KUWAIT CITY, March 18: “All projects concerned with developmental plans are important and supportive to the economy, but priority should be for the improvement of the legislative environment that serves to attract investors for investing in local projects”, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting Dr Jassim Al-Fahad.
Dr Al-Fahad is a member of the former Higher Committee for Mega Projects affiliated to Council of Ministers, Head of the Kuwaiti Consultants Club and Professor of Economics. During an interview with Al-Shahed daily, he said, “We should work on the vision of His Highness the Amir to transform Kuwait into a financial and commercial hub by bolstering local investment process by directing our sovereign investments to invest in the new economic cities”. Dr Al-Fahad went on to say, “We should not negatively view privatization at the local level”. He affirmed that privatization experiments have been successful in major countries such as the United States of America, many European countries, China and others, adding that Kuwait should emulate those countries’ experiences in privatization.
Dr Al-Fahad stressed the need to be cautious about privatizing all sectors, indicating that the institutions responsible for privatization should establish the foundations of quality, competitiveness and excellence in this regard.
No more expats in senior posts
Chairperson of the parliamentary Replacement and Employment Committee MP Khalil Al-Saleh has announced that last week’s meeting marks the beginning of the implementation of the replacement policy, reports Al-Rai daily.
Al-Saleh disclosed the plan laid down by the committee entails total replacement of expatriates in government bodies with Kuwaitis by 2023, reduce the number of expatriates employed in the private sector and retain those needed by the country. He said the “employment of expatriates in administration posts is no longer acceptable.”
He told the daily, “The committee has started implementing the plan. We will not stop until we see Kuwaitis occupying the employment market. He called on all concerned bodies to organize employment files and prepare plans to address loopholes which contributed to the rising unemployment rate among Kuwaitis.” He also urged the concerned ministries, such as the Ministry of Higher Education, to set up a mechanism for overcoming challenges that prevent Kuwaitis from being employed like the academic output which does not suit the labor market. He emphasized the need to provide training for graduates to fulfill the requirements of the labor market.
KUWAIT CITY, March 11 : Customs officers at the Kuwait International Airport recently foiled the attempt of an African woman to smuggle ‘drugs’ into the country, reports Al-Anba daily.
Customs officers have seized from her 1.25 kilos of qat (qat – one of the most common forms of drug use and abuse in many East African nations involves chewing parts of the khat plant) which was hidden in her handbag. The contraband and the smuggler have been referred to the authorities
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, March 11: Director- General of the Kuwait General Administration of Customs (GAC) Jamal Al-Jalawi has issued a decision to temporarily ban the import of all types of live birds and eggs from the United Kingdom, Japan and Thailand because of the outbreak of bird flu in those countries, reports Al-Rai daily.
Al-Jalawi also issued a decision to temporarily ban the import of horses from Turkey due to the outbreak of glanders. Glanders is an infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia mallei. While people can get the disease, glanders is primarily a disease affecting horses.
It also affects donkeys and mules and can be naturally contracted by other mammals such as goats, dogs, and cats. Al-Jalawi issued yet another decision to lift the temporary ban on importing birds and eggs from Zimbabwe and Mexico after it was proven they are void of bird flu.
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 26: Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah said the government has proposed re-evaluation of health fees for expatriates. Asked about the study on the negative and positive aspects of the fee increase, the minister confirmed a committee has been formed to conduct the study and prepare a report on the new fees stipulated in decision numbers 293 and 294/2017. He explained the re-evaluation will be based on the comments and questions raised by hospitals and health centers.
Meanwhile, MP Adel Al- Damkhi has affirmed that the National Assembly succeeded in playing its supervisory role and it is now heading towards issuing “quality legislation” through the amendment of some laws enacted by the previous legislature. “These amendments are important, considering there is no shortage in legislation and the problem lies in the implementation,” he added.
On the performance of the Assembly, Al-Damkhi disclosed the lawmakers focused on more on the oversight aspect of their functions at the beginning of the term and they are now working on the legislative side. He pointed out the previous legislature passed many laws “but we will amend some of these laws due to their negative impact on Kuwait’s image; such as the Juveniles, DNA, National Human Rights, Pre-Trial Detention and Public Tenders laws.”
The committee argued the proposal calls for the amendment of the aforementioned article; so the appointment of the board members of the commission shall be through an Amiri decree based on the nomination of the Council of Ministers, while the president and vice-president are appointed without obtaining approval from the National Assembly. The proposal is aimed at rectifying a constitutional flaw in appointing the above mentioned officials as it contradicts the separation of powers principle.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff
Bid to cover manpower needs for 13 projects
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: The Ministry of Health has asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to create 2,140 job vacancies for non-Kuwaitis in order to cover manpower needs for 13 new projects and expansion works which will start soon, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.
Sources disclosed the required functional degrees for non-Kuwaitis include 600 doctors who will be assigned at Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital; 1,540 nursing jobs and 240 technicians. Sources said 1,540 job openings will be distributed to various facilities and new projects that are aimed at providing the best services to patients.
The daily obtained a copy of the report released by the ministry recently; indicating 13 construction projects will be launched soon including seven health centers, Amiri and Jaber Al-Ahmad hospitals. Meanwhile, in response to a parliamentary question submitted by MP Osama Al-Shahin, Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Bakheet Al-Rasheedi revealed that there are about 1,000 non-Kuwaiti employees at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) who receive monthly salaries of KD 1,000, reports Annahar daily.
He explained that these expatriate employees work as lawyers, consultants, administrative employees and engineers. Besides salaries, they receive benefits in the form of plane tickets for their families, housing allowance, health insurance, private car and allowance for meeting educational expenses.
These expatriate employees are from countries such as Pakistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Oman, Turkey, Syria, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Palestine, Mexico, Lebanon, Jordan, Colombia, Britain, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Australia, America, Algeria, Ecuador, South Africa and France. There are also 570 Indians, 102 Egyptians, 40 Canadians and 35 Filipinos.
Most of their monthly salaries are around KD 1,000 and above. Al-Rasheedi affirmed that all secretarial positions are occupied by Kuwaiti citizens, adding that KOC does not have any contracts for assistant positions. He revealed that there are 33 expatriate employees including 12 executive secretaries at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and they receive salaries of around KD 1,000 per month.
In this regard, a source from the oil sector said Al-Rasheedi’s response was not sufficient, as he did not mention the job scale of expatriate employees. He clarified that they receive similar salaries to Kuwaiti employees as well as benefits, indicating that there are larger number of expatriate employees at KOC and KPC whose monthly salaries range from KD 700 to KD 1,000.
The source revealed that the sum of the salaries of expatriate employees at KOC and KPC is about KD 1,600,000 per month, which comes to about KD 20 million per year.
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: Results of a poll conducted by HSBC Bank revealed that salaries of expatriates in Dubai are higher than their counterparts in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Singapore, New Zealand, Tokyo and Sydney, reports Al-Qabas daily.
In addition, companies in Dubai offer some of the most generous employment packages to expatriates who receive $138,177 a year and this is higher than the global average of $99,903.
These figures were based on data that HSBC collected from more than 27,000 respondents who participated in the ‘Expat Explorer’ poll.
Despite the high salaries of expatriates in Dubai, results of the poll showed that Mumbai, India is the most generous as expatriates there receive $217,165 per year — the highest in the world. For expatriates in Kuwait, the average salary is $123,044 per year and Kuwait ranked 17th among the world’s cities in terms of salaries given to expatriates.
The annual salaries of expatriates in Abu Dhabi and Doha are higher than those in Kuwait.
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 22, (KUNA): The Cabinet’s decision to assign Al-Durra Manpower Company to bring in workers from new countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal, and others will lower recruitment fees and ensure the rights of employers and employees, the company’s General Manager Saleh Al-Wuhaib, said Thursday.
The company is working hard to bring domestic workers from new countries in coordination with the concerned Kuwaiti authorities, Al-Wuhaib told KUNA. He also stressed the company’s efforts to ensure the employees were healthy and fit to work, saying that such efforts will be in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the countries providing manpower. He explained that the company handles all recruitment procedures with a symbolic prices, high efficiency, and speed of completion in addition to qualifying them through courses in their countries.
Al-Durra is the first company in Kuwait to be formed from national bodies concerned with the public’s interest. It was established to achieve a qualitative leap in this type of business, as it carries a national and humanitarian vision in the management of the labor market, he said.
The company started to bring in experienced Sri Lankan cooks with recruitment fees of KD 500-600 ($1,650-1,980). Their salaries range from KD 120-170 ($400- 560). Al-Wuhaib said that external bodies of employment abroad are responsible for determining the fees for labor recruitment in accordance with the laws of those countries, adding that the cost of recruiting Sri Lankan domestic workers was at about KD 960 ($3,215) with the company gaining 10 percent from the recruitment process.
The rise in the cost of recruiting Sri Lankan domestic workers is due to the increase in the fees of the employment offices in Sri Lanka, with range between KD 550-600 ($1,815-1,980), as well as the official procedures of medical examination, transportation and fingerprinting, that coast about KD 240-300. The company receives about 200 daily calls from customers to request the employment of Sri Lankan workers, said Al-Wuhaib. He added that the prices of recruiting labor at private agencies was between KD 1,200-1,500 ($3,960-4,950).
Al-Durra for Manpower Company, in accordance with Law No. 69/2015, is a Kuwaiti company specialized in the recruitment of foreign workers, its ownership is distributed between the Union of Consumer Co-Operative Societies by 60%, General Authority for Investment with 10%, General Organization for Social Insurance 10%, the General Authority for Minors Affairs 10% and Kuwait Airways 10%.