167 foreign investors launch legal action against KSA

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority has cancelled the licenses of 374 foreign investors in a bid to boost Saudi jobs.

More than 160 foreign investors have reportedly filed complaints against Saudi Arabia’s investment authority after their licences were cancelled in what they claim was discrimination.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) said it cancelled the licenses of 374 foreign investors in 2013 after they failed to correct their status according to new regulations.

The organisation said the move was aimed at cleaning up the sector to attract major international investment companies and create more jobs for Saudis, Arab News reported.

But some of the foreign investors whose licenses were cancelled, including Arabs, Americans, Canadians and Indians, said the move had affected their investments worth billions of riyals.

The newspaper said 167 investors had lodged complaints against SAGIA at the Court of Grievances and had threatened to take the issue to an international centre for investment disputes in the US.

One investor also reportedly complained the SAGIA’s annual fee of SAR12,000 ($3200) for each license was excessive.

“The royal decree calls for equal treatment of Saudi and foreign investors, but in practice this is not the case,” another investor was quoted as saying.

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The General Authority for Investment and members and laws that introduce each period based on the caprices and desires, and without a legitimate and legal document but acts of racism and slavery illegal and illogical??? And rejected in toto nor heard nor obedience??? This is bondage to the people of GOD has created us free and our Mother's born us free and we will keep our selves are free to the Day of Judgment, GOD willing??? It must raise these issues and complaints to the Office of the Ombudsman and the Court??? And the International Centre for Investment Disputes and to international justice??? To take the rights of which the power of God and then the force of law and the judiciary???

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