Qatar set to open up postal service to competition

Government announces move as part of plans to boost e-commerce market in Gulf state
Qatar set to open up postal service to competition
By Staff writer
Tue 20 Oct 2015 02:08 PM

Qatar is set to open the country’s postal service to competition, under a series of new measures announced aimed at boosting the e-commerce market.

Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, told Qatar’s e-Commerce Forum that the government has put a policy in place to liberalise the postal delivery, according to a report in the Peninsula.

“We are opening up the postal services market to competition. The government has put a policy in place to liberalise the postal delivery and also making suitable amendments to the Postal Law,” the minister said.

The postal service in Qatar is currently operated by Q-Post and the announcement is likely to encourage private operators to enter the country’s logistic market.

Al Jaber said the government will also introduce an e-transactions law that will aim to assist e-commerce service providers. 

“We are enforcing e-transactions law by issuing the suitable set of policies and guidelines that will be developed by stakeholders coming together as joint working groups,” she said.

“We are implementing the Qbuy Programme as an information hub to empower merchants, consumers, start-ups and e-commerce service providers in Qatar,” she added.

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