Fahad Al-Takhifi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Development, said the Saudi Government was determined to implement the feminization program throughout the country and the Ministry had provided sufficient time to clothing shops in the country to gradually implement the program, reports Arab News.
Under the third phase of the feminization program, the Ministry would take necessary actions against the shops which do not abide by the new law of employing women in clothing stores, especially womenswear shops and lingerie stores, he added.
According to Mr. Takhifi, the Government would not be lenient with the stores which fail to implement the ‘Saudization’ (employing Saudi Arabian nationals) in lingerie shops and would continue inspections of stores across the country.
Meanwhile, retailers and traders claim the Government’s decision of implementing the feminization program has already cost Saudi businesses an estimated 800 million Saudi Riyals.
Mohammed Al-Shahiri, chairman of the textile and clothing committee of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), said that 25 percent of small and medium-sized shops in the country have shutdown, as the feminization program has adversely affected their business, owing to high costs, including expenses of employing women, the rising rents and the tax levied under the ‘Saudization’ program.
The feminization of womenswear shops is part of the initiative of ‘Saudization’ taken up by the Government to reduce the number of foreign workers in the country and ensure employment for citizens. 22 percent of the country’s workforce constitutes of women who are being affected due to an increase in the number of illegal workers in Saudi Arabia.
The stipulations by the Government for clothing shops, especially womenswear shops and women’s intimate apparel stores, include that employees at these shops should be only Saudi women, and the work environment should provide them total seclusion from male customers and workers, besides ensuring the safety of the shops.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India
Apparel/Garments | On 22nd May 2018
Bangladesh Bank has enhanced the loan limit under Export Development...
Textiles | On 22nd May 2018
In what might be an indication of higher exports in the coming...
e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises
Zenitex Mill Pvt Ltd
Full of green energy
‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’
Reckon Industries adapts latest systems for manufacturing from designing...
Conceived in Europe and curated in New Delhi, NeceSera is a...
Vidyashilp Academy in Bengaluru is the country's first Fairtrade School....
Schlegel und Partner
Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...
Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...
InvestKonsult Sweden AB
Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...