Ministry spokesperson Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein tweeted the regulation change on Thursday under an Arabic hashtag that translates to ‘#no_need’, according to Arab News.
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“No need for a guardian’s permission. Saudi women are free to start their own business freely,” he said.
Under the new system, women and men will be treated equally when it comes to starting a business and government agencies will not require the consent of a male guardian to complete procedures.
“Women can practice all their commercial transactions in the Ministry of Commerce and Investment without a guardian or a notary,” Al-Hussein told the publication.
The easing of restrictions on starting a business comes under the kingdom’s reform drive to diversify the economy and allow women play a more active role in society.
The kingdom has said it will allow women to drive legally for the first time in June under a royal decree announced in September.
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