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Kuwait plans new commercial license laws
September 15, 2013, 12:22 pm
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Kuwait’s Commerce and Industry Minister, Anas Al-Saleh, stated on Saturday that plans for Kuwait's new commercial licenses law have been completed. He added that the new law would facilitate trade through the ‘single-window’ system.

"The single-window system will offer traders the opportunity to complete all paperwork and permits related to various state institutions and ministries through one state body, the minister told KUNA, the state’s news agency, in a statement.
The law, currently in its draft phase, has "taken a long time to complete and has received extensive revision" aimed at bringing it on par with international equivalents.

"The know-how and practical experiences of nations with extensive expertise in issuing commercial licenses have been studied closely, in order for us to determine and rectify the exact errors and obstacles affecting our current system. This is especially important in view of the ministry’s aspiration to improve the industrial and commercial environment in Kuwait," he added.

"The law takes into account the public's interest, and organizes documentation required for each and every step related to issuing these licenses according to a precise timeframe," explained Al-Saleh, who is currently heading his country's delegation at the First China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan.

Ahead of the issuance of the legally-binding document, traders will be handed a "temporary permit" granting them a grace period during which they will be required to complete all necessary paperwork, but the provisional document will be discarded as soon as this time is up, the minister said.

The new commercial licenses law will also allow renewals to be conducted every four years; with procedures for handing over these licenses to an heir or a successor having been separated, he mentioned.
As for the proposed fees, the amount requested will depend on the exact nature of the business along with the nature of the application, depending on whether it is a single entity, a group of owners or a shareholding company, and the sums will be on par with those demanded by neighboring countries.

"Commercial activities that are allowed in the country have been carefully categorized... and the law aims to achieve a balance between the interests of the license applicant and the other." The minister described the draft legislation as "an unprecedented development in the field of legislative work, an important step in the path of accomplishments and a leap forward in efforts to tackle chronic bureaucracy and meaningless routine. "It has the very important aim of attracting trade and investment in the Kuwaiti market — in a business environment that is flexible, up-to-date and that serves the needs of investors," he underlined.

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