Qatar Chamber’s Food Security & Environment Committee reviewed Tuesday the challenges faced by suppliers and distributors in applying the decision to register the new prices of foodstuffs and consumer goods for goods listed by the committee, as well as the requests for increasing prices of foodstuffs and consumer goods.
This was tackled during a webinar led by Qatar Chamber board member Mohamed bin Ahmed al-Obaidli in the presence of representatives of the Committee Tasked with Determining Maximum Prices and Profit Ratios and Food Outlets. The attendees also reviewed reasons for the committee’s decision to submit requests for increasing prices to the Quality Licence and Market Control Department, and affirmed that this step aims to study the market and prevent unjustified causes of price increase, as well as obtain official approvals to increase prices in accordance with the list issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry so that suppliers could distribute imported goods.
During the meeting, it was agreed that requests to increase prices should be approved within two days from the date of submitting the request. Al-Obaidli stressed the importance of enhancing co-ordination with the Committee Tasked with Determining Maximum Prices and Profit Ratios, especially on decisions related to food security, and inviting the chamber’s Food Security & Environment Committee to participate in relevant meetings.
He also underscored the importance of strengthening communication between the Food Security & Environment Committee and all companies working in the sector to identify the challenges facing companies and to resolve issues, in co-ordination with all bodies concerned. Al-Obaidli also emphasised the importance of providing the chamber with suppliers’ views on the list of goods and factors determining cost factors to achieve balance between all parties.
The chairman of the Food Outlets Committee, Abdul Rahman bin Abdulla al-Ansari, said the meeting expressed views of the private sector on importing agricultural goods from Algeria, especially that importers called on providing data of Algerian companies working in this sector and obtain previous experience with GCC states. Al-Ansari also noted that the meeting touched on the need to activate agricultural fairs between Qatar and Algeria. “The Qatari private sector is interested to further enhance cooperation with Algerian businessmen,” he added.