Qatar Chamber's (QC) Food Security and Environment Committee discussed Wednesday mechanisms of the flow of supplies to the Industrial Area which is recently closed in light of efforts exerted to curb coronavirus. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Saif bin Ali Al Hajari in the presence of QC Board Member and Chairperson of the Committee Mohamed bin Ahmed Al Obaidli. Many representatives of food companies were also present. The meeting reviewed all developments concerning the environmental procedures sector toward the process of food circulation in the light of the partial closure of the industrial zone for 14 days. It also touched on the mechanisms to facilitate the flow of supplies from ports to the closed zone, and then from the industrial area of the outlets to guarantee the interests of merchants and consumers. The meeting also discussed preparing a proposal of private sector companies about the measures that guarantee the availability of food in the market and put forward it to the concerned authorities.
Attendees of the meeting stressed the importance of raising awareness among workers in the food sector about means of combating coronavirus, calling employers and companies to inform their employees on instructions issued by the Ministry of Public Health. They also reviewed ways of enhancing confidence in the national products especially poultry, dairy, vegetables, fruit, and fish, as well as measures adopted to ensure the safety of these products.
On his part, Chairperson of the Committee Mohamed Al Obaidli praised the precautionary measures of the state to curb the spread of Covid-19 as well as efforts exerted by the Ministry of Public Health, which included sterilizing trucks and checking drivers passing through the industrial area. He stressed the interest of the private sector in ensuring the flow of supplies, services and food and agricultural products to the local market, and following on the preventive procedures applied by the county to stop the spread of the virus.
Al Obaidli noted that the private sector has enough experience in dealing with and overcoming crises and facilitating the movement of goods to consumers, pointing out that the siege experience has contributed to fostering this experience.
For his part, Dr. Saif Al Hajari said that the Environment Committee, which is a subsidiary of the Food Security and Environment Committee, is prepared to receive all inquiries and proposals for prompt actions and solutions. He also said that the committee addresses all issues related to streamlining procedures for investors and businessmen, stressing that concerned bodies showed great cooperation and coordination on dealing with the committee.
Photo Credit: Qatar Chamber
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