Posted on November 30, 2018

The Cabinet which met with Prime Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in the chair approved a draft law on fireworks and referred it to the Advisory Council.

The draft has been prepared to address many of the drawbacks of the use of fireworks, their security problems, and the harm they may cause to people as a result of misuse. Under the terms of the draft law, import, export, trade, manufacture, possession, acquisition, storage, transfer or use of fireworks listed in the first and second tables attached to this law without a permit from the competent authority are prohibited.

The import, export, trade, manufacture, possession, acquisition, storage, transfer or use of fireworks listed in the fifth table attached to this law shall be in accordance with the regulations issued by the Minister of the Interior. The draft law included conditions governing the granting and renewing of a permit, and cases in which the permit is revoked. Persons holding or making fireworks at the time when this law go into effect shall, within six months from the date of its entry into force, comply with the provisions of the law. The Cabinet also took the necessary actions for the issuance of a draft law to approve the State’s general budget for the fiscal year 2019, after the Council was briefed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

Moreover, the Cabinet approved the draft law on transparency which was prepared by the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, to achieve the highest indicators of integrity and transparency, to keep abreast of global developments in this regard and to improve performance in the government sector. The draft law included provisions on means of information access in accordance with other laws of the State, international policies or standards and excluded information for a number of considerations.

The Cabinet also took the necessary measures to ratify a cooperation agreement in the field of construction of infrastructure projects between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Cabinet approved a draft agreement for cultural cooperation between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Cabinet also reviewed the letter of the Minister of Education and Higher Education on the National Qualifications Framework Document in the State of Qatar. It took the appropriate decision thereon.

The National Qualifications Framework has been defined as a mandatory reference tool for the identification, classification and organisation of national academic and professional qualifications according to the level of learning, and is prepared according to specific criteria. The National Qualifications Framework aims to develop a common understanding of what is expected of different qualifications at all levels of education, and to provide a reference context for designing and developing new flexible and modern qualifications to meet the needs of the State, the labour market and individuals as well as to establish standards, processes and procedures to regulate quality assurance of education outcomes. 

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