The National Assembly voted in favor of 18 agreements with friendly countries and regional and international organizations in its regular session yesterday. But, it adjourned voting on three other agreements and referred them to the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for more study to decide whether or not their provisions are constitutional.
The parliament endorsed four agreements for reciprocal promotion and protection of investment with Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania and Honduras; and two agreements with Macedonia and Kenya on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital.
It approved the two agreements with Jordan and Algeria on maritime transportation and ports cooperation; an agreement with Romania on reciprocal exemption of diplomatic missions staff from the value added tax; and a memorandum of understanding on maritime transportation in the Arab Mashreq region. The lawmakers also gave the thumbs up to an agreement on reciprocal extradition of convicted nationals.
They ratified the amended Arab unified agreement for the transfer of capital to Arab countries; the amended charter of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC); the OIC trade preferential tariff scheme protocol and the rules of origin agreement of the OIC’s preferential system.
The parliament okayed an agreement with the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization on the activities of the International Monitoring System (IMS). The lawmakers also endorsed the UNESCO World Non-Material Cultural Heritage and the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury. Meanwhile, the parliament referred three draft agreements for the Legislative and Legal Affairs for more study.
The referred draft agreements are on security cooperation with Jordan; on counter-terrorism and anti-organized crimes cooperation with Cyprus; and on hosting Gulf Cooperation Council Emergency Management Center HQs in Kuwait.