The Shura Council held its regular weekly meeting Monday under the chairmanship of HE the Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, while respecting the social distancing practice.
At the beginning of the session, HE the Speaker praised the supreme directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to provide medical assistance to more than 20 countries around the world as part of the of human solidarity to confront the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, in addition to the financial assistance provided by Qatar to the multilateral healthcare institutions working in developing vaccines, and to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI ).
HE al-Mahmoud lauded the efforts of the government and its measures to confront the coronavirus pandemic, the procedures taken by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management as well as the efforts of all ministries and state agencies, particularly the Ministry of Public Health.
These efforts resulted, thanks to the grace of Allah Almighty, and to the awareness and co-operation of all members of society, in overcoming the peak phase of the virus and limiting its spread, which led to gradually lifting the restrictions imposed to address it and reduce its health, economic and social effects.
HE al-Mahmoud referred to the special session previously held by the council on the epidemic and its recommendations for the government to contribute to its efforts to combat the coronavirus and limit its spread.
The council then discussed its agenda which included a draft law amending some provisions of law number 12 of 2006 on Mesaieed municipality which was cancelled.
The council discussed the Services and Public Utilities Committee's report on amending some provisions of law number 1 of 1986 on registering pharmaceutical companies and their products.
Based on the draft law, the Ministry of Public Health could allow governmental health institutions to import medicine that is not registered in the state.
A decision from the Minister of Public Health would determine these institutions and the conditions for importation.
The council also discussed the report of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee on a draft law that would amend some provisions of law no. 12 of 1998 regulating the central municipal council.
After deliberations, the council approved the three draft laws and decided to refer it along with its recommendations to the government.
The council also discussed the report of the joint committee comprised of the Legal and Legislative Affairs and Cultural and Information Affairs Committees on a draft law regulating journalism, publishing, media activities, and arts.
The draft law includes 74 articles and has provisions regulating journalism and media, publishing houses, and the distribution of publications, movie theaters, private broadcast stations, advertising, public relations, and media services offices.
The council decided after detailed deliberations to return the draft law to the joint committee to examine further and present a supplemental report.