The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed a citizen and an expatriate of Egyptian Nationality following a judicial ruling condemning them for commercial concealment. It is proved that the citizen has been enabling the expat to practice a commercial activity by using the citizen's CR and by running a veterinary pharmacy for his own Account in the Province of Oyoun al-Jawa, Qassim Region.
The sentence issued by the criminal court in Buraidah included imposing fines on the violators, closing the facility, liquidating the trade activity, cancellation of the license, writing-off the commercial registration and preventing the citizen from practicing the same activity, in addition to deporting the expat from the Kingdom, after the execution of the judgment and not to be allowed to return for work, besides defamation by publishing the ruling in a local newspaper at the expense of the violators.
Meanwhile, evidences have been found confirming that the expat is running the pharmacy directly for his own account and transferring some revenues outside the Kingdom. Accordingly, it has been proved that the citizen is enabling the expat to engage in commercial activity he is not licensed to practice or invest in it, and work for his own account. Therefore, the case has been referred to the relevant authorities for taking the legal measures, in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Concealment Law.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment calls on all citizens and residents in all regions of the Kingdom to report cases of commercial concealment through the Ministry's Consumer Call Center (1900) or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website. Notably, MCI is granting an award of up to 30% of the total sentenced fines after collection. The fine may reach one million riyals against each violator.
It is worth mentioning that the Royal Supreme Authority approved earlier this week to implement the recommendations of the National Program for Combating the Commercial Concealment, which involves ten government agencies. This program aims to address and combat commercial concealment in all sectors, besides developing relevant regulations and legislations, also stimulating e-commerce and using technical solutions. This program aims as well at regulating and organizing the financial transactions to eliminate transferring of money abroad, as well as enhancing development in the private sector, also creating attractive jobs for Saudis and encouraging them to invest in various trade activities, more over finding solutions to the problem of illegal ownership of foreigners in the private sector.