Cabinet nod for panel to combat human trafficking
October 12 2016 10:05 PM


The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs to set up a national committee to combat human trafficking.
The roles of the committee will include the formulation of a national plan to counter human trafficking and preparation of an annual report on Qatar’s efforts in the field, according to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The committee will be chaired by a representative from the ministry and have, as its members, representatives of the designated authorities.
After the regular Cabinet meeting chaired by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Emiri Diwan on Wednesday, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet also gave its nod to a draft law on cleanliness in public areas – which prohibits littering on roads and in other places - and agreed to refer it to the Advisory Council.
The draft law “prevents dropping or leaving trash in any public area even if it is privately owned”, including rooftops, balconies, pavements, alleys, beaches and several other places. The dumping of garbage is also to be strictly carried out in areas determined by the municipality.
The municipality will be in charge of all aspects of cleaning projects and can also decide to recycle or treat garbage. Further, the municipality is allowed to offer these duties to one or more contractors in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The new draft is being prepared to replace Law No 8 of 1974 as part of as part of efforts undertaken to update legislation.
Meanwhile, the meeting approved an amendment to some provisions of Law No 8 of 1990 on regulation of human food control. The decision to close an outlet must be published on the website of the authority that issued it as well as in two local newspapers with a large circulation, according to the draft. The costs should be covered by the outlet that violated the law.
Further, the Cabinet has approved a draft law on the “national address” and will refer it to the Advisory Council, QNA said.
The draft states that the “national address” must be provided to a specialised administrative unit at the Ministry of Interior within a set period. Any judicial declaration or other official notification delivered to the “national address” will be considered valid, according to the new draft.
Another item on the meeting’s agenda was a draft law regulating the auditing profession. The new law is being prepared to replace Law No 30 of 2004 in the context of updating legislation to cope with developments in the profession.
The new draft includes provisions pertaining to the rights and duties of auditors as well as their disciplinary accountability, among others.
The Cabinet then approved a proposal by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to make a financial contribution to Unesco’s educational programmes.
The penultimate item on the Cabinet’s agenda was to approve two draft agreements. The first was on air transport, signed between the governments of Qatar and Chile, while the second was on air services, signed between Qatar and the Dominican Republic.
A couple of topics were also reviewed - a message from HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, who is also chairman of the Permanent Water Resources Committee, on the work of the committee from September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, and a draft decision by HE the Minister of Transport and Communications on the guidelines for obtaining safety certificate for railway infrastructure, operation and the licences required for carrying out these services.

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