HE the Minister checked the progress of the work of the Food Security Emergency Monitoring Center for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which specializes in monitoring the operational processes of supplying local markets with food and consumer products during the tournament, in an effort that stems from the ministry’s desire to design appropriate scenarios to address potential challenges throughout the tournament, including streamlining communication mechanisms between national companies, local factories and suppliers of goods, with points of sale.
The ministry’s efforts are also aimed at improving the response to stock-outs at outlets and the three central markets, in addition to testing immediate response plans for any emergency, assessing the preparedness of all stakeholders in terms of managing various scenarios, ensuring understanding and awareness of joint ventures, as well as defining roles and responsibilities.
The visit also included an explanation of the role of the Emergency Committee to ensure the import and flow of foodstuffs and subsidized products, which was formed under Ministerial Resolution No. 52 of 2022.
The committee takes care of securing all the needs of the local market, namely food and consumer goods, and ensures access to all available sources of supply and alternatives. In addition, it provides the appropriate conditions for the import, unloading, customs clearance, storage and distribution of goods, in addition to monitoring market developments and changes in supply and demand. It also protects competition and prevents monopolistic practices. The Emergency Committee also deals with risk management, as well as presenting the plans of all major entities and companies to meet the needs of the local market in terms of main food and consumer products.
The visit included a briefing on the work plan of the field control teams affiliated to the Emergency Committee, aimed at ensuring the import and delivery of food and catering items. HE the Minister took note of the results of the inspection campaigns carried out on all commercial establishments, namely large points of sale, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and hotels.
The campaigns aim to: ensure the availability of all consumer goods and services, deter monopolistic practices, monitor prices and suppress violations related to the infringement of the intellectual property rights of the World Cup logo before, during and after the organization of the tournament.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Service Center was also inspected, in addition to checking the workflow there.
The service center aims to streamline registration and business licensing procedures, facilitate the establishment of companies involved in World Cup projects and provide a variety of fast services that meet all the needs of investors and resellers.
In addition, the Service Center expedites transactions that include the various sectors of the ministry and also assists in the registration of World Cup intellectual property marks.
At the end of the visit, HE the Minister of Trade and Industry praised the efforts made to ensure the preparation of the Ministry for this tournament. Furthermore, HE the Minister called for redoubled efforts to contribute to the success of this global event and ensure that it duly reflects Qatar’s position as a leading global destination at various levels.
Qatar pays great attention to the national food security strategy, with a constant focus on improving the state’s strategic reserves and food security.
Qatar has expanded and modernized the logistics infrastructure of its ports and warehouses, and increased stock of a wide range of basic food products in retail stores across Qatar.