The Omani Police have announced customs clearing requirements will be relaxed. The aim is to help the commercial sector. Given the current circumstances in the country and the world, customs clearing requirements will be relaxed. Under the new requirements, imported goods can be cleared even when the importer is unable to provide the relevant documents and certificates from the source country.
Oman’s State Council is considering a draft hidden trade law. If approved, it will help companies identify loopholes and boost Omanisation across various sectors. Hidden trade occurs when a company is owned on paper by an Omani national but, in practice is run by someone else. This person does not create employment for the company’s employees but instead makes them find their own jobs while still being employed by the company. Under the new law, those found guilty of engaging in hidden trade will be punished. The State Council will review the draft law and then refer it back to the Council’s Economic Committee.
Oman’s Commerce and Industry Ministry has announced companies must operate in the sector or sectors they were licensed to operate in. Those who do not comply will be punished in line with the country’s legal and regulatory regime. They could even be shut down. They must also dissolve and liquidate in line with the appropriate laws and regulations.
Oman’s Transport Ministry has announced it has launched a National Aviation Strategy 2030. The aim is to strengthen the economy by improving the aviation industry in the Sultanate. The Strategy will help develop an effective organisational framework to boost support and develop the aviation sector, strengthen the country’s economy and create jobs. It will also boost marketing and operational support for Oman Air and restructure the company. It will also establish Airport Cities to help the country cope with the anticipated increase in tourist numbers. Finally, it will support aviation operations by logistics companies. Among other things, a logistics service regional centre will be established for international companies.
The Omani authorities have announced small businesses have been exempted from 100% foreign ownership under the Sultanate’s Foreign Investment Law. Businesses which are included are translations, photocopying, tailoring, laundry, vehicle repairs, transporting and selling drinking water. It also covers manpower and recruitment services, hairdressing and salon services, taxi services, driving instructions, fishing and rehabilitation homes for the elderly, disabled and orphans. The aim is to make investing in the country more attractive but protect Oman’s small businesses.
- Oman Business Law Forum - Fourth Edition
08:30 - 14:30
After the success of previous editions of the Oman Business Law Forums, gathering over 100 people from the Omani legal and business community, LexisNexis, in collaboration with the Omani Lawyers Association and Omani British Lawyers Association, will host the 4th Oman Business Law Forum that will cover the latest legal developments and trends in Oman.
Oman’s Environment and Climate Affairs Ministry has proposed banning plastic bags early next year. If the proposal is approved by the Commerce and Industry Ministry next year it will be introduced within the same timeframe. It will mean companies, factories, shops and those who use single-use plastic bags will have to replace them with environmentally-friendly ones within one year of the Decision.
The Technology and Innovation Committee in the Council of State has discussed a study on the relevance of the Anti-Information Technology Crime Law (Oman Sultani Decree No. 12/2011) to the rapid technical developments and its social and economic impact in Oman. The discussion took place during the first annual session of the seventh term.
Oman’s Public Authority of Consumer Protection (PACP) has called on consumers to file complaints if they notice price manipulations in discount offers. There have been recent reports of so called discount prices being quoted which represent the real value of the goods in the market and another larger price is stated as the value of the goods before the discount was applied which is incorrect. The Commission has stated that it follows up on such complaints and will issue directions to violating institutions. Consumers are being asked to send the name of the shop and details of their complaints. Oman Sultani Decree No. 66/2014 and its executive regulation issued by Oman Decree No. 77/2017 under Article 36, when making discounts on the prices of goods and services, a supplier must obtain the approval of the relevant authority after coordination with the Authority, to ascertain the prices in accordance with the regulations determined by the Authority, provide a list of the number of goods available for each type of discounts and declare the sale price before and during the period of discounts for each commodity in a clear manner which is readable and provide the percentage of discount. In addition, it will cost 200 Rials to issue or renew a license for glasses shop in Muscat Governorate, 3000 Rials to renew a license of a private hospital in Muscat Governorate and 500 Rials to renew a license of a private clinic.
New visa rules for tourists looking to visit Oman have been announced by the Oman Royal Police. Under the new rules, those looking to travel to the Sultanate will have to apply for an e-visa. It will cost 50 AED. It will be valid for up to four weeks and could be extended for another week. They can be applied for online and applications will be approved in up to four days. The new system offers unsponsored and sponsored tourist visas; tourist visas for GCC residents and express visas. The families of residents, their drivers, housemaids and companions can also use the system providing they have at least three months remaining on their passports.