Cabinet Holds Regular Weekly Meeting

Doha, HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the cabinet’s regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises.

After the meeting, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, said the cabinet, at the outset of the meeting, reviewed the outcomes of the international conference on Middle East peace, which was recently held in Paris.

The cabinet welcomed the content of the conference’s closing statement that constitutes a proper foundation for a just settlement, stressing Qatar’s firm stance towards the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people’s right to establish their independent state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in line with the international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The cabinet also welcomed the United States decision to lift some of the economic sanctions that were imposed on the Republic of the Sudan, considering that such a decision would support the peace process and development in Sudan and alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people, expressing hope that the U.S. sanctions on Sudan will be completely lifted.

After that, the cabinet reviewed topics on the meeting’s agenda, approving a draft decision by the minister of economy and commerce to issue the executive regulations of Law No. 6 of 2012 on tourism regulation. The draft regulations feature provisions related to the conditions and procedures of the licensing of hospitality and tourism facilities as well as tourism activities; the commitments of the licensee; relinquishing, transferring and revoking the license; the classification of hospitality and tourism facilities; and the tourist guidance job.

The cabinet also approved a draft decision by the minister of economy and commerce to issue the executive regulations of Law No. 17 of 2013 on the organizations of exhibitions. The draft regulation included provisions on the types of licenses and conditions of granting them; the types, number and period of exhibitions; the postponement and location of exhibitions; the classification of licensees; the commitments of licensees; and relinquishing, transferring, suspending and revoking the license.

In addition, the cabinet endorsed a proposal by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the State of Qatar’s contribution to sponsoring five candidates in a five-year full scholarship in the field of civil aviation.

The session approved draft decisions by the minister of municipality and environment on adopting Gulf standard specifications as Qatari standard specifications and adopting the amendment of numbers of Gulf technical regulations.

Additionally, the cabinet reviewed a set of issues and took the appropriate decisions. It reviewed a draft law on the amendment of some provisions of Law No. 8 of 2012 on Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) and the authority’s views in this regard.

It reviewed a letter by HE the minister of development planning and statistics, who is also the chairman of the Permanent Population Committee, on the document of Qatar’s new population policy 2017-2022.

The session also reviewed a letter by HE the minister of municipality and environment regarding a draft decision by the minister of municipality and environment to determine the prices of leasing government lands.

Finally, the cabinet reviewed a letter by HE the minister of economy and commerce on Qatar Tourism Authority’s plan on its participation in a number of global tourism exhibitions in 2017.

Source: Qatar News Agency