QT-Online / Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Categories: Top News PM directs ministries, state agencies to cut red tape and expedite digitisation in Qatar QNA Doha Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani on Wednesday directed ministries and other government agencies in Qatar to remove bureaucratic obstacles and simplify procedures related to various public services. Chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting held at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday afternoon, the PM also called for expediting the switch to e-government services platform so that more public services can be dispensed online. In the weekly meeting, the Cabinet affirmed HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's "sublime directives" to help the people in Lebanon immediately after the devastating explosion in the city's port that killed more than 170 people. The Cabinet noted that the subsequent public initiative to contribute to providing aid to Lebanon reflected the depth of the firm fraternal relations between the two countries and two peoples. The Cabinet observed that it was an extension of Qatar's positions in support of Lebanon and its stability. Following the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi issued the following statement: At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet renewed the position of the State of Qatar in solidarity with the brotherly Republic of Lebanon in facing the disaster of the explosion that occurred in the Beirut port and its repercussions and mitigating its effects. The Cabinet was briefed by HE Minister of Public Health on the latest developments of efforts to curb Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of work with the precautionary measures taken to combat the pandemic. Based on the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior on providing the Council of Ministers with plans related to the competencies of ministries and other government agencies, public bodies and institutions, including all implementation programs and projects, the specified timetable for completion as well as standards and indicators for measuring performance progress in line with the comprehensive development vision, Qatar National Vision 2030, in addition to highlighting any partnership projects between the public and private sectors, if any, HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry made a presentation on the detailed plan for the strategy of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. His Excellency stated that the strategy of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has 4 intermediate outcomes, 12 main goals, 22 programs and 178 projects. Within this plan, responsibilities for the implementation of initiatives and projects were defined in accordance with the competencies of the main sectors and departments of the ministry, which include: business development and investment attraction, export support and development, protection of competition and prevention of monopolistic practices, establishment of business, protection and development of intellectual property, consumer protection and combating commercial fraud, regulation and control of markets, supply, international trade, general policy for industrialization and development of national industries, and development and exploitation of industrial zones. His Excellency also said that the Ministry seeks to develop a strategy for professional activities in the country and to activate regional and international networks in order to establish more competitive supply chains and supplies, in addition to concluding international and regional trade agreements, which can enhance Qatar's position in the main markets. It also seeks to develop a package of incentives and a legislative and regulatory framework that attracts foreign investors to invest in Qatar, in addition to sponsoring and motivating local investors and directing them to the opportunities available in selected sectors, and coordinating brand building, marketing and promotion efforts at the level of key sectors. The Ministry works to improve industrial services, support the competitiveness of the national product, develop industrial studies and strategies, develop a small and medium-sized industries area, develop industrial lands, improve the industrial business environment and encourage the competitiveness of Qatari exports, depending on infrastructure and logistical services. The Ministry seeks to continue to encourage an ideal enabling business environment, to encourage value-added chains, and to encourage entrepreneurs and SMEs. The Ministry also seeks to increase the national focus on developing patents and converting them into competitive commercial goods, in addition to institutional development, awareness and media communication and the development of the strategic plan for information systems and technology. The Ministry works on consumer protection, market monitoring, strategic supply and stock, promoting competition and breaking monopoly. After that, the Cabinet considered the topics on the agenda as follows: First - Approval of the Cabinet's draft decision to amend some provisions of Decision No 33 of 2017 setting up a Committee to resolve administrative disputes arising from the application of the provisions of the Law regulating Tenders and Auctions and its Executive Regulation as well as the rules and procedures to be followed before it. Second - Approval of the Minister of Public Health's draft decision to issue the executive regulations for Law No 3 of 2016 on regulating the registration of births and deaths. The draft included provisions related to births, deaths, those who were not registered in the records, the persons responsible for reporting births or deaths inside and outside the country and the documents necessary for registration. Third - The Cabinet reviewed a draft Amiri decision to organize the Development Planning and Statistics Authority and took the appropriate decision in this regard. 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