Posted on November 08, 2019

The Cabinet hailed the speech of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the 48th ordinary session of the Shura Council on Tuesday. 

The Cabinet also welcomed the important implications in the speech at the internal and external levels that reflected the extent of what has been achieved in various fields, and outlined the features of the next stage and the effort it requires for the homeland while adhering to the values and principles, in order to continue the development and building process under H H the Amir’s sound directives in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The Prime Minister and Interior Minister, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (pictured), chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting held at the Amiri Diwan. Following the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, H E Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi gave the details about the topics on its agenda. 

The Cabinet noted that H H the Amir’s lofty speech included stances towards regional and international issues, and emphasised keenness to promote security, peace and stability in the region and the world. The Cabinet also appreciated H H’s speech that referred to the preparation of the Shura Council elections and the necessary draft laws. Moreover, the Cabinet expressed pride in what H H the Amir said about the successes and achievements on the economic field and in the provision of services and decent standard of living, despite the unjust siege, stressing that all these have been achieved thanks to God and to H H’s directives as well as the dedicated efforts of citizens and residents.

H E the Prime Minister directed Their Excellencies the Ministers to implement the directives of His Highness the Amir in his speech and prepare the necessary plans and programmes. The Cabinet also approved a draft law on combating cover-up of non-Qatari business, economic and professional activities in violation of the law. The preparation of the draft law came to replace the current Law No. 25 of 2004, and in the context of modernizing legislation, creating an investment environment based on transparency, and consolidating the practice of activities in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force in the State.

It also approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 15 of 2014 on the organization of charitable works. The Cabinet approved a draft decision of the Cabinet on the establishment and formation of the Standing Committee to supervise the management of central markets. The draft provides for the establishment of the Standing Committee to supervise the management of central markets at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and specializes in several functions, including: proposing the necessary policies and programs for the development of central markets and raise their efficiency.

It also approved the Cabinet’s draft decision to adopt the National Qualifications Framework, which is a mandatory reference tool for identifying, classifying and organizing national academic and professional qualifications according to the learning levels prepared according to specific criteria. It is designed to meet all aspects and levels of structured education in Qatar, including general, higher, vocational, technical and vocational education by providing a reference context for the design and development of a range of new and flexible qualifications that meet the needs of the State, the labor market and individuals, and ensure that those with the required skills in the field of employment. 

The Cabinet then approved its draft decision to add the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing Unit to the units comprising the Ministry of Justice and to define its competencies. The Cabinet moreover approved the following: A draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of charitable and humanitarian work between the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) in the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in the State of Kuwait. A draft agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and Hungary for cooperation in the fields of youth and sports. A draft agreement on cultural cooperation between the governments of the State of Qatar and Hungary. 

After that, the Cabinet reviewed the letter of H E the QCB Deputy Governor and Chairman of the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee on the proposal to criminalise the smuggling of migrants in accordance with the UN Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and the views of the Ministry of the Interior in this regard, and took the appropriate decision thereon.