HM King issues Laws 30, 31/2018

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ratified and issued Laws 30/2018 for issuance of the Law of Protection of Personal Particulars and 31/2018 for issuance of the Law of Encouragement and Protection of Competitiveness, after their approval from the Shura and Representatives Councils.

Law 30/2018 stipulated the protection of personal particulars, associated with this law, without violating any of the rights prescribed under international agreements and conventions applicable in the Kingdom. The Authority of Protection of Personal Particulars board of directors has been tasked to issue the necessary decisions for implementation of this law within a maximum of six months from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Law 31/2018 stipulated the issuance of Law for Encouragement and Protection of Competitiveness, associated with this law, without violating any of the following:

a- Any authority prescribed under the provisions of any other law in the interest of any of the State's agencies regarding setting the rates, preventing monopoly or taking any measures to ensure availability of products.

b- Any right prescribed in the interest of any person defined under a relevant law.

c- The practicing of economic activity in the manner that does not hamper competitiveness ensured to all, in accordance with the provisions of the law.

The provisions that protect and encourage competitiveness in economic activities will continue to be applicable, excluding any arrangements that might be obstructive or contrary to the provisions of this law and stated in applicable laws at the time of effectiveness of this law.

A decree will be issued to define the administrative body which will assume the duties and powers prescribed for the Authority under the provisions of the associated law, until the financial allocation is made in the State's General Budget and issuance of a decree for the formation of the board of directors, such decree will define who in the administrative body will assume the duties and powers prescribed in the associated law regarding the board of directors, board chairman and executive president.

This law becomes effective six months after the date after its publication in the Official Gazette, except the clauses of Chapter Two which become effective from the first day of the month following the date of its publication.

Source: Bahrain News Agency