Doha: The Ministry of Social Development and Family yesterday announced the details of the strategic community markets project that serves productive families (home business owners) which is expected to open before the end of 2021 in Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar. The markets will be opened in partnership with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the United Development Company (UDC).
Through this project, the Ministry aims to provide support to productive families and help them exploit their productive capacities to actively contribute to the economic and social development of the State of Qatar, encourage local production and self-employment among Qatari families, and diversify the productive base, in addition to enriching the labour market and diversifying marketing fields and providing job opportunities for all members of society.
Assistant Undersecretary for Social Affairs at the Ministry, Ghanem Mubarak Al Kuwari, said at a press conference that marketing is the biggest challenge facing productive families, so the community markets strategic project came through allocating 29 stores in Qanat Quartier, to productive families to serve as a permanent market for their products.
Ghanem Mubarak Al Kuwari said the products in these stores range from sweets, popular foods, traditional clothes, gifts and publications, clothes and abayas, perfumes and incense, a popular restaurant developed and other projects. A training and social development centre has also been allocated on the site to hold workshops, seminars and meetings that serve productive families.
Director of Department of Endowments at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Ghanem Al Thani, said empowering individuals and families is one of the demands and purposes that Sharia sought to achieve.
Director of Offices and Commercial Units Department at UDC, Adel Salem, said the company is keen to implement its social responsibility strategy, which is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, as it attaches great importance to the role of small and medium-sized companies in stimulating economic growth and diversification, by providing 29 commercial units, including a training unit in Canal Cartier to support local start-ups with a total area of 1,500 square metres.
The Ministry said that conditions for registration in the community market project include that the applicant be of Qatari nationality, have a valid household project license, be registered in the ministry’s productive families database, do not have any commercial registration, and choose only one activity. The employees of the Ministry of Social Development and the Family, the supporting agencies and their first degree relatives are not entitled to benefit from the project.
Source: The Peninsula