ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar yesterday invited Kuwait to invest in the mega projects of Pakistan including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. After a one on one meeting with the visiting Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan in Islamabad, Umar told KUNA: “We have talked to China that we should invite a third country investment to the joint venture of Pakistan and China (CPEC). We invited Saudi Arabia to invest in the project during our recent visit and the kingdom responded positively. We also want Kuwait to invest in the CPEC projects.”
Roudhan affirmed in a statement to KUNA that the two countries wanted to further improve ties. Earlier, Roudhan met President of Pakistan Arif Alvi. Roudhan said that he congratulated the president on his successful election on the behalf of HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Alvi thanked Kuwait for supporting the country in every hour of need and emphasized the need for strengthening cooperation between Pakistan and Kuwait. Both the leaders reiterated the stance of supporting each other on every issue at all the international forums including the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Both the officials applauded the close relationship between the two countries and vowed to strengthen ties by forging partnerships and enhancing economic and trade relations.
Roudhan and his 22-member delegation arrived in Pakistan to take part in the fourth session of the Pakistan-Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in Islamabad yesterday. In his opening statement, Roudhan expressed gratitude for the hospitality and reception during the visit. He highlighted the importance of holding these joint trade, economic and investment meetings, which have an active role in the development of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
He mentioned that the meeting contributed to enhancing and developing prosperous relations between Pakistan and Kuwait. “It is considered as an entrance to further bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries, in which we hope to develop trade and economic relations and reach the highest level of its potential and ambition of the two countries, which will be reflected positively on the trade exchange,” he said.
The visiting Kuwaiti dignitary sought an increase in the trade volume from $322.270 million (not including oil and its products) in 2017 and coordinate efforts, exchange views and set goals to promote and develop trade, economic and investment relations during the JMC session. He said that the commission was an umbrella covering the country’s commercial, economic and investment in public and private sectors that will contribute in pushing the trade exchanges to a wider horizon and to identify investment opportunities available in both countries.
Roudhan pointed out that Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) showed keenness and played a prominent role in strengthening ties. Supporting economic and social development, KFAED has financed 18 projects of worth $442 million since 1976 in the field of electricity, railways, dams, irrigation, water and road. Concluding his speech, he expressed hope that the fourth Session of Pakistan-Kuwait JMC will be fruitful and successful.
Umar welcomed the honorable delegates to the country and hoped that it will enhance the trade volume and trade relations between the two countries. The both sides adopted the agenda of the meeting after approval by the both co-chairs. Pakistan’s board of investment presented investment opportunities to the Kuwaiti delegation followed by a technical session. – KUNA
‘Great opportunity to exchange views’
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 23, (KUNA): The government of Kuwait Sunday congratulated the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Saudi people for the Kingdom’s national day, and welcomed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s upcoming visit to Kuwait.
The visit is part of deep-rooted relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and would be a great opportunity to exchange views over a host of issues of mutual interest, as well as further cementing cooperation at different levels, Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh said in a statement after the cabinet meeting.
The meeting was chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The cabinet members were informed about His Highness the Prime Minister’s trip to New York to represent His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the UN General Assembly’s 73rd Session.
His Highness the Prime Minister will be accompanied by Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Bassel Al-Sabah, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Hamed Al-Azmi. The cabinet, meanwhile, approved a draft law over the right to have access to information with the aim of boostint transparency and fighting corruption, as well as the executive bylaw of the conflict of interest law.
The cabinet assigned several government bodies to tackle water ponds in Sabah Al-Ahmad Area, took note of a KD two million donation from Ali Abdulwahab Al-Mutawa company to buy medicine for cancer patients and approved a draft decree to hold the 3rd term of the 15th legislative session of the parliament on October 30.
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 19, (KUNA): Kuwait First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s recovery is “excellent,” Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said Wednesday.
Al-Ghanim made the remarks during a short visit to Tashkent to meet Sheikh Nasser who was undergoing recuperation at the Uzbek capital, according to a statement by Al-Dustour news network. “Sheikh Nasser assured us about his health and recovery which has been taking place in an excellent manner, and we hope his recovery ends quickly and he returns to his home,” Al-Ghanim said before departing to Baku, Azerbaijan. Al-Ghanim is accompanied by MPs Dr Mohammad Al-Huwailah and Abdullah Al-Dosari to participate in the 100th anniversary of establishing the Azerbaijan parliament.
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 19, (KUNA): Kuwait Municipality announced on Wednesday that it would deport any cleaning worker if caught begging or acting contrary to public order; working at cleaning firms with contracts with the Municiplity. “All companies working in all governorates were informed with these regulations,” Municipality’s Director General Ahmad Al-Manfouhi said in a statement.
Al-Manfouhi added “there will be inspection campaigns next Sunday in cooperation with the quartet committee which inludes joint teams from the Public Authority for Manpower, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Commerce and Industry in addition to Kuwait Municipality.” These measures were designed to reduce widespread begging of cleaner workers that affect Kuwait’s reputation, he said.
Assistant Undersecretary for National and Passport Affairs Maj Gen Faisal Al-Nawaf (MOI) issued a circular granting three months visit visa for expats wives and children on humanitarian grounds and will have positive effect on local market.
The new circular has come into effect on 13th Sep 2018 which came into effect on 16th Sep 2018 where visit visas will be issued for 3 months instead of 1 month. Visit visas for others is valid for only one month.
By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff
Source : Arabtimes
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: The latest statistics issued by the Directorate-General of Residence Affairs, which is one of the sectors of the Department of the Nationality and Travel Documents headed by Major- General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, revealed the total number of expatriates with valid residence in the country is 2,861,380 of whom 2,017,084 are males and 844,296 females.
According to the statistics issued by the Department of Residence, which is headed by Major-General Abdullah Al- Hajri as of Sept 1, 2018, the employees in the government sector or those who hold Article 17, are 107,887 of them 68,537 are male and 39,350 female, as for workers in the private sector the figure is 1,518,711 of whom 1,394,913 are male and 123,798 females.
According to the statistics, the number of domestic workers or those holding the Article 20 work permit is 687,267 with 349,273 male and 337,994 female. The total numbers of those who have a residence permit under Article 22 are 544,048, with 202,295 males and 341,753 females.
The statistics indicate the number of those who hold residence under Article 19 is 346 – 330 male and 16 females, as for those who are under Article 23 is 692 – 545 male and 147 female. On the other hand, a security source estimated the number of violators of the residence law as exceeding 90,000. The source pointed out the Ministry of the Interior is currently considering several options to reduce the number and pointed out among the options is the launch of intensive campaigns to prosecute them and take other measures against their sponsors.
The source expressed the hope that citizens and residents will participate in the pursuit of these segments and not hide or shelter them. The source stressed there are subsequent studies to take action against those who harbor violators of the residence law. The source pointed out that a large segment of the residence law violators are Asians followed by Arab nationalities, especially the Syrians, whose number is estimated to be about 10,000.
Speaking about the largest community in the country, the source said the Indians top the list followed by the Egyptians. Asked if the Interior Ministry would pursue the Syrians, the source said: “Certainly they will be prosecuted, because the situation in their country is no longer an obstacle for their return.”
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 13: Head of Kuwait University’s Faculty Association Dr Ibrahim Al-Hamoud expressed dissatisfaction with the non-payment of financial dues (for teaching in the summer semester) to a group of faculty members by the university administration under the pretext of lack of sufficient funds in the budget to make the payments, reports Al-Anba daily.
He said this reflects the administrative blunders at the university. Dr Al-Hamoud explained that the lack of sufficient funds does not mean anything but misappropriation of funds by the financial management and its agreement to accept the budget without ensuring the availability of a real and practical budget. This means there is a flagrant violation of the financial regulations and the law of the State Audit Bureau
Source: Arab Times