The Cabinet's regular meeting, chaired by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, on Wednesday approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 15 of 2011 Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and referred it to the Shura Council.

Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi stated the following:

The Cabinet also approved a draft law amending some provisions Law No 15 of 2014 on Regulating Charitable Activities, and a draft Amiri decision on organising the charity organisation.

The draft decision and law came with the aim to updating the legislation to keep up with the latest developments.

Moreover, the Cabinet approved a draft Amiri decision amending some of the provisions of Amiri decision No 44 of the 2014 establishing Qatar General Authority for specifications and standardisation. The amendment requires the transfer of the affiliation of the Qatari General Authority for Specifications and Standardisation from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The Cabinet also approved a draft Cabinet decision amending the organisation of some administrative units comprising the Ministry of Finance and specifying their competencies, and a draft Cabinet decision amending the organisation of some administrative units comprising the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and defining their competencies.

The Cabinet reviewed the letter of President of the Planning and Statistics Authority on the State of Qatar's ranking in the Global Competitiveness Book 2019.

The Cabinet praised Qatar's advanced level achieved in this area, as it has risen to the top 10 in overall competitive indicators from 63 countries.

The Cabinet then reviewed the following topics and took appropriate decisions:

1- The annual report of the Competition Protection and Prevention of Monopoly Practices Committee, which was established at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Committee is responsible for several functions, including the preparation of an integrated database and information regarding economic activity and updating it regularly to facilitate the work of the committee in promoting fair competition and preventing monopoly practices and conducting the necessary research. It also receives reports related to violations of the provisions of the law, examines them to verify whether they deserve consideration, and takes appropriate measures.

2- The report of the committee for co-ordination between the bodies operating at Hamad International Airport (HIA) during the period from April 1 to September 9, 2019.

This committee, established by the General Authority for Civil Aviation, is responsible for co-ordinating the work of all the entities operating at HIA to facilitate the operations and activities of air transport and the movement of aircraft, passengers, goods and mail to and from the State in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and provide the necessary requirements to facilitate airport activities.

3- The report of the Permanent Population Committee on the status of the population of Qatar 2019.

This committee, in accordance with the competent authorities, studies the demographics, characteristics and trends of the population, proposes the population policy of the state, observes its implementation after approval, prepares the studies and research on population aimed at knowing the social reality of the state, develops the population policies and programs and a number of other tasks.

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