Posted on June 08, 2018

The Cabinet at its weekly meeting chaired by Prime Minister His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani (pictured) on Wednesday ordered that necessary measures be taken to issue a draft law amending some provisions of Decree Law No 25 of 2005 on commercial registry.

The Cabinet passed the order after reviewing the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the draft law prepared by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) within the context of facilitating requirements for investors and the business community. In accordance with the amendment, the period of registration in the commercial registry shall be determined by a decision of the Cabinet on the basis of the nature or type of activity subject to registration. This period may be renewed for a period or other similar periods. At the request of the concerned party, the competent department shall renew the registration accordingly.

The Cabinet then approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 15 of 2002 on civil aviation and referred it to the Advisory Council. This amendment comes within the framework of modernising the law in accordance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the provisions of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It also approved a draft Amiri decision on the reorganisation of the Civil Aviation Authority. The Council of Ministers also approved a draft Amiri decision on setting up aircraft accidents and incidents investigation unit.

Under the draft, an independent unit called the aircraft accidents and accidents investigation unit shall be established under the Minister of Transport and Communications. It shall have a legal personality and a separate budget annexed to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It also approved a draft law amending certain provisions of Decree Law No 14 of 1993 concerning passports. Furthermore, the Cabinet approved a draft decision of the Council of Ministers to restructure the National Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations.

Under the terms of the draft, the committee will be reconstituted under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the representative of the State of Qatar to the Alliance of Civilizations as vice-chairman and the membership of a representative of: Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs; Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs; Ministry of Culture and Sports; and Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue.

It also approved a draft declaration prepared by the Standing Committee of the Convention of the Law of the Sea on the exclusive economic zone of Qatar. The Cabinet also ordered necessary action for the ratification of draft MoUs seeking establishment of a joint ministerial trade committee between Qatar and Morocco; preparation and training of cadres between Qatar Aeronautical College and Mohammed VI International Civil Aviation Academy of Morocco; cooperation in housing as well as a draft supplementary protocol between Qatar Central Bank and Bank of Morocco for the supervision and control of financial institutions.

The Council of Ministers also approved a number of agreements between Qatar and other countries. It included agreement on air services with Tunisia; agreement for cancellation of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and private passports with Peru and a MoU with El Salvador on regulating the employment of workers from the republic in Qatar. The Cabinet reviewed a proposal for the establishment of an early warning committee on food and a message from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the first report regarding the results of the work of the coordinating committee between the bodies operating at Hamad International Airport between the period October 10, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The Cabinet adopted the appropriate resolution.