CPA to file new case against chambers

Updated 07 December 2012
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CPA to file new case against chambers

The Consumer Protection Association described the positions of the chambers of commerce and industry in Jeddah and Riyadh as “disobedient” and said that it is facing the same response from chambers at all regions.
It said that most of them did not commit to the Cabinet decision for each of them in every region in the country to allocate 10 percent of the fees they impose on approving commercial documents annually as revenues for the CPA.
On Wednesday, the Administrative Court in Riyadh ordered the Riyadh Chamber to pay the annual 10 percent, but an official at the chamber told a local newspaper that it would appeal the verdict.
Naser Al-Tuwaim, head of the CPA, told the newspaper that the CPA intended to file a similar case to demand its payments from the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). “We won the case against the Riyadh Chamber and we will file another against the Jeddah Chamber, because these two are the ones who led the disobedience of not paying the CPA’s payments as per the Council of Ministers’ decision.”
Abdulaziz Al-Ajlan, member of the board at Riyadh Chamber, said that the CPA “should look for sources of income away from traders.” He wondered how would the CPA demand financial support when there is a “conflict of interest” represented in the fact the CPA is concerned with consumers and the chambers are concerned with traders.
Al-Tuwaim, the CPA’s head, said the CPA had tried to solve the issue (before going to court) through several correspondences sent from time to time to Riyadh Chamber, “but these attempts failed. The chamber ignored them.”
The CPA's lawyer Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Oraifi said the CPA will file cases against a number of chambers that did not implement the Council of Ministers’ decision and that court will bring justice to the CPA. “It is a matter of time. The CPA will get its payments.”
Al-Tuwaim said: “Consumers will feel the results of the court decision (against Riyadh chamber) after the chamber had caused obstructions to the CPA’s progress and programs for a long time.”
The newspaper quoted sources from the CPA as saying the CPA intended to pursue local banks because of “breaches to regulations” in the next few weeks. They said the CPA’s studies regarding banks showed that some Saudi banks have committed breaches represented in imposing administrative fees on the issuance and renewal of ATM cards, and that some of them deduct two riyals from accounts that contain less than SR1, 000.
The CPA will file a detailed report to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (the country’s central bank) on breaches some banks commit against their clients in a few weeks.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.