Carbonated drinks may be taxed by sugar content

In this photograph taken on April 10, 2015, a customer looks at cold drinks display at a mini mart in Jakarta. (AFP)
Updated 23 July 2016
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Carbonated drinks may be taxed by sugar content

RIYADH: Informed sources said that a proposal is being considered to impose graded fees on carbonated drinks according to the percentage of sugar as part of selective tax, which the Gulf states intend to apply in 2018. The General Secretariat of the council will study the experiences of other countries in this regard.
PepsiCo. sent a note in this regard to the authorities concerned for consideration and includes reducing the calories in all its drinks in the region’s markets, according to reports in the local media.
The company suggested awareness campaigns for consumers about healthy eating habits in the coming years, as well as providing enough information to consumers about drink ingredients, according to the best international practices. It also suggested launching campaigns to promote products with low sugar levels.


Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

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Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

Sheikh Nafiullah Ashyrov, grand mufti and head of the Central Religious Department of the Muslims of the Asian Section in the Russian Federation, called on Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh at his residence in Cairo on Tuesday. 

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf.

The Saudi minister affirmed the keenness of Saudi leadership in playing a role in uniting the ranks of Muslims. Al-Asheikh said the meeting aims to strengthen communication with influencers in the Muslim world to exchange views and increase cooperation.

Sheikh Ashyrov praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to serve Muslims all over the world. The Russian Muslim scholar condemned the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities. He said targeting the Kingdom is targeting all Muslims around the world.