Cabinet bars villa offices of firms in residential areas

January 30, 2014 - 3:10:22 am
DOHA: Legal, audit and engineering consultancy firms, veterinarians, agriculture experts and trading or any other companies with offices in villas in residential areas might not be permitted to operate from the venues from February 15.

A proposal that the rent contracts of these entities should not be renewed from February 15 has been approved by the Cabinet. It was submitted by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning.

The Cabinet’s weekly session was chaired by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani at the Emiri Diwan yesterday.

However, some entities like nurseries, beauty salons and physicians’ clinics, among others, might be permitted to continue to operate from villas in residential areas.

The civic ministry has been for the past few years allowing consultancy firms to operate from villas in residential areas.

The Cabinet also approved a draft law exempting some commodities from customs duties and referred it to the Advisory Council. 

According to the draft law, these commodities are personal use by people with special needs and imported for the government agencies concerned with caring for the disabled people or societies licenced to care for them or GCC nationals having cards showing they are of special needs. 

The Cabinet also approved a proposal by the Minister of Justice to form an ad-hoc committee for lawyers’ registration.  

It also endorsed a proposal by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to form a joint panel for communications infrastructure. The panel will be formed under the chairmanship of a representative from the ministry, with members from concerned agencies and departments.

The Cabinet took appropriate decisions after reviewing a letter by the Minister of Economy and Commerce on the outcome of the 29th session of the Permanent Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation in Turkey in November 2013 and a letter by the Chairman of the Complaints Committee of Qatar Financial Markets Authority covering activities during January-June 2013. 

The committee was set up by Qatar Financial Markets Authority under the chairmanship of one of the heads of the Courts of Appeal, with the membership of two judges from the courts and two experts from the stock exchange to rule on complaints against penal procedures issued by the authority.

The Minister of Economy and Trade then briefed the Cabinet on studies, initiatives and projects to encourage the private sector, infrastructure projects for businesses and solutions to create conducive business environment to ensure the local products are competitive. 

He highlighted challenges facing the growth of the private sector compared to the overall growth of the national economy, including impediments hampering businesses, tenders and procurements policy, requirements for warehouses, land, commercial stores and buildings.

He said solutions had been provided through initiatives including the development of economic zones, raising logistic competence to meet market needs, forecasted growth and low-cost warehouses  in addition to Al Firjan initiative which will provide citizens with services and contribute to lowering rents, along with initiatives, including the opening of new commercial streets, building and operating housing units for workers and submitting them to the private sector.

He also explained the goal of the state’s comprehensive logistic study, date of its completion and identified the government’s role and partnership with the private sector. QNA