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Posted On: 26 March 2020 07:28 pm

Ministry signs contracts with 14 companies to increase Qatar's strategic food stock

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The contracts for increasing Qatar's strategic stock of food were signed on Thursday in the presence of H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari and H.E. Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, who is also the Chairman of the follow-up committee for the implementation of food security policies in the governmental and private sectors.

H.E. Undersecretary for consumer affairs and head of the Strategic Storage Working Group for Food Security at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Jassim bin Jabr bin Hassan Al-Thani, signed contracts with 14 major companies specialized in the food sector in the country.

This initiative comes in alignment with the state's food security strategy, and in line with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's efforts to enhance partnership between the public and private sectors, to enhance the system of strategic stock of food and consumer goods in a way that substantiate the leading position of the State of Qatar as one of the most prominent countries in the region in terms of adequacy in the strategic stock of goods and ability to achieve food security and meet all the needs of its citizens and residents.

Under these contracts, efforts will be done during the first stage to increase the stocks of strategic commodities, most importantly wheat, rice, cooking oils, sugar, frozen red meat, long-life milk, and powdered milk.

The State of Qatar has launched several initiatives aimed at establishing integrated mechanisms that would enhance and increase its strategic stocks of food and consumer goods to support its development policies in the field of food security.

The State has also launched the electronic system for managing and monitoring the strategic stocks of the country, with the aim of activating the partnership between the government and private sectors, as well as managing and monitoring the strategic stock through a smart electronic platform designed in accordance with best practices and international standards adopted in this field.

This electronic system enables the monitoring and follow-up of the state's strategic stock of food and consumer goods; the determination of import rates and sources of importing of strategic goods; identifying the most important companies specialized in this field, and monitoring the movement of internal trade and national production in the country in addition to following up the strategic stock accurately and assessing the effectiveness of its recycling in the local markets in a manner that preserves the quality and suitability of the products.

This system also serves as an important tool for officials and decision-makers; institutions and departments operating in this field; private sector companies; primary suppliers and national producers.

The system also provides an accurate monitoring mechanism for the state's strategic food commodities and selected vital consumer products, in addition, to feed, and any other materials that are added to the system while providing access to details related to these commodities, including their types; quantities; methods and quality of its storage as well as available spaces in the warehouse, its locations, suppliers, and distribution points, in addition to monitoring and managing all elements of the supply chain from import, storage, recycling, distribution, and national production.

The strategic stock management and control system is based on the latest technology from the generations of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of the Things (IOT) by supporting decision-making and providing differential hypotheses (IF SENARIOS) of supply chains and providing effective solutions to meet and alleviate the challenges that would affect any part of the system.

Source: Qatar News Agency