Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) issued a report that revealed its
activities in the licensing and inspection of consumer goods exhibitions. The
report states that the SECB received (269) application for consumer goods
exhibitions in the 1st quarter of 2017, (165) were issued with an
increase of about (22%) compared to the same period of 2016. These licensed
exhibitions received (3470800) visitor. The report point out that (143) were
organized in specialized permanent venues at exhibition centers, hotels,
shopping malls and banquet halls; and (22) were organized in temporary venues.
In the 1st quarter of 2017, (52%) of these licensed exhibitions were
held in Riyadh Province, (16%) in Makkah Province, (22%) in the Eastern
Province and (10%) all over the Kingdom.
this period the SECB organized 3 exploratory workshops, introducing the policies
and procedures for organizing consumer goods exhibitions; held (157) meetings
with relative investors and provided them with technical support. Moreover the
Bureau made (108) inspection visits to these exhibition in coordination with
local municipalities, the Ministry of Commerce & Investment, the Ministry
of Labor & Social Development and the General Directorate of Civil Defense.
The Bureau suspended (10) unlicensed exhibitions, issued (38) warnings and
penalties as per adopted rules and regulations based on irregularities
monitored in the field. The penalties varies from written notices to signing
pledges and suspension of the institution's activity for three months. The
violations included selling counterfeit goods and goods that are not in
compliance with the Saudi standards, exhibitors with no license or commercial
register, expatriates working in the exhibition without legal documents, not
adhering to the adopted standards and specifications for consumer goods
exhibitions, promoting and publicizing the exhibition without receiving the
required licenses from the SECB.
has urged investors to cooperate and obtain the required licenses as per the
procedures and policies approved since 29/5/1436. These policies and procedures were set up to
increase the quality of such exhibitions, maximize economic benefits and
controlling negative impacts. The process for receiving such licenses has been
facilitated and it is easily accessible through the official SECB website (WWW.secb.gov.sa).