Completion of the first phase of the Qatar Electronic Food Stocks System
Doha: In line with Qatar’s food security strategy, the first design phase of the country’s electronic food inventory system has already been completed, said the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoCI), HE Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater.
In an in-depth interview with the QNA, Al Khater said that the first phase of the electronic system helps monitor and control food stocks in Qatar, determine the percentage of local and imported production, determine import sources, most important strategic retailers of commodities and identify the movement of commodities from the date of their arrival at customs and their passage through wholesalers and retailers until they reach the final consumer.
He added that in the second stage, the ministry is working to develop the ability of the electronic system to predict future import market trends, product prices and monitor import routes from the country of origin to until the product reaches Qatar.
The system represents an important tool for officials, policymakers, institutions, departments working in the sector, private sector companies, primary suppliers and national producers for its accurate monitoring mechanism, while activating public- private, Al Khater said.
He added that the electronic system also allows access to details related to the products, including its types and quantities, the methods and quality of its storage, the spaces available in the stores and its locations, the suppliers and the points of sale. distribution, in addition to monitoring and managing all elements of the supply chain from import, storage, recycling, distribution and domestic production.
The Undersecretary also pointed out that in order to ensure food security in Qatar, contracts have been signed with 14 major food companies here to increase the country’s strategic stock of food products, the most important of which are wheat, rice, edible oils, sugar, frozen red meat, long-lasting milk and powdered milk. This has helped overcome the challenges posed by supply chain disruptions during the pandemic, Al Khater said.
During the interview, the Undersecretary also touched on Qatar’s move towards smart industries. He said the MoCI was working with other national entities, with the support of the Qatar Foundation and other leading institutions, as the country moves towards a knowledge-based economy.
He referred to the program of the Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC), which was carried out in coordination with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), government agencies and a number of private sector institutions to link inventors to patents, as well as the publication of the Industrial Design Protection Law No. 10 of 2020.
The law will come into force after the publication of the necessary executive decisions in this regard, he added.
Al Khater then confirmed Qatar’s willingness to adhere to a number of international agreements that represent the highest international standards in the field of intellectual property protection and innovation, such as the Madrid System. for the international registration of marks, the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs.