Member alleges vote-buying at JCCI

Updated 16 August 2013
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Member alleges vote-buying at JCCI

Wasif Kabli, deputy chairman of the Commercial Committee at the Saudi Council of Chambers of Commerce and member of its Food Committee, has alleged that some members of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry bought votes to be on its board.
“Some members did not get onto the board fair and square,” Kabli claimed.
He demanded that the Saudi Council of Chambers expel board members who have been absent at meetings for more than three times without an excuse. The same should apply, he added, to committee members who are not present at the committee’s meetings.
“There are several members at JCCI who are there just for the sake of prestige. Those should back out during the next session to give others the chance to work actively,” said Kabli who contested a seat on the JCCI board unsuccessfully during the last election.
Commenting on the need for including youth in the lists of candidates, he said: “No doubt that the expertise is a requirement in young entrepreneurs, but senior management and the decision-making process should be entrusted to senior businessmen.” He pointed out that the withdrawal of Saleh Kamel as a chairman of JCCI is a loss for the business community and the chamber. “He is a man of wide expertise and high ethics who can run the chamber effectively,” he added.
“The chairman of the chamber must be a qualified person with enough expertise and efficiency. But still, young businessmen should have the opportunity of no less than 50 percent to have a seat in the board,” he pointed out.
Shadi Zahed, a candidate contesting the membership of the board of JCCI, expressed his surprise at the attempts of some merchants who depicted the competition between candidates as a clash between the older members and young entrepreneurs. “This alienation process does not bode well,” said Zahed, adding that it is in the best interest of the chamber that board members be a mixture of people with different kinds and levels of expertise.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.