Qatar Chamber’s emergency committee, recently formed to follow up on economic developments related to COVID-19, held its first meeting at the chamber’s headquarter to resolve issues on the committee’s work as a focal point between the private sector and the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management.
The emergency committee will coordinate with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to streamline businesses during the current circumstances and solve challenges faced by the private sector.
The meeting also discussed the launch of a smart application that allows businesses and companies to launch their initiatives. The emergency committee will address the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management concerning these initiatives.
The private sector initiatives will be in two categories – the private sector’s contribution to the governmental needs and the private sector’s support for the private sector.
Under the second category, large-scale companies and entrepreneurs will launch initiatives to support small businesses facing financial challenges such as worker salaries, rental costs and other challenges.
The meeting also outlined efforts exerted by the chamber to ensure the uninterrupted flow of food and other essential supplies to people in the locked-down Industrial Area.
To help ease the flow of goods to the Industrial Area, the chamber has set up a smartphone app through which companies that are willing to transport goods to and from the closed area, can access and fill in their data. The chamber will collect these data in statements and send electronically to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for approval.
The Chamber will then send the approved statement to companies so that they can transport their goods to and from the Industrial Area following the data recorded in the statement.
Since the launch of the application and over the past 24 hours, about 138 companies were able to use the app and transport their goods to and from the Industrial Area, allowing for an uninterrupted flow of goods and commodities to the locked-down area.
The emergency committee will continue to hold meetings regularly to receive business proposals and initiatives. You can send your queries at [email protected]. For other matters, you can call the committee’s hotline number at 4455 9187.