The Cabinet on Wednesday issued a draft law that makes it compulsory for all new buildings in Qatar to have 'stipulated' provisions for car parking.
It is prohibited to issue building permits for designs that do not include car parking facilities in line with prescribed technical specifications and standards, the draft law approved by the Cabinet says.
The draft legislation seeks to regulate car parking practices in the country, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. The decision was taken at the Cabinet’s regular weekly meeting in Doha.
Public parking spaces, which may or may not involve payment of fees, will be specified by the municipality of the area concerned. If private properties are to be used as paid parking slots, the owners have to get the approval of the technical affairs department at the municipality concerned. 
Under the new provisions, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment handles the specification of spaces, which are not privately owned, for public parking with or without fees, their organisation in co-ordination with entities concerned in the State as well as the management and supervision of public parking areas, QNA said. 
“The ministry must pledge to handle this mission and authorise others to practise the management of public and private parking spaces,” it added.
HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired the Cabinet meeting at the Emiri Diwan. 
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet also gave its nod to a draft law on amending some provisions of Law No 25 of 2005 on trade registration and decided to refer it to the Advisory Council.
Further, the meeting approved a draft law on amending some provisions of Law No 5 of 2015 on similar commercial, industrial and public shops and street vendors and decided to refer it to the Advisory Council.
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce had prepared the draft laws to facilitate procedures for investors and the business community. 
Under the amendment, the registration duration in the commercial register will be fixed by a decision from the Cabinet and based on the suggestions of the Minister concerned, depending on the nature or type of activity subject to registration. 
This duration is renewable for one or several similar periods and the specialised management, depending on the request of the party concerned, will handle the registration renewal accordingly, QNA noted.
Also, based on a decision by the Cabinet as well as the minister’s suggestion, the licensing period will be set according to the shop type. The licence can be renewed by paying the prescribed fee. 
The Cabinet, meanwhile, approved a draft decision on issuing an integrity agreement for public officials.
The Administrative Control and Transparency Authority handled the preparation of the draft decision to achieve the highest transparency indicators in the State, strengthen the trust in public employment and protect public funds. 
The agreement aims to improve public employees' behaviour and ethics in the country. 
The draft includes provisions related to goals, principles, values, behavioural standards, job integrity, prohibited actions, commitment to the agreement and consequences of its breach.
The Cabinet took the required measures to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products within the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. 
It also approved a draft agreement between the governments of Qatar and Paraguay on avoiding double taxation and preventing tax evasion.
The Cabinet reviewed the Minister of Economy and Commerce’s report on the second session of Qatari-Hungarian joint economic committee held in Doha in September and took the appropriate decision.
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