Qatar's achievements during the past period are the best proof of the failure of the unjust siege which only further consolidated people rallying behind the country's leadership and deepened faith in the capabilities of Qatar and its citizens, HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani said.
Talking to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of the first year of the unjust siege imposed on Qatar, the minister said the entire world acknowledged the strength, determination and will of Qatar and its steadfastness and pride since June 5, 2017 against all attempts to intervene in its affairs and violate its sovereignty and national and economic independence.
He added that Qatar is witnessing the beginning of a bright future under the guidance of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for building the country's economic independence, protecting its national security and enhancing its bilateral relations with all countries of the world.
Since the early hours of the siege, various state bodies have been implementing a pre-emptive plan that has been in place for many years in anticipation of any regional or global economic crises, the Minister pointed out, adding that the plan aims at ensuring the continuous flow of goods, services and food products to all citizens and residents.
HE Sheikh Ahmed pointed out that the Ministry of Economy and Commerce was keen to activate the institutional work and develop mechanisms of co-ordination with all concerned parties to achieve the goals of the proactive plan through several stages, including: diversification of sources of imports of products and food commodities and activating partnerships and strategic agreements concluded by Qatar with various countries of the world in order to meet all requirements and needs of the local market since the first day of the blockade.
It was keen as well to provide logistical support services for the supply of foodstuffs and goods and support shipments and distribution to all commercial outlets of the state, tighten field control and market inspection campaigns to protect consumer rights, prevent fraud and monopoly practices, and control the prices and quality of goods in the market, he said.
The phases also included strengthening the State's strategic stock of commodities and logistics by launching initiatives aimed at enhancing Qatar's drive towards self-sufficiency in commodities and foodstuffs in partnership with the private sector.
He pointed to the Ministry's keenness to establish the executive frameworks for the "National Product" initiative, which is one of the efforts to support the marketing of products of national companies and stimulate them to produce.
The Minister said that several pieces of legislation are currently under way to support the private sector, including the public-private partnership law, stressing that Qatar has paid great attention to investors, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs through facilitating laws organising the establishment of businesses.