QATAR BACKGROUND CHECK

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General Information

GDP USD211.817bn (World ranking 50, World Bank 2014)
Population 2.27 million (World ranking 142, World Bank 2014)
Form of state Emirate
Head of government HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
Next elections None

 

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PRODUCTS IN QATAR

Data Protection

Data Protection Laws Not Found

(Approved by public referendum on: 29 April 2003)

Part Two the Guiding Principles of the Society

Article 22

The State shall provide care for the young, and protect the same from corruption, exploitation, evils of physical, mental and spiritual neglect. The State shall also create conducive circumstances for developing their capabilities in all fields based on sound education.

Part Four Organization of Powers

Chapter Three the Legislative Authority

Article 92

Prior to the discharge of their duties before Al-Shore Council and in an open session, the Members shall take the following oath:
(I swear by the Almighty God to be loyal to the country and to the Emir, respect Shari law, the Constitution and the law, and safeguard the interests of the people and perform my duties with honesty and integrity).

Chapter Five the Judicial Authority

Article 129

The supremacy of law is the base of rule in the State. The honor of the judiciary, its integrity, and impartiality of judges are a safeguard of rights and liberties.
Article 130
The judicial authority shall be independent and it shall be vested in courts of different types and grades. The courts shall make their judgments according to the law.
Article 131
Judges are independent and they shall not be subject to any power in the exercise of their judicial functions as provided by the law and no interference whatsoever shall be permitted with court proceedings and the course of justice.

Article 132

The law shall regulate the categories and divisions of courts and define their jurisdiction and powers. The jurisdiction of Military tribunals is restricted, save when martial law is in force, to military crimes committed by staff of the armed and the security forces within the limitations specified by the law.

Police Background Check Procedures

Who can apply?

•  Qatari nationals and former residents may apply.
•  Third party representatives cannot apply.
•  Prospective UK employers cannot apply.

Where?

•  Local applicants must apply in person at the Criminal Evidence and Information Department.
•  Overseas applicants may apply in person or through mail at the Criminal Eidence and Information Department.

What must the applicant supply?

Local applicants:
•  Letter requesting the issuance of a Good Conduct/ Police Clearance Certificate from the State of Qatar. It should include:
•  Purpose for request
•  First date of arrival
of the person in Qatar and the last date of departure.
•  Original passport and a complete photocopy of all pages of the passport (including copies of allpages, regardless of entries).
•  Original Qatari ID and photocopy.
•  3 passport-size photographs
•  Set of Fingerprints (taken at office)
•  Letter of non-objection from sponsor/prospective employer

Overseas applicants:

Letter requesting the issuance of a Good Conduct /Police Clearance Certificate from the State of Qatar. It should include:
•  Purpose in requesting the Certificate,
•  First date of arrival of the person in Qatar and the last date of departure
•  A complete photocopy of all pages of the passport (include copies of all pages, regardless of
entries).
•  set of fingerprints (taken at local police station; consult embassy for further details)
•  3 passport-size photographs.
•  A self-addressed return envelope large enough to hold an A4 size document.
•  Letter of non-objection from former sponsor/employer
•  What are the costs / turnaround times?

Local applicant in person:

•  Fee of QR10 (approx. GBP £2.00) to be paid in cash at the office.
•  Turnaround of up to two weeks.

Overseas applicant by mail:

•  Fee of QR10 (approx. GBP £2.00 to be paid by cheque.
•  Turnaround is about two weeks and will be mailed to the applicant.

Contact Details

Local applicants in person:
Criminal Evidence and Information Department
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 23004
Doha
State of Qatar
Overseas applicants mailing address:
Criminal Evidence and Information Department
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 23004
Doha
State of QatarUseful website http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/departments/ceid/sections/sec1060/1060.html

For more information:

http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/departments/CEID/resources/2010/08/25_18316.pdf
Qatar Embassy in London:
Qatar Embassy
1 South Au
dley Street
London
W1K 1NB
Tel: (+44) 020 7493 2200
Website:www.qatarembassy.info

Qatar – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

Qatar has become an increasingly important Gulf banking and financial services center. Despite the growth of the banking sector and increasing options for financial services, Qatar still has a largely cash economy. Qatar has had low rates of crime, although crime rates have increased in recent years. There are several trends which make Qatar increasingly vulnerable to money laundering, including: a large number of expatriate laborers who send remittances to their home countries; the growth in trade and the financial sector‘s expansion; liberalization and growth in the real estate sector; uneven corporate oversight; and Iran‘s efforts to bypass sanctions through Gulf economies.

KNOW-YOUR-CUSTOMER (KYC) RULES:

Enhanced due diligence procedures for PEPs:

A PEP is an abbreviation for Politically Exposed Person, a term that describes a person who has been entrusted with a prominent public function, or an individual who is closely related to such a person. The terms PEP, Politically Exposed Person and Senior Foreign Political Figure are often used interchangeably

    • Foreign PEP: YES
    • Domestic PEP: NO

Qatar – KYC covered entities

The following is a list of Know Your Customer entities covered by Qatari Law:

    • Banks
    • Real estate brokers
    • Dealers of precious metals or stones
    • Lawyers and notaries
    • Trust funds and company service providers
    • Real estate brokers
    • Non-profit organizations (NPOs)

Qatar – Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR) Requirements:

Number of STRs received and time frame: 182 from December 2010 – November 15, 2011

Number of CTRs received and time frame: Not available

The following is a list of STR covered entities covered by Qatari Law:

    • Banks
    • Real estate brokers
    • Dealers of precious metals or stones
    • Lawyers and notaries
    • Trust funds and company service providers
    • Real estate brokers
    • Non-profit organizations (NPOs)

MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS/CONVICTIONS:

Prosecutions: Three from May 2010 – December 2011
Convictions: One in 2010

ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES AND COMMENTS:

With its 2010 AML/CFT law and accompanying regulations, the Government of Qatar (GOQ) demonstrated its commitment to improving its AML/CFT regime. However, some weaknesses remain. Trafficking in persons is still not a predicate offense for money laundering. Qatar lacks a law mandating the declaration of bulk cash or bearer-negotiable instruments entering or transiting the country. Qatar should continue its efforts to effectively implement AML/CFT regulations and procedures and should be sure sufficient resources and training are provided to develop the necessary institutional capacity.

The Qatar Financial Information Unit has issued new guidelines on STR reporting obligations and engaged in outreach and workshops with financial institutions. Despite these efforts, the current rate of STR filings remains largely unchanged, while only one STR was disseminated to the Public Prosecutor‘s Office (PPO) in 2010.

The AML/CFT law includes a provision which authorizes the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NATC), located in the Ministry of Interior, to designate by resolution those who finance terrorism, terrorists and terrorist organizations, independently of lists forwarded to the GOQ pursuant to UNSCRs 1276 and 1373. No designations had yet been made and no terrorist financing STRs had been filed as of year-end 2011. In the spring of 2011, the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee adopted steps to identify, investigate, and refer for prosecution transactions involving entities included under UNSCR 1373. In October 2011, the NATC incorporated obligations pursuant to UNSCR 1373, which set forth the procedures for identifying and freezing terrorist assets for persons or organizations suspected of terror finance but not designated under UNSCR 1267. These procedures have been incorporated into the NATC‘s area of oversight responsibilities and require the PPO to issue a freezing order when the NATC makes such a request.

Qatar should work to increase the rate of investigations and prosecutions by building capacity within its law enforcement authorities. Qatar should also pursue outreach and enforcement activities to ensure terrorist financing-related STR reporting occurs, and ensure the 1267/1373 freezing regime is effectively implemented.

Regarding Iran-related terrorism and proliferation transactions, the Central Bank ordered financial institutions to freeze any assets of entities listed in UNSCRs 1737, 1747, 1803, and 1929 and prohibit transactions with listed entities. Bank Saderat is the only active Iranian financial entity with two small branches in Doha, and as a foreign bank, Saderat cannot open new branches or expand its activities. Reflecting general concerns in the Gulf about Iranian financial institutions, many Qatari banks no longer clear checks for Bank Saderat, and Qatari banks have ended all correspondent relations with Saderat.

Risk

Sovereign risk

Low public debt and a large stock of foreign reserves at the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) underpin the strong sovereign rating. Further support comes from the even larger holdings in the sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority. The sharp fall in energy prices has taken some of the shine off Qatar’s prospects, but its economy will stay strong and its external position comfortable, supporting its AA rating.

Banking sector risk

The banking sector is well capitalised, but there is a risk of a bubble emerging, owing to its high exposure to the real-estate and contracting sectors. Never‘theless, Qatar has one of the lowest non-performing loan ratios in the region, and the banking sector is subject to close monitoring by the QCB. The fall in oil prices since mid-2014 may have knock-on effects on banking sector profits.

Political risk

The emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al‘Thani, will maintain near absolute control over the country’s decision-making. Given the high standard of living enjoyed by most Qataris, there is little chance of social unrest during 2015-16.

Economic structure risk

The economy’s dependence on hydrocarbons revenue means that the fiscal and external accounts are highly vulnerable to declines in oil prices. However, the non-hydrocarbons sector is now the primary contributor to GDP growth and the government is investing heavily in economic diversification. There is a risk of overheating, owing to the high level of public expenditure in a compressed timetable ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Travel Risk

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Terrorism

There is a constant terrorist threat throughout the Arabian Peninsula, where reports of planned terrorist attacks occasionally emerge. Maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness at all times. Exercise caution in areas known to be frequented by foreigners (commercial, public and tourist areas), monitor local developments and follow the advice of local authorities. Register with and carefully follow messages issued through the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

On September 21, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement threatening retaliation for the American-led coalition campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The statement encouraged opportunistic and indiscriminate attacks against citizens and interests of countries supporting the coalition, which includes Canada. Individuals and terrorist groups in the region may be inspired to carry out attacks in a show of solidarity with ISIL. Exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, maintain a heightened level of vigilance and be aware of your surroundings.

Crime

The crime rate is low and violence is rare. Petty crime could occur, including banking and credit card fraud. Ensure that personal belongings and passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Women’s safety

Although it is rare, there have been reports of physical and verbal harassment toward women. Women should not travel alone, especially after dark. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.

Road travel

Exercise increased caution when travelling by car, due to recent attacks against foreigners in the region.

Accidents are common. Unsafe driving practices, including use of excessive speed, and poor lighting create hazards.

Off-road driving can be hazardous and should only be undertaken in a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles with an experienced guide. Leave a travel itinerary with a relative or friend. Be well prepared and equipped with gasoline, water, food and a cell phone.

In case of accidents without injury, move the vehicle to the nearest parking area (or you may receive a fine for blocking traffic), call 999 and wait for the police to arrive. If the accident caused injuries or deaths, do not move the vehicle, call 999 and wait for the police to arrive. The driver must not leave until permitted by the police to do so, as leaving the scene is considered a criminal offence.

Use only officially marked taxis or reputable limousine services, and avoid shared taxis.

Air travel

See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Sea travel

Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.

Exercise caution if travelling by sea, including for recreational purposes, in the Persian Gulf, particularly around the islands of Abu Masa and the Tunbs. Iran and the United Arab Emirates both claim sovereignty over these islands.

General safety information

Carry identification documents at all times. Leave your passport in a safe place and carry a photocopy for identification purposes. Make copies of your visa or residence permit and keep it in a safe place.

Emergency services

Dial 999 in case of an emergency.

Address Format

RECIPIENT

[BUILDING]
[SUBBUILDING]
STREET_NAME [HOUSE_NUMBER]
LOCALITY
QATAR

Sample

Qatar International Hotel
Musherib Street 47
Ad Dawhah
QATAR

Summary

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2013-06-30 10:20 AM Q1 2013 6.2% 6.6% 8.08%

 

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