In recognition of the significant role of transport and ICT in building a modern state with a robust knowledge-based economy in light of Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) was merged with the Ministry of Transport as per Emiri Order No. 1 of 2016 amending the Council of Ministers.
Emiri Decree No. 4 of 2016 sets the mandates and functions of the Ministry. The Ministry of Transport and Communications specializes in organizing land and sea transport business, and work to develop and improve transport services, and the study of their own projects and supervise and follow up their implementation, in order to achieve the expansion of economic activity and service the requirements of the national development scale. On the other hand, the Ministry is responsible for a wide-ranging mandate that includes: overseeing and developing the information and communications technology sector to make it more vibrant, advanced, and secure to support a diversified economy and benefit all the people of Qatar; introducing ICT plans, policies, programs, projects and initiatives to foster a competitive environment that is conducive to investments; developing the next generation of infrastructure and then securing and enhancing the efficiency of that infrastructure; and driving innovation well into the future as a change agent for human, social, economic and environmental progress.
The Ministry also performs a critical and far-reaching role in developing e-government programs and boosting capacity and digital literacy to foster a technology-friendly environment that introduces innovative approaches to how we communicate, live and work.
Consequently, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), which was established by virtue of Emiri Decree No. 42 of 2014, will continue as the independent regulatory body in the communication sector, encouraging and supporting an open and competitive telecommunications market and ensuring that consumer rights are protected. The CRA is also responsible for regulating the postal sector and access to digital media.
The Ministry will continue to mobilize efforts to harness the power of ICT to bring enhancements to the field of transport and every aspect of life in Qatar, building a more thriving economy.