It has been reported that the Qatari Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the Commercial Agencies Law (Qatar Law 8/2002) to permit non-exclusive agents to be appointed. The amendment must still be considered by the Advisory Council and signed into law by the Qatari Emir.
At present, the Commercial Agencies Law in practice applies only to exclusive agents. Only exclusive agents can register their commercial agencies on the Commercial Register and, as a result of registration, receive various protections under the Commercial Agencies Law, including the right to receive compensation for loss on expiry or early termination. A registered agent must be a Qatari national or a wholly Qatari owned company.
The reports state that the proposal to allow non-exclusive agents to be registered in the Commercial Register is designed to increase competition which will benefit consumers by lowering prices.