The Shura Council held on Sunday the 6th meeting of its 48th regular session under its Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud.
The council, during the session, discussed the State's draft public budget of fiscal year 2020, and the draft budget approval law, in presence of HE Minister of Finance Ali bin Shareef Al Emadi; HE President of Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Dr. Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi and a lineup of senior officials in the Ministry of Finance.
HE Minister of Finance explained the government's view on the draft budget and answered questions and inquiries from members of the Council.
At the outset of the discussion of the draft budget, HE Shura Council Speaker extended sincere thanks and appreciation to HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for His Highness' wisdom, directives and good policies that enabled the country to occupy this prestigious position and to achieve the highest rates of economic growth despite the unjust blockade imposed on it.
HE Al Mahmoud said that it is a matter of our satisfaction to find directives and visions of HH the Amir, reflected in the draft budget and embodied in its goals, foundations and philosophy.
His Excellency added that the draft budget is one of the fruits of this wise policy and sound economic planning, with its goals and bases, which include providing the necessary allocations for the plans and projects of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the requirements of the second strategic plan 2018-2022 with its various economic, social, human and environmental pillars as well as providing financial allocations for the completion of major projects and those related to the 2022 World Cup.
It also included allocating financial credits to develop infrastructure in the free, economic, industrial and logistical zones; developing the lands of citizens, supporting initiatives for developing business environment to enhance the role of the private sector and its participation in various economic activities, and supporting food security projects as well as small and medium enterprises.
HE the Shura Council Speaker stressed that the foundations on which the draft budget were welcomed, praised and supported by the Shura Council, especially as it (the draft budget) came in harmony with the principles, directions and visions contained in HH the Emir's speech at the opening of the 48th ordinary session of the Shura Council on the October, 5.
His Excellency, in his name and on behalf of all members of the Council, extended thanks to HE the Minister of Finance; HE the President of Ashghal and the accompanying team for attending the session of the Council and attending to its members' inquiries.
After extensive in-depth; objective and responsible discussions, the Shura Council commended the State's Draft Public Budget of Fiscal Year 2020, as well as the efforts of the esteemed government and the plans and programs that it is implementing within the framework of the National Development Strategy 2018 2022 and Qatar National Vision 2030. (QNA)
The Advisory Council Speaker welcomed HE Yousef Hussain Kamal and the other participants who attended the session to thankfully explain the government's viewpoint as regard the major projects of the state's public draft budget of the fiscal year 2013/2014 and presenting the necessary clarifications on inquiries posed about it.
Then HE the Minister of Economy and Finance explained the viewpoint of the government on the state's public draft budget of the fiscal year 2013/2014.
Later the Advisory Council discussed a report submitted by the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on the draft budget of the state's major projects of the fiscal year 2013/2014 and decided to refer its recommendations thereon to the cabinet.