JCCI asks Commerce Ministry to privatize some of its services

JCCI asks Commerce Ministry to privatize some of its services
Updated 02 September 2012

JCCI asks Commerce Ministry to privatize some of its services

JCCI asks Commerce Ministry to privatize some of its services

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) asked the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to relinquish some of its public services, including issuance and renewal of commercial registration, to the general service offices to expedite the processing of paper work, reduce government red tape and ensure new sources of income to the citizens running these offices.
In a letter to the ministry published Friday by business daily Al-Eqtisadiah, the chamber said by giving up part of its services to the private sector, the ministry will reduce the crowding of citizens at its various offices and branches.
“This will also ensure that these services will be extended for a long time and at many places instead of the official branches of the ministry,” the letter said.
Chairman of the JCCI’s services committee Ahmed Al-Qarni said the letter asked for partnership between the public and private sector to provide quick services to the citizens.
“Hundreds of people come to the ministry and its branches from Jeddah and the nearby regions. When the ministry gives part of its services to the public service offices, this will intensify competition between the private sector and the ministry to ensure better services to the citizens,” he said.
Al-Qarni noted that the offices have more flexibility to be present at malls and shopping center to provide their services for longer time than the ministry which is only working during the official work hours.
“The ministry has many duties to look after. When it allocates the issuing and renewal of commercial registration to the public service offices it will save a lot of time to purse its other duties diligently especially in monitoring markets and fighting commercial fraud,” he said.
Al-Qarni cited the example of the Jeddah Municipality which had privatized many of the municipal services and said the experiment was successful and expedited the services being offered to the citizens.
“The municipality gave up its authority to issue and renew municipal licenses to the private sector beside the appointment of municipal controllers and surveyors,” he recalled.
He said the municipality gave up about 100 the services it was providing to about 14 private establishments without losing its central role in the municipal services.
Al-Qarni criticized the centralization of the government services and said it is slowing down the trade activities which do not usually stand the routine and the slowness of services.