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South Africa: Improved Trade Facilitation Measures Announced

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The South Africa Revenue Service has published a Notice clarifying the customs declaration process under section 64D of the Customs and Excise Act. The Notice outlines the conditions under which bonded goods must be imported into South Africa. Prenisha Govender, Associate in the Tax Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, provides the key points.

Saudi Arabia: New Mining Investment Law in Saudi Arabia

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As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a strategic framework aimed at reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversifying its economy, the Ministry of...

South Africa: Is the Tax Deduction for Home Expenses Fair in its Application in...

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The COVID-19 national lockdown has resulted in more employees having to work from home, a situation that could result in an indefinite arrangement for some. However, in terms of the Income Tax Act, employees must meet certain conditions to be able to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses. Prenisha Govender, Associate in the Tax Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, assesses the fairness of these stipulations, considering changes due to the pandemic.

South Africa: Limited Duration Employment Contracts – Unlimited hassles when not properly managed

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The Labour Appeal Court in South Africa recently confirmed some of the principles inherent in limited duration contracts, which are used by employers to create certainty and limit legal risk in respect of staffing solutions. Johan Botes, Partner and Head of Employment at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, outlines the details and how the risks can be effectively managed by employers.

Egypt: Egypt issues new data protection law

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After several years of debate, the Egyptian government has introduced the Republic’s first standalone data protection law, which aims to regulate and protect citizens’ data online. On 15 July 2020, Resolution No. 151 of 2020 (the Law) (available in Arabic here) was published in the Official Gazette. The provisions under the new Law are modeled on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law adopts similar concepts and definitions. It is hoped that the new Law will help Egypt attract foreign investment by increasing consumer confidence in electronic data processing and setting clear parameters for companies looking to capitalize on the growth of the digital economy.

Saudi Arabia: A New dawn for Saudi Arabia’s Capital Markets – The commencement of...

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Some two years since its establishment in 2018 and just months after the issue of its license in January this year, Securities Clearing Center Company ("Muqassa") announced the commencement of its operations on 30 August 2020.

The UAE-Israel Abraham Accords – UAE Boycott of Israel Repealed But No Change in...

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On 29 August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE“) Government’s Emirates New Agency (Wakalat Anba’a al Emarat, or ‘WAM’) publicly announced that H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, issued Federal Decree Law No. 4 of 2020, abolishing Federal Decree Law No. 15 of 1972 Concerning the Arab League Boycott of Israel (the “UAE Israeli Boycott Law“) (the “UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law“).  The UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law follows the announcement of the historic peace agreement between the UAE and Israel (known as the “UAE-Israel Abraham Accords” – Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization between the UAE and the State of Israel) on 13 August 2020 issued jointly by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Officially signed on 15 September 2020 , the UAE-Israel Abraham Accords (available in full here) outlines a number of areas of intended cooperation, and the establishment of full diplomatic ties in exchange for Israel’s suspension of further annexation of Palestinian territories, between the two states under Article 5 and supplemented in its Annex.  This includes: (1) finance and investment; (2) civil aviation; (3) visas and consular services; (4) innovation, trade and economic relations; (5) healthcare; (6) science, technology and peaceful uses of outer-space; (7) tourism, culture and sport; (8) energy; (9) environment; (10) education; (11) maritime arrangements; (12) telecommunications and post; (13) agriculture and food security; (14) water; and (15) legal cooperation.

International: Abraham Accords – UAE Boycott of Israel repealed but no change in US...

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In brief On 29 August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government’s Emirates New Agency (Wakalat Anba’a al Emarat, or 'WAM') publicly announced that H.H. Sheikh Khalifa...

International: COVID-19 – Gender-responsive budgeting as a response to widening gender inequality

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Keketso Kgomosotho, Candidate Attorney in Johannesburg, writes about gender responsive budgeting and how it can be used to make meaningful improvements to gender inequality in the workplace. 

United Arab Emirates: With new decree, UAE abolishes Israel Boycott Law following the historic...

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On 29 August 2020, the UAE Government's Emirates New Agency (Wakalat Anba'a al Emarat, or 'WAM') publicly announced that H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), issued Federal Decree Law No. 4 of 2020 (the UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law), abolishing Federal Decree Law No. 15 of 1972 Concerning the Arab League Boycott of Israel (the Israel Boycott Law). The UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law follows the announcement of the historic peace agreement between the UAE and Israel (also known as the UAE-Israel Abraham Accord) on 13 August 2020, issued jointly by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Under the UAE-Israel Abraham Accord, the two states agreed to establish full diplomatic relations in exchange for Israel’s suspension of further annexation of Palestinian territories.
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