Riyadh Municipality Adopts New Approach to Boost Business Compliance

An employee of “Ejada” performs inspection duties at a commercial shop. Asharq Al-Awsat
An employee of “Ejada” performs inspection duties at a commercial shop. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Riyadh Municipality Adopts New Approach to Boost Business Compliance

An employee of “Ejada” performs inspection duties at a commercial shop. Asharq Al-Awsat
An employee of “Ejada” performs inspection duties at a commercial shop. Asharq Al-Awsat

Riyadh Municipality has introduced a new model for inspection and oversight aimed at promoting compliance culture and raising awareness of regulatory laws among targeted institutions.

The initiative aims to ease financial burdens on businesses, ensuring their sustainability in the market.

In 2018, Riyadh Municipality launched the “Ejada” initiative in line with Vision 2030’s municipal transformation goals to enhance oversight of municipal services. However, its previous focus on fines to increase revenue burdened small and medium-sized enterprises.

Acknowledging this, Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Ayyaf stated that the current approach shifts towards incentivizing compliance rather than solely relying on fines, aiming to boost returns for companies and compliance rates.

Prince Faisal bin Ayyaf recently announced the “Muthal” municipal compliance program to enhance service quality in Riyadh’s health and commercial sectors, leveraging digital technologies.

Emphasizing sustainable development, Riyadh Municipality aims to strengthen the business environment, support the private sector, and promote compliance through partnerships, ensuring regulatory quality and stakeholder satisfaction, aligned with the Kingdom’s national transformation plan, Vision 2030.

Economic experts believe the new model will ease financial pressures on businesses while encouraging better compliance with municipal regulations.

Ahmed Al-Jubeir, an economic specialist, noted to Asharq Al-Awsat that previous oversight lacked preventive measures and awareness, primarily relying on fines.

The new model encourages cooperation with monitors and compliance with regulations, fostering sustainable private sector development.

Al-Jubeir further indicated that the new model will incentivize the private sector and reduce financial burdens on establishments in the labor market.

On the other hand, Ahmed Al-Shahri, a policy expert, clarified to Asharq Al-Awsat that the new program ensures improved regulatory processes, enhances service quality, boosts awareness, and compliance rates of establishments, employing state-of-the-art technologies.

This aligns with municipal transformation initiatives derived from Vision 2030.

Riyadh Municipality’s initiatives aim to enhance regulatory efficiency and support business integrity, contributing to sustainable community development.



Russia Hikes Import Tariffs for Consumer Goods from 'Unfriendly Countries'

A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
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Russia Hikes Import Tariffs for Consumer Goods from 'Unfriendly Countries'

A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

Russia increased imports tariffs for consumer goods, including candies, biscuits and shampoo, produced in countries that support sanctions against Moscow, according to a government order published late on Friday.

Russian imports from nations that imposed sanctions against Moscow over its military conflict with Ukraine slumped in 2022.

Some Western producers stopped selling to Russia, but Moscow has found roundabout ways to keep goods coming, including a grey imports scheme, and plenty of foreign goods remain on store shelves.

According to the order, the tariffs for perfume, cosmetics and shampoo from Poland, for example, will amount to 35% of the customs value. Duties for wallpapers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will rise to 50%.

The new tariffs will be in place until and including Dec. 31 2024 and take effect seven days after publication.