Doha, May 08 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani presided over the Cabinet weekly regular session held today at the Emiri Diwan.
The Cabinet discussed topics on its agenda as follows:
First: Took necessary measures to issue a draft law on the social health insurance system, after taking note of the Advisory Council's recommendation on the draft law.
The law aims at providing the best health services to citizens and residents who are benefiting from the health insurance at health facilities authorized to provide health services and insurance cover by institutions legally authorized to practice the insurance activity.
The health insurance system will be mandatory. The health insurance services will include the mandatory health services, preventive, treatment, occupational and medical check-up services in exchange for the payment of the health insurance installments. The government will be responsible for the payment of the health insurance installments of each Qatari citizen.
As per the law, a company to be named: the National Health Insurance Company shall be established to become responsible for the effective application and management of the system under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Health.
Second: Took necessary measures for the issuance of a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 19 of 2005 regulating the practice of engineering professions, after taking note of the Advisory Council's recommendation on the draft law.
The draft law includes rules related to the formation of the committee in charge of the acceptance and classification of engineers and the engineering consulting offices, showing the period of registration in the record, which is three years for the engineer and two years for the engineering consulting offices as well as fees of registration in the records. Owners of the engineering consulting offices, their partners and engineers working in their offices are banned from working at any ministry, other government departments as well as public authorities or corporations. Exempted from that the Qatari teaching staff members holding PHD degrees who teach engineering at universities.
Third: Approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 14 of 1999 on Weapons, Ammunitions and Explosives and decided to refer it the Advisory Council.
Fourth: Approved a Cabinet draft resolution establishing the national explosives affairs committee.
As per the resolution, a committee to be named the National Explosives Affairs Committee is to be established at the Interior Ministry. The committee shall have a number of functions including the provision of consultancy to competent government bodies in connection with matters related to explosives and raw materials used in their manufacturing, control over the import, export, production, preparation and consumption of explosive materials and the insuring of their storage.
Fifth: Approved a draft decision by the Minister of Business and Trade on regulations determining the price of fish and seafood and their selling mechanism.
In order to take the necessary measures to protect the consumer, the draft decision was prepared to include provisions for the sale of domestic and imported fish and seafood from wholesalers to retailers through the auction at the time and the place determined by the Department of Consumer Protection. The Department determines and control the maximum retail prices and issue a daily bulletin setting the maximum selling prices to the consumer and obliging the seller to place the price bulletin in a prominent and clear place .
Sixth: Approved a draft decision amending some provisions of ministerial decision No. 3 of 1992 regulating intermediary work for the sale of fruit and vegetables at the Central Market.
Seventh: Approved a draft decision by the Minister of Business and Trade amending some provisions of decision No. 70 of 2006 on commercial stores located in residential areas.
In this regard, coordination was made between the ministries of business and trade, and municipality and urban planning on a proposal regarding the renewal of licenses for those stores for one year with effect from 6.7.2013.
Eighth: Approved the entry into force of the provisions of Law No. 24 of 2002 on retirement and pensions for Qataris working in each of the following:
A - Bidayah Center for Entrepreneurship and Professional Development.
B - Innovation Capital Foundation - Qatar.
C - Meeza QSTP Company.
Ninth: Took necessary measures to endorse the following:
a: A security agreement among GCC countries.
b: A Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral consultations between the Foreign Ministry of the State of Qatar and the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Peru.
Tenth: The Cabinet reviewed the following topics and took the appropriate decisions thereon:
a - A letter by HE the Armed Forces Chief of Staff on the retirement and pensions of military personnel.
b - A memorandum by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the requirements of Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre on the appointment of some Judges at the Court.
c - A Letter by HE the Minister of Energy and Industry containing a proposal for the approval of the extension of the validity of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 16.1.2011 between the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.(QNA)