In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), Assistant Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) Mohammed Hassan Al Malki mentioned that the Ministry, in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank, discussed with the industrialists the production of medical masks locally. Adding that there were ready plans at this level and that the Ministry is waiting for the production equipment to arrive within two weeks in preparation for the start of production within a month from now in two or three factories within the State.
In the same context, Al Maliki stressed that the consumer protection sector in the Ministry is closely monitoring the market and has cooperation with suppliers of these materials, and facilities provided to them at various levels to cover the market need of this product.
Regarding disinfectants and sterilizers, he pointed out that there are 4 to 5 local factories that work hard to fully cover the market.
Al Maliki confirmed that the Ministry, in cooperation with the Qatar Development Bank, has a professional team working continuously to develop solutions to any problems related to raw materials that enter into such an industry to avoid any shortages in the coming period.
Al Malki clarified that the Ministry, through the consumer protection sector, has put plans to face any future challenges, if any, with regard to the various consumables, emphasizing that there is a strategic stockpile sufficient for months to come, especially as preparations are proceeding on consumer materials in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan.
The consumer protection sector has the experience and has its own mechanisms to ensure the flow of goods during this period, besides the preparations for the holy month of Ramadan, Al Malki said adding that "the blockade has given us immunity against crises and experience in dealing with them, so there is no reason to panic and fear".
About the future vision of the pharmaceutical sector, Al Malki clarified to QNA that the Ministry has a clear plan represented in increasing the number of factories with a rate of two factories a year until 2030. "This is a complicated sector that does not depend on the production only, rather there are other factors such as intellectual property rights for certain medication", he added.
On the commodity supply with the spread of the Coronavirus, Al Malki stressed that the situation is very reassuring and not a cause for concern at all. The State has deep experience in dealing with crises, he stressed adding that as the situation is very normal as the Ministry has a forward-looking vision and strategic plans to deal with any emergency.
The Assistant Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) Mohammed Hassan Al Malki also said during the interview that the State of Qatar has made a comprehensive leap in the industrial sector, where the volume of investments exceeded QR 262 billion, which contributed to the state's ability to face challenges, maintain the stability of the local market and boost exports in the past three years.
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Source: Qatar News Agency
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