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Cabinet hails outcome of GCC meeting in Riyadh




(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The weekly Cabinet meeting, presided over by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday welcomed the positive outcome of the 15th Consultative Meeting of the GCC leaders held in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, other GCC leaders and French President Francois Hollande.

The Cabinet stressed that the Summit's final communique expresses the unity of the GCC countries' stand toward the serious challenges facing the region and their common concern about strengthening the security and stability in the region, protect its interests and meet the aspirations of their citizens.

Later the Cabinet reviewed topics on the agenda as follows:

First: To take necessary measures for the issuance of a draft decree amending some provisions of the Decree Law No 17 for the year 2010 on the organisation of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) after briefing the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

Under the amendment, NHRC enjoys full independence in the exercise of its activities on human rights. The committee's member shall not be held accountable criminally or disciplinary on what he shows before the committee and its subcommittees, including opinions or statements with respect to matters falling within its competence.

Except in cases of flagrante delicto (a legal term used to indicate that a criminal has been caught in the act of committing an offence), it is not permissible to enter the committee headquarters, subsidiaries or offices or inspect any of them, except in the presence of an Advocate General and based on an order by the competent judge.

The meeting also reviewed a letter by HE the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee on the committee's report about the situation of human rights in Qatar and the outcome of the committee's work for the period of January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

Second: Approved a draft law organising the cinemas.

The draft law includes special stipulations on the conditions for the licence to practise the activity of movies' display, its duration, fees and renewal.

As per the draft law, any movies, artistic works, equipment and devices for cinemas can be imported only after obtaining the approval of the Press and Publications Department of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. Any film or artistic work cannot by displayed before obtaining the permission from the department.

The meeting approved the Cabinet's decision on human resources for schools' staff. The system includes provisions related to specifying salaries, bonuses, allowances and other related benefits for staff as well as the evaluation of their performance, their vacations and transfer and assignment.

In addition, the Cabinet approved a decision by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage to set the fees for the renewal of licences for activities that fall under the jurisdiction of Law No 8 of 1979 on press and publication.

It also ratified a draft decision by the board of Qatar Financial Markets Authority regarding the organisational structure of the authority.

The Cabinet approved hosting a number of meetings for GCC ministers and undersecretaries of labour and social affairs in Doha in 2015.

Additionally, it endorsed joining the amended co-financing conventions for some air navigation services in Iceland and Greenland (1956).

The meeting also decided to take the necessary measures to ratify a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation in the field of diplomatic training between the Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Institute and Korea National Diplomatic Academy at the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

In the same context, the cabinet ratified a draft memorandum of understanding in basic, secondary and higher education, and scientific research between the governments of Qatar and Gambia.

Moreover, the Cabinet reviewed a set of issues and took the necessary measures. It went through the remarks of the General Authority for Minors' Affairs regarding a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 40 of 2004 on the guardianship of funds of minors and the views of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in this regard.

The Cabinet reviewed a letter by HE the Minister of Finance on proposals related to contracting Hemaya Security Services and a letter by HE the Minister of Justice on the second annual report for the National Committee for the International Humanitarian Law (NCIHL) on 2014.


Cabinet hails outcome of GCC meeting in Riyadh

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