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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 9: Assistant Director for Projects at Kuwait Municipality Engineer Nadia Al-Sheriadah disclosed that concession agreement of the workers city project in south Jahra is 40 years, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In a letter to the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development concerning plans for operating and managing strategic projects such as the workers city, Al- Sheriadah said the project is in the framework of partnership between public and private sectors based on Public Private Partnership (PPP).

She stressed the idea is to establish a modern workers city with the required services and infrastructure, in addition to an amusement park and green areas. She added the sector is reviewing Requests for Proposal (RFP) prelude to floating of the project among the prequalified companies and contract will be signed with the winning company before Kuwait Municipality pays the cost, which will be in four tranches starting from the first year of project implementation. She reiterated the concession period is 40 years, and the period of construction work covers three years.

Al-Sheriadah expected the contract to be signed in the last quarter of 2018, noting the revenues and expenditure will be managed by an accounting company whose services Kuwait Municipality will engage within the first three years of executing the project, indicating employees of Kuwait Municipality will be trained later to take over.

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Concerning the entertainment city project at Eqaila, Al-Sheriadah stated a study is underway before the project will be fl oated to private companies in line with Law No. 116/2014 in line with the partnership between public and private sectors.

She pointed out that Kuwait Municipality will sign contracts with the winning company to finance the project to be established on State property based on Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) system. She also said Kuwait Municipality will supervise the project and make double sure the company fulfills all conditions of the contract.

With regard to the proposed solid waste management project at Kabad, she explained that Kuwait Municipality through Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects has reviewed a study conducted by an international consultancy firm to establish a plant to manage solid waste by burning to generate electrical energy, noting the project meets environment criteria and the remnant ashes from the process will be buried. She noted the project will save space needed for burying waste while serving as an alternative source of energy.

The project will be established on 500 thousand square/meters area in accordance with Law No. 116/2014 and its executive regulations, as per a decision issued by the Municipal Council on April 8, 2002.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 9: The Criminal Court sentenced two young citizens to five-year imprisonment each with hard labor over charges of sexually assaulting a GCC woman in Jabriya area.

Lawyer Muhammad Abbas filed the lawsuit on the behalf of the victim, requesting the payment of temporary civil compensation worth KD 5,001 and issuance of maximum penalty against the defendants.

He supported his defense with evidences including a report from Telecommunication Tower that proved the two defendants were with the victim at the time of the crime. He also depended on the investigations conducted by Criminal Investigations Department and the report of the General Department for Criminal Evidences.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

BEIJING, July 9, (KUNA): Kuwait and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on e-commerce on the sideline of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s state visit Monday.

The memorandum, signed by Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan on the Kuwaiti side, aims to boost cooperation in facilitating trade between the two countries and achieve sustainable development in the field. The deal also focuses on boosting electronic trade in the fields of joint studies, sharing experience in making policies, creating dialogue between private and public sectors and organizing joint training courses.

Moreover, it will provide opportunities to develop small and medium-sized enterprises in different fields including tourism and leisure, which will create more job opportunities. The three-year memorandum was signed as part of the visit of His Highness the Amir to China, which commenced last Saturday.

His Highness the Amir’s accompanying delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh, Minister of Finance Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of commerce and industry Khaled Al-Roudan and Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Bakheet Al-Rashidi. The delegation also includes, Chief of Staff of His Highness the Amir’s Office Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahad, Advisor at the Amiri Diwan Dr Yousef Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Amiri Diwan advisor Muhammad Abdullah Abu Al-Hasan, Chief of Amiri Protocols Sheikh Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah and Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah.

The delegation also gathered the Chairman and CEO of the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority, Eng Salem Al-Othaina, Director General of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s (KFAED) Abdulwahab Al-Bader, Head of Media and Cultural Affairs at Amiri Diwan Yousef Hamad Al-Roumi, Head of Political and Economic Affairs at Amiri Diwan Sheikh Fawaz Al-Saud Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, Director General of the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) Sheikh Dr Meshaal Jaber Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer of the apparatus for developing the Silk City (in Al-Sabbiah) and Boubyan Island Faisal Al-Medlej and top officials at Amiri Diwan, Foreign Ministry and Oil Ministry. In the presence of His Highness the Amir and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kuwait and China signed several agreements and Memorandum of Understandings aimed at boosting ties.

During a ceremony held at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, Kuwait — represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah — and China — represented by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi — signed a cooperation mechanism between the governments of the two states. A cooperation protocol to boost defensive industry cooperation was signed by Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled and executive at the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense Zhang Youxia.

A bilateral cooperation agreement was signed between Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State of Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh as well as Vice Chairman of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Zhang Yong. A MoU on e-commerce cooperation was signed between Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al- Roudhan and Chinese International Trade Representative and Deputy Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying. A MoU to encourage investment was signed by Director General of Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) Sheikh Mishal Al- Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Jiang Zengwei. A cooperation agreement was signed between Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). KPC’s CEO Nizar Al-Adsani and Sinosure’s Wang Yi inked the deal. A memo on developing smart applications for Kuwait’s Al-Harir City and Boubyan Islands projects was signed between Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) Salem Al-Othainah and Chairman of Huawei Technology Liang Hua.

Meanwhile, President Xi held Monday a dinner banquet at the Great Hall of People in Beijing in honor of His Highness the Amir and his accompanying delegation’s official state visit to China. The reception ceremony for the official state visit of His Highness the Amir and his accompanying delegation to China began at Great Hall of the People in Beijing with the presence of President Xi and senior officials on Monday. After the ceremony, His Highness the Amir and President Xi presided over the official talks between Kuwait and China. The discussions focused on the historic bilateral ties in addition to ways and means to develop the partnership on all possible domains, especially within economy. The talks, highlighted by a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, also touched on coordinating efforts within the regional and international spheres, as well as issues of common interest. Furthermore, His Highness the Amir extended an official invitation to President Xi to visit the country.

KUWAIT CITY, June 18: Customs officers at the Salmi border post recently foiled the attempt of an expatriate to smuggle out of the country subsidized foodstuff, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added the man is a trucker and was leaving Kuwait for an Arab country. The contraband and the trucker have been referred to authorities.

KUWAIT CITY, June 18: About 20 psychotropic substances which are being promoted by drugs dealers and sold over the counter in cooperative societies commercial centers are being abused by youth taking advantage of the legal loophole, reports Al-Jarida daily.

The daily added, those who consume these substances cannot be punished because they are not on the list of drugs banned by law.

According to security sources ‘addicts’ have shifted to these drugs after meth was classified as a narcotic substance. Sources say meetings are held by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Health and personnel from the Criminal Evidences Department to include these substances on the list of drugs which are banned by law. It is also reported attempts are underway to prevent the entry of such drugs into the country and withdraw them from the shelves of cooperative societies and commercial malls.

KUWAIT CITY, June 18: The Public Relations Department of Kuwait Municipality announced the inspections teams issued 18 citations and removed 966 illegal advertisements in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate during the month of May, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In his statement, Director of Audit and Service Follow-up in Mubarak Al- Kabeer Municipality Dhidaan Al-Adwani explained that the unlicensed advertisements were illegally placed on the streets and complexes in the governorate. His department inspected 105 shops to ensure municipality laws and regulations are strictly observed.

Meanwhile, police have arrested a 28-year-old Kuwaiti for stealing the bag of Asian while he was shopping inside the Salwa Cooperative Society, reports Al- Rai daily. The arrest came after the man filed a complaint with the area police station. Police then viewed the CCTV footage and identified the thief. After the Kuwaiti was summoned for interrogation, he admitted to spending KD 100 which was in the wallet.

The thief has been referred to the authorities. And, a quarrel broke out between two Iraqis and two Bedoun residents in Fahad Al-Ahmad ballroom in Da’iya area while they were watching a football match. No injuries were reported, says Al-Seyassah. Securitymen and paramedics were dispatched to the location after information about the physical fight was received. The two parties were referred to the police station of the area.

KUWAIT: The Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) called on the state to cancel the sponsorship (or kafeel) system and transfer the sponsorship to the government. In a report released yesterday on the condition of labor forces in Kuwait, KSHR also called for updating labor legislation and criminalize its violators, and ensuring decent work for laborers, especially domestic labor.

Furthermore, KSHR demanded an end to administrative deportation, avoid tasking expats’ remittances and stop discrimination against foreigners living in Kuwait. The Unit of Monitoring and Following-up Worker Rights’ Issues in Kuwait has issued a report on the status of migrant workers in Kuwait during the first third of 2018, in which they discussed the legal changes that targeted the workers and the impact of these changes at the local and international level.

The report talked about the activation of administrative innovations that protect the status of workers in their workplaces, control the labor market, and oblige employers to implement the provisions of the Labor Law, besides addressing the violations against workers, postpone of the application of the decision that prevents the employment of workers under 30 years with university qualifications, and workers’ benefit directly from the honor of His Highness the Prince, which included detainees in prisons, especially those detained on financial issues.

The report monitored a number of positive decisions issued during the reporting period. The decisions focused on exempting the violators of the residency law who want to get rid of fines and security procedures and exempting those who want to stay in the country from investigation by only paying their fines to settle their situation. That is in addition to creating a new automated system in the Department of Labor Relations, to specially receive the workers’ complaints electronically and inform the worker and the employer of the complaints against them with the purpose of preventing malicious reports.

It also revolves around the mechanism of labor inspection, labor care, occupational safety, conditions for the transfer of migrant workers in the government sector to work in the civil sector, adoption by the Civil Service Council of controls for the use of migratory workers’ expertise for the first time in jobs of doctors, pharmacists, support medical services and nursing. That is in addition to a first-time ruling by the Kuwaiti judiciary in the case of human trafficking against a citizen. It was also monitored that the Domestic Labor Department has cancelled the licenses of 8 offices of domestic labor and stopped the activity of 6 other offices.

On the other hand, a number of decisions that encircle the migrant labor in the country have been monitored, including the imposition of fees on remittances and the discussion of the implementation of Cabinet Decision No 1028 of 2014 on the adjustment of national employment rates on private sector employers besides the application of the decision of Kuwaitizing the governmental jobs instead of migrant workers and the accompanying layoffs, calls for Kuwaitizing other sectors and racist speeches against workers in the government sector.

The report devoted a special section to discuss the opportunities that local laws provide which necessarily lead to excesses and restrictions on migrant workers, and often lead to the exclusion or trafficking of workers. It also provided various observations on the sponsorship system and Law No 6 of 2010 in addition to Domestic Labor Law No 68 of 2015 in Kuwait. Since the beginning of this year, Kuwait Society for Human Rights has established a special unit to monitor and follow up the issues of migrant workers’ rights in Kuwait, which aims to highlight employment issues and issue periodic analytical reports.

The establishment of the unit is a part of the project “Support for the legal protection of migrant workers in Kuwait” which is implemented by the Society in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. And that is considered a second phase of the project “Together” to educate migrant workers on their rights in Kuwait”, which was implemented by the Society in cooperation with the Netherlands embassy in Kuwait.

Source: Kuwait Times

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