Qatar said to be mulling 'simplified' work visas

Gulf state wants to help private firms recruit the best talent, says Prime Minister

Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar plans to ease the process of obtaining work visas to support private sector growth, local media reported.

Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani told a meeting of Qatari listed companies on Tuesday that employment visa rules would be streamlined to make it easier for private firms to recruit.

According to the Peninsula Qatar, the measures would follow recent moves to simplify tourist and transit visa rules, the Prime Minister said.

The proposed changes, which are being drawn up by a government committee at present, he said, are intended to make it easier to do business in and invest in Qatar.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister also agreed to form a joint committee between the government and private sector that would meet regularly to discuss challenges facing private businesses operating in Qatar.

Qatar ranked 68 out of 189 economies in the World Bank’s 2016 Ease of Doing Business report. It dropped three places from 65 in 2015.

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