TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017,
VAT to be
The workshop at JCCI which was attended by more than 100 accountants.
— Okaz photo
Special force to get intensive anti-terror training
By Ibrahim Alawi
The special force in charge of
protecting vital installations will be given
advanced training to combat terrorism and
carry out rapid intervention, said Maj. Gen.
Saad Al-Jabari, commander of the force to
ensure security of installations.
Fifty officers from the force have qualified
to attend the intensive training programs to
be conducted inside the Kingdom and abroad,
he pointed out.
Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette on the
sidelines of a graduation ceremony for offi-
cers who attended a training course to com-
bat terrorism and rapid intervention, he said
Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Naif, deputy
premier and minister of interior, has approved
the new training program.
The graduation ceremony took place at
the training center for security forces in Jed-
He said the new training courses would
strengthen the capabilities of special security
forces to protect the Kingdom’s oil and indus-
trial plants as well as other vital installations.
“This is the second graduation ceremony
of officers who have attended the training
course. It will be followed by graduation of
the remaining officers in order to raise the
capabilities of special forces in charge of safe-
guarding vital installations,” Al-Jabari said.
He also noted his force’s contributions
toward safeguarding pilgrims who come for
Haj. “We have reviewed the force’s perfor-
mance last year to avoid negative aspects. We
have conducted a number of workshops with
relevant agencies for this purpose,” he added.
Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Khalaf, assistant
commander of the force for planning and de-
velopment, said the advanced training pro-
gram to combat terrorism was the result of
efforts made during the past years.
“The training programs have been up-
graded considering the importance of vital in-
stallations such as oil refineries and pipelines
being protected by the force,” he explained.
He said domestic, regional and interna-
tional challenges demanded rapid interven-
tion by the force in coordination with other
security agencies, with greater professional-
“Seventy-seven officers have joined the
training course from the force deployed in
Madinah, Asir, Jazan, Najran, Makkah, North-
ern Border Province and Tabuk,” the assistant
“They have received special training in
fitness, special skills, weight lifting, overload,
long walk, crossing barriers, trenches, carry-
ing luggage and traveling through difficult ter-
rain,” Al-Khalaf said.
Graduation ceremony of the special force after officers attended a training course to combat terrorism and rapid intervention in Jeddah.
— Okaz photo
dad ready to go
to US to meet
By Faheeem Al-Hamid
Salim Al-Anzi, a
Saudi citizen who named his
newborn baby daughter Ivanka,
said he was willing to travel to
Washington to meet President
Donald Trump’s daughter.
“I am quite willing to travel
to the US with my daughter to
meet Ivanka,” he said adding that
his daughter looks very much like
Anzi said he wanted so much
to meet Ivanka in Riyadh to take
a photo with her but her tight
schedule did not permit it.
He said he is very fond of
President Trump’s daughter so
he named his baby after her.
“I am still calling my daugh-
ter Ivanka though I have changed
her name to Lama according to
the Saudi laws and regulations,”
In the birth certificate issued
to him from the Maternity and
Child hospital in Arar (North-
ern Province) his daughter was
registered as Ivanka but he later
changed her name so as not to
break the Saudi laws.
According to informed sourc-
es, Ivanka was planning to send
Anzi a message to thank him for
naming his daughter after her.
“I named my daughter Ivanka
out of my optimism of the im-
provement of the Saudi-Ameri-
can ties during Trump’s adminis-
tration,” he said.
The sources said Ivanka was
happy that a Saudi girl was named
after her and said she would like
to meet her if her circumstances
KSA steps up
Saudi Gazette report
Saudi Arabia›s Fi-
nancial Intelligence Unit has
stepped a campaign against mon-
ey laundering and terror funding
operations by inspecting real es-
tate and brokerage offices as well
as other vital sectors that are
likely to be involved in financial
The department has received
more than 13,000 intimations re-
lated to money laundering and
terror funding during the past 12
“The growing number of
these financial crimes has raised
concerns around the world and
shaken economies of many coun-
tries,” said a senior FIU official.
The Saudi government has
imposed tough punishment on
those involved in money laun-
dering and terror funding, which
reached up to 15 years in prison
and SR7 million fine.
“It has confiscated money
worth billions of riyals,” Al-Hay-
at Arabic daily quoted the official
The number of calls and inti-
mations received by the financial
intelligence unit on suspicious
money laundering and terror
funding cases jumped from 405
in 2006 to 1,842 in 2011, 2,077 in
2012 and 2,379 in 2013, the pa-
per said. The number of cases
dropped slightly in 2014 to 2,240.
“Most of these calls (8,800)
came from financial institutions
and from 23 non-financial orga-
nizations,” the official said. “We
have received 1,035 calls from
government agencies and 161
from individuals,” he pointed out.
The department said it was
monitoring 2,285 bank accounts
suspected of conducting money
laundering and terror funding
operations. “We have received
2,240 cases related to money
laundering and 136 of these cases
have been transferred to the in-
vestigation department,” he ex-
The unit has received calls
demanding investigation of 505
suspicious bank accounts.
“We have investigated 37 of
126 suspected cases related to
terror funding in 2016,” the offi-
cial said. “We have also received
188 requests from international
agencies to provide informa-
tion about suspected financial
crimes,” he pointed out.
Saudi courts have issued ver-
dicts on 983 financial crimes in-
cluding 975 terror-funding cases
and eight cases of money laun-
dering. The punishment includ-
ed imprisonment and confisca-
tion of funds.
Major sectors where
is suspected are
real estate, gold and
jewelry, luxurious cars,
funds, law and auditing
Salim Al-Anzi, the father of Saudi
— Okaz photo
Abeer anti-smoking campaign 2017 launched
Saudi Gazette report
There is a need for awareness
initiates in healthcare sector, said Moham-
med Bajobair, regional director of MOH -
private sector, while stressing its relevance
during the official launch of the anti-smok-
ing campaign initiated by Abeer Medical
Group at the Park Hyatt on Sunday.
In the inaugural speech, Bajobair,
who was the guest of honor, added that
voluntary endeavors taken by healthcare
organizations like Abeer Medical Group
are to be appreciated and given optimum
promotion for generating a healthy liv-
ing in the Kingdom. He spoke about the
possible collaboration of the Ministry
of Health to promote and support this
The event was inaugurated by Indian
Consul General Mohammed Noor Rah-
man Sheikh. Saudi Gazette is the official
media partner of this campaign in con-
nection with World No Tobacco Day
which falls on May 31.
Sheikh expressed deep concern for
the unhealthy habits like smoking which
is gaining more prevalence in the youth
and adolescents these days. Efforts
to curtail tobacco users and enhance
healthy lifestyle practices are the need of
the hour, he stated.
He added that smoking incidence has
to be cut down in order to lead the na-
tion to health progress. The first social
media material of Abeer Anti-smoking
Campaign 2017 was posted on Facebook
Alungal Mohammed, president of
Abeer Medical Group, said pervading
social awareness on the predictive and
preventive aspects of medicine should
Mohammed Bajobair, regional director of MOH (private sector) Jeddah, and Indian Consul General Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh with
the leadership of Abeer Medical Group, Khaled Almaeena, director; Alungal Mohammed, president; Saeed Sullamy, senior management
consultant; and Dr Jemshith Ahmed, vice president (strategic planning), at the official launching ceremony of Abeer Anti-smoking
— Courtesy photo
the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and
Industry. The workshop was attended by
over 100 legal accountants. JCCI Assis-
tant General Secretary Mazin Kutbi was
also present. The authority stated in the
workshop that the VAT will be 5 percent
of the revenue starting January 2018.
Head of the Legal Team for Indirect
Taxes Misfir Al-Dihaim said the pro-
posed proposed is the least in the world.
“It’s only 5 percent and companies
can regain that 5 percent through the
discount right of the income tax. If the
company runs into losses, it still has to
pay its VAT. I urge all private businesses
to ensure that all of its legal paperwork
and documented information is correct
in order to avoid facing any legal penal-
ties,” said Al-Dihaim.
He added companies will not lose
any revenue by paying its VAT as the tax
requirement will be reflected on the end
consumer and the authority will ensure
that the entity responsible for VAT is
indeed regulated within the companies’
Jeddah General Authority for Zakat
and Income’s Ahmad Al-Taifi said the au-
thority has put in place strict penalties
against violators of the new regulations.
“Violators may be subjected to pay
double the VAT. If the violator pays an
incorrect amount, they are subjected to
pay 50 percent more of the original VAT.
Violators who state an incorrect amount
of reclaimed tax will also be subjected to
pay 50 percent of the original VAT,” said
He added violators are subjected to
great financial fines if they provide in-
correct information or try to escape pay-
ing the taxes.
Mazin Kutbi said implementing
the VAT is an important step toward
the Kingdom’s national objectives. The
Kingdom is obliged to apply the new
VAT regulations as part of its agreement
with other GCC countries.
By Abdulrahman Al-Misbahi
The General Authority for
Zakat and Tax has announced that all
private sector establishments with an
annual revenue of over SR375,000 will
be paying monthly VAT starting January
It said the decision will be applied to
all private sector establishments includ-
ing oil change shops, repair workshops
and eligible small businesses. Failure to
adhere to the new regulations may result
in a fine or an imprisonment.
The authority detailed the draft of
the new tax law at a workshop held at
be the fundamental mission of every
‘‘Expanding awareness on the en-
hancement of healthy lifestyles intended
for early prevention and treatment of dis-
eases is a core mission of Abeer. We are
proud to unveil this mass awareness cam-
paign along the lines of the health perspec-
tives of Saudi Vision 2030”, said Alungal.
Khaled Almaeena, veteran Saudi
journalist who also director at Abeer
Medical Group, mentioned that it should
be felt as a core commitment by every
individual to lead public-spirited visions.
“Everyone in the society has to be on the
forefront of such initiatives and live ex-
emplary lives which will inspire others,”,
Dr. Jemshith Ahmed, vice president
of Abeer Medical Group, delivered a pre-
sentation on the dreadful and hazardous
effect of smoking on common man’s life.
He pointed out that more than 6 million
deaths are occurring in the world every
year due to smoking and that this un-
healthy trend, if not curbed, will turn out
to be a human destroyer.
Ramnarayan Iyer, executive editor of
Saudi Gazette, felicitated Abeer Medical
Group, on the occasion.
Ehab Sousa, an ex-smoker narrated
on how his life underwent a positive
change after he quit smoking. The event
was attended by media officials, social
media community members, bloggers,
principals and management of promi-
nent schools in Jeddah region, commu-
nity leaders and other dignitaries.
Dr. Ahmed Ramadan and Noufal Ni-
yas were awarded for being the Social
Media Brand Ambassadors of Abeer in