The Advisory Council held Monday its regular weekly session under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud.
At the outset of the session, the Advisory Council discussed a draft law amending some provisions of law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, and decided to approve it and submit its recommendations thereon to the esteemed government.
During the session, the Council discussed the report of the Cultural Affairs and Information Committee on a draft law amending some provisions of law No. 1 for 2016 regulating sports clubs.
The draft law came is in line with the ongoing developments and updates in international regulations and standards related to the independence of sport.
The amendment aims to enhance the independence of the General Assemblies of sports clubs in terms of their competencies, tasks and powers, and to find a clear and effective legal mechanism to attract Qatari cadres qualified to work in sports clubs, as well as to attract athletes from universities, institutes and schools to participate in International competitions. It also aims at enhancing the participation of the private sector to invest in the sports sector and provide sports activities and services in the country.
The Council also discussed the report of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on a draft law supporting the competitiveness of national products and combating injurious practices in international trade.
The draft law defines injurious practices in international trade as dumping practices, hoc supports and increases in imports. It defines dumping as exporting to the state a product at an export price below the normal value of a similar product in the exporting country in the normal course of trade.
The provisions of this law shall apply in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of the World Tarde Organization (WTO) agreements.
Under the provisions of the draft law, a committee called the 'committee for the support of competitiveness of national products and combating harmful practices in international trade' shall be established in the Ministry of Economy and Commerce with people expertise in the area of WTO agreements along with representatives of concerned ministries and bodies as its members.
The committee's mandate is to examine complaints and violations of the provisions of the law, to conduct investigations into complaints, to prepare a report on the results of the investigation and to propose interim and final measures necessary to protect national products.
After discussion on the draft laws, the Council approved them and decided to submit its recommendations thereon to the esteemed government.
At the end of its session, the Advisory Council discussed the report of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on a request for discussion on the National Food Security Programme.
After an extensive discussion, the Council decided to return the report to the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee for further study.