Posted on October 27, 2014

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics released the ninth issue of (Qatar: Monthly Statistics) bulletin which includes a number of brief population, social and economic statistics that took place in last September.

The bulletin new issue included data on social security provided for the eligible categories in the country, which rose by approximately 152%. Its value amounted to over QR 60m in September, after it was about QR 24m in August. Similarly, beneficiaries from social security increased by 1.5%; their number in September was estimated at 14 thousand nationals. The social security increase became effective following the approval of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the country, to the cabinet decision No. 46 of 2014 regarding the determination of the pension value for the eligible categories stipulated in the law no. 38 of 1995 related to social security and its rules. The above decision increased the social security pensions for the entire eligible categories in the country.

With regard to the driving licenses data, the bulletin shows that the driving licenses for nationals and residents rose by roughly 85.4%, and 31.5% respectively. Thus, the total number of driving licenses went up by approximately 117% compared to August. Around 6.5 thousand private vehicles were registered in September, after they were 4.5 thousand in August. The bulletin statistics show that Qatar’s population reached 2.187 million in September, a rise of 5.3% compared to August when it attained 2.077 million.

The figures indicate that the number of marriage certificates amounted to 360 in September, after it was 261 in August, whereas the number of divorce cases attained 142 last month compared to 77 in August. Economically, the bulletin points out that September-August CPI remained stable at 118.9 points. The bulletin last issue shows also that the number of commercial registration certificates rose by roughly 33% in September, with 539 main commercial registration certificates, and 577 sub-commercial registration certificates.

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The total electricity generated slumped by approximately 6% in September, compared to August 2014. Among Qatar’s main exporting destinations, Japan came first with over QR 8bn, followed by South Korea QR 6.3bn, and India came third with over QR 5bn. The maximum imports were from the US with a value exceeding QR 1.4bn. China and Germany were second and third with a value of QR 1bn, and QR 757bn respectively. The government online transactions increased, the bulletin indicates. Exit letter transaction was the highest with over 97 thousand transactions followed by residency renewal with 90 thousand transactions, and income account services of The Customs Authority, with more than 50 thousand transactions.

It is noteworthy that (Qatar: Monthly Statistics) bulletin is released on a monthly basis from February 2014. It is meant to identify the developments and changes that occur in the social and economic aspects in Qatar. For further information and data, kindly visit the MDPS website: www.mdps.gov.qa and QALAM website: www.qalm.gov.qa.

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