Is There Enough Supply of Food and Other Basic Needs in Qatar? Learn More Here

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Despite the disruption caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the flow of goods, services, food and medical supplies to the local market will remain uninterrupted in Qatar. These supplies are closely monitored to ensure quality and guard against price inflation or monopolistic practices.

Here Qatar's Government Communications Office (GCO) answered some of the Frequently Asked Questions on "Self-Sufficiency" in the country to date, amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

What measures are being taken to meet the needs of consumers?

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry is working to assure the continued flow of goods, services, food and catering products to the local market without interruption, and at both a high quality and  reasonable price.

The Ministry has an integrated system in place for monitoring inventory from the moment it enters the country until it is purchased by the consumer – allowing any shortages or abundance of produce to be quickly identified.

Furthermore, the Ministry has established contracts with suppliers to meet the needs of various commodities and provide alternative resources. The Ministry holds meetings on a highly regular basis with the relevant companies, including local manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of major commercial outlets.

Should citizens and residents be buying items in bulk?

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry advises consumers to choose the appropriate time for shopping and to avoid overcrowding. The Ministry further recommends that consumers avoid buying goods and products in high quantities, as goods are widely available at fixed prices in the local market.

 

 

 

What procedures are in place to maintain stable food prices?

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry carries out regular inspections to monitor prices, ensure availability in markets and prevent monopolistic practices.

The Ministry is constantly monitoring product shortages or increases in prices and will assist sales outlets in case they encounter any problems with supplies. There are dedicated points of contact and an inspector responsible for specific areas ready to intervene when necessary.

Enquiries on face masks and hand sanitisers

Are people required to wear masks in public?

People are required to wear masks when they leave their homes. The exceptions are when a person is driving a vehicle alone and participating in sports.

Is there a shortage of face masks and hand sanitisers?

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry is monitoring any changes in the market. Following the spread of COVID-19, a meeting was held with sales outlets, pharmacies and suppliers to clarify stock levels of face masks and hand sanitisers in Qatar. Suppliers were informed of the necessity to swiftly supply and provide appropriate options, while outlets and pharmacies were directed to ensure the provision of products and keep shelves stocked.

Are the local markets able to meet the demand for hand sanitisers?

Domestic production has contributed to the supply of many local sterilization and disinfectant products, and they are now available in commercial and consumer outlets.

The Transport Group of the Qatar Emiri Air Force is working with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to supervise the facilitation of regular trips to the People’s Republic of China in order to meet the needs of the local market for masks and medical sterilizers.

Is there a sufficient stock of food and consumables?

The State of Qatar maintains a stockpile of food supplies that can satisfy the needs of citizens and residents for long periods of time.

Additionally, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry operates an electronic ecosystem for managing inventory in the country, including a monitoring process carried out in cooperation with the General Customs Authority. This process allows the Ministry to track the movement of goods through markets.

Under Law No. (24) of 2019, traders keep a strategic inventory of food and consumer goods to meet the needs of markets and outlets. Thus, there is an abundance of food and consumer products at suppliers and outlets. Distribution of products from wholesalers to retailers also remains uninterrupted, resulting in no shortage of food and consumer goods.

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry is signing 14 contracts to increase the strategic stock of food and consumer commodities in Qatar. These contracts are a part of Qatar’s plan to secure the flow of high-quality imports to the local market in sufficient quantities and at reasonable prices in order to meet the needs of our citizens and residents.

What should the consumer do if they find violations in the market?

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry urges all consumers to report any violations through the following communication channels:

Call center: 16001

Email Address: info@moci.gov.qa

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry social media accounts:

Twitter: @MOCIQATAR

Instagram: MOCIQATAR

MOCIQATAR mobile application available on iPhone and Android

Source: Government Communications Office

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