Violators face harsh penalties

Updated 14 June 2016

Violators face harsh penalties

RIYADH: Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi announced Saturday that harshest penalties would be imposed on anybody who violates the ministry’s commercial concealment law in the telecommunications sector.
The minister said that officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) would continue inspection tours to find out wether the shops and establishments dealing in mobile phones and accessories are complying with the regulations and to impose legal penalties against violators.
The inspections will be carried out in cooperation with the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Telecommunication and Information Technology as well as the Ministry of Interior.
Al-Qassabi said the field inspection tours, carried out during the first two days of Ramadan on mobile shops in various regions of the Kingdom, uncovered some violations in the sector. They include commercial concealment cases, which may lead to two years' imprisonment, a fine of SR1 million for each offender, whether a citizen or an expatriate.Expatriates will be deported on completion of their sentence while the local businessman’s license will be canceled and his shop shut down for a period of five years. An advertisement will also be inserted in local newspapers notifying the public about the names and backgrounds of the violators. The minister said that this was a good opportunity for Saudi nationals to work in this occupation.
He pointed out that the Small & Medium Enterprises Authority would support entrepreneurs in the telecommunication sector in line with the partnership and cooperation with relevant ministries for the Saudization of the telecom sector and the achievement of the national strategy in support of the private sector.


First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

Updated 3 min 30 sec ago

First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

RIYADH: The first plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrived in Lebanon on Friday for victims of Beirut’s port explosion, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said.

Two planes departed from King Khalid International Airport on Friday carrying more than 120 tons of medical supplies, tents, shelter kits and food for those affected by the blast. A specialized team from the center to follow up and supervise the distribution operations were also on board the planes.

The aid aims to help victims overcome the effects of the explosion, said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief.

Al-Rabeeah stated that the directive of King Salman embodies the established humanitarian values of the Saudi leadership, stressing that this assistance highlights the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.