Qatar’s E-commerce Guidelines

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Today, e-commerce has become more of a business imperative than ever before as consumer awareness and expectations evolve. The proliferation of high-speed broadband and the availability of a sophisticated Internet infrastructure and Web-enabled mobile devices present increased economic opportunities for government, businesses, and individuals that could have profound impact on how future business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) commerce is conducted.

The national e-commerce guideline is the first of its kind in Qatar, which helps merchants through all touch points involved in starting and implementing a successful e-commerce business. This guideline is the result of a thorough collaborative effort with local, regional, and international stakeholders across the entire e-commerce value chain—from product creation to consumer receipt of the product—and its successful implementation is dependent on strong collaboration and coordination among the different stakeholders.

Widespread adoption of this guideline would have a positive effect on Qatar’s business environment, significantly contributing to economic development, a major pillar of the Qatar National Vision. This is because it will provide businesses better access to consumers, improve business efficiency, expand trade and investment opportunities, and promote innovation, diversification, and competitiveness.