Qatar Chamber, Ministry of Public Health Discuss Challenges Facing Mandatory Health Insurance System


Doha: Qatar Chamber discussed with the Ministry of Public Health ways to overcome the challenges of the mandatory health insurance system, during Qatar Chambers (QC) Health Committee and Insurance committee held Inter-Committee Meeting presided over by QC board member and chairperson of the health committee, Ibtihaj Al Ahmadani.

The meeting was attended by Mohamoud Saleh Al Raisi, Director of Health Financing and Insurance Department at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), along with QC Health Committee and Insurance committee members Speaking at the meeting, Al Ahmadani said that the Chamber is working to overcome the challenges facing the private health sector and to strive with the concerns bodies to achieve the demands of the sector and strengthen its important role in the national economy.

For his part, Al Raisi praised the invitation for holding the meeting, pointed to the importance of holding such meeting to strengthening the communication between the Public and private sectors.

The meeting incl
uded a presentation by the Health Financing and Insurance Department at the MoPH on the Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme, it focused on the strategic goals for implementing the scheme, the governance of the mandatory health insurance, the phases of implementation and the current Experiment Status.

The attendees called for holding numerous meetings regarding the Mandatory Health Insurance between the Qatar Chamber as representative of the private sector and the Health Financing and Insurance Department.

They also called for the participation of the Qatar Chamber in the advisory committee for the mandatory health insurance Scheme, as it represents three bodies within the scheme: insurance companies, service providers from hospitals and health clinics, and private sector companies.

Source: Qatar News Agency

National Planning Council: Building Permit Issuance Rises in May by 68 Percent


Doha: According to the National Planning Council’s Statistics of Building Permits and Building Completion Certificates Issued during May 2024, the number of building permits stands at 782, constituting a 68 percent rise compared to the previous month, which saw 466 permits issued.

Published on Wednesday, the National Planning Council’s figures for May show, when compared to those from April, an increase in building permit issuance in all municipalities: Al Shamal and Al Sheehaniya (150 percent) each municipality, Al Rayyan (89 percent), Umm Slal and Al Da’ayen (66 percent) each municipality, Al Wakrah (56 percent), Al Khor (45 percent) , Al Doha (42 percent).

According to their geographical distribution, the municipality of Al Rayyan comes at the top of the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 249 permits, such as 32 percent of the total issued permits, while municipality of Al Da’ayen came in second place with 166 permits, such as 21 percent, followed by municipality of Al Doha w
ith 128 permits, such as 16 percent, then Al Wakrah municipality with 109 permits, such as 14 percent.

The rest of the municipalities were as follows: Um Slal 63 permits (8 percent), Al Khor 32 permits (4 percent), Al Sheehaniya 25 permits (3 percent), Al Shammal 10 permits (1 percent).

In terms of type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits (residential and non-residential) constitutes 41 percent (317 permits) of the total building permits issued during the month of May 2024, while the percentage of additions permits constituted 57 percent (444 permits), and finally fencing permits with 3 percent (21 permits).

By analyzing new residential buildings permits data, it is found that that villas top the list, accounting for 88 percent (232 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by apartments buildings permits by 11 percent (28 permits), and other residential buildings permits by 2 percent (5 permits).

On the other hand, industrial buildings, such as workshops/fact
ories were found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 54 percent (28 permits), followed by service / infrastructure buildings with 23 percent (12 permits), then others non-residential buildings permits with 12 percent (6 permits).

In a quick review of the data on building completion certificates issued during the month of May 2024, they numbered 392 certificates, constituting a general increase of 68 percent compared to February 2024, with this increase clearly noted in most of the municipalities: Al Da’ayen (209 percent), Al Sheehaniya (167 percent), Al Doha (138 percent), Al Khor (83 percent), Umm slal (76 percent), Al Rayyan (34 percent), Al Wakrah (23 percent) On the other hand, there was a clear decrease in the municipality of: Al Shamal (88 percent).

According to their geographical distribution, we find that municipality of Al Rayyan come at the top of the municipalities where the number of building completion certificates issued were 98 certificates, such as (25 percent) o
f the total issued certificates, while Al Doha municipality came in second place with 88 certificates, such as (22 percent), followed by municipality of Al Wakrah with 74 certificates (19 percent), then municipality of Al Da’ayen with 71 certificates, such as (18 percent).

The rest of the municipalities were as follows: Umm Slal 30 certificates 8 percent, Al Khor 22 certificates 6 percent, Al Sheehaniya 8 certificates 2 percent, Al Shammal 1 certificates 0.5 percent.

In terms of type of certificates issued, data indicates that the new building completion certificates (residential and non-residential) constitutes 83 percent (326 certificates) of the total building certificates issued during the month of May 2024, while the percentage of additions certificates constituted 17 percent (66 certificates).

In terms of type of certificates issued, data indicates that the new building completion certificates (residential and non-residential) constitutes 83 percent (326 certificates) of the total building certificat
es issued during the month of May 2024, while the percentage of additions certificates constituted 17 percent (66 certificates).

By analyzing new residential buildings completion certificates data, it is found that villas top the list, accounting for 91 percent (237 certificates) of all new residential buildings completion certificates, followed by apartments buildings by 7 percent (19 certificates), then other residential buildings certificates by 2 percent (4 certificates).

On the other hand, commercial and administration buildings were found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings completion certificates with 47 percent (31 certificates), followed by industrial buildings, such as workshops and factories with 30 percent (20 certificates), then service/infrastructure buildings with 14 percent (9 certificates).

Building permits and building completion certificates data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator for the performance of the construction sector which in turn occup
ies a significant position in the national economy.

The release of this monthly data comes under the joint cooperation between the National Planning Council and the Ministry of Municipality to make use of the existing electronic link between the two sides.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QSE Index Closes Higher by 14.27 Points


Doha: The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index closed today’s trading session up by 14.27 points, or 0.15 percent, reaching a level of 9,645.87 points.

During the session, 179,976,560 shares were traded, with a total value of QR 538,111,845.155, resulting from the execution of 17,636 transactions across all sectors.

In today’s session, the shares of 19 companies increased, while the shares of 33 other companies decreased.

The market capitalization at the end of the trading session stood at QR 560,569,757,294.120, compared to QR 560,054,335,494.890 in the previous session.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Airways, China Southern Airlines Sign MoU, Strengthen Airline Partnership


Doha: Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines have announced the next phase of their comprehensive partnership – which includes a codeshare agreement – with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance travel options and convenience for passengers. The MoU outlines a framework for the two airlines to boost their market presence and collaboration in the areas of cargo and frequent flyer programmes.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer and China Southern Airlines President and CEO Han Wensheng signed the MoU on behalf of their airlines.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer said: “As part of our robust partnership with China Southern Airlines, Qatar Airways is building on the success of the new route from Doha to Guangzhou, which was launched in April this year, to offer more choice to both airline passengers. It is a proud milestone for us to serve the prominent Chinese market in collaboration with our key partner, and look forward to extending our award-winning o
fferings to travellers flying through China.” China Southern Airlines President and CEO said: “China Southern Airlines launched a direct route from Guangzhou to Doha in April, which has strongly promoted the connectivity between China and countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiative. In the future, China Southern Airlines will deepen cooperation with Qatar Airways, strengthen complementary advantages, and work together to bring more comfortable and convenient travel experiences to our passengers.” Qatar Airways and China Southern will further collaborate to provide their respective Privilege Club and Sky Pearl Club members frequent flyer benefits. These include collecting and spending Avios/Miles on both Qatar Airways and China Southern flights, as well as tier benefits in the form of lounge access and other airport offerings.

Source: Qatar News Agency

S. Korea Adds Fewest Number of Jobs in Over 3 Years in May


South Korea reported the slowest on-year job growth in more than three years in May and the unemployment rate among young people reported a marked growth, data showed Wednesday.

The number of employed people came to 28.92 million last month, up 80,000 from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

It marked the fewest on-year job additions since February 2021, when the country shed 473,000 positions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to South Korea’s News Agency (Yonhap).

In April, the country had 261,000 new jobs, after adding 173,000 new positions a month earlier. In January and February, the monthly job additions surpassed the 300,000 level.

The decline also came as the number of jobs for those aged 15-29 dropped by 173,000, the largest fall since January 2021 when the country lost 314,000 jobs for young people.

The unemployment rate for the age group came to 6.7 percent by going up 0.9 percentage point, or the largest increase since February 2021.

Source: Qatar News Age
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