CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The Qatar Chamber of Trade and Commerce is considered one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The activities of the chamber are as follows:
Collect, distribute, and publish information and census of particular interest to those working in industry, commerce and agriculture. Supply the government with information, data, and opinion regarding trade, industrial, and agricultural issues and disclose industry and trade tariff.
Provide advisory opinions regarding the establishment of stock exchanges, markets, and industrial, trade, and agricultural exhibitions.
Grant concessionary rights to public facilities.
The Chamber of trade and Commerce should give its response within three months of the date of request. In case the request was urgent response is expected within one month. Otherwise, in case of delay the opinion of the chamber could be disregarded.
Supply ministries and appropriate parties with suggestions and views regarding the following:
Laws and regulations relating to trade, industry and agriculture.
Establish and amend means of transportation and fees relating to it.
All other issues relating to the improvement of trade, industry and agriculture.
Name experts based on requests by the authorities or courts or municipalities or persons working in the field to study issues relating to trade, industry, and agriculture including inspecting disputed goods, and giving authentication to the testimony of experts.
Establish within the limits of laws and regulations permanent exhibitions, museums, markets, schools, and trade, industry and agricultural institutes and other institutions relating to industry, trade and agriculture. The government could assign the chamber the task of managing its buildings and
After consultation with the appropriate ministries, a law is issued by the minister of finance, economy, and trade to approve the tasks mentioned above. In case schools were established or managed the law is issued after consultation with the minister of education.
Hold economic conferences in Qatar, and participate in conferences held outside of Qatar after obtaining a written permit from the minister of finance, economy, and commerce.
Issue certificates of origin for commodities, certificates of nationality of exporters, certificates for prices of commodities, and any other certificates which the minister of finance, economy and trade permits to be issued.
Mediate disputes which are advanced to it in agreement by the concerned parties.
Endorse data and documents belonging to individuals and commercial companies when they apply to obtain, renew, or amend a trade license.
The Chamber could form from among its members or by seeking help from experts committees to start working on these tasks. The chamber could also form committees for any other purposes to achieve its goals, and could designate certain tasks to these committees.
The chamber could communicate with government agencies to obtain any information regarding work within its specialty.
The law stipulates that the Chamber could not be involved in speculation, or any actions harmful to the market, or with political or religious issues.