Simulations of food supply processes held

Doha: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) conducted simulation exercises of operational supply processes of food and consumer goods to local markets during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and confirmed that parties involved are prepared to meet the diverse local market needs throughout the sporting tournament.

This was done in cooperation with strategic partners, factories, national companies, hypermarkets, and catering companies. The Ministry also affirmed that the simulation exercises were successful.

The simulation exercises for operational processes form part of the Ministry’s efforts to define scenarios to address projected challenges while holding the tournament, particularly it aims at facilitating communication between national businesses, local factories, and goods suppliers with hypermarkets. It also seeks in enhancing the response to inventory shortages at hypermarkets, catering businesses, and the three central markets.

Moreover, the said exercises aim to test quick response plans for any emergency, assess the readiness of all concerned parties in terms of handling various scenarios, assure the understanding and awareness of joint plans, and define roles and responsibilities.

The simulation exercises saw the participation of the Emergency Committee’s operations room, hypermarkets, national companies and factories, catering companies, and major suppliers of food and consumer goods. 

MoCI emphasised that the undertaking offered a chance to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of operational process coordination structures and communication channels amongst all stakeholders, in preparation for hosting the international event.

It included simulating many possible events and scenarios during the tournament, as well as defining ways to address them by the concerned authorities. 

One simulation exercise involved supplying fruit and vegetable types from strategic partner warehouses to the central markets: Al Sailiya, Umm Salal, and Al Wakrah, in coordination with Aswaq Company for food facilities management.

Moreover, it included assessing the supply of vegetables, fruits, frozen red meat, frozen chicken, table eggs, and bottled water, from strategic partner warehouses to those of catering companies, in addition to assessing the supply of food items from strategic partner warehouses to major outlets or their associated warehouses, such as Almeera, Carrefour, Lulu Hypermarket, Safari Hypermarket, Spar, Masskar Hypermarket, and the Family Food Center.