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Qatar to continue helping firms pay salaries for three more months

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Qatar’s Cabinet on Wednesday extended several COVID-19 exemptions and stimulus packages by three more months.
This includes the extension of the National Response Guarantee Programme, which effectively enables companies struggling with cash flow to continue getting soft loans to pay salaries for another three months.
The Cabinet has also increased the amount allocated as loan guarantees for the soft loans from QR3 billion to QR5 billion.

Besides, customs duty exemptions for food and medical supplies being shipped to Qatar will continue for additional three months, provided that this is reflected in the selling price to the consumer.

As per the Cabinet decision, electricity and water fees will not be levied from users in several sectors, such as hospitality and tourism, retail, small and medium industries and commercial complexes (in exchange for providing services), for three more months.

Tenants in logistical zones will also be exempted from rental obligations for the next three months.
Expired licenses and commercial records will continue to be automatically renewed for an additional three months, provided that the fees due are settled later.
The Cabinet’s regular meeting on Wednesday was chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al Thani.
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 welcomed the Afghan peace negotiations that Doha is currently hosting within the context of the State of Qatar's efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan and in implementation of the wise directives of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani whose first positive results were achieved at the end of February 2020 with the signing of the peace agreement between the US and Taliban.
The Cabinet affirmed that Afghan negotiations, which are considered an achievement in themselves, constitute a milestone in Afghanistan's history and opens the way for the brotherly Afghan people to realize true national unity and a new era dominated by peace, security, stability and prosperity after more than 40 years of wars and conflicts.
By promoting brotherhood and tolerance, giving priority to the national interest and the aspirations of the Afghan people, the Doha negotiations can achieve the required success and reach a comprehensive agreement that achieves peace, preserves Afghanistan's unity, independence and sovereignty, and mobilizes the energies of its people for development and construction, the Cabinet said.
The Cabinet praised the role of the US and all parties and international partners who exerted effort to achieve peace in Afghanistan, stressing that the State of Qatar, which adopts dialogue as a method for resolving differences and settling disputes, will spare no effort in cooperating with the international community to achieve the desired goals of these negotiations and achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Afghan people for security, stability, peace and prosperity.
The Cabinet also welcomed the results of the third session of the Qatar-US strategic dialogue, which was held in Washington on Sept. 14-15.