitals, schools, banks, a television studio, a radio station, and medical clinics and so on.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Mercedes-Benz S Class, S Coupe 2015 models for communications module control unit software update


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, dealer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Mercedes-Benz S Class and S Coupe 2015 models to update the software for the telematics services communications module control unit.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar
 
Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Dodge Ram 2015 – 2016 models over a defect in the rear le¬ft side axle sha¬ft


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with United Cars Almana, dealer of Dodge vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Dodge Ram models of 2015 and 2016 over a defect in the rear le­ft side axle sha­ft.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down company for one month over sale of electrical appliances with false country of origin labels


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a company, located in Al-Wakrah over the sale of electrical appliances with false country of origin labels. These include light switches and air conditioner connectors falsely advertised as manufactured in the United Kingdom despite being made in China.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the company, and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending company’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who in turn will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
 
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
– Twitter MEC_QATAR
– Instagram MEC_QATAR
-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR

Ministry of Economy and Commerce wraps up international workshop on consumer protection and competition


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce wrapped up on Thursday, March 10, 2016 its international workshop on “Achieving Effective Consumer Protection and Competition through Cross-Border Cooperation.”
                                                      
The two-day workshop, which was organized in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US Federal Trade Commission, brought together experts and specialists in the field of competition and consumer protection.
 
The second and final day of the workshop featured four sessions that touched on several topics pertaining to e-commerce and consumer protection, the role of social media in raising awareness about consumer rights and promoting competition as well as how to benefit and make use of consumer complaints in addition to creating complaints databases.
 
Participants also discussed cross-border cooperation between GCC countries and the US Federal Trade Commission in the consumer protection and competition field.

Minister of Economy and Commerce: New legislations and advanced role of administrative authorities reinforce consumer rights and fair competition in local markets

 
H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Commerce has inaugurated today, March 9, 2016 a two-day international workshop entitled “Achieving Effective Consumer Protection and Competition through Cross-Border Cooperation.”
 
The workshop, which is organized by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US Federal Trade Commission, brought together experts and specialists in the field of competition and consumer protection.
 
In his opening speech, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani stressed that the organization of this workshop comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to adopt best regional and international practices in the field of consumer rights and competition protection.
 
The Minister said the workshop provides an opportunity to transform ideas, initiatives and recommendations into actions that will reflect positively on Qatar’s consumers and the country’s business environment.
 
Sheikh Ahmed added that consumer protection and the promotion of competition represent two pillars of Qatar’s economic policies and catalysts of sustainable development in line with the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
 
The minister stated that Qatar has made significant progress in terms of promoting consumer protection and competition through the adoption of several laws that have contributed to the development of its business environment.
 
Sheikh Ahmed added that new legislations, such as law No. (19) of 2006 on competition protection and anti-monopoly practices and law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection, have helped promote fair competition in local markets and allowed consumers to better protect their rights and defend their interests.
 
Sheikh Ahmed said the Ministry has also encouraged the role of the administrative authorities responsible for protecting consumer rights including the Competition Protection and Anti-Monopoly Practices Committee, which has been granted the necessary support to perform its duties.
 
Sheikh Ahmed also praised the Ministry for its achievements in the automotive sector particularly in terms of easing car warranty restrictions by compelling dealers to grant clients the freedom to conduct periodic maintenance and vehicle repairs at workshops of their choice during warranty periods.
 
The initiative has motivated car dealers to improve their performance, increase their competitiveness and enhance the quality of services provided to consumers.
 
The minister also added that the ministry has provided a range of smart services through its mobile application, allowing users to accomplish a variety of transactions electronically without having to visit the ministry and submit complaints as well as access price indicators and learn about the latest administrative closures and recall campaigns.
 
“Our efforts in the field of consumer and competition protection have bolstered Qatar’s position and strengthened our resolve and determination to launch new initiatives and projects in line with our vision of the future,” he said.
 
His Excellency noted that Qatar has ranked first among Arab counties and sixth globally among 144 countries on the Consumer Confidence Index, according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum for 2015. Qatar also ranked first in the Arab world and sixth globally on the Effectiveness of Anti-Monopoly Policy sub-index and in third place globally on the Intensity of Local Competition sub-index, and recently acquired the Middle East Excellence Awards in Consumer Protection for the year 2015-2016.
 
HE Sheikh Ahmed wrapped up his speech by stressing that this workshop will contribute to enriching Qatar’s experience in the field of consumer protection and presents an opportunity for local authorities to learn more about best regional and international practices in this area.
 
The first day of the workshop featured three sessions. The first session touched on several topics pertaining to competition and consumer protection laws in the GCC and the United States as well as matters relating to competition and consumer protection in the automotive sector. During the second session, participants discussed cross-border cooperation while the third session touched on issues relating to commercial fraud, fraud verification methods and evidence collection methods.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has recently launched several initiatives to promote consumer protection such as the nine-clause initiative to ease car warranty restrictions and allow customers to conduct maintenance and repair works at workshops of their choice without revoking vehicle warranties.
 
The Ministry has also stepped up efforts to protect consumer rights and regulate markets by prohibiting all sales outlets from charging any commissions on credit and ATM card purchases through POS systems.
 
Similarly, the ministry has launched an initiative entitled “How Much?” through its mobile application on IPhone and Android devices under the name MEC_QATAR. The service enables consumers to report retail outlets, commercial establishments and points of sale that fail to display the prices of goods and services clearly.
 
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Skoda Octavia 1.6 L models of 2015 to adjust engine valve timing for intake and exhaust


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Ibin Ajayan Automobiles, dealer of Skoda vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Skoda Octavia 1.6 L models of 2015 to adjust the engine valve timing for intake and exhaust by checking the camshaft sprocket and do the necessary adjustment.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Suzuki motor bikes SFV 650 models of 2013 over contamination between the tappet and cam


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Teyseer Motors, dealer of Suzuki bikes in Qatar, has announced the recall of Suzuki motor bike SFV 650 models of 2013 over contamination between the tappet and cam.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce to inaugurate international workshop on


Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Commerce; the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US Federal Trade commission, will hold a two day international workshop on March 9 and 10, 2016 entitled “Achieving Effective Consumer Protection and Competition through Cross-Border Cooperation.”
 
The workshop will bring together experts and specialists in the field of competition and consumer protection from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US Federal Trade Commission.
 
Experts and specialists will touch on several topics pertaining to competition and consumer protection laws and will review matters relating to competition and consumer protection in the automotive sector and exchange experiences in the areas of commercial fraud, fraud verification methods and evidence collection methods.
 
Moreover, the workshop will address the United States’ experience in the field of e-commerce and protecting consumers from financial fraud. Experts and specialists will also address the role of social media in promoting consumer awareness and spreading the culture of competition.
 
 
 
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Yamaha Bike 42F- R1/R1M model of 2015 over imbalance in speed box (gear)


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Al Badi Trading & Contracting Co. dealer of Yamaha bikes in Qatar, has announced the recall of Yamaha bikes 42F- R1/R1M models of 2015 because of an imbalance in the speed box (gear).
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down company for one month and pharmacy for one week over violation of consumer protection law


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a company, located in Al-Wakrah over the display and sale of counterfeit products.
                   
The Ministry has also closed a pharmacy, located in Al-Aziziyah for one week over the display and sale of expired children’s milk.
 
The closures comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined both the company and the pharmacy, in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending company and pharmacy’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
– Twitter MEC_QATAR
– Instagram MEC_QATAR
-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of KIA Soul 2014-2015 models as potential noise may occur while turning steering wheel


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Al-Attiya Motors and Trading Co. dealer of KIA vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of KIA Soul models of 2014 and 2015 as potential noise may occur while turning the steering wheel.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce launches eleventh Gulf Consumer Protection Week activities


Today marks the beginning of the eleventh Gulf Consumer Protection Week, organized by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in the State of Qatar under the slogan “One Gulf One Consumer’ in conjunction with similar events organized by Consumer Protection departments and bodies from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The aim of this annual event is to unify the GCC’s efforts to expand the consumer protection umbrella and to reach mutual cooperation, in addition to empowering consumers by providing essential skills and knowledge that make them more aware and conscious of their rights and responsibilities as well as active participants in their consumer rights issues.
 
Organizing a variety of events
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce is holding various events, activities, and awareness programs during the week of March 1 to March 7, 2016 in the morning and evening at Souq Waqif. The ministry’s program includes exhibiting original and counterfeit goods and educating the public on ways to distinguish between them; organizing consumer awareness lectures with the aim of spreading sound shopping and consumption practices, while providing special means for hearing and speaking impaired individuals and familiarizing them with their rights and duties as consumers.
The exhibition will also introduce “The Market Program” which aims to educate children on sound purchasing and shopping practices and habits as well as the negative impacts of incorrect purchasing and shopping practices and habits; offering age-appropriate information that can be useful in improving their future shopping methods.  
The ministry will also hold public competitions (Questions & Answers) on the services offered by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in the areas of economic affairs, commercial affairs and consumer protection, with the aim of raising the public’s awareness of the ministry’s roles and responsibilities.
The ministry will set-up a children’s corner; hand out gifts and souvenirs and coordinate with the owners of globally registered trademarks in order to hold public lectures.
By organizing these events, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce aims to apply the resolutions of the Consumer Protection Committees at the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat through celebrating Gulf Consumer Protection Week on the first of March of every year; and raising consumer awareness in the community and educating the public on the activities and programs of the Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department.
It is noteworthy to mention that there is ongoing cooperation between consumer protection agencies and departments of all the GCC countries, including the exchange of information and data on commodity prices, a prompt exchange of notifications and recalls on faulty goods as well as cooperation in the field of consumer awareness through continuous communication and collaboration.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down retail outlet for one month over sale of counterfeit products


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a retail outlet, located in Al-Aziziyah for displaying and selling counterfeit female accessories, phone accessories and clothing as opposed to originals.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the retail outlet and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending outlet’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
– Twitter MEC_QATAR
– Instagram MEC_QATAR
-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Jeep Cherokee 2014-2015 models over potential water leakage into lift gate module connector


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with United Cars Almana, dealer of Jeep vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Jeep Cherokee models of 2014 and 2015 over the potential leakage of water into the lift gate module connector.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of IKEA HYBY, LOCK and RINNA ceiling lamps over ceiling lamp glass shades falling


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Hamad and Mohamed Al- Futtaim Company – IKEA WLL has announced the recall of IKEA HYBY, LOCK and RINNA ceiling lamps due to the potential fall of the glass shades and urged the immediate removal of the ceiling lamps and their return to any IKEA store.
 
The ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that suppliers follow up on product defects and recall defective items.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the supplier to ensure the recall of defective products and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary procedures have been taken.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
Instagram: MEC_Qatar
Ministry of Economy and Commerce mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down beauty centre for one month over sale of expired products


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a beauty centre, located in Bin Omran for displaying and selling expired beauty products.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the beauty centre and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending centre’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
– Twitter MEC_QATAR
– Instagram MEC_QATAR
-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down beauty centre for one month over sale of expired beauty products


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a beauty centre, located in Al Mirqab Al Jadeed over the sale of expired beauty products.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.   
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the centre and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending center’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry said it is determined to protect consumer rights and added that it will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities to take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
– Twitter MEC_QATAR
– Instagram MEC_QATAR
-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Mercedes-Benz E Class and CLS 2014 models over possible loose engine rubber strip


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, dealer of Mercedes vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Mercedes-Benz E Class and CLS 2014 models over a possible loose engine rubber strip.
                        
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
Social media accounts:
Twitter: @MEC_Qatar
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Nissan Sunny 2015-2016 models for a potential defect in the front signal light


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Saleh al Hamad al Mana co. dealer of Nissan vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Nissan Sunny 2015-2016 models for the possibility of a defect in the front signal light.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down spice store for one month over sale of counterfeit salt


Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down spice store for one month over sale of counterfeit salt
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a spice store, located in Al-Wakrah over the sale of counterfeit salt.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.   
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the spice store and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending store’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges compliance with companies’ law, fines Medicare group 1 million riyals


After holding an extraordinary general assembly meeting without the consent of the ministry’s Companies Control Department
 
Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges compliance with companies’ law, fines Medicare group 1 million riyals
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has fined Medicare group 1 million riyals for holding an extraordinary general assembly without the approval of the ministry’s Companies Control Department, which constitutes a violation of article (123) of the commercial companies’ law.
 
The Companies Control Department urges all shareholding companies to comply with the provisions of the commercial companies’ law number (11) of 2015 and its regulations.
 
Companies that violate the law will be subject to penalties ranging from warnings to permanent exclusion from the shareholding companies’ board of directors in line with article (324) of the commercial companies’ law.
 

Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges compliance with companies’ law, fines Qatar International Islamic Bank 1 million riyals


After holding an extraordinary general assembly meeting without the consent of the ministry’s Companies Control Department
 
Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges compliance with companies’ law, fines Qatar International Islamic Bank 1 million riyals
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has fined Qatar International Islamic Bank 1 million riyal for holding an extraordinary general assembly without the approval of the ministry’s Companies Control Department, which constitutes a violation of article (123) of the commercial companies’ law.
 
The Companies Control Department urges all shareholding companies to comply with the provisions of the commercial companies’ law number (11) of 2015 and its regulations.
 
Companies that violate the law will be subject to penalties ranging from warnings to permanent exclusion from the shareholding companies’ board of directors in line with article (324) of the commercial companies’ law.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down store for one month over sale of toilet paper packages displaying false labels


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a store in the Industrial Area for selling toilet paper in packages labelled with false measurements.
 
The closure comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.   
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the store and compelled its closure for a one month period in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of the goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The administrative closure was published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending company’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints or suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
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-The applications of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on smart phones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR

Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of all Peugeot models of 2010 – 2014 due to defect in temperature sensor

 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Almana Motors Company dealer of Peugeot vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of all Peugeot models of 2010 – 2014 due to a defect in the temperature sensor.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
Email: info@mec.gov.qa
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Chevrolet Malibu 2011-2012 models for the modification of the belt lap anchor tensioner cable


Ministry of Economy and Commerce announces recall of Chevrolet Malibu 2011-2012 models for the modification of the belt lap anchor tensioner cable
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in collaboration with Jaidah automotive, dealer of Chevrolet vehicles in Qatar, has announced the recall of Chevrolet Malibu 2011-2012 models for the modification of the belt lap anchor tensioner cable.
 
The Ministry said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that car dealers follow up on vehicle defects and repairs.
 
The Ministry said that it will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and will communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary repairs are carried out.
 
The Ministry urges all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
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Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down restaurant for two weeks over violations of consumer protection laws

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The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the administrative closure of a fish restaurant at one of the country’s popular commercial malls for two weeks over the sale of Samman fish labeled as Hamour.
 
The inspection campaign come within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to monitor commercial activities and crack down on consumer right violations, price manipulation, counterfeit products and substandard goods.
 
Inspectors from the Ministry fined the restaurant and compelled its closure for two weeks in line with article 7 of law number of 2008.
 
The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of the goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
 
The restaurant was compelled to publish the administrative closure decision on the ministry’s website and two daily newspapers at its own expense in line with article 3 of law number 8 on consumer protection.
 
The Ministry said it is determined to protect consumer rights and added it will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities to take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
 
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
 
Hotline: 16001
– Email: info@mec.gov.qa
– The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social media networks
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Ministry of Economy and Trade Seizes Counterfeit Watches

 
During an inspection campaign conducted by the anti-commercial fraud section of the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy and Trade, as part of the ministry’s efforts to monitor markets and economic activities in Qatar in accordance with Law No. 8 of 2008, 32 counterfeit watches carrying labels of famous international brands in addition to 105 counterfeit watch frames were seized in a store at the Old Al Ghanim area.
The sale of counterfeit watches constitutes a violation of the provisions of Article 7 of the law, which pertains to consumer protection and reads: “In exhibiting any goods for trading, the supplier is liable to clearly state, on their cover or pack, the kind, nature and components of the goods and all the information related thereto.
This is required to be made as specified in the Executive Regulations of this law. If the use of goods involves any risks, there should be a clear warning of such risks. Supplier(s) are prohibited from describing, advertising or exhibiting the goods using false or deceptive information.”
HE Sheikh Jassim bin Jabor bin Hassan Al-Thani, director of the Consumer Protection Department, has asserted that the ministry would take all steps needed to protect consumer rights.
 
 

Prices of 320 Items Reduced for the Holy Month of Ramadan

The Ministry of Business and Trade has imposed a prize freeze on 320 food and non-food items ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. The step is an annual initiative of the ministry to keep prices under check and also to help the country’s residents during the holy month of Ramadan.
The decision of the Minister of Business and Trade divides these items into two main categories: food which include cooking oil, flour, milk, chicken, juices and frozen vegetables; and non-food items such as paper towels,aluminum foil, cleaning materials and similar products which are in great demand during Ramadan.
The Ministry has started circulating the new price list to shops, noting that the list will be permanently issued in local newspapers and can be found on the ministry’s website: www.mbt.gov.qa
The Ministry of Business and Trade has also agreed with Widam Food Company to import around 34,000 heads of live sheep of the Arabic types, which are favored by the nationals in particular. These animals will be sold directly to nationals during Ramadan on the basis of their ID cards at designated centres at the public slaughterhouse at the Doha Central market and the Widam slaughterhouses in Al-Shammal and Al-Khor.
The price of a Syrian sheep will be QR950 and that of the Jordanian variety QR850.
Nationals will be able to buy these animals at these rates starting from July 7 until the end of Ramadan. However, these sheep have to be immediately butchered at the designated slaughterhouse to avoid any manipulation or resale of the subsidized item.
To keep prices under check and ensure compliance, the Consumer Protection Department will conduct inspection tours of outlets in the country.

Consumer Protection Department Monitors 101 Violations during May 2013

 In the context of the permanent efforts made by the Ministry of Business and Trade, represented by the Consumer Protection Department, to monitor the markets and the economic activities in the State, in order to ensure the consumer profit, the CP department has revealed today a number of violations committed during the month of May 2013. The violations that have been amounted to 80 violations include:

In the context of the permanent efforts made by the Ministry of Business and Trade, represented by the Consumer Protection Department, to monitor the markets and the economic activities in the State, in order to ensure the consumer profit, the CP department has revealed today a number of violations committed during the month of May 2013. The violations that have been amounted to 80 violations include:

As for the complaints received by the Consumer Protection Department, and which have been amounted to 418 complaints, they have been dealt with and transferred to the responsible competent departments for further action.

Two-Day CSR Conference Concluded

The 4th CSR conference held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Jassim Bin AbdulAziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, had been concluded on Wednesday 29/05/2013.
The conference highlighted the importance of the role of the government in establishing the concept of corporate social responsibility and set strategies capable to achieve the vision of Qatar 2030.
The conference thanked MBT and the team working on the preparation of the draft standards of Qatar for corporate social responsibility, stressing on the importance of developing a clear definition of corporate social responsibility in the Qatar, as well as putting micro, small and medium enterprises in consideration among the standards, in addition to give allow civil society organizations to be involved, noting that these standards must be reviewed carefully every four years.
Emphasizing on the recommendations rose during previous conferences on establishing an Award for Corporate social responsibility.
Considering the possibility of integrating corporate social responsibility within the community responsibility for its comprehensiveness.
Spreading social responsibility concept among individuals, society and companies through training courses, workshops as well as through the press and the Media, both audio-visual and social media.
Urging companies and businesses to determine dimensions of their social responsibility carried out deliberately, and according to the environment privacy where it operates, and directing its efforts towards sustainable development goals.
 

Ministry of Business and Trade Organizes Fourth CSR Conference

 

 
The 4th Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Conference, started here on Tuesday under the theme “Responsible Practices in the Business Community” with the participation of number of local, regional and international expert speakers on CSR as well as organizations working in this field.
HE the Undersecretary of the Business and Trade Ministry, Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khatir said that the private sector is an important partner and a major contributor to the march of sustainable development. The ministry expects further contribution, from this vital sector, to putting Qatar in the vanguard among the countries of the world in all areas of development.
In his speech in the opening session of the CSR conference, HE the Undersecretary lauded the great achievements in consolidating the culture of corporate social responsibility through constructive cooperation between the ministry and the business community in Qatar.
He pointed that the ministry took the initiative of adopting this concept, which was globally launched by the UN, explaining that the Ministry of Business and Trade has held three conferences those set the rules and the basis of the corporate contribution to the rise of the Qatari  society through the implementation of various social projects that are in the direction of achieving the goals of sustainable development plans leading to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
For his part, HE Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Thani, the Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) stressed that Corporate Social Responsibility is, first and foremost, a moral obligation, towards the society in which they operate, on investment in human resources, creation of job opportunities and provision of healthy and safe work environment, within commitment to maintaining environment preservation, transparency and combatting financial and administrative corruption.
The assessment of private companies, no longer depends on their profitability, but on their ability to deal with the rapid developments in the economic, technological and administrative aspects, taking into account the three pillars of sustainable development, economic growth, social progress and environmental protection, he added.
In a similar address before the conference, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Director General of Qatargas – Diamond sponsor of the Conference – said that the conference comes at a time of growing local and global interest in CSR, as the classification of companies, is no longer based on only financial performance, but through its clear commitment to the communities and the environment in which it operates.
At the 4th CSR Conference opening session, Qatari Businessmen Association’s member Mr. Salah Mohamed Al-Jaidah, CEO of Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) and the CEO of ExxonMobile, Qatar Mr. Bart Cahir delivered speeches, in which they presented live examples of CSR stressing its importance to sustainable development.
It should be noted that the fourth CSR conference will address a number of topics including: the role of governments in the implementation of policies and programs of corporate social responsibility, Qatar National Vision 2030 within the framework of the application of the principles of social responsibility, as well as discussing how to build a local network of Qatari companies committed to the principles of social responsibility.
Through multiple sessions, the conference will examine how to take advantage of the practices and experiences of international companies in this regard, in addition to discovering the obligations of companies towards society as defined by international organizations, and other topics including social responsibility as defined by the ISO guidance standard 26000 for corporate social responsibility.
The Ministry of Business and Trade has engaged in organizing the current CSR conference a number of people with special needs, paying attention to that segment of society, within the concept of corporate social responsibility which is witnessing increasing attention in the state.

Ministry of Business and Trade Launches ‘Al Furjan Markets Project’ in Cooperation with QDB

 
 

 
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani  announced the launch of  the Al Furjan (residential districts) Markets’ project  within the ministry’s  package of initiatives geared to support the competitiveness and growth of the commercial sector in Qatar.
Remote and sparsely populated areas of the country will soon have large commercial complexes so that people don’t have to travel long distances to access commodities and services of daily need.
The announcement came during a ceremony held by the ministry and attended by HE the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, HE the Governor of Qatar Central Bank and Board Chairman of Qatar Development Bank Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud Al Thani, HE the Board Chairman of  Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani as well as a number of members of  Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Association and the Association of Business Women.
HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani said the ministry is keen on  launching a number of development projects which will benefit the citizens in particular, and aims to support the growth and competitiveness of the business sector in the state, pointing out that the Al Furjan Markets Project is one of the  pilot projects, which meets the basic needs of commercial services for the residents of  areas  lacking such services.
He added that the project comes as a fruit of cooperation between a number of government bodies and under the directives  of the senior leadership  in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and Qatar Development Bank, pointing out that the initiative is a basic solution to the provision of basic needs for goods and services that are used on almost daily basis  by individuals and families .
HE the Minister explained that the project will contribute, at least partially, to correcting the prices at the shops serving residential areas directly, and aims to provide shops with reasonable rental prices and supportive of sustainable growth in this important segment of the commercial sector.
During the ceremony HE the Minister of Business and Trade and the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank Mansour Al Mahmoud signed the  award contract of the Al Furjan Markets Project’s first phase which will be implemented by Qatar Development Bank.
The complexes, to be known as Furjan (neighborhood) markets, will house provision stores, bakeries, butcheries, pharmacies, ATM kiosks, laundries, barber shops, fruits and vegetables vending areas and eateries, among other facilities.
The project is being launched in three phases. The first phase will see 12 complexes coming up in different areas. They will have 122 shops with each complex admeasuring a built-up area of between 2,500 and 3,000 square meters.
In the second phase, some 18 complexes will be built in various localities and will together have 176 shops. Each complex will be spread over an area of 700 to 2,000sqm.
The remaining 14 complexes will be built in the third phase and their sizes will each vary from 3,000sqm to 7,000sqm. They will together have 176 shops.
By the end of all phases, about 290 buildings will be ready.
 

Ministry of Business and Trade Allows Return of Cornflakes Products Back to Markets

The Ministry of Business and Trade has allowed the return of Kellogg’s Cornflakes back to markets after dispensing the damaged samples which proved not conformed with standards and unfit for human consumption, and which are:

The ministry had withdrawn a number of cornflakes samples of various dates and sent them to the central laboratories of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) for analysis following complaints about its taste.
As a result of the analysis conducted early last month on the aforesaid product in light of a complaint against it, the ministry proved the existence of ‘rancid’ in some samples, and accordingly the ministry withdrew these products for being invalid and harmful to human consumption.
The ministry has warned the sole agent of the commercial brand and the traders in general to strictly commit to the set standard specifications and the health and safety conditions as well as the sound and good-conditioned storing criteria effective in the markets to maintain the health and safety of the human consumers.

Minister of Business and Trade Visits Senegal’s President

 

HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani had visited HE Senegal’s President Mr. Macky Sall at his residence at St. Regis hotel- Doha.
The two sides reviewed a number of issues on the agenda of the Doha Forum and Enriching the Middle-East’s Economic Future conference. They also discussed means of developing and boosting bilateral relations, especially in the fields of business and trade.
HE the Minister of Business and Trade briefed Mr. Sall on the work of the Business and Trade Ministry and its role in enhancing and developing Qatar’s economy.
For his part, the Senegalese president voiced his keenness on forging strong trade partnership between his country and Qatar.
It should be mentioned that Qatar and Senegal have previously signed an agreement on economic, trade and technical cooperation, and another one on the protection and encouragement of mutual investment. The two countries had also agreed to create a higher joint committee.

Qatar-Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Committee on Economic, Trading and Technical Cooperation Meets

 

The Qatar-Bosnia-Herzegovina joint committee on economic, trading and technical cooperation held its third session on 20 – 21 May 2013 within the context of enhancing ties of cooperation between the two countries and as per provisions of the agreement on economic, trading and technical cooperation which was signed between the two countries in 1998.
HE sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al Thani, the Minister of Business and Trade chaired the Qatari side to the meeting whereas Bosnia-Herzegovina side was headed by Mr. Mirko Sarovic the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.
During their meeting, the two sides reviewed ties of cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment and other related areas. They also highly praised the positive development in the economic and trade relations between the two countries.
The two sides agreed as well to take the necessary steps for further development in economic relations and increase in the volume of trade exchange between the two countries including facilitating the flow of goods, services and investment between the two countries.
They reiterated as well their joint desire to intensify and shore up cooperation in the activation of what has been reached agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two sides.
The two sides also agreed to establish a working team to explore and identify specific opportunities for enhancing bilateral cooperation in the economic field and trade between the two countries, as well as formulating and presenting projects planned to continue to support the potentials.

HE Minister of Business and Trade Meets a Number of Foreign Officials

 
 
HE Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, met on Tuesday 21/05/2013 with each of  Mr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Eugen Carpov and Australian Foreign Minister Mr. Bob Carr.
During the three separate meetings, talks dealt with means of bolstering relations between Qatar and these friendly countries in the economic, trade and investment areas. Other issues of mutual concern were also taken up.

Ministry of Business and Trade Organizes Workshop on Trade Negotiations Skills

 

 
Under the auspices of HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, a regional workshop for Arab countries members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and countries with observer status opened on Sunday 19/05/2013.
The workshop organized by the Department of International Cooperation and Trade Agreements at the Ministry of Business and Trade in collaboration with the WTO International Trade Training Institute, will be held between 19-23 May in Wyndham Grand Regency hotel..
The workshop comes within the framework of efforts of the Ministry of Business and Trade aimed to organize technical cooperation activities that will support the building of local capacities and deepen the understanding of government employees of the Doha round of WTO negotiations.
About 45 trade negotiations experts from 12 Arab countries are participating in the workshop along with 20 Qatari employees from different government bodies including ministries of business and trade, foreign affairs, economy and finance, energy and industry, environment, the Customs and Ports General Authority, Qatar Petroleum, in addition to representative of the GCC General Secretariat and the Islamic Development Bank.
During the workshop’s five days, four experts from the World Trade Organization will clarify the basic skills of trade negotiations, the good preparation before entering into negotiations, the proper application of such skills to ensure the achievement of the desired objectives of the negotiations, the application of skills on the three main issues of the Doha negotiations agenda.

Qatar and Hungary Sign Cooperation Agreement

 

The State of Qatar and the Republic of Hungary, signed on Monday 13/05/2013 an agreement for cooperation in the fields of economy and technological works.
The agreement was signed for Qatar by HE the  Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, and for Hungary by Minister of state for Climate and Energy Mr. Pal Kovacs.
The agreement aims to establish a cooperation framework between the two countries in the related fields such as facilitating trade and cooperation on energy and industry projects. It also included small and medium size enterprises, tourism, agricultural industries, farming, communications and easing transportation procedures between the two countries.
It also calls for encouraging private sector, businessmen and corporates to explore the possibilities of establishing projects in the fields referred to in the agreement.
The signing of the agreement was a part of the Hungarian official’s visit to Doha.
HE the Minister of Business and Trade said that the current volume of trade between the two countries does not reflect the actual friendship between them, adding that the agreement will open the doors for genuine cooperation in different areas.

Consumer Protection Department Monitors 80 Violations during April 2013

In the context of the permanent efforts made by the Ministry of Business and Trade, represented by the Consumer Protection Department, to monitor the markets and the economic activities in the State, in order to ensure the consumer profit, the CP department has revealed today a number of violations committed during the month of April 2013. The violations that have been amounted to 80 violations include:

As for the complaints received by the Consumer Protection Department, and which have been amounted to 413 complaints, they have been dealt with and transferred to the responsible competent departments for further action.

Minister of Business and Trade Leads Qatari Delegation Participating in the 47th Session of GCC Trade Ministers Meeting in Riyadh

 

HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, led the Qatari delegation at the meeting of trade ministers held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for Arab States, in Riyadh, on Wednesday 08/05/2013.
The trade ministers discussed many important topics concerning the future of the business and investment in the GCC countries in order to move forward in achieving the goals and objectives of the council of constructive cooperation for the benefit of all member states.
During the meeting, the ministers also decided to approve the establishment of the joint exhibition of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the mandate of the General Secretariat to take all the necessary arrangements.
They also approved the law concerning anti-fraud uniform commercial code of GCC to be submitted to the supreme council for adoption as a mandatory law uniformly to all GCC countries.
The meeting also agreed on what is stated in the note by the Secretariat on the minutes of the meetings of the WTO committee for the GCC countries at its three meetings held recently about modifying the list of goods included in the information technology and trade facilitation, and the trade policy review of the GCC countries, and the subject of trade preferences, and the law of dumping trade, and dispute related topics.
With regard to the protection of Gulf investments in other countries, the ministers decided to configure a working group to study the issue and submit its recommendations thereon.
With regard to the knowledge economy and discuss the possibility to benefit from the exchange of experiences available to the member states in this regard, it has been assigned to the general secretariat to provide the available plans and strategies in this regard to the working group.
Sheikh Jassim expressed his satisfaction with the meeting outcomes, stressing that it will give a strong impetus to efforts to move forward in achieving the goals that meet the interests of GCC.

CPD Books Three Shops for Violating Sales Regulations

 

 

 
 
 
During routine inspection raids by CPD officials, the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Business and Trade has booked three big shops dealing on electronic and electric goods, clothes and accessories for duping customers by offering false promotional sales.
The shops which were spotted out have been booked for violating Ministerial Order No 5 of 1984 with respect to selling through promotions and discounts.
In addition, some other shops were also found to be misleading people and violating Law No 8 of 2008 with respect to consumer protection.
All the offending shops had their licenses cancelled according to the law and regulations for the rest of the promotion period.
Based on the above, the CPD stresses the need for companies and businesses operating in the country to respect the laws and regulations regarding sales and promotions, noting that it would not tolerate violations of the law.
It also calls on suppliers to remain committed to credibility and transparency while offering goods so that there will be trust between them and their clients for the promotion of the right business climate in the country.

Ministry of Business and Trade Organizes Two-day Corporate Social Responsibility Conference on 28 – 29 May

 
The Ministry of Business and Trade organizes the Fourth Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) during the period from 28 to 29 May, under the title ‘deepening of responsible practices in the business community’, at Four Seasons Hotel – Doha.
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani said the ministry continues to host this conference in order to stimulate and deepen the culture of social responsibility in the business sector in Qatar and to promote best practices in the business community in the country.
HE the Minister stressed on the importance of private sector’s role in social responsibility and in the creation and development of initiatives, programs and activities that can enhance the concept of corporate social responsibility in Qatar. He also underlined the need for cooperation and joint efforts to educate businesses about corporate social responsibility and how to use them to support economic growth and sustainable development.
The conference will discuss a number of topics, including the role of governments in implementing policies and programs of corporate social responsibility
Establishing a local CSR network in Qatar; applying the principles of social responsibility in the framework of Qatar National Vision 2030; how to benefit from the practices and experiences of international companies in the field of CSR; the obligations of companies to the community as defined by international organizations; and Corporate Social Responsibility as defined by the ISO 26000. 
The Fourth CSR conference will attract a number of local, regional and international expert speakers on CSR as well as organizations working in this field.
 

HE Minister of Business and Trade Inaugurates Project Qatar 2013

Under the patronage of HE Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, HE Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani inaugurated the 10th Project Qatar Exhibition. A number of ranking officials attended the opening ceremony of the event.
 HE the Minister toured the various pavilions of the exhibition and praised the good organization and the level of representation of the exhibition. Some 50 countries and more than 2100 companies participated in the 10th edition of Project Qatar. The exhibition is held in 62000 square meters.
HE the Minister said that the increase in the number of exhibitors each year reflected the status of the Qatari economy, which relies on the integration of the public and private sectors. 
HE also commended the progress made by the private sector in the past few years, particularly after it gained experience by working with companies of national expertise. 

Ministry of Business and Trade Withdraws Corn Flakes Products from Markets

 
Out of the keenness of the Ministry of Business and Trade on the health condition and safety of the consumers and to ensure their rights for good services according to the set standards and specifications, the Ministry of Business and Trade has recommended the withdrawing of the Corn Flakes products now on sale in the markets.
The ministry has earlier received information about rotten smell and rancid in the corn flakes products being on sale in the Qatari markets and immediately it had withdrawn a number of these samples of different dates and sent them to the central labs. of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) for analysis.
And as a result of the analysis conducted on the aforesaid product in light of a complaint against it, the ministry proved the existence of ‘rancid’ in some samples, and accordingly the ministry withdrew these products for being invalid and harmful to human consumption.
Other analyses revealed that a number of other samples contain high degree of peroxide substance , a clear-cut evidence of the existence of rancid in these products, thus their lack of quality and validity to be left available for human consumption.
Then the ministry has warned the sole agency of the aforesaid trade mark to hurry up withdrawing these products from the markets as per the provisions of the Article No. (14) of Law No. (8) for the year 2008, on consumer protection, which stipulates that ” the supplier is obliged to notify Consumer Protection Department and consumers of any case related to finding manufacturing defect or any other defect that may cause damage or endanger consumers. It shall also be committed to recall all faulty commodities and to announce so immediately”.

Qatar and Vietnam Agree to Boost Trade and Economic Relations

 
Within the context of expanding and enhancing ties of friendship and cooperation existing between Qatar and Vietnam and in implementation of the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and President Truong Tan Sang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and according to the provisions of the agreement signed between the two countries in 2007 on economic, trade and technical cooperation, the Qatari-Vietnamese joint committee for economic, trade and technical cooperation held a number of meetings during 22 and 23 April 2013.
HE Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al Thani , the Minister of Business and Trade led the Qatari side to these meetings whereas the Vietnamese Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social welfare Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.
Qatar and Vietnam agreed to take necessary measures for developing further economic ties and shore up trade exchange between them via smoothing and facilitating the flux of commodities, services and investment between the two countries and intensifying joint cooperation to revitalize the agreements and memoranda of understanding reached in the fields of oil, gas, aviation, laborers, the joint businessmen council, food security, agriculture, banking and training.
At the end of the joint committee meetings, the two sides welcomed the accord they concluded on starting consultations to sign agreements on tourism and culture cooperation.
They also agreed to hold the second session of the Qatari-Vietnamese joint committee on economic, trade and technical cooperation in Vietnam in 2015.

HE the Minister of Business and Trade Meets Vietnamese Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Welfare

 

HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Monday 22/04/2013 with Vietnamese minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Welfare, HE Mrs. Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, on the side line of the meeting of the Qatari-Vietnamese Joint Commission for Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.
During the meeting, they discussed topics related to the joint commission’s work in addition to several issues of mutual interest.
The State of Qatar and the Republic of Vietnam are bound by several trade agreements in the economic, trade and investment fields, in addition to an agreement on the protection and encouragement of investments.
The value of Qatar’s exports to Vietnam was amounted to about QAR 737 million in 2012, while the value of imports from Vietnam in 2012 was amounted to QAR 416.4 million,

HE the Minister of Business and Trade Meets Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and Public Works

 

 
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Monday 22/04/2013 with HE Mrs. Ekaterina Zaharieva, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and Public Works, in the presence of HE Mr. Assen Vassiliev Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism.
During the meeting, they discussed topics of mutual interest, especially those related to the areas of business and trade, and the ways of enhancing the bilateral relations in these fields.
The State of Qatar and the Republic of Bulgaria are bound by several agreements among them is the Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation, in addition to an agreement on the protection and encouragement of investments.
The value of Qatar’s exports to Bulgaria was amounted to about QAR 8.2 million, while the value of imports from Bulgaria was amounted to QAR 39 million, including ceramic, furniture, lighting and prefabricated buildings.

Qatar and Maldives Sign Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation

 

 
 
The State of Qatar and the Republic of the Maldives Signed on Monday 15/04/2013 an agreement on economic, trade and technical cooperation. The Agreement was signed for the State of Qatar by HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul-Aziz Al Thani, and for the Republic of the Maldives by the Minister of Economic Development Ahmed Mohamed.
The cited agreement aims to establish a framework of cooperation between the two countries, and facilitate transport and construction on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. It also helps to facilitate cooperation in the fields of trade, industry, energy and tourism in addition to small and medium-scale enterprises and communication, besides encouraging private sector and businessmen to explore the prospects of establishing project in the fields referred to in the agreement.
HE the Minister of Businesses and Trade said that the actual volume of trade between the two countries does not reflect the reality and depth of the existing relations between the two countries, adding that the agreement signed today will open genuine opportunities for establishing real projects within the fields of cooperation.
It should be noted that the Maldivian Economic development Minister is currently visiting Doha to discuss aspects of economic, trade and investment cooperation between Qatar and the Maldives.

Ministry of Business and Trade Organizes Local Seminar and Workshop for Government and Private-Sector Officials in Collaboration with the World Trade Organization

 
 
The International Cooperation and Trade Agreements Department at the Ministry of Business and Trade organizes in collaboration with the World Trade Organization, a local seminar and workshop for government and private-sector officials at the ministry building during the period 16 – 18 April 2013.
The seminar comes within the framework of the technical support that the ministry seeks to provide for the government and private- sector employees in order to raise their awareness of the WTO conventions and the Global Trading System.
About (30) of government and private-sector officials are participating in the workshop related to “the General Agreement on Trade in Services”, namely from the Ministry of Business and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Central Bank, Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Company.
During the seminar, WTO experts will clarify issues related to the General Agreement on Trade in Services, which is one of the WTO agreements, in addition to the negotiations related to the organization and the ways of regional integration in terms of trade in services, with a special focus on some of the service sectors of importance to the State of Qatar.
Many practical and interactive exercises will take place during the workshop in collaboration between the WTO experts and the participants in the seminar.

Minister of Business and Trade: Practice of Commercial Activities in Qatar to Witness Qualitative Leap

HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani said  that the practice of commercial activities in the State of Qatar will witness a big qualitative leap during the coming period following the Cabinet’s approval last Wednesday 10/04/2013 of  draft laws of the legal commercial register and commercial stores and similar industrial shops,  prepared by the Ministry’s  Legal Committee.
Sheikh Jassim said the two  draft laws were part of the completion of the ministry’s plan aimed to update legislations, simplify and facilitate procedures for registration and licensing of all commercial and industrial shops, and to attract foreign investment.
HE the Minister of Business and Trade stressed that the abovementioned draft laws took into account the international standards on the basis of which classification of countries is made, in terms of simplifying the starting and doing of business, so as to contribute to raising the rating of Qatar, and to meet the requirements of the political, economic and social changes to realize Qatar National Vision 2030.
HE the Minister of Business and Trade pointed out that the two draft laws contain many privileges for those who want the practice commercial activities, including the ministry’s granting of commercial registration and business license on the same day of submitting the application, provided the fulfillment of all necessary documents and data, saying this will facilitate getting commercial licenses in the state at the earliest time and simplify and facilitate the licensing procedures for opening and managing stores and for attracting capital.
HE explained that the integration of street vendors law into the shops law aims to tighten controls on street vendors by  attaching them to  one of the stores which are subject to the provisions of this law.
“We have been keen, when preparing the new law, on facilitating the exercise of commercial activities through websites according to specific controls and this in turn will help Qatari youth to exercise electronic commerce so as to enhance the state’s intention to move to  a knowledge-based economy,” HE the Minister of Business and Trade said.
HE added that the registration of company subsidiaries will not give them a  legal personality separate from the parent company, noting that the Ministry of Business and Trade will give a six-month period  for the branches established companies to adjust their positions according to the provisions of this law.
 

Minister of Business and Trade Meets Mexico’s Former Secretary of Economy

 
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Sunday morning, 14/04/2013, with Mexico’s Former Secretary of Economy Herminio Blanco, who was accompanied by the Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister and Mexican President’s Special Envoy, Lourdes Aranda Bezaury.
During the meeting they exchanged views and discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic and trade related areas, in addition to other topics of mutual interest.
The volume of trade exchange between the two countries in 2012 reached QAR 1.897 billion, while  Qatari exports to Mexico valued QAR 1.091 billion and were mainly mineral fuels, lubricants and distilled products. The value of the Qatari imports from Mexico was about QRS 806 million mainly machinery and vehicles.

Consumer Protection Department Closes (2) Shops

The Ministry of Business and Trade, and through its inspection campaigns made by the Consumer Protection Department to monitor the activities of the market to ensure its compliance with the laws and regulations, had issued the decision of the administrative closure of (2) shops for violating the provisions of Law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection.
 
The closed shops are:

 

Consumer Protection Department Seizes 17 Shops Selling Expired Tires

Within the framework of the role of the Ministry of Business and Trade in the implementation of the consumer protection laws, the consumer protection department continues its regular inspections to ensure that the suppliers and local traders adhere strictly to the specifications set by the department concerned for the products and services offered by them.
During a routine inspection by the sleuths of the department, the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) at the Ministry of Business and Trade booked 17 shops for selling expired tires in the Industrial Area and seized a large number of the tires.
The shops have been booked under Article 6 of Law No (8) of 2008, which stipulates that: “offering, presenting, promoting or advertising any damaged or rotten merchandises shall be prohibited. The merchandise is considered as damaged or rotten if it is not complied with decided standards or not valid for use or expired”.
Besides, Article 13 of CP laws states that suppliers should comply with health safety and security specifications determined by law.
The department considers items fraudulent if they do not conform to the standards prescribed or are being sold after their expiry dates, and based on that, the CPD has seized the tires to complete the legal procedures against the violators.
The Director of Consumer Protection Department Sheikh Jassim bin Jabor al Thani said that “Companies and businesses in the Qatari market must ensure that the goods and services offered by them to the consumer meet the health and safety norms”.
Sheikh Jassim also called upon all consumers to pay specific attention to the date of production of tires purchased by them, adding that “the consumers need to be sure of the production date of the tyre through the sealed four numbers on the frame. The two digits on the right indicate the year of production, while the digits on the left show the month. These figures are indicative of the expiry of the tires as the life of tires of cars, buses and light trucks must not exceed 24 months from the date of production whereas the life of heavy truck tires expire after 30 months of production”.

Ministry of Business and Trade Hires 13 Applicants on the Career Fair’s Final Day

HE Mr. Sultan Bin Rashid Al Khater – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Business and Trade offered on Saturday evening 06/04/2013 at the ministry’s pavilion in the Career Fair, the employment letters for a number of applicants who were successfully hired in the various departments of the ministry.
HE Al Khater said that the priorities of the Ministry leaned towards hiring people with disabilities in order to integrate them into the society and benefit from their skills in building the nation through their work in ministries and state agencies.
The undersecretary said that the Ministry offered 50 jobs this year and hired 13 applicants from 580 ones in the final day of the Career Fair.
HE Mr. / Sultan Bin Rashed Al Khater affirmed that development and prosperity of any country is only made by its qualified national skills, adding that the Ministry of Business and Trade has always sought to attract those competencies to take advantage of them to achieve strategic objectives and thereby accelerate development in the country.
The occasion was attended by Mr. / Abdullah Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the Qatar Career Fair and Mr. / Khalid Shuaibi, person in charge of hiring people with disabilities, in addition to a number of directors of the various departments of the ministry.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Business and Trade revealed on the first day of the fair the preparation of the first pilot edition of law No. (25) for 2005 on the commercial registration printed in Braille.

Consumer Protection Department Monitors 62 Violations during March 2013

In the context of the permanent efforts made by the Ministry of Business and Trade, represented by the Consumer Protection Department, to monitor the markets and the economic activities in the State, in order to ensure the consumer profit, the CP department has revealed today a number of violations committed during the month of March 2013. The violations that have been amounted to 62 violations include:

As for the complaints received by the Consumer Protection Department, and which have been amounted to 389 complaints, they have been dealt with and transferred to the responsible competent departments for further action.

Ministry of Business and Trade Participates in Qatar Career Fair’s Pearl Category

 
The Ministry of Business and Trade took part in Qatar Career Fair 2013 inaugurated on Monday, April 1st 2013 by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Qatar National Convention Center, under the slogan “Employ the Present for the Future”.
HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Business and Trade Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater stated that the Ministry’s participation comes with the support and follow-up and attention of His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, within the ministry’s goal to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030 which focuses on human and social development and investment in knowledge.
HE pointed out that the Ministry would seek through its participation this year to prioritize people with special needs by employing them in the Ministry to ensure their active role in the society.
He added that the employment policy pursued by the Ministry aimed at human capacity building and training, adding that the Ministry took into account the link between these policies and the 2011/2016 national development strategy.
HE the Undersecretary underlined the Ministry’s commitment to support and promote Qatarization policy.
The MBT pavilion which will take place in the governmental agencies’ section, pearl category No. G.PO2, has been equipped with laptops, employment forms and different-sized screens showing film about the ministry. It should be noted that cooperation was made in this context with the Al Noor Institute for the Blind to provide special employment applications for blinds to make it easy for applicants to fill out and submit the forms.
On the first day of the Fair, the Ministry unveiled the first pilot edition of law No. (25) for 2005 on the commercial registration printed in Braille.
 

Ministry of Business and Trade Seizes Shop Selling Spurious Motor Oil

During a periodic inspection made by the consumer protection department at the Ministry of Business and Trade, in line with its aim to protect the consumers and prevent the entry of defective and counterfeit goods in the market,
the CPD has initiated action against a shop selling spurious engine oil. The shop was caught filling containers of a well-known oil company with oil of unknown make, which constitutes a violation ofArticle No. (7) of the Act No. (8) for the year 2008, on consumer protection, which stipulates that :
“Provider, once offering any merchandise for circulation, shall be obliged to state on its cover or packing clearly the merchandise’s type, nature, ingredients and all relevant data as per the executive regulation of this Law.
If the use of this merchandise results in a danger, the provider should warn about that clearly.
The provider shall be prohibited to specify, advertise or offer the merchandise with false or misleading data”.
Youssef Saad al-Suwaidi, head of the Commercial Fraud section at the CPD said that these campaigns are aimed at protecting the consumer’s right to obtain original goods.
For his side, Sheikh Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of Consumer Protection at the Ministry of Business and Trade stated that all companies operating in the state must make sure that the merchandise or the service provided to the consumer is completely complied with the declared adopted standards.

Ministry of Business and Trade Concludes the Events of the 8th GCC Consumer Protection Week

 
 
 
The Ministry of Business and Trade has concluded the events that were organizedin the occasion of the eighth GCC Consumer Protection Weekwhich began in the first week of March, in conjunction with the rest of the GCC countries, under the slogan ” Consumer Protection: Rights and Duties “.
 
GCC Week Exhibition
In an effort to protect the consumers from commercial frauds, the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Business and Trade has organized an exhibition cum workshop at Landmark mall to distinguish between counterfeit and original goods.
The department displayed various forms of counterfeit and adulterated items during the exhibition, making the consumers aware about such products.The exhibition also included photographs of seizures and irregularities, in addition to presentations that help the consumers identifying the rights and duties of each of the trader and consumer, in addition to the department’s role in protecting them from commercial frauds.
 
Children Corner
A special children corner was also organized on the sidelines of the exhibition to make children aware about their rights as consumers. Leaflets, brochures and souvenirs were distributed on the occasion.
Participants at the programme were enlightened about methods of detecting fake products by presenting awareness material using modern techniques.
 
Special Offers
It should be mentioned that sales and special offers were also announced in different shopping malls in the country in the occasion of the 8th GCC Week, in cooperation with the CPD.
 
The aim of organizing such events is to raise awareness and educate the local and Gulf consumers about their rights and duties and to identify methods of sound procurement methods and use of services and knowledge of laws and regulations that safeguard their rights as consumers.

Minister of Business and Trade Meets Mexican and Brazilian Ambassadors

 
 
 
           with the Mexican Ambassador                                           with the Brazilian Ambassaor
 
HE Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, Minister of Business And Trade met Monday with Mexican Ambassador accredited to the State of Qatar Luis Alberto.
During the meeting, they discussed facets of bilateral cooperation in the investment, economic and trade fields. The Mexican Ambassador conveyed to HE the Minister a message from the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Kuribrena on cooperation inside international trade organizations.
HE the Minister also met with a delegation from the Federative Republic of Brazil led by permanent representative of Brazil to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo.
Azevedo handed over a message from Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Fernando Pimentel to HE the Minister pertaining to facets of cooperation in investment and trade fields.

Minister of Business and Trade Launches Electronic System for Public Assemblies Management and Organization

 
 
Under the auspices of HE Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, and in the presence of a number of Qatar Chamber and Qatar Businessmen Association representatives, and a large number of board members of public shareholding companies, the Ministry of Business and Trade,in association with Barwa Capital UK, launched yesterday, Monday 25/03/2013, an electronic system to manage the general assemblies and boards of directors of public and private companies in the country. The e-platform – the latest of its kind and a first time application for the region – is designed to facilitate voting and decision-making as well as the election of boards of directors live online .
During the launch ceremony, The Department of Companies Control at  the ministry, in addition toBarwa officials, held a demonstration of the new system.
HE Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, minister of business and trade, thanked Barwa and theCompanies Control Department’s management control wing for developing the systems to improve safety applications and contributing to boosting trade and business environment, affirming that the application of new system should be preceded by sufficient trials to ensure smooth flow and safety procedures.
According to HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, the ministry is currently redrafting all legislative tools and organizational tasks associated with improving the business environment in the state and in accordance with the role of the ministry in realizing the Qatar National Vision 2030 . “The Ministry of Business and Trade will support and adopt all initiatives to achieve this vision of  sustainable Qatar by 2030,” he said.
The new draft law for commercial companies that is undergoing final touches contains a specific article that mandates to harness the advancement in technology to enhance the country’s business environment. It allows the use of hi-tech  systems, which is an important qualitative leap for holding Ordinary General Assembly Meetings. “This e-system is in line with this decision”, HE said.
Speaking on the occasion, Barwa Real Estate Company CEO Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Subaie said that the new technology will ease voting and decision-making process and will also help to facilitate election of boards of directors. The device can be used for voting and will allow the board members and company shareholders to express their opinions online.
Barwa Real Estate CEO said that Barwa would use the new system at its next general assembly scheduled for next month.
Salem bin Salem al-Manaei, assistant director of Companies Control Department, said that, in addition to voting, the electronic system will be also used to provide shareholders the ability to record the number of their shares through a smart card  which will be specific for each shareholder.
“The system also helps to organize the voting process with precision and organize panel discussions and interventions, extracting statistical reports and supporting documents of the General Assembly,” Al Manaei said adding that “the new draft law for commercial companies allows the use of hi-tech systems, which is an important qualitative leap for holding Ordinary General Assembly Meetings. It will enable companies to comply with the legal regulations.”

Ministry of Business and Trade To Launch Price Index for Construction Materials Soon

 
 
 
In light of the decision No. 32 for 2013 issued by the State Cabinet to set up a committee to control the stock and prices of the construction materials including cement, steel, coarse and fine sand, limestone, bitumen and crushed stones, a committee was set up last year for this purpose and had closely coordinated with various government agencies, mainly the Qatar Statistics Authority, 2022 Qatar Committee and the Central Planning Office at the Ministry of Environment.
The committee’s role was to prepare the index which will monitor pricing and availability of basic construction materials on a monthly basis and issue an alert in advance in case of a sudden shortage of any building material, and ask importers to take immediate steps to meet the shortfall.
In a press conference following its third meeting, the committee stated that it will launch a monthly price index of primary construction materials with the Qatar Statistics Authority, stating that the price index will record all the price fluctuations of materials like cement, steel, limestone and bitumen among other materials. The committee will also estimate the amounts required of these materials up until 2022. Another duty of the committee will be making proposition regarding controlling inflation of these materials.
The committee pointed out that the index will be made available on its mobile application for smartphone users in the near future.
HE Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani said that launching a price index is crucial because it was a vital tool to warn of inflation. HE the Minister said that the work of the committee in monitoring prices will require strong work with other state departments. The price index will enable those work on major projects having a strategic supply of those materials.
First Report on Construction Materials Prices

Minister of Business and Trade Meets with Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development and the Accompanying Delegation

 
HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, met on Sunday morning 17/03/2013, with Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Shahin Mustafayev and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting they exchanged views and discussed aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and the ways of enhancing the bilateral relations, in addition to  trade relations and several issues of common interest.
It should be noted that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries had been amounted to more than  QAR 11 million in 2011, and the value of Qatari exports, mostly inorganic chemical products, were estimated at more than QAR 10 million while Qatari imports from Azerbaijan were valued at nearly  QAR 1.1 million.
The two countries are linked by a number of trade agreements including an  economic, trade cooperation and technical cooperation agreement, an agreement on  the protection and encouragement  of mutual investments, an air transport agreement and an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion.
 

Ministry of Business and Trade Launches its E-Services on Smart Devices

 
 
 
HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, and visiting French trade minister Nicole Bricq, presided on Tuesday 12/03/2013 over the formal launch of the e-services of the Ministry of Business and Trade, in the presence of a French business delegation, members of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and several key Qatari businessmen.
Highlighting the features of the new smart applications, the Minister said that the public would now have easy access to information on daily prices of commodities and a better way to register complaints. He added that the ministry prepared also to upgrade it in the next quarter to include in it other services of the ministry: “More innovations will be introduced within the next quarter,” he said.
HE stated that the e-service will prove an effective means of communication between the people and the ministry, and will be a transparent system that seeks to boost competition and offer better services.
HE added that the ministry was concerned about consumers, their rights, complaints and comments, and that the e-service would also help traders improve their operations and services.
For her side, Mrs. Meshael Al Hammadi, director of information systems at the ministry, stated that there is a trained team at the CPD to deal with consumer complaints received through the e-service, download them and process them for action.
Using smartphones, consumers can now access an innovative e-service of the trade ministry in both Arabic and English languages, to compare prices of different items of daily use, including foodstuff, at various shopping complexes and instantly lodge a complaint with the consumer rights’ watchdog if they discover any violation.
Complainants can also click photographs of items with their phones if they are overpriced or past their expiry date, or if any other violation is detected, and forward the images to the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the trade ministry to support their complaint and seek punitive action. Complaints can be lodged in Arabic or English by citizens as well as expatriates. 

Consumer Protection Department Monitors 102 Violations during February 2013

In the context of the permanent efforts made by the Ministry of Business and Trade, represented by the Consumer Protection Department, to monitor the markets and the economic activities in the State, in order to ensure the consumer profit, the CP department has revealed today a number of violations committed during the month of February 2013. The violations that have been amounted to 102 violations include:
 

 

As for the complaints received by the Consumer Protection Department, and which have been amounted to 299 complaints, they have been dealt with and transferred to the responsible competent departments.

Business and Trade Minister Meets French Foreign Trade Minister

 

 
Minister of Business and Trade HE Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Tuesday 12/03/2013 with French Minister for Foreign Trade Nicole Bricq  and her accompanying delegation.
A working luncheon was held in honor of the French Minister and the accompanying delegation attended by a number of Qatari and French businessmen. A number of workshops were also held to discuss the trade relations between the two countries, and the bilateral trade between the two countries which has been amounted to more than QR 9.1 billion in 2011.
It is to be noted that the value of Qatari exports to France is estimated at QR 6.4 billion  led by distillation products and mineral fuels, while imports amounted to around QR2.7 billion.
Qatar and France were linked with a number trade agreements such as economic and trade cooperation and technical agreements  and another one to protect and encourage joint investments.
Several issues of mutual interest  and ways of enhancing them, were also discussed during the meeting.

Minister of Business and Trade Meets with Bosnia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

 
HE Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Sunday 10/03/2013 with Bosnia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija , who is currently visiting the country.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations  and ways of enhancing them, besides  a number of issues of mutual interest. It should be mentioned that the government of the State of Qatar and Bosnia and Herzegovina have previously signed an Agreement on Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation, in addition to the Investment Promotion and Protection agreement.

Under the slogan “Consumer Protection: Rights and Duties”, Ministry of Business and Trade begins the events of the 8th Gulf Consumer Protection Week

Within the framework of the participation of the State of Qatar in the activities of the Gulf Consumer Protection Week that begins in the first of March of each year, the Ministry of Business and Trade organized this year a number of events and activities under the supervision and regulation of the Consumer Protection Department, in celebration of the eighth GCC Consumer Protection Week, held this year, in conjunction with the rest of the GCC countries, under the slogan ” Consumer Protection: Rights and Duties”.
HE Sheikh/ Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Business and Trade, inaugurated the eighth Gulf Week Exhibition at Landmark mall, as an announcement of the launch of the related events that include an exhibition to distinguish between original and counterfeit goods, a photographs exhibition of seizures and irregularities, children’s corner with a guide “Morshed”, lectures, educational visits to schools, in addition to the distribution of brochures, awareness booklets and souvenirs.
It should be noted that coordination was made by the ministry with malls and shops operating in the country for the announcement of special promotions to mark the occasion, especially that such events and programs aim to inform and educate the consumer about his rights and duties as well as the proper ways and positive habits of buying, such as keeping the purchase invoice and making sure of the warranty validity and the right to benefit from the after-sales services in the best way. These events aim also to educate the consumer about the ways of detecting and distinguishing between original, counterfeit and fake goods, thing that helps to consolidate the culture of consumer awareness among the Qatari and Gulf community.
The exhibition attracted many visitors at Landmark, who expressed their appreciation and admiration of the contents of the exhibition and the souvenirs provided to them, as well as the valuable information gained from visiting the exhibition.
The visitors were keen to ask the CPD representatives about the proper ways of buying, noting that most of the questions were centered on the detection methods of the counterfeit goods and the ways to complain to the department. They emphasized that the department spares no effort in receiving and resolving all the problems faced by the consumers according to the related laws and regulations.
The exhibition and associated activities will be held until March 15. The Consumer Protection Department calls the public to visit the exhibition at Landmark and have a look on the Department’s activities organized for the 8th GCC Consumer Protection Week.

Ministry of Business and Trade Launches “Qatar Business & Trade 2012” Report

 
The Ministry of Business and Trade launched on Monday 04/03/2013 at St. Regis- Doha hotel, the “Qatar Business & Trade 2012” report, in the presence of a number of officials and managers from different government and private agencies, in addition to entrepreneurs and businessmen interested in the trade and economy sectors.
HE Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, Minister of Business and Trade said that the report provides an overview of the evolution of the Qatari economy over the past three decades and progress it has made towards meeting the strategic objectives of Qatar.
He added that this study report would provide a context to economic stakeholders and decision-makers with information and statistical data that will facilitate the way forward on our path to growth and sustainable development.
A copy of the report in its Arabic and English versions was posted on the ministry’s website, noting that this report will be updated and published by MBT in a yearly basis. 

Minister of Business and Trade Meets Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade

 

 
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani met on Monday 04/03/2013 with HE Mr. Alexander Stubb Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade.
During the meeting they exchanged views and discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries, especially in economic and trade fields as well a number of issues of common concern.
It should be mentioned that the State of Qatar and the Republic of Finland have earlier signed an agreement to encourage and protect mutual investments, in addition to another agreement on economic, trade and technical cooperation.
The volume of trade exchange between the two countries reached in 2011 about QR 260 million while the value of Qatari exports to Finland totaled QR 44.5 million with  the value of imports for the same period totaling QR 216 million.

HE Minister of Business and Trade Hails Qatar Telecom’s Successes

 
HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani has participated in the ceremony organized by Qatar Telecom company to unveil its new brand (Ooredoo) in Barcelona on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress.
HE lauded the success achieved by Ooredoo company locally and globally, terming Qatar Telecom’s launch of its unified identity as a milestone in the history of the company, saying it will bring more successes.
HE added that the success of Qatari companies would have positive impact on the Qatari economy, which is one the fastest growing economies of the world.
HE Minister of Business and Trade congratulated HE Ooredoo Chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani and his team on their successes and urged them to continue to further enhance the performance of Qatar Telecom.