Boosting economic development in the country and enhancing investing opportunities through exploring various fields of business are among the priorities of Shura Council candidates as they continue to their efforts to reach out to the voters.
Speaking at a forum hosted by local Arabic daily Arrayah, five candidates stressed the need for innovative ideas to augment the economy and develop the necessary legislative and regulatory infrastructure that encourage investment in the country and expedite the process of issuing commercial licences, in addition to removing conventional bureaucratic obstacles.
Dr Ahmed al-Mohannadi, a candidate for the 20th constituency, pointed out that the elected council will have many tasks and duties to go ahead with the progress of the country’s ongoing comprehensive development.
He said that it is important to work on revising many related laws and legislation to update them according to the needs of the new phase and attract more investment, giving special focus on encouraging local investment.
Al-Mohannadi also spoke about his experience in the online and electronic transformation of the government services, which ease the process of the required procedures to obtain the necessary services.
Hamad Rashid al-Kuwari, a candidate for 22nd constituency, spoke about his focus on fighting unfair competition faced by local products and industry, especially in light of the progress made in Qatar in the past few years.
He saw it as a national duty to maintain the competitiveness of local products and encourage local industry attain the desired targets.
Al-Kuwari also called for issuing new laws in this regard and adopt more regulations for importing products that could compete with Qatari products.
Further, his programme gives focus on the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and easing the obstacles to business.
Dr Jassim al-Khayat, a candidate for the 11th constituency, spoke about the need to address the difficulties faced by the fishing, agriculture and livestock sectors, which include the shortage of water, the limited arable land, and the high cost of production due to the various related environmental factors.
He said that it is necessary to enforce existing laws and regulations that protect local products.
Al-Khayat also called for introducing more partnerships with the distinguished international companies in the field to help develop the local products and benefit from their experiences.
Mohamed Saeed Mubarak al-Faheed al-Hajiri, a candidate for the 29th constituency, stressed on the role of the private sector in enhancing the economic growth in the country.
He suggested that the outcomes of education should keep pace with the changing demands of the labour market to enable the graduates to join the labour market as quickly as possible.
Dr Mohamed Jassim al-Mislmani, a candidate for the 7th constituency, said that he will focus more on making the education, health, housing and other public services more accessible to Qataris and ensure these are up to their expectations.