Saudi to Identify Challenges Facing Construction Permits for Commercial Buildings

Saudi private sector moves to address challenges in obtaining commercial building permits (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi private sector moves to address challenges in obtaining commercial building permits (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi to Identify Challenges Facing Construction Permits for Commercial Buildings

Saudi private sector moves to address challenges in obtaining commercial building permits (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi private sector moves to address challenges in obtaining commercial building permits (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Efforts are underway to identify the challenges related to obtaining construction permits for commercial buildings in Saudi Arabia.

Proposed solutions are being developed and shared with the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs, and Housing, in anticipation of presenting the final plan at the periodic meeting of the Executive Committee for Improving the Performance of Private Sector Businesses (Tayseer).

The Federation of Saudi Chambers has urged the private sector, business leaders, and engineering offices to participate in a survey designed to document all observations and opinions on the matter.

This initiative aims to address the obstacles facing the sector during the upcoming period.

In the study, which Asharq Al-Awsat reviewed a copy of, the Federation asked participants to identify challenges that business owners face when obtaining construction permits for commercial buildings.

It also inquired about the government entity responsible for the issue.

The Federation is committed to identifying the challenges that the private sector faces in relation to government procedures, regulations, and legislation on an ongoing basis. Its goal is to remove all obstacles that hinder the expansion of companies and institutions in line with the government's current aspirations.

The Federation plays a pivotal role in enhancing the business environment of Saudi Arabia and surmounting challenges confronting the Kingdom's private sector. It endeavors to invigorate and foster economic sectors through its diverse departments and administrations.

The Federation also contributes to the study of regulations, the development of support programs, and provides support to government agencies in the formulation of various related regulations and decisions.

In 2021, the Saudi government was able to address 62.5% of the challenges facing the private sector in regulations and legislation.

Looking to improve the private sector’s business environment, the Tayseer committee participated in 45 meetings and 12 workshops with the private sector during 2021.

The committee was able to identify over 1,200 challenges facing companies and institutions.

Currently, 37.5% of these challenges are still under study.



EU States Agree on 14th Sanctions Package Against Russia

The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
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EU States Agree on 14th Sanctions Package Against Russia

The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)

European Union countries agreed on a 14th package of sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine, diplomats said on Thursday, including a ban on re-exports of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) in EU waters.
Belgium, which holds the rotating EU presidency until July 1, said on the X platform that the package "maximizes the impact of existing sanctions by closing loopholes".
Countries debated the new measures for over a month and ultimately watered down one of the Commission's proposals, aimed at preventing even more circumvention, at Germany's prompting, Reuters reported.
The dropped measure would have forced subsidiaries of EU companies in third countries to contractually prohibit the re-exports of their goods to Russia. The EU is keen to stop the flow of dual-use technology such as washing machine chips that could be used by Russia for military purposes.
An EU diplomat said Germany had asked for an impact assessment, and the measure could be included at a later date.
The ban on trans-shipments is the first restriction the bloc has applied to LNG. However, gas market experts say the measure will have little impact as Europe is still buying Russian gas itself, and trans-shipments via EU ports to Asia represent only around 10% of total Russian LNG exports.
The package also tightens measures against the shadow fleet moving Russian oil outside the price cap on Russian crude set by the Group of Seven (G7) nations. EU countries added tankers to the list of sanctioned entities as well as at least two Russian-owned ships moving military equipment from North Korea, diplomats said.
Overall, 47 new entities and 69 individuals were added to the EU sanctions list, bringing the total to 2,200. The package is expected to be formally approved when EU foreign ministers meet on Monday, diplomats said.