Qatar- All commercial activities allowed on weekends

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the regular Cabinet meeting, held using video conference technology.

Following the meeting, HE Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi said the following:

At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet heard a presentation by HE the Minister of Public health on the latest developments to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cabinet affirmed continued implementation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic. As part of the plan to gradually lift the restrictions imposed as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the cabinet decided the following:

1 - End working with its decision of closing shops and all commercial activity on Friday and Saturday of every week.

2 - The decision goes into effect starting Thursday Jul. 9, 2020.

Afterwards, the Cabinet considered the topics on the agenda and took as follows:

First, approving a draft decision from the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs on determining the ratio of Qatari employees to non-Qatari employees in the private sector. The draft decision comes in implementation of the provision of the labor law no. 14 of 2004. The draft decision aims to raise the percentage of Qataris working at state-owned companies, or where the state is an investor to 60 percent. The decision also includes other authorities that are subject to the retirement and pensions law. The draft decision also aims to raise the percentage of Qataris in human resources to 80 percent in these authorities. The children of Qatari women are treated as Qataris when calculating the localisation ratio. The authorities in question are banned from appointing non-Qataris in jobs allocated by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs for localization.

Second, approving a draft law amending some provisions of decree law no. 11 of 2012 on government regulation of the buying and selling of chemical and petrochemical products that are produced in the State of Qatar.

Third, the cabinet reviewed a report of the State of Qatar's population in 2019, and the outcomes of a study by the permanent population committee and its remarks on the report. The cabinet then took the appropriate decisions regarding the matter.


Gulf Times

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