Merchants verses illegal fees in Hodeidah [Archives:2004/728/Local News]

April 12 2004

The Association of Businessmen and Merchants in Hodeidah through pursuit and determination was able to obtain a verdict from a constitutional court confirming the illegality of Article 123 of the Local Authority Law 2000 and Article 5 of Prime Ministerial Decree No. 283, 2001, regarding the fees payable for opening new shops.
Prior to the verdict, the Public Works Office in the governorate was collecting substantial fees for permits to open commercial stores. Following the decision, the Public Works Office can only collect the fees for such activity prior to 2000, a substantially smaller amount.