Amir re­views food se­cu­rity projects

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THE Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al Thani, Chair­man of the Supreme Coun­cil for Eco­nomic Af­fairs and In­vest­ment (SCEAI), presided over the coun­cil’s meet­ing at the Amiri Di­wan on Wed­nes­day.

The Deputy Amir HH Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Ha­mad al Thani, the Deputy Chair­man of the coun­cil, at­tended the meet­ing along with Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khal­ifa bin Ab­du­laziz al Thani, Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of the Coun­cil, and mem­bers of the coun­cil.

The coun­cil dis­cussed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in en­ergy and in­vest­ment af­fairs. It also dis­cussed the na­tional food se­cu­rity strat­egy and the ways to sup­port its most im­por­tant fac­tors.

A pre­sen­ta­tion on the strat­egy re­viewed the most im­por­tant projects for in­creas­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tion of veg­eta­bles, cat­tle, and fish. It also de­scribed the plans and stages for in­creas­ing the coun­try’s strate­gic sup­ply of food. The pre­sen­ta­tion touched on the role in­ter­na­tional trade can play as a pil­lar of food se­cu­rity. It also dis­cussed the lo­cal mar­ket, and pro­grammes that look to pro­vide a mar­ket­ing out­let for agri­cul­tural pro­duce.

The coun­cil dis­cussed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments of the free zones, where a num­ber of the world’s big­gest com­pa­nies have started join­ing. Projects worth a to­tal of QR3 bil­lion have also been ap­proved as com­pared to only QR1 bil­lion last Au­gust.

The ma­jor­ity of these projects are fo­cused on the new econ­omy, in­ter­net of things, sus­tain­abil­ity, IT, big data, communicat­ions, trans­port, lo­gis­tics, med­i­cal ser­vices, avi­a­tion, cy­berspace, and agritech.

The coun­cil dis­cussed a draft strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween Qatar Free Zones Au­thor­ity and Qatar Petroleum. The part­ner­ship aims to unite ef­forts in at­tract­ing ma­jor com­pa­nies in the en­ergy, chem­i­cals, and clean en­ergy sec­tors.

The SCEAI has also dis­cussed free zones, where a num­ber of the world’s big­gest com­pa­nies started join­ing. Projects worth a to­tal of QR3 bn have also been ap­proved as com­pared to only QR1 bn last Au­gust.

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al Thani pre­sides over the Supreme Coun­cil for Eco­nomic Af­fairs and In­vest­ment’s meet­ing at the Amiri Di­wan on Wed­nes­day.

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