The Director of the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai has confirmed the Humanitarian Cases Department will facilitate the return of people who have lost their jobs to their home countries following the expiry of their residence. Even though their residency expired they had to remain in the UAE because of Coronavirus. They will be allowed to stay until their company reemploys them or they get a new job. Those who have had to pay fines because of this will be dealt with separately.
Saudi Arabia: Centre for Commercial Arbitration Signs Cooperation Agreement with British Royal Legal Surveyors
Saudi Arabia’s Centre for Commercial Arbitration has signed a cooperation agreement with the British Royal Society of Legal Surveyors. The agreement is aimed at encouraging the use of alternatives to settling disputes, particularly mediation in the contracting sector. It is also aimed at encouraging and enhancing growth and boosting confidence and investment in the contracting and real estate sector in the Kingdom. The Centre added the agreement is aimed at establishing a long-term cooperation relationship to encourage the exchange of professional knowledge and professional development of dispute settlement and avoid contracting sector disputes.
Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister has announced the launch of the Qatar Quality Mark. It is aimed at promoting national products and making them more competitive regionally and globally. It is also aimed at supporting development plans and enhancing consumer protection. The first Qatar Quality Mark was given Al Qataria for Production of Reinforcing Steel. They were the first entity to meet the criteria set by the Qatar General Organisation for Standards and Metrology to get the mark. They were one of several organisations to apply. The Qatar Quality Mark is a badge which is given by the Qatar General Organisation for Standards and Metrology and is used to advertise the licensed commodity during the two years the license is valid for. It provides evidence the good or goods have met the approved national standards and has been examined and tested by an internationally recognised certified laboratory. The badge is difficult to remove or be obscured.
Egypt’s House of Representatives has approved a draft law amending Egypt Law No. 34/1976 (the Commercial Registry Law). If approved, Article 3 of Egypt Law No. 34/1976 will be amended. It will state anyone who is registered in the commercial registry must be an Egyptian national and be approved to practice a trade from the competent Chamber of Commerce for individuals and companies established to practice a commercial activity, or have obtained approval to practice industrial activity from the competent Chamber of Industry for companies established to practice industrial activities.
Bahrain’s Cabinet has approved a flexible work permit Decision.
It follows recommendations from the Coordinating Committee led by Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.
The Decision specifies the procedures for developing a permit policy for a foreign employer to practice some professional activities.
The aim is to develop this system and activate it in order to develop the labour market systems and its monitoring in the country. It is also aimed at enhancing job opportunities for citizens to make the country the first choice for employment, protect workers’ rights and prevent them from being exploited.
The procedures for developing the policy include intensifying inspection campaigns on foreign employers to ensure they do not work in professional activities which a foreign employer may not engage in without obtaining a permit. Inspection campaigns on informal workers will also be intensified to ensure the relevant measures are complied with.
Workers who do not comply with the regulatory procedures will not be able to apply for the flexible work permit and the registration of industrial motor vehicles used in construction and transport buses owned by holders of a flexible work permit will be terminated.
A committee consisting of representatives from the Labour and Social Development Ministry, the Finance and National Economy Ministry, the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry, the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry, the Electricity and Water Affairs Ministry, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, BCCI and the Education and Training Quality Authority will be established. They will propose regulatory standards for 20 identified professions and any other professions the committee considers relevant to include. They will also share recommendations with the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training within two months.
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has approved a new Anti-Commercial Concealment Law. Under the law, violators will be jailed for five years and fined five million Riyals. It will also protect whistleblowers in anti-commercial concealment cases, according to the Kingdom’s Commerce Ministry.
The relevant Government agencies will be able to limit business licensing fraud or cover-up offences. They will also be able to demand entities which issue licenses to businesses follow up on them and inform the Commerce Ministry of any suspicious practices.
The Law was approved by the Shoura Council last month and will also see whistleblowers given up to 30% of the fines imposed on violators where this is applicable. It will be given once the case has been resolved. Those who report any fraudulent activities will be exempt from penalties or have the penalties commuted.
The relevant entities will be able to use technology to prove violations through ‘electronic evidence’ in addition to other evidence. The system also allows commuting or exempting from penalties for those who report violations.
The aim is to protect consumers and SMEs.
The approval of the law follows an announcement earlier this week that an anti-commercial fraud committee was going to be established.
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has announced the grace period for Entry and Residence of Foreigners Law violations has been extended. It has been extended for another three months until 17 November 2020. It means violations of the Law which were committed after 1 March 2020 will be exempt from fines. However, they have to leave the country before the November date.
Qatar’s Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Ministry has announced the launch of the National Employment Platform or Kawader. It displays all available Government and private sector jobs in Qatar. From 24 August 2020, the platform will be available for jobseekers to enter, register and create CVs, and from September, jobseekers will be able to view jobs and choose the right job based on their qualifications and experience. Registration on the platform will be available to male and female citizens who do not hold jobs first to enable them to look and apply for jobs as well as enabling children of Qatari women to look and apply for private sector jobs.
Kuwait’s National Assembly has approved a bankruptcy law which will help troubled companies, give them legal protections and provide them with various options before they declare bankruptcy. It specifies two main ways out of trouble for a defaulting company or merchant. The first is a preventive settlement with the agreement of the creditor and debtor. The second is the creation of a plan for restructuring before declaring bankruptcy and even where bankruptcy is declared, only the corrupt bankrupt will be punished. Under the existing law, which is 40 years old, stopping the payment of debt means declaring bankruptcy, which leads to the bankrupt party being jailed, having a travel ban imposed on them and being stripped of their political rights.
Egypt’s House of Representatives has approved amendments to the country’s Intellectual Property Law (Egypt Law No. 82/2002). It follows the proposed amendments being referred to a joint Parliamentary Committee on 17 June. The amendments state those under 21 are allowed to record their actions on the works, performances, sound and radio recordings subject to the Law. The relevant registration fee will be 100 Egyptian Pounds instead of 1,000 Pounds. People with special needs and students will be exempt from these fees. The aim is to provide more support to young creators and encourage them to innovate in culture and the arts. The Government are also committed to care for disabled people. The Law will be published in the Official Gazette and will come into force one month after it is published.