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Joint entities have conducted 13,000 inspection rounds since 2018 in bid to nationalize gold and jewelry shops, uncovering 487 nationalization violations

Publication date: 21 September 2022 - 25 Safar 1444
13 ألف جولة تفتيشية مشتركة على محال الذهب والمجوهرات في مختلف المناطق منذ بداية 2018.. وضبط 487 مخالفة لقرار "التوطين"

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) said the labor inspectors have conducted 12,926 rounds on commercial centers and stores in various regions of the Kingdom since 2018 to make sure employers comply with the decision aiming to nationalize the gold and jewelry sector, which is in cooperation with several government entities. Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman at MLSD, said the inspection campaigns have uncovered 487 violations across the Kingdom, out of which 373 were related to the nationalization decision. In this respect, the spokesman called upon customers to report violations or submit inquiries related to the enforcement of the decision through contacting the contact center No. (19911) or using the ‘Ma3an lil Rasd’ on smart phones. Meanwhile, the nationalization of the gold and jewelry sector comes as part of the nationalization program for regions, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior, the governorates of regions, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, the Public Security and the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat). It goes hand in hand with other previous nationalization decisions to empower Saudi nationals to find job opportunities. Meanwhile, the nationalization program for regions aims to prepare plans and mechanisms that nationalize occupations in various sectors and economic activities with relying on capabilities of each region, as well as implementing the previously-issued nationalization decisions and programs. It also strives to empower the Saudi young people to seize job opportunities, enhance public-private partnership (PPP) to carry out specific nationalization plans, create a decent and an appropriate work environment and lay out incentives that encourage employers to replace expatriate workers with Saudi nationals in the region.

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