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Posted On: 16 September 2020 05:03 pm
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Qatar to continue to exempt certain sectors from rent, water and electricity fees: Cabinet

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H.E. Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinet regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday.

Incentives for private sector affected by Covid-19 pandemic

In the implementation of the directives of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to support and provide financial and economic incentives amounting to QR 75 billion for the private sector affected by the precautionary measures aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with the directives of His Highness to overcome all difficulties and obstacles facing the private sector, H.E. Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani directed that:

  • The exemption of food and medical goods from customs duties will continue for an additional three months. This should be reflected in the selling price to the consumer.
  • The exemption from electricity and water fees will continue for an additional three months for the following sectors: the hospitality and tourism sector, the retail sector, the small and medium industries sector, the commercial complexes in exchange for providing services and exemptions to tenants, and the logistic areas.
  • The exemption from rents for logistic areas and small and medium industries will continue for a period of three months.
  • The ceiling of the National Guarantee Program that is managed by Qatar Development Bank will be increased from QR 3 billion to QR 5 billion, in addition to extending the program for an additional three months. Qatar Development Bank will issue the necessary controls and conditions for this.
  • The automatic renewal of expired licenses and commercial registrations will continue for an additional three months, provided that the fees due are paid later.
  • Then, the Cabinet was briefed by H.E. Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in efforts to curb Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of work with the precautionary measures taken to combat the pandemic.

Other decisions:

Based on the directives of H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior on providing the Council of Ministers with plans related to the competencies of ministries and other government agencies, public bodies and institutions, including all implementation programs and projects, the specified timetable for completion as well as standards and indicators for measuring performance progress in line with the comprehensive development vision, Qatar National Vision 2030, in addition to highlighting any partnership projects between the public and private sectors, if any, H.E. Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs gave a presentation on the strategic plan for the Ministry of Justice.

The provision of distinguished legal services to the beneficiaries, as follows:

  • Supervising the practice of legal professions and real estate brokerage.
  • Ensuring public access to fast and automated services.
  • Providing legal training for the target groups in the State's administrative apparatus.
  • Serving government agencies in reviewing international agreements and contracts and acting on their behalf in cases brought by or against them.

The Ministry is working to achieve the following intermediate results:

  • High and flexible institutional capacity that promotes a culture of excellence and creativity.
  • Establishing the best legal framework for the legal professions supervised by the Ministry and raising the level of legal awareness in society.
  • Unified standards for best international practices regarding international agreements and contracts.
  • Empowering capabilities and providing technical programs to ensure the efficient and effective achievement of the case management system.
  • Training of legal employees in the administrative apparatus in the country by adopting the latest methods.
  • Continuous development of the quality of real estate registration and documentation services.

Source: QNA