PM orders study of population challenges
December 24 2020 12:14 AM
Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani
Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani

QNA Doha

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani directed the formation of specialised work teams from the relevant authorities to study the challenges facing population issues and demographics and submit the results to the Cabinet, including proposed solutions and recommendations.

This was announced by HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi after the Cabinet's regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday.

HE the Prime Minister chaired the meeting, which began with the Cabinet expressing deep satisfaction over the arrival of the first shipment of the Covid-19 vaccine, in implementation of the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and the start of Qatar's largest vaccination campaign on Wednesday through select health centres.

The Cabinet welcomed Qatar's hosting of the 21st Asian Games in 2030 after Doha won the rights, expressing its appreciation for the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee's efforts for securing this major sporting event.

The Cabinet listened to the explanation provided by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments to limit the spread of Covid-19, and affirmed the continuation of work with regard to the precautionary measures that have been taken in order to combat the pandemic.

The Cabinet also listened to a presentation made by HE the President of the Planning and Statistics Authority on some issues of population and demographics in Qatar, in which he dealt with the historical development of the population, the natural factors determining the growth of citizens, the size of the target population, and the expectations of the population until 2024. He also referred to the national references that dealt with the population issue, which are the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Population Policy 2017-2022 and the National Development Strategy 2018-2022.

After that, the Cabinet approved the draft decision amending some provisions of Resolution No. 15 of 2017 regarding the establishment of a National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking.

This committee established at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs aims to play the role of the national co-ordinator to monitor, prevent and combat human trafficking by co-ordinating with the authorities concerned in this regard. Among its competencies is the development of the national plan to combat human trafficking, and the preparation of programmes and mechanisms to implement it in coordination with the authorities concerned.

The Cabinet approved a draft agreement between Qatar and the United Nations regarding the establishment of the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the country. The preparation of this draft agreement comes within the framework of the State's keenness to enhance international co-operation with the United Nations.

Also approved was a draft agreement for joint co-operation in health and medical sciences between the governments of Qatar and the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Cabinet also reviewed the results of the 73rd session of the World Health Organisation and the 147th session of the WHO Executive Council and took the appropriate decision in that regard.




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