Qatar Public Works Authority blacklists companies

Contractors deemed not up to standard on recent projects will be barred from being awarded any more work
Qatar Public Works Authority blacklists companies
Construction worker. (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)
By Erika Widén
Mon 25 Nov 2013 03:39 PM

The country’s Public Works Authority has said companies which had failed to live up to adequate standards would be blacklisted and will no longer be allowed to work on the organisation’s upcoming future projects.

“We are working on identifying companies that have failed to carry out their work as per the requirements and they will not be involved in new projects,” Nasser bin Ali Mawlawi, president of the Public Works Authority, known as Ashghal, was quoted as saying by The Peninsula newspaper.

Last month, Qatari authorities also announced they were planning to blacklist companies which do not pay their employees' salaries on time.

Hussein Al Mulla, labour and social affairs ministry undersecretary, said authorities had seen a rise in the number of complaints from expatriate workers who had not received their monthly salaries on time, the Al Raya newspaper reported.

Al Mulla said officials were in talks with offending businesses but legal action had not been ruled out as a final measure.

The move to blacklist offending companies comes as Qatar looks set to award billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects ahead of its hosting of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

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