Shura Council’s Services and Social Development discusses a new unified system
07 اغسطس 2018
The Services and Social Development Committee of Shura Council discussed the draft unified system of the companies and private institutions operating in the fields of urgent mails and parcel posts to GCC countries, which was referred earlier by Ministers’ Council.
In this regard, the Committee hosted H.E. Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs, where the main aims of this draft system were reviewed, in addition to the importance of unifying the laws regulating the activities of companies and private institutions that work in the fields of urgent mails and parcel posts. The system aims at promoting coordination in respect of organizational aspects and practices of urgent mails and parcel posts among GCC countries.
During the meeting with the members of the Committee, H.E. the Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs reaffirmed that the unified system does not contradict with the concerned local laws and regulations, but it regulates urgent mails and parcel posts and stimulates the private sector to involve in these domains. The draft system identifies the type of proscribed items that a licensee is not allowed to deal with in addition to identifying financial responsibilities that the licensee has to adhere to. Penalties and procedures were also described in the draft system in case of any violations of the concerned rules and regulations.
The study carried out by the Committee came as per Article (58) bis (37) of the Basic Statute of the State, which stipulates: “The draft laws shall be referred by the Council of Ministers to Majlis A’Shura, which shall decide on the draft by approval or amendment within a maximum period of three months from the date of referral. The same shall then be referred to the State Council which shall decide on it by approval or amendment within a maximum period of forty-five days from the date of referral. If the two Councils disagree upon the draft law, they shall hold a joint meeting under the chairmanship of the Chairman of State Council and by his invitation, to discuss the differences between the two Councils, and then vote on the draft law in the same meeting. The decisions shall be adopted by absolute majority of the members present, and in all cases the Chairman of State Council shall submit the draft to His Majesty the Sultan along with the opinion of the two Councils.”