The State of Qatar obtained, by unanimous vote, the approval of the General Assembly of GS1 by giving the State of Qatar the right to establish a barcode office for Qatari products, after joint efforts and endeavors of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar Development Bank (QDB).
In a statement, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that the State of Qatar obtained code 630 for locally-made products that can be exported abroad or even traded within the country. The importance of this step comes in finding a special global commercial tracking code for Qatar, which is provided by GS1 with tracking technology for manufactured products inside the State of Qatar starting from manufacturing to the product reaching the consumer inside and outside the State of Qatar. The ministry said that the office will start operating during the last quarter of this year, through direct coordination with the Qatari private sector, which is the cornerstone and target of this office.
H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said that establishing the office is one of the important achievements of the country in relation to the state's industrial strategy. His Excellency added that it was a reflection of the ability of the private sector to achieve self-sufficiency and compete globally.
For his part, CEO of Qatar Development Bank Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa said that the achievement coincided with the third anniversary of the blockade, noting that it was a catalyst in expanding the manufacturing of local products and services. He added that this was the reason the bank worked with the private sector and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to establish the office.
He added that the latest move could help grow Qatari non-oil exports, noting that obtaining code 630 is a landmark in the development of the country's manufacturing sector.
Source: Qatar News Agency; Image: Qatar Development Bank
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