Cabinet approves decision on joint committee for military retirement

The Cabinet has approved the Prime Minister’s draft decision regarding the joint committee for military retirement.

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, took the decision on Wednesday.

The Military Retirement Committee, in accordance with the provisions of Article 49 of the Military Retirement Law, shall have the necessary competencies and powers to supervise the retirement and pensions of military personnel in coordination with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority.

In particular, it has the following: 1- Studying cases of entitlement to a pension, and settling the pension of those who meet the conditions for entitlement to a pension or those who are entitled to it, in accordance with the provisions of this law.

2- Determining the amount of the due pension, specifying the names of the beneficiaries and the share of each of them, and notifying them of that.

3- Informing the Authority’s instructions regarding the military personnel’s retirement and pensions to the competent authorities.

The regulation defines the organization and management of the committee, its work system, and its other competencies.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet appreciated His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s important message to the high-level meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, marking the 75th Palestinian Nakba anniversary, held on Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

It affirmed that His Highness’ message that followed His Highness’ benevolent and fruitful efforts to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, renewed Qatar’s firm positions in rejecting illegal Israeli practices in the Palestinian territories, especially in the occupied city of Jerusalem and the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque, and upholding the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

The message also places the international community before its legal, human and moral responsibilities to implement the relevant UN resolutions, take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian people, and enable them to obtain their rights, foremost of which is their right to establish their independent and fully sovereign state on their land that was occupied in1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Cabinet then approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 2 of 1983 regarding the practice of the professions of medicine and dental medicine and surgery, and referring it to the Shura Council.

The draft law aims to allow doctors working in military agencies to combine their original work with practicing the medical profession in the private sector, similar to doctors working in ministries, other government agencies, and public bodies and institutions, if they meet the conditions stipulated by the law, and after obtaining permission from the minister or the competent president, as the case may be.

The Cabinet then approved a draft decision defining the lands of the small and medium industries zone.

It also approved an increase of non-Qatari investors’ ownership percentages for some companies listed on Qatar Stock Exchange. Under this decision, a non-Qatari investor may own up to 100 percent of the capital of the following companies: 1- Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC).

2- Qatar Insurance Company.

3- Gulf Warehousing Company.

4- Qatar Navigation Company (Milaha).

5- Doha Insurance Group Company.

The Cabinet then took necessary measures to ratify an agreement between the government of Qatar and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) regarding the ICRC’s privileges and immunities, and opening an ICRC mission in the State of Qatar.

It approved a draft guidance memorandum on the implementation of financial judgments between the Qatar International Court and the Commercial Court of England and Wales.

The Cabinet also approved hosting of the 12th meeting of the Arab national committees for international humanitarian law (Doha, in 2023).

It also approved hosting of a meeting on supporting children in conflict zones in the Arab region (Doha from May 28-29, 2023).

The Cabinet then reviewed the results of the study prepared by the Planning and Statistics Authority on the proposal to establish manpower planning committees, and took the appropriate decision in this regard.