Doha, May 29 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani presided over the cabinet weekly regular session held today at the Emiri Diwan.
After the meeting HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud stated the following:
The cabinet discussed topics tabled on its agenda and took the following
First: took necessary procedures to issue a draft law amending some provisions of the advocacy law issued by law No. 23 of 2006, after taking not of the Advisory Council's recommendation on the daft law.
According to the amendment the person registered in the lawyers roll shall be holding a degree in law from one of the recognized universities, or a sharia degree for those who practiced work at the judiciary or the attorney general's office for a period not less than two years.
Second: Took necessary procedures to issue a draft law regulating the practice of maritime works in Qatari waters, after taking note of the Advisory Council's recommendation on the draft law.
According the draft law provisions, practice of maritime works shall be confined to maritime ships registered in the State. Non-Qatari maritime ships may practice such works after receiving a license from the administrative unit concerned with maritime affairs at the Ministry of Business and Trade.
Third: Approved a draft law exempting Qatar Railways Company (Rail) from the application of the provisions of law No. 4 of 1985 regarding the organization of buildings.
The exemption of the company comes due to the special nature and strategic importance of the establishment of Qatari railway networks as one of the state's national projects.
Fourth: Approved a draft law to enact a law on fighting cyber-crimes and to refer it to the Advisory Council.
The law punishes anyone who manages, via the internet or any information technology means, without a right, to enter an electronic website and informational system of any of the state's organs, institutions, authorities or otherwise affiliated bodies or companies thereon, and anyone who establishes or runs an electronic site via the internet or any information technology means, or publishes false news with the aim of jeopardizing the state safety, its general order, internal or external security. The law also punishes anyone who infringes on the social principles or values or otherwise publishes news, photos, audio or visual recordings related to the sanctity of the private and familial life of persons, even if they were true, or infringes on others by libel or slander via the Internet or other information technology means.
Fifth: Approved a cabinet draft resolution amending some provisions of resolution No. 36 of 2011 defining the fees of Qatari sea ports.
Sixth: Approved a Cabinet draft resolution restructuring Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilizations (QCAC).
The committee is to oversee the implementation of the plan of the state and its contributions regarding the alliance of civilization and its development.
According to the amendment the committee is to be restructured under the chairmanship of HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the Representative of the State of Qatar at the Alliance of Civilization as vice chairman and representatives of a number of bodies as members. The committee is to submit periodical reports on its work and recommendations to the Cabinet.
Seventh: Approved a draft decision issued by HE the Minister of Interior amending some provisions of decision No. 19 of 2007 which sets the fees of services provided by the Ministry of Interior and the certificates it issues.
Eighth: Approved a draft decision issued by HE the Minister of Public Health amending some provisions of decision No. 9 of 1987 on health terms, specifications and facilities that shall be provided at private clinics.
The amendment aims to encourage investment in the private health sector via the provision of opportunities for opening private health centre at commercial complexes in the state.
Ninth: Approved the exemption of certain commodities, exclusively used by persons with special needs, from customs duties.
Tenth: Approved a proposal by the Civil Aviation Authority for holding discussions in the field of air transport between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Mongolia.
Eleventh: Approved the following:
a- A draft agreement on cooperation in the fighting of crime between governments of the State of Qatar and the Republic of Bulgaria.
b- A draft agreement on cooperation in air transport between governments of the State of Qatar and the Republic of Zimbabwe.
c- A draft agreement organizing the employment of Albanian labours in the State of Qatar between the Government of the State of Qatar and Albania's Council of Ministers.
d- A draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of National Security of the United States of America.
Twelfth: Took necessary procedures for the endorsement of a draft Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy between the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of National Development in Hungary.
Thirteenth: The Cabinet reviewed two letters by HE the Minister of Energy and Industry who is also Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Water Resources on the following laws (regulations), endorsed by the GCC Supreme Council at its 23rd session to apply them, as a guide, for two years:
- Surface and underground water resources.
- Treated sewage water and their re-use.
- Desalinated water resources.
The Cabinet took the appropriate decision thereon. (QNA)