At present, various ministries charge the same rate for government services for both natives and non-residents of the country. But there is a demand to change this and to charge more fees from non-residents for some services. Local media reported quoting senior government sources that a special committee has been appointed to conduct a related study.
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The authorities are planning to charge more fees for services with the aim of strengthening non-oil revenue as part of overcoming the economic crisis in the country. As part of this, the Cabinet meeting has directed the Ministries to report the fees currently charged by the Ministries for each government service and the rate of residents and non-residents among the users of each service. It is headed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Based on this, the authorities are considering increasing the fees for government services that are mostly used by non-residents.
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The cabinet meeting is considering ways to increase revenue while controlling expenditure for the next three years to cover the current budget deficit. The authorities have also decided to adjust the revenue expenditure for the next three years. As a part of this, the fee for services will be increased. 31 percent of the country’s population is natives and 69 percent foreigners. Currently, instead of providing government services at the same rate to natives and foreigners, the authorities reckon that if more fees are collected from the non-residents who are the majority of the population, it will be a big source of income.
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