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  • 18 Feb 2019Qatar

    A value added tax (VAT) regime in Qatar is expected to be effective beginning from 1 January 2020, with VAT being broadly imposed at a rate of 5%.

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  • 13 Feb 2019Qatar

    Qatar’s Public Health Ministry has announced it has launched a fat, sugar and salt reduction initiative in the country to cut this content in food and beverages in both locally produced goods and imported goods.

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  • 04 Feb 2019Bahrain

    The NBR has issued a list of 94 VAT zero-rated basic food items in Bahrain. This list contains basic food items such as meat, fish, sugar, dairy, water and so on. However, this list does not include certain variants of these items such as flavored water or frozen meat which will remain taxed at the standard rate.

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  • 04 Feb 2019Saudi Arabia

    As per this guideline no VAT will be charged on expenses paid by the supplier to a third party in the name and on behalf of the customer which will be recharged to the customer subject to certain criteria (disbursements).

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  • 28 Jan 2019Turkey

    Significant amendments were introduced to the Public Procurement Code No. 4734 (PPC) and Public Procurement Contracts Code No. 4735 (PPCC) in the Omnibus Bill No. 7161, published in the Official Gazette dated 18 January 2019 and numbered 30659 (Omnibus Bill).

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  • 09 Jan 2019Egypt

    For the past few years, the Egyptian government has been actively seeking to regulate the country’s deeply rooted informal economy. The government’s efforts are evidenced by an increasingly active legislator targeting numerous sectors, as well as various market players. Accordingly, the recent promulgation of the new Consumer Protection Law, Egypt Law No 181/2018 (the New Law) repealed the somewhat ineffective old Consumer Protection Law, Egypt Law No 67/2006 (the Repealed Law) that established the Consumer Protection Agency (the CPA). Egypt Law No 181/2018 introduces novel concepts, and tackles additional commercial activities in the e – commerce sphere. Most importantly, the new Consumer Protection Law tackles the real estate sector specifically and gives consumers more rights in relation to suppliers with respect to the sale of goods and the provision of services. In contrast with the old Consumer Protection Law, Egypt Law No 181/2018 provides for a stricter accountability system by further empowering the CPA and with a sterner penalty regime.

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