Illegal factories harm dealers of brand goods

Updated 25 November 2012

Illegal factories harm dealers of brand goods

JEDDAH: Expats who violate the Saudi residence law are competing against businessmen and agents of brand goods in the Saudi market by providing outlets with various cheap products.
These products are made in old districts in houses well-equipped to produce goods in high demand in the local market such as women's garments, accessories, artificial gold jewellery, furniture, food and pastry and other products.
To promote their goods, they depend on two main factors: higher demand of these products in light of global market fluctuations and the high cost of production in the country of origin. They counterfeit brands and sell them at low price, according to Jeddah police.
Between 200 and 500 expatriates are caught weekly in raids in the Kingdom's main cities. About 30 percent of these raids reveal highly equipped factories in houses in old districts.
Lt. Nawaf Alboug, a spokesman for the Jeddah police, said three raids are carried out each week. Many expats who violate the Saudi residency laws as well as wanted people are caught in these raids.
Alboug said there is coordination between government agencies that accompany the police force in planned raids. These agencies identify the type of contravention. He citizens and residents generally alert the security agencies by notifying any violation or suspicious activities. He also said that building owners should observe activities on their properties which should be rented to legal residents only.
Expat remittances from Saudi Arabia was about $194 billion between 2000 and 2010, an increased by of 182 percent. Money transfers from the Kingdom was 45.9 percent of the total remittances from the Gulf.
Shop owner Khalid Saloum said that demand on expat products greatly affects retailers who deal with patent trademarks. High remittances from expats combined with the European economic slowdown, GCC and Arab countries are vulnerable to recession.
Saloum added: “Because of lack of effective control, especially in big shopping centers, prices of the same products differ from one outlet to the other.”
He called for reducing foreign labor recruitment and deporting illegal ones.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.