SAUDI ARABIA: All retail activities required to provide electronic payment August 25

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Riyadh – Mubasher: A spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Commerce, Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein, said today, Wednesday, that from next Tuesday, August 25, 2020, all retail activities will be required to provide electronic payment.

Al-Hussein added, during a press conference today, that the national program to combat concealment in the past was required for 70% of the retail sector’s activity and it was 50 activities via electronic payment, and on August 25, all retail sales in the Kingdom will be obligated to provide electronic payment and thus all activities will be completed The retail sector is 100% obligated to pay online, according to Al Ekhbariya TV.

The spokesman explained that any consumer can inform the Ministry of Commerce through the Consumer Protection Center if he does not find electronic payment methods, indicating that, as of next Tuesday, electronic payment will be available for plumbing and electricity activities, building materials stores, furnishings, bakeries, sewing and others.

The trade spokesman affirmed that 98% of commercial establishments adhere to implementing measures to combat the Coronavirus.

Al-Hussein noted that the Ministry of Commerce cannot defame any violator of its regulations, unless there is a court ruling that is definitively proven..

The spokesman indicated that the commercial concealment system intensifies penalties, protects whistleblowers with the privacy of their data, and rewards the whistleblower with 30% of the fine after the final ruling is issued.

He stressed that monitoring tours of commercial establishments are continuing in all regions of the Kingdom in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the regions’ secretariats.

The National Program to Combat Commercial Concealment in the Kingdom announced, earlier, that the decision to compel restaurants and cafes to provide an electronic payment solution will come into effect as of July 28.

The National Program for Combating Concealment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced, on July 12, 2019, that it will gradually start requiring all sales outlets in various commercial activities to use electronic payment methods to be completed in 14 months, to be fully implemented on all commercial activities on 25 August 2020.

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