Local production of masks to begin in a month: MoCI official
Local production of medical masks will start in Qatar within a month, a senior official of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has said, as Qatar ramps up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The production equipment is expected to arrive in Qatar in two weeks and once it is here, two or three factories will start manufacturing masks in Qatar, with assistance from the Qatar Development Bank (QDB), MoCI’s Assistant Undersecretary for Industry Affairs Mohammed Hassan al Malki told QNA in an interview.
Around five local factories are currently manufacturing disinfectants and sanitisers and their combined output is sufficient to meet the demand of the whole country, he added.
Qatar has a vast experience in dealing with a crisis, he said, noting that the coronavirus situation normal and the ministry has a forward-looking vision and plan to deal with any emergency.
Maliki said the ministry was closely monitoring the market to ensure consumer rights are upheld and supplies of essential materials are not disrupted.
Maliki said the ministry, in cooperation with the Qatar Development Bank, has a mechanism in place to avoid shortage of any essential in Qatar in the coming period.
On the achievements of Qatar’s industrial sector, Maliki said Qatar made a comprehensive leap in the industrial sector over the past three years.
Qatar’s investments in the industrial sector grew 3 percent to hit QR262 billion in 2020 from QR255 billion in 2017, he added.
Malki noted that the past three years posed a real challenge to both extractive and manufacturing aspects of the industrial sector, which has succeeded greatly in consolidating its pillars and establishing its bases to play its central role in the economic growth of the state.
He said Qatar has dealt intelligently with the unjust blockade imposed on it since mid-2017, and managed to turn the crisis into an opportunity.
“Investment growth in the industrial sector continues, and we have a clear strategy for the coming years covering a number of vital sectors, reinforced by important regulatory and legislative reforms in the business environment.”
The number factories in Qatar increased to 893 factories in the current year from 765 in 2017, an increase of approximately 17 percent.
“Focus over the past three years has been on the food industries, which has made a major leap and contributed to securing the market needs from the necessary goods,” Malki said.
The MoCI official said the construction and transport industries were the drivers of growth due to their association with the 2022 World Cup projects, with the period witnessing the setting up of 249 factories (27.9 percent of the total factories in the country).
Malki attributed the growth in the industrial sector during the past years to improving many investment laws and increasing the facilities provided to investors, in addition to enhancing private sector’s infrastructure, and addressing many of the challenges facing the local and foreign investor, besides other factors that strengthened the Industrial investment.He pointed out that Ministry of Commerce and Industry offers a variety of facilities, including those related to providing industrial lands, customs exemptions on raw materials, equipment and machinery, a preference for electricity pricing, and providing integrated services and advanced infrastructure of electricity, water, sanitation and others.
“There is a great direct support for the industrial investor, and last year we exempted factories from the rental fees for a full year and more than 400 factories benefited from them, whether in the industrial zone that belongs to the ministry or Manateq company’s Mesaieed industrial area,” he added.Local production of masks to begin in a month: MoCI official
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