Cabinet renews Qatar’s solidarity with Lebanon Aug 13, 2020 0 8382 12345 QNADohaThe Cabinet has renewed Qatar’s solidarity with Lebanon in facing the disaster in the wake of the Beirut port blast.The Cabinet affirmed that His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s directives to help brothers in Lebanon immediately after the explosion and the subsequent broad public interaction to contribute to providing aid to Lebanon reflect the depth of the firm fraternal relations between the two countries and the people. The measures are an extension of Qatar’s positions in support of Lebanon and its stability.The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani on Wednesday, offered sincere condolences to the families of the blast victims and to the government and people of Lebanon, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.The Cabinet was also briefed by HE Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in efforts to curb coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures to combat the pandemic.The Prime Minister directed that ministries and other government agencies should simplify procedures and remove bureaucratic obstacles so that necessary services are provided to the public. They also need to speed up the digitisation of all services provided to the public to be part of the e-government platform.The PM also directed the necessity of strengthening coordination between ministries and government agencies that participate in implementing programmes and projects emanating from the strategic plans.The directives came after HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry made a presentation on the detailed plan for the strategy of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.He stated that the strategy of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has four intermediate outcomes, 12 main goals, 22 programmes 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.He said 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.Then, the Cabinet approved the 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.It also approved 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.The Cabinet then reviewed a draft Amiri decision to organise the Development Planning and Statistics Authority and took the appropriate decision in this regard. 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