The Shura Council held Monday its regular weekly meeting under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud.
At the beginning of the meeting, the council discussed a draft law amending some of the provisions of law no. 15 of 2014 regulating charity work. The council agreed to refer the draft law to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee to examine and present their report regarding it.
The meeting also focused on discussing a draft law amending some provisions of law no. 15 of 2011 on combatting human trafficking. The council agreed to refer the draft law to the Internal and External Affairs Committee to examine and present their report regarding it.
At the conclusion of the meeting, HE the Speaker informed the members of his participation, along with an accompanying delegation, in the 42nd Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) which took place in Djibouti from November 25 to November 29.
His Excellency expressed satisfaction from the appreciation African parliamentarians had for the State of Qatar, and the praise they had for the role the Shura Council is playing in enhancing parliamentary ties with African countries. This was reflected in the council obtaining an observer membership of the African Parliamentary Union. Qatar became the first non-African country to obtain the membership after the union amended its charter to allow members from outside the continent.
His Excellency also discussed with the members the meeting he held yesterday with a delegation from the U.S. Congress which reviewed strategic bilateral ties between the two sides, discussed developing ties with the U.S. Congress and the Shura Council, and reviewed a number of issues of joint interest.