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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Housing Ministry gets a pass on the “one-stop shop” as well

Housing Ministry gets a pass on the “single window” for sale of state land: The new Investment Act appears to have granted the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) an exemption from the “single window” for land sales, according to Al Borsa. The policy, which obliges different authorities to tender land in coordination with the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, had been maintained in the new act, despite objections from other branches of government. NUCA had been one of the bodies that objected, saying it would delay tenders. As we noted back in May, the law would also allow the trade and CIT ministries to tender state land to the private sector. The new law would also restore sealed-envelope tenders, which were scrapped in the 2015 act now in force.

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