Monday, 06 December 2021 02:20 GMT

Qatar- Draft law to curb illegal trade of petroleum products soon


(MENAFN- The Peninsula)

DOHA: Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Emiri Diwan yesterday.

The Cabinet issued directives to take measures for the issuance of a draft law to combat smuggling and illegal trade of petroleum products, after having briefed on a recommendation by the Advisory Council on a draft law.

The draft law bans import and export of petroleum products without the permission from Qatar Petroleum. It also bans illegal trade of petroleum products, Qatar News Agency reports.

According to the draft law, it is illegal to sale petroleum products to somebody who resells them, purchasing such products for reselling them without license and obtaining a share of petroleum products that are distributed by licensed entities while submitting incorrect information or documents.

It also includes continuing to receive a share of petroleum products that are distributed by licensed entities after the end of the purpose by virtue of which the share was decided, using the granted share in purposes other than it was set for and unlawfully deciding the right to a share of petroleum products or granting it to undeserving parties.

The draft law stipulates strict penalties for those found violating its provisions.

The penalties include confiscation of petroleum products smuggled or illicitly traded, or payment of an equivalent amount if the products are not found, in cases of conviction.

The tools and materials used in the crime, along with the mode of transport, will also be confiscated.

The Cabinet approved taking the necessary measures for the issuance of two draft laws on civil human resources law and its executive bylaws, after having been briefed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council with respect to the draft law.

The draft law included provisions relating to planning and organizing employment, terms of appointment, salary, bonus, allowance and other related benefits for employees and their training, appraisal of performance, and promotions, along with organizing staff transfer, delegation and secondment and vacation and their duties.

The draft included the employee’s entitlement to end of service benefit.

The meeting ordered measures for the issuance of a draft law to issue the arbitration law in civil and commercial matters, after having been briefed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council with respect to the draft law.

The session ratified a cabinet draft decision amending the regulation of some administrative units that constitute the Communications Regulatory Authority and assigning their powers.

It also ratified a draft decision by the minister of transport and communications on establishing departments at the administrative units that constitute the Communications Regulatory Authority and assigning their powers.

The Cabinet endorsed a draft decision by the minister of economy and commerce specifying the fees for the issue and renewal of practicing consultancy services.

The bill comes as part of completing the procedures of regulating the consultancy business, and the registration and renewal of its practice in line with the provisions of Law No. 10 of 2012 on the regulation of consultancy services, and Cabinet Decision No. 54 of 2014 on specifying the terms and conditions of granting licenses to global experienced consultancy service centres and their commitments.

The Cabinet ratified a draft decision by the minister of economy and commerce on issuing the regulations of the law (system) on brands in GCC states.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce prepared the bill as part of completing the procedures for issuing the required decisions to activate provisions of Law No. 7 of 2014 on issuing the law (system) on brands in GCC states.

The meeting agreed to extend the settlement deadline for the addressees of the provisions of Law No. 5 of 2015 on commercial and industrial stores, the similar public ones, and street vendors, as well as Law No. 11 of 2015 on the issuance of commercial companies law.The Peninsula


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