Posted on September 26, 2014

The income from Al Forjan Markets project is to go to the state-owned Qatar Development Bank (QDB), according to a proposal approved by the State Cabinet yesterday, said The Peninsula. Al Forjan Markets are being set up by the government in different remote parts of the country to help their residents access basic commodities of daily needs locally and not rush to Doha and other town looking for them. Shops in Al Forjan Markets are being allotted to small Qatari companies at monthly rentals of QR6,000.

The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the cabinet’s regular meeting yesterday, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. The cabinet ratified a draft law on marine vessels featuring terms related to the prohibition of sailing unregistered vessels, registration conditions, procedures on registration application, the validity of registration certificates, setting entry and exit points of marine vessels, and setting regulations and conditions of granting steering licenses, lease procedures and ownership transfer for the vessels. 

The meeting also endorsed the cabinet decision to amend some provisions of Decision No. 30 of 2013 on the formation of a tenders commission at the Ministry of Interior. In addition, the cabinet ratified the minister of transport’s draft decision to oblige ships and floating facilities to install Automatic Identification System (AIS) and VHF set. According to the draft decision, VHF system is a high frequency radio that operates within the system of marine rescue, safety and emergency. 

AIS is an automatic tracking system that identifies ships and floating facilities. The decision applies to ships and floating facilities that are licensed to be present and operate in territorial waters. Vessels are required to install and operate the two systems in question before completing registration procedures. The meeting also saw the cabinet agree to grant usufruct of the land of Al Forjan markets project to Qatar Development Bank. Provisions of Law No. 10 of 1987 on the state’s public and private properties permit that, via a decree, a normal or legal person could be granted the benefit of usufruct or exploitation of certain money from public state property. 

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The law also stipulates that no normal or legal person, in any capacity whatsoever, is allowed to own, hold or seize funds privately owned by the state or a public legal person. However, the law allows the usufruct of such funds provided that a decree shows the name of the licensee, the kind of usufruct and its terms, and obligations of the beneficiary. Meanwhile, the cabinet has ratified a draft agreement on air services between the government of Qatar and the Republic of Latvia. 

In addition, the cabinet reviewed some issues and took the appropriate measures, including a draft law on the protection of personal data privacy. The cabinet also examined a letter by the Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, who is the head of the standing committee on financial resources, on the second quarterly report of 2014 on the committee’s work. The report said that the committee discussed a set of issues and took the necessary decisions such as the cost of selling and using treated water, the social and economic impact of lifting the ban on using groundwater to produce fodder, rationalising the use of desalinated water, and studying plans to expand the exploitation of treated water and compelling relevant authorities to use it. 

Furthermore, the cabinet reviewed a letter by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs H E Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al Khulaifi on the outcome of the second Arab Forum for Development and Employment, which was held in February in Riyadh. During the session, HE the minister of developmental planning and statistics briefed the cabinet on data related to the international Human Development Report of 2014, pointing to the evolution of Qatar’s ranking in human development reports since 1990 until 2014 when it came 31st and was classified as one of the countries with high human development. 

The minister also highlighted the main challenges facing the country as it seeks to achieve better rankings in the coming years and the procedures needed to do this.