About 65% of road projects in Qatar will be completed in 2017 and 2018, and most of the remaining works between the end of 2019 and middle of 2020, HE the Minister of Finance
Ali Sherif al-Emadi, who is also chairman of the ministerial group for co-ordination and follow-up of major projects (of strategic importance) has said.
Al-Emadi made the observation while giving a presentation on Wednesday to the Cabinet on the implementation of current and future projects in key sectors, the steps taken to execute them and their current stages in line with the approved plans, timetable and assigned budget, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
The presentation was made in the light of follow-up by the Cabinet on the work of specialised ministerial groups.
HE the Minister noted that more than 50% of the railway project has been completed, including 100% of tunnel-drilling operations and 45% of stations.
Also, around 90% of projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup across all sectors have been awarded and are expected to be executed within the schedule.
It was also revealed that a programme for infrastructure projects, involving the provision of more than 10,400 residential plots of land for citizens over the next three years, had also been approved.
HE the Minister also presented to the council what was achieved in the health sector in 2016, including the opening of the Communicable Disease Center, three health centres and two workers’ health centres. He also informed that four hospitals and four health centres would open in 2017.
In the field of electricity and water, it is expected that the first phase of the Umm Al Houl plant will be completed by the end of 2017, and 50% of the biggest water reservoir projects has also been implemented.
He added that the State is implementing several projects in the education sector, the most important of which is the expansion of educational buildings at Qatar University and new schools across the country.
HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, who chaired the Cabinet’s regular weekly meeting at Emiri Diwan on Wednesday, called for the commitment of the competent authorities to the implementation of different projects in accordance with their plans, deadlines and the allocated budget.
Meanwhile, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud said the meeting approved a draft Cabinet decision to establish the national committee on combating drugs.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) 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, QNA said.
The committee will have the authority to draw up the relevant public policy, co-ordinate official and popular efforts to combat and prevent drugs in all its forms, endorse the Ministry of Public Health’s plans and programmes in combating and preventing drugs, and treating and rehabilitating drug users.
According to the provisions of the bill, the committee will be established at the MoI under the name “national committee on combating drugs”. HE the Minister of Interior acts as chairman of the committee while HE the Minister of Justice will be the vice-chairman.
As for members, the committee comprises HE the Minister of Public Health, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, HE the Minister of Culture and Sports, the MoI’s director-general of public security, head of the General Authority of Customs and head of the MoI’s Criminal Investigation Department.