QNA & The Peninsula
Qatar has significantly improved its ranking in the several indexes of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 report, including registration of ownership, where Qatar has ranked first in the world.
The report has raised Qatar’s assessment in three indexes, including its ranking on the global property registration procedure index, where the country has improved its rank from 20th in 2019 rankings to the first place globally in 2020 classification.
Qatar has ranked 77 on this year’s Ease of Doing Business, an improvement from its ranking of 83rd in 2018.
The State’s index of access to electricity rose 20 ranks compared to the previous three years. The country has ranked 5th in relation to access to credit index, ranked 3rd globally in the index of payment of taxes and ranked 13 in the index of building permits.
Ministry of Justice has welcomed Qatar’s leading position in World Bank’s Property Registration Procedure Index.
Minister of Justice and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers Affairs H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, stressed that this great ranking was achieved thanks to the directives of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and his keenness to ensure that Qatar is at the forefront and to pursue scientific methods and deliberate planning in the plans and programs of development and to provide the best services to citizens at the highest levels.
This ranking also reflects the solid national will of various government agencies to implement the directives of H H the Amir to work on the completion of development projects, and fortify the national economy to ensure the lead in international development indexes, and upgrade the level of services provided to the public to keep up with the sectoral plans and visions of Qatar strategic plans and the goals of Qatar e-Government 2020.
H E the Minister praised the efforts of the ease of doing business committee, which H E the Prime Minister and Interior Minister directed to form under the chairmanship of His Excellency’s Office and the membership of representatives of a number of bodies and ministries concerned with the ease of doing business indexes, including the Ministry of Justice, in obtaining this global ranking.
H E the Minister noted the great efforts in implementing new procedures and the improvements made by the Ministry on work systems, including restructuring e-services and adapting it to meet the requirements of the public, and provide a work environment based on the computerization of all procedures of real estate registration and documentation in a way that facilitates to obtain the required information and access services in the appropriate time and place. The system of ownership registration procedures and the mechanisms for issuing bonds and agencies were also developed within a comprehensive system of digital transformation of the ministry’s services.
H E the Minister explained that the Ministry is working on an integrated strategic plan to upgrade all legal and service sectors in the Ministry of Justice, during which new projects will be launched in these various sectors during the next period, and it is expected to be completed by 2020.
He added that the new projects will include the launch of the second phase of the development of electronic services within SAK project, the development of geographical maps system to facilitate the real estate survey procedures and provide accurate data, and develop (Absher service) for external signatures, in addition to other projects related to the issues of the State and the systems of agreements, and models of electronic contracts.
H E the Minister noted the need to keep pace with the plans and projects of the second national development strategy 2018-2022, and the implementation of these projects in a manner that serves this strategy and achieve the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Justice for Real Estate Registration and Documentation Saeed Abdullah Al Suwaidi, expressed his pride of this ranking, which confirms the integrity of the procedures implemented by the Ministry in cooperation with various government agencies.
Al Suwaidi said that the Ministry of Justice continues to modernise and develop the performance of the real estate registration and documentation sector so as to enhance and improve the services provided to the public, including individuals, companies and investors.
He added that a new batch of e-services will be announced soon, which will save time and effort on auditors and bring the ministry closer to the public.
Al Suwaidi explained that the real estate registration and documentation sector at the Ministry of Justice recently witnessed a number of improvement measures aimed at developing and improving the business environment which contributed that the State of Qatar obtain this ranking Thanks to improvements in the Ministry’s e-services, the real estate registration and documentation sector was able to provide more than 42,000 transactions during the first half of this year.
These steps are in line with the sectoral plans of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the eGovernment Strategy 2020, to develop real estate registration and documentation services in order to create an electronic system linking all components of the real estate system in the country.