New law allows foreign investors to become chamber board members

The Ministry of Commerce said that the new Chambers of Commerce Law, approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday; allows foreign investors to become members of the board of directors of the chambers; for the first time in the history of Saudi chambers.

The new law also gives exemption to new companies and establishments, which are joining the chamber; from the subscription fee for a period of three years since the date of their commercial registration.

As per the new law, the Council of Saudi Chambers will be renamed the Federation of Saudi Chambers. There are also provisions; in the law to further ease the procedures for the start and practice of business activities in the Kingdom.

The ministry also stated that the law abolished the Saudi nationality requirement for the membership; in the board of directors of the chamber.

The move enables foreign investors to become members of boards of directors of the chambers of commerce; for the first time: with a condition that the membership to the board is renewed for two consecutive terms only.

In general the law facilitates the start and practice of business activities; by exempting new subscribers of companies and establishments from subscription fees; for a period of three years; from the date of their commercial registration and it allows anyone; who practices commercial activity with license to be registered in the chamber of commerce.

Unlike the previous law, the new law does not require multiple subscriptions with the increase; in the number of branches of business firms. In the previous law subscription fees incresed by the number of branches and registered establishments.

The new law also stipulated; changing the name of the Council of Saudi Chambers to the Federation of Saudi Chambers; and restructuring of the board of directors of the federation; in a way comprising only the heads of various chambers. There will also be a supervisory body under the name of the General Assembly of the Federation of Chambers. The law also allows holding meetings and voting on decisions by electronic means.