Majlis A’Shura, MoCI discuss draft law on hidden trade
To study the draft law against hidden trade, members of the Economic Committee in Majlis A’Shura hosted a team from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) on Monday.
The law will deal with matters related to hidden trade such as penalties and violations.
The meeting discussed the reasons for hidden trade and its forms and its impact on the Omani economy due to remittance of money by workers. It reviewed the social challenges resulting from the growing numbers of expatriates in the country.
The Ministry of Manpower had recently referred an employer to the Public Prosecution for violating the labour law. The employer had allowed his employees to work for others illegally. The ministry said, ‘He had registered 63 companies and allowed all 524 employees to work for others illegally.’
In May, the ministry had referred eight citizens to the Public Prosecution, including a woman, who had registered above 600 companies with 5,349 expatriate workers.
The workers were left free to work anywhere they could find jobs on the condition of monthly payment to employers.
The ministry had stopped dealing with these companies.
Article 18 of the Omani Labour Law states that an employer is prohibited from allowing any non-Omani worker to work for others.