Journal of Contemporary Islamic Law

No eISSN: 0127-788X

2019 4(1)

15 JUNE 2019

The Latest Amendments in the Foreign Investment Law in Saudi Arabia

Sarah Alshahrani,
University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 
Received: 03 October 2018 | Accepted: 21 March 2019 | Published: 15 June 2019

2019, Vol. 4(1), pp. 1-7.  |  PDF

The recent reforms in the foreign investment law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), as well as the recent drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country, were the main motivation for conducting this research. Although KSA is one of the leading countries known to have attracted FDI, such a drop should be considered seriously. The main objective of the study, therefore, is to conduct a critical analysis of the foreign investment law in KSA. This analysis highlights how the Implementation Regulation (IR 2014) of the FIA has attempted to overcome some shortcomings by introducing a new provision requiring post-investment monitoring. However, the IR does not overcome all the weaknesses of its previous version. For instance, although it brings important new changes to the investment climate, such as speeding up the procedure for granting an investment licence, in practice there are still delays and a long process.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, foreign investment law, post-investment monitoring, legal reform, Saudi Arabian law

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