Agency Law in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa

Homsy, Paul | January 1, 1983

This article examines the agency laws of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries were chosen because they are representative of the different legal approaches to the regulation of agents in the Middle East. For example, Algeria and Iraq, which have state controlled economies, severely restrict the use of agents. Egypt has significantly relaxed state controls on its economy during the last decade and, in general permits the use of agents while retaining few restritions on their use in the sale of certain commodities. Saudi Arabi’s free enterprise economy is dominated by public sector procurements, and requires the use of local agents for all government purchases except armaments.