Doha, February 08 (QNA
) - HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the cabinet's regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises.
After the meeting, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, said the cabinet reviewed topics on the agenda and took the necessary measures to issue a draft law amending some provisions of the criminal, which was issued as Law No. 11 of 2004, after referring to the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.
According to the bill, anyone who takes or circulates photos or videos of the injured and victims of accidents through any device in any unauthorized way is to be punished.
The cabinet approved a draft law on domestic helpers, which defines household works as services a domestic helper does for the sponsor or those living with the sponsor at family houses, in line with the contract and established norms.
The draft law also defines the sponsor as a natural person for whom a domestic helper works and defines the domestic helper as a natural person who carries out household works under the management and supervision of the sponsor in return for a wage in line with the contract and established norm. Domestic helpers include drivers, nannies, cooks, gardeners and their equivalents.
According to the provisions of the bill, the law applies to sponsors and domestic helpers, specifies their rights and duties and regulates the relationship between them.
In addition, the session approved a draft cabinet decision to establish the national committee on combating drugs. The Ministry of Interior has prepared the draft decision with the aim of establishing a high-level committee that supervises the implementation of state policies in the field of combating drugs in all forms, types and names.
According to the provisions of the bill, the committee is to be established at the Ministry of Interior under the name of the national committee on combating drugs. The minister of interior acts as chairman of the committee and the minister of justice shall be the vice chairman. As for members, the committee comprises the minister of public health, the minister of education and higher education, the minister of endowments and Islamic affairs, the minister of culture and sports, the Ministry of Interior's director general of public security, head of the General Authority of Customs, and head of the Ministry of Interior's Criminal Investigation Department.
The committee shall have the powers of drawing the public policy, coordinating official and popular efforts in combating and preventing drugs in all its forms, endorsing the Ministry of Public Health plans and programs in combating and preventing drugs, and treating and rehabilitating drug users.
The cabinet approved a Foreign Ministry proposal amending some provisions of the Emiri Decision No. 14 of 1998 forming Qatar's Permanent Committee for the Support of Al Quds.
Under the proposal, the committee shall be reconstituted under the chairmanship of the foreign minister and comprises three members from the Foreign Ministry, one of whom acts as deputy chairman; a representative of the office of the prime minister; a representative of the Ministry of Public Health; a representative of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; a representative of the Ministry of Finance; a representative of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs; and a representative of the Qatari joint relief committee.
The meeting also approved the foreign minister's draft decision to create sections in the administrative units of the ministry and define their terms of reference.
It also approved the Qatar Financial Markets Authority's (QFMA) proposal to renew the membership of the chairman and members of the QFMA appeals committee. The appeals committee, established within QFMA, is headed by one of the presidents of the Courts of Appeal and consists of two judges of the such court as well as two experts in securities dealings. It looks into cases and requests of stay of QFMA proceedings.
In addition, the cabinet's session approved the application of the provisions of Law No. 24 of 2002 on retirement and pensions on Qatari employees by Al Qayed Holding Group Company.
The cabinet approved a draft agreement on the establishment of the Global Dryland Alliance, and a draft agreement on its headquarters.
It also approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of smart grids and the methods and techniques used in smart cities between the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) in the State of Qatar and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in the Republic of Korea.
The meeting also reviewed a memo by HE the minister of economy and commerce on the outcome of the fifth session of Qatar-German Joint Economic and Trade Cooperation Committee, which was held in Doha in December 2016, and took the appropriate decision.
In light of the cabinet's follow-up on the work of specialized ministerial groups, HE the minister of finance and chairman of the ministerial group for coordination and follow-up of major projects (of strategic importance) gave a detailed presentation on the implementation of current and future projects in key sectors along with the steps taken to implement them and the stages at which they are today in accordance with the approved plans and the timetable within the assigned budget.
He said that about 90 percent of projects related to the 2022 World Cup in all sectors were awarded and are expected to be executed within the schedule.
In his presentation, he touched on highway projects and deadlines to complete their implementation, saying that about 65 percent of road projects will be completed during 2017 and 2018 and that most of the projects are expected to be completed during the period between the end of 2019 and mid-2020.
The minister added that more than 50 percent of the Rail project has been completed, and that 100 percent of the drilling tunnel operations and 45 percent of the stations are complete.
He presented to the council what has been achieved in the health sector in 2016, including the opening of the Communicable Disease Center, three health centers and two workers health centers, pointing out that four hospitals and four health centers will open in 2017.
In the field of electricity and water, it is expected that the first phase of Umm Al Houl plant will be completed by the end of 2017, and that 50 percent of the biggest water reservoirs projects has also been implemented.
A complete program for infrastructure projects to more than 10,400 residential plots of land for citizens over the next three years was also approved.
He added that the state is carrying out several projects in the education sector, the most important of which is the expansion of educational buildings in Qatar University and new schools across the country.
HE the prime minister called for the commitment of competent authorities to the implementation of the projects according to their plans and deadlines and the allocated budget. (QNA)