Qatar:Retail shops now can renew licence ‘immediately’

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In a major initiative aimed at reducing the wait time for retail shops to renew their commercial licenses, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has put in place “immediate renewal”, which MEC said will go a long way in improving the country’s business environment.

“The new measures will enable investors to immediately renew their commercial business licenses, a process that previously required 48 hours,” the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said in a statement yesterday.

The initiative is one of numerous “smart electronic services” that the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has launched to “develop the business environment in Qatar, streamline customer services, and improve the country’s investment and business climate.”

Investors seeking to renew their license through the ministry’s website (https://services.mec.gov.qa) should upload the following documents- a copy of the identification papers of the applicant and business owner; third-party approvals (for certain activities, if applicable); and Civil Defense approval (for certain sites, if applicable).

After the payment of fees, the license is instantly emailed to the address registered at the ministry.

Applicants can also visit the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s headquarters in Lusail, or any of the ministry’s branches, and submit the following documents- the renewal application form that can be obtained from the ministry’s website (the form should be completed electronically without omissions or amendments); a copy of the identification papers of the applicant and business owner; third-party approvals (for certain activities, if applicable); and Civil Defense approval (for certain sites, if applicable).
After the payment of fees, the license will be immediately given to the applicant.

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The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has launched a number of “smart electronic services” designed to significantly improve the quality of services offered to clients including consumers, investors and members of the public with an interest in economic affairs
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These electronic services include the issuance and renewal of commercial licenses, as well as “extract” services; searching a commercial name; establishing and obtaining information about companies; issuing and renewing commercial registrations; requesting a non-ownership certificate; and a number of administrative services that enable business owners to easily manage and operate their businesses.[GulfTimes]