Small and Medium En­ter­prises

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By At­tor­ney Fa­jer Ahmed

Iam very thank­ful that I get to an­swer queries pub­licly and in­ter­act with peo­ple in Kuwait, whether lo­cal or for­eign. Even though I write a lot for the pub­lic, I have never re­ally ex­plained what I do to the pub­lic. I feel very grate­ful that as a lawyer, I am able to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.

To­day though, I want to talk to you more about what I do and what I want to fo­cus on in the fu­ture in my ca­reer. I aim to make the law ac­ces­si­ble and un­der­stand­able to ev­ery­one. I draft con­tracts in sim­ple terms and avoid le­gal jar­gon. I pro­vide con­sul­ta­tions for com­mer­cial, me­dia and em­ploy­ment mat­ters, and although I don’t per­son­ally deal with fam­ily- or crime-related law, I trans­late for my clients and fa­cil­i­tate be­tween them and other lawyers. I don’t be­lieve in go­ing to court and wast­ing my time and my clients’ time and I like to come up with am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tions for my clients.

I am also very grate­ful that I work with small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) - I can­not em­pha­size how im­por­tant to me SMEs are. Ac­tu­ally not just to me, but to our econ­omy. Kuwait is fi­nally mov­ing away (slower than we should) from oil and gas and com­ing up with cre­ative so­lu­tions by our gen­er­a­tion. I look around me and I see mu­si­cians, dancers, fi­nan­cial an­a­lysts, artists, writers, chefs, ac­coun­tants, fash­ion de­sign­ers, so­cial me­dia ac­tivists - out­spo­ken, gen­er­ous, ex­u­ber­ant, lovely peo­ple that not only want to make a liv­ing, but want to make a dif­fer­ence with their prod­ucts and ser­vices. There­fore, to­day I want to fo­cus more on ques­tions that I get from SMEs.

New web­site

Ques­tion: I have heard there is a new web­site that al­lows you to ob­tain a com­mer­cial li­cense on­line with just a few sim­ple steps/pro­ce­dures. Is this true? I know it’s true for other GCC coun­tries and if this is true, I think it will be great.

Fa­jer: Yes, it is true that the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try has opened a busi­ness cen­ter, and from my ex­pe­ri­ence, it will take you only one visit and four days. Check it out and please send me your ex­pe­ri­ence at ask@fa­jerthelawyer.com.

Ques­tion: Can I run my busi­ness from home or from a res­i­den­tial area?

Fa­jer: This de­pends on the busi­ness. Usu­ally, busi­nesses that rely on crafts­men, lawyers, en­gi­neers, in­te­rior de­sign­ers, record­ing mu­si­cians, etc can run their busi­ness from res­i­den­tial or non­com­mer­cial places. Oth­er­wise, you can check the Min­istry of Com­merce’s ex­ec­u­tive by­laws that has more de­tails about which busi­ness can be run from where. The Free Trade Zone has its own by­laws, so does Shuwaikh In­dus­trial Area, so it’s best to check.

Li­cense

Ques­tion: Can I run my busi­ness on­line with­out a com­mer­cial li­cense? Like from the Web.

Fa­jer: No, un­for­tu­nately in Kuwait, you still need a com­mer­cial li­cense to run a busi­ness. You have to have a com­mer­cial en­tity that is li­censed.

Ques­tion: Where can I find laws and leg­is­la­tions that can help me with my busi­ness?

Fa­jer: For gen­eral laws, you can check www.GCC-Le­gal.com, where you will find the ma­jor­ity of GCC laws in Ara­bic. They usu­ally take time to up­date their web­site though. You can also check the of­fi­cial Kuwaiti gazette for Kuwaiti leg­is­la­tions in print and on­line. You can also check the Min­istry of Com­merce web­site, which is up­dated reg­u­larly.

For any le­gal ques­tions or queries, email ask@fa­jerthelawyer.com.

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