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Doha, January 11 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired Wednesday the Cabinet's regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises.

Following the meeting, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud said the Cabinet considered the topics tabled the agenda and took a set of decisions and measures.

The Cabinet approved a draft law regulating the practice of the marine business in the waters belonging to the State of Qatar.

The marine vessels included in the draft law include vessels of any kind, including boats of dynamic payment, marine media, boats operating by immersion operation, drilling rigs, service vessels and the like. The draft law does not include warships, public ships, fishing vessels and cruise ships.

The draft law identifies practice of marine business in Qatar's waters as all the work carried by naval vessels in the internal and territorial waters of the state, and its bed and subsoil, and the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, over which the State has sovereignty and sovereign rights, in accordance with the provisions of the international law and its domestic laws and regulations, including acts of passenger and goods transport, drilling and digging operations, supply and maintenance services, and the services of lifting debris, laying of submarine cables, and operation of offshore units and others.

Under the draft law, Qatari and non-Qatari naval ships may practice marine business in waters belonging to the State of Qatar after obtaining a license from the competent department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Practicing marine business in the areas that are managed or supervised by Qatar Petroleum are not subject to the provisions of this law.

All persons who are engaged in marine business in the Qatari waters before the effective date of the provisions of this law must adjust their situation in accordance with its terms within six months from the date of its enforcement. The period may be extended for another similar period by a decision of the Minister.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved a draft decision of the Minister of Interior to issue the executive regulation No. (21) of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their stay.

The draft regulation included provisions concerning the controls of entry and exit of expatriates, work and non-work residence permits, visits, the entry and sailors, transit pass, return, residence permits and others. 

The session approved a cabinet draft decision to form an organizing committee for hosting regional and international sports activities and events. 
Under the draft decision, an organizing committee for hosting regional and international sports activities and events shall be formed at the Ministry of Culture and Sports under the presidency of a representative from the ministry and with members from concerned authorities. 
The committee shall be tasked with reviewing the sports entities' proposals in regards to hosting regional and international sports tournaments and events that have been approved, and providing feedback in terms of the feasibility and benefit for the country, considering the planned support from the state to host such events. 
It also shall take measures on liaising with concerned authorities regarding the approved sports tournaments and events, looking into the allocated budget from the state, and providing a view on the matter. 
In addition, the committee is to liaise with the Governmental Committee for Coordinating Conferences and Events regarding the timings and schedule of holding the regional and international events and activities. 
The session approved a cabinet draft decision amending some provisions of Decision No. 34 of 2015 on the regulation of the Governmental Committee for Coordinating Conferences and Events. The draft decision stipulates the addition of a representative from the Ministry of Culture and Sports to the committee, delegating the committee to study the proposals of the concerned authorities on organizing non-sporting conferences and events in the country, and providing feedback on the benefit to the state for hosting such events. 
Additionally, the session ratified an agreement to establish a joint economic, trade and technical commission between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Azerbaijan; an agreement for cooperation in the legal field between the Ministry of Justice of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan; a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of education, higher education and scientific research between the governments of the State of Qatar and the Republic of Azerbaijan; a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the General Authority of Customs of the State of Qatar and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the field of professional retraining and improvement of professional skills; and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of fiscal policy and budget between the Ministry of Finance of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 
The cabinet also approved a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of social affairs between the governments of the State of Qatar and the State of Kuwait. 
The cabinet reviewed and took the appropriate decision regarding a memo from the HE the foreign minister on the report on the committee tasked with drafting a national human rights working plan. 
The cabinet also reviewed a letter of HE the minister of economy and commerce regarding the outcomes of the 32nd session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) that took place in Istanbul in November 2016, and took the appropriate decision. (END)

Doha, January 11 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired Wednesday the Cabinet's regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises. Following the meeting, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sta

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