HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister's directives to support online sellers praised by ministers

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Manama, Mar. 22 (BNA): Labour and Social Development Minister, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, has lauded the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to offer online sellers two regulation options; ‘Khatwa’, offered free of charge to families registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, or virtual commercial registration via ‘Sijili’, in accordance with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism’s regulations, which grants access to financial packages, including Tamkeen’s Business Continuity Programme, as well as competitive financial schemes.

The minister asserted that providing legal alternatives for entrepreneurs and productive families who sell their products online reflects the government’s keenness to protect them and pave the way for them to develop their businesses within legal frameworks.

He indicated that those who choose to join the "Khatwa" programme for home-based businesses will enjoy free of charge privileges stipulated by Edict 39/2010 regulating work from home, in coordination with the relevant authorities in the Interior Ministry’s Civil Defence Directorate, Health Ministry and the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning.

He added that those who join the programme will receive a work certificate including the type of activity and information about the family, noting that the license will be renewed free of charge every year.

Under the programme, free of charge training on the professions required by the labour market will also be provided for them, he said.

Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister, Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani, lauded the same directives made by HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister while chairing today’s regular weekly Cabinet meeting.

Al-Zayani highlighted the Industry Ministry’s constant efforts to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, in line with the government’s keenness to improve the business environment according to the legal framework, without prejudice to its responsibilities towards consumers, or role in maintaining the credibility of commercial transactions.

He pointed out that the Virtual Commercial Registration (Sijili) programme provides the beneficiaries many advantages, such as access to financial packages, including Tamkeen’s Business Continuity Programme, as well as competitive financial schemes.

It also prepares them to transform their enterprises into commercial institutions and win the confidence of consumers in them, he said, noting that the ultimate goal of such initiatives is to support Bahraini youth competencies through creating a stimulating and organised economic environment for them to enter the market, in addition to supporting creativity within fair and competitive rules for everyone.

Regarding online sale through the “Sijilli” programme, the minister said that it is in line with the Industry Ministry’s keenness to provide support for those wishing to engage in e-commerce, noting that Sijili is a commercial registration that grants individuals the ability to practise certain business activities without having to register an office address.