Deals signed to raise Qatar’s strate­gic stock of food items

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A slew of contracts to in­crease Qatar’s strate­gic stock of food were signed on Thurs­day. Un­der­sec­re­tary for Con­sumer Af­fairs and Head of the Strate­gic Stor­age Work­ing Group for Food Se­cu­rity at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try Sheikh Jas­sim bin Jabr bin Has­san al Thani signed the contracts with 14 ma­jor com­pa­nies spe­cial­is­ing in the food sec­tor. Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try HE Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment HE Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki al Subaie were present dur­ing the deal sign­ing cer­e­mony. The ini­tia­tive falls in line with the state’s food se­cu­rity strat­egy to bol­ster the strate­gic stock sys­tem for food prod­ucts, con­sumer goods and food sup­plies, in or­der to ce­ment Qatar’s lead­ing re­gional po­si­tion in terms of suf­fi­ciency in strate­gic stocks, its abil­ity to achieve food se­cu­rity and meet the needs of its citizens and res­i­dents.

THE Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MoCI) on Thurs­day signed contracts with 14 com­pa­nies in Qatar to raise the country’s strate­gic stock of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties in­clud­ing rice, wheat, frozen red meat, and long-life milk.

The contracts were signed in pres­ence of Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try HE Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment HE Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki al Subaie. The chair­man of the com­mit­tee for im­ple­ment­ing the food se­cu­rity poli­cies of the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor was also present at the sign­ing event.

Sheikh Jas­sim bin Jabr bin Has­san al Thani, the Act­ing Un­der­sec­re­tary for Con­sumer Af­fairs and Head of the Strate­gic Stor­age Work­ing Group for Food Se­cu­rity at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, signed the contracts with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 14 com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the food sec­tor of Qatar. The sign­ing took place at the min­istry’s head­quar­ters in Lu­sail.

Sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cials from Qatar Flour Mills, Na­tional Food In­dus­tries (Food Co), Qatar Na­tional Im­port and Ex­port Com­pany, Wi­dam Food Com­pany, Bal­adna Food In­dus­tries, Al Mana and Part­ners, Al Rawabi, In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion for Wildlife Re­search, Al Ma­jid and Jawad (Am­jad), Crys­tal Food Oil Fac­tory, Tazweed for Trad­ing and Cater­ing, Nes­tle Qatar Trad­ing, Sun­cons Trad­ing and Con­tract­ing, and

Blu­dan Trad­ing Group at­tended the event.

The ini­tia­tive comes in line with Qatar’s food se­cu­rity strat­egy, and the MoCI’s ef­forts to en­hance the part­ner­ship be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. It is also aimed at strength­en­ing the strate­gic in­ven­tory sys­tem for food, and con­sumer and cater­ing goods in or­der to es­tab­lish Qatar as a country with a sig­nif­i­cant strate­gic in­ven­tory of goods in the re­gion.

Qatar has launched numer­ous ini­tia­tives aimed at es­tab­lish­ing in­te­grated mech­a­nisms to en­hance and raise its strate­gic stock of food and con­sumer goods, which sup­ports the leg­isla­tive, elec­tronic, and struc­tural as­pects of the state’s devel­op­ment poli­cies in the field of food se­cu­rity af­ter its launch of an elec­tronic sys­tem to man­age and mon­i­tor its strate­gic stock.

The ad­vanced elec­tronic sys­tem aims to bol­ster the part­ner­ship be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors and to man­age and mon­i­tor its strate­gic stock through a plat­form de­signed in ac­cor­dance with the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and best prac­tices in this field. The elec­tronic sys­tem en­ables the mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment of the state’s strate­gic stock of food and con­sumer goods, in ad­di­tion to deter­min­ing the sources and per­cent­ages of im­ports of strate­gic goods. The sys­tem also en­ables the state to iden­tify the most im­por­tant com­pa­nies spe­cial­ized in this field and su­per­vise in­ter­nal trade and na­tional pro­duc­tion in the country, in ad­di­tion to ac­cu­rately mon­i­tor­ing the strate­gic stock and eval­u­at­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of its cir­cu­la­tion in lo­cal mar­kets in or­der to main­tain the qual­ity and va­lid­ity of prod­ucts.

This sys­tem also rep­re­sents an im­por­tant tool for of­fi­cials, de­ci­sion-mak­ers, in­sti­tu­tions, and ad­min­is­tra­tions op­er­at­ing in this field, pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies, pri­mary sup­pli­ers, and na­tional pro­duc­ers. The sys­tem pro­vides an ac­cu­rate mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism for the state’s strate­gic food com­modi­ties and se­lected vi­tal con­sumer prod­ucts, in ad­di­tion, to feed and any other ma­te­ri­als that are added to the sys­tem.

The sys­tem also pro­vides ac­cess to data re­lat­ing to these com­modi­ties, in­clud­ing their types and quan­ti­ties, stor­age meth­ods and qual­ity, avail­able stor­age space across ware­houses and their lo­ca­tions, sup­pli­ers and dis­tri­bu­tion points, and en­ables the mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment of all el­e­ments of the sup­ply chain from im­port, stor­age, recycling, and dis­tri­bu­tion to na­tional pro­duc­tion.

The strate­gic stock man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem are based on the lat­est ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and In­ter­net of Things (IoT) tech­nolo­gies, which sup­port the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process, en­able the as­sess­ment of dif­fer­ent sup­ply chain sce­nar­ios and pro­vide ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to meet and over­come chal­lenges that could af­fect the en­tire sys­tem or some of its parts.

Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try HE Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment HE Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki al Subaie wit­ness the sign­ing of contracts on Thurs­day.

Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try HE Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment HE Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki al Subaie wit­ness the sign­ing of contracts in Doha on Thurs­day.

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