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“THE Vision of 2035 as described by the Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad concerning development of the Kuwaiti islands is more than unique and distinguished,” columnist Hassan Al-Haddad wrote for Al-Anba daily Monday.
“Sheikh Nasser has suggested solutions for the development of the Kuwaiti islands, given the economic slump which current prevails in our country vis-à-vis other nations and the fact that this slump has instilled fear in us over the future developments.
“But the most significant aspect about what has been said by Sheikh Nasser is that it actually drew my attention when he laid emphasis on some points linking the economic issues with the security.
“This is something what we call basic and significant, particularly since we know that our country in view of its location is in imperative need of such measures and this means we have a distinguished economic thought that is capable of creating a state of security in addition to another source of income beside the oil revenues although oil contributes to as much as ninety percent of the State budget.
“Apart from the above, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad referred to another significant issue when he said after four years the oil revenues will cover only the stipends of government employees and this is something very dangerous because this statement is issued by a senior State official.
“Moreover, this statement must open the eyes of the government and the latter must take it seriously before it is too late. If this happened the government justifications will fall on deaf ears and will revolve around holding former governments responsible for the prospective impasse.
“However, what has been said by Sheikh Nasser can be seen as natural and likely to happen after four years particularly following the drop in the oil prices and since the current deficit in the State budget is covered by the Future Generations Fund.
“Meanwhile, the warning that has been issued by Sheikh Nasser laying emphasis on his desire to solve the complicated problem and maintain the current state of luxury through the development project of Kuwaiti Islands in partnership with a foreign investor.
“This is in addition to the opening of the door to conclude new partnerships with neighboring countries to build and develop Kuwaiti islands without paying any attention to freak attitudes tinted with hatred and not keeping in mind the good of the country.
“In other words, we have to take the initiative and take measures which reflect effective economic mentality that is capable of taking into account the needs of the future and hasten to brighten the ambitions of the future generations. If this happened, then we shall certainly realize the importance of linking our economy with our security.
“In this case we suggest bringing the 2035 vision into the plenum of implementation by giving our blessings to both the executive and legislative powers by surmounting all obstacles and simplifying the related procedures for foreign investors. If this happens, then we shall know there is a serious intention to achieve the targeted objectives.
“In this context, we say we have been dreaming about this scenario since the 1980s, but unfortunately this dream remained only a dream and ink on paper.
“Now is the time to take the first step particularly since we know that many countries have expressed their desire to work in partnership with us to develop the Kuwaiti islands.
“Given the above, we have to take the necessary executive measures for the sake of concluding partnerships with these countries and this means we have to follow the example of Dubai and Singapore because they have shown the much needed insistence and a strong desire and support from the specialists who love their country and not personal gains at the expense of the project.
“In the meantime, we suggest the implementation of the vision of HH the Amir — we pray to Almighty Allah to protect him — must be given priority instead of playing courtesy games. It is no secret that ‘courtesies’ are the cause of failure of many projects.
“I am positive Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad will be in a position to translate this dream into a reality — the dream of every Kuwaiti who sincerely strives to serve his/her country.
“We say the above because we are confident since the projects which were carried our recently under the supervision of the Amiri Diwan were implemented as swiftly as possible and without any obstruction.
“As a matter of fact many people hope all major projects in the country are carried out under the supervision of the Amiri Diwan. Moreover, Sheikh Nasser is known as a distinguished economist. We hope Sheikh Nasser will be at the forefront in the development of the Kuwaiti islands.”
“The State of Kuwait became independent on June 19, 1961, and today is the anniversary of its independence. June 16 is one of the crucial days which constituted a new phase in the country’s contemporary history,” columnist Abdurrahman Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily Monday.
“This date is of significant value for the Kuwaitis and shall remain an eternal event in their memories because on that day the late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah held consultations with the representatives of Kuwaitis and in agreement with them concluded the Protectorate Treaty between Kuwait and Britain in 1899 although it is no longer valid. Hence, the declaration of the country’s independence became the sole choice on the basis the country having many independence constituents.
“This blessed measure was followed by another measure represented by the signing of Kuwait Independence Document which was duly signed by the then British High Commissioner in the Arabian Gulf Sir George Middleton on behalf of the then British government.
“Following this development, the Protectorate Treaty between Kuwait and London, was substituted with a Friendship Agreement between the Kuwaiti and the British governments.
“This crucial event actually changed the face of the State because it is then that the preparations for future Kuwait kicked off accordingly. Post independence, Kuwait was ruled by consecutive leaders from the ruling family and during their reigns Kuwait actually occupied its position among the advanced nations.
“In this context, we say the father of the Kuwaiti Constitution Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, we pray to Almighty Allah to rest his soul in peace, spared no effort to boost the independence of Kuwait and his successors protected the independence of their country by always striving sincerely to put Kuwait in its appropriate position in the effective and developed world.
“For the time being, the State of Kuwait ruled by the Leader of the Humanity, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad who still honestly and sincerely works to place the State of Kuwait on the world map as one of the advanced nations.”
“A fortnight ago, we woke up in the morning to the news about the severing of diplomatic ties by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt with Qatar. This is the worst crisis among the GCC countries since the council was established in 1981,” Prof Abdullatif bin Nakhi wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“I was surprised by this weird move. I believe everyone else was also surprised by the serious escalation of friction between brothers.
“The strategic expert ret Major General Dr Yousef Al-Mulla told me the night before the announcement of the boycott that he felt things were destined to cut in relations. Regardless of how assured I was by the accuracy of the analysis of Abu Abdulrazzaq based on previous experiences, I did not expect the severing of ties to go this far.
“On the other hand, the humanitarian position taken by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah came as no surprise to me or to any Kuwaiti, Gulf or Middle Eastern person. He adopted a Gulf reconciliation project to prevent further deepening of the rift.
“Although many prominent political analysts ruled out the success of the mission impossible when it was announced, signs are beginning to show chances of success, especially after the United States of America and the European Union announced their support for Kuwait’s mediation efforts.
“In contrast to the European Union’s fear of the repercussions of the Gulf crisis on the world, we find that the National Assembly of Kuwait concluded the first term of its session without allocating a session to study the crisis.
“It is also unlikely that the parliament will hold an emergency session on the crisis during its summer break. I felt the parliament should have played a pivotal role in parallel to His Highness the Amir’s efforts to contain the crisis.”
“It is obviously not possible to have a plan of unknown structure. It would be an irrational plan as it is not possible to imagine an unknown and obscure future. However, that is what we have in our dreams of “New Kuwait” and “sustainable development” about which the government has been singing,” Khalid Ahmad Al-Tarrah wrote for Al-Qabas daily.
“Our government is adopting policies that are easy to sing about but their concepts are unrealistic and aim at the unknown. Some insist on sailing without a ship in the middle of an agitated sea.
“One of the hot files in this country is the one about rectifying the academic output of our educational institutions. For this purpose, the government in 1997 had established the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP). This was aimed at rectifying the flaws in the labor market and changing the employment courses in a manner that will render the private sector to be the biggest employer of the national manpower.
“Is it rational that the MGRP since 1997has not been able to find solutions to ensure an acceptable employment rate of the national manpower in the private sector? Is it rational to believe that the main task of MGRP is to increase the number of citizens working in the private sector when, in reality, the current statistics shows the opposite even to the extent of seeing the numbers drop?
“In this case, the solution is to establish a Kuwaitistyle agency that will be in charge of restructuring the MGRP, helping it from its unknown trajectory and turning it into something tangible and clear.
“As for the citizens who are looking for work, patience is the key. Our concept of human resources development is different from the understanding of other countries … the same applies to our concept of sustainable development.”
“Since our childhood, we have been hearing that men are strong and women are weak. We grew up believing this. Even the schools, media and life in general have perpetuated that notion. Eventually, the society adhered to it, let alone the law and the education system,” Dr Aliya Shuaib wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“However, as we grow up, we come to the realization that the strength of a person is not determined by the gender. Instead, it is determined by principles based on which an individual’s personality has been shaped, starting from the family, school and the world in general.
“Nonetheless, when you look at reality, the one thing that determines the strength or weakness of a person is the level of subjugation from one person to another. This causes our society to be scattered and unable to withstand any storm of change, renewal or even transformation.
“Men are subjugated by social injustice and imbalance, let alone having to live in the jail of monotony. Due to that, they direct their subjugations to the women, who already find themselves subjugated under the need to accept contempt and submissiveness. They are treated as second-class citizens without being able to defend their rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution. To add to that, they are forced to stay silent about the social imbalances and unfairness they face.
“We need a regenerative culture that will remove such hideousness in ourselves and will instead instill enlightening beautiful thoughts that guide towards accepting and respecting others and cooperating with them for the sake of the advancement of the society.”
“Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, said decades ago repeatedly ‘Seven oil producing countries must be occupied. The Jews should kill the largest number of Arabs. The oil countries, included the Gulf countries, and certainly those gripped in conflicts Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the other,” columnist Fakhri Hashim Sayed Rajab wrote for Al-Kuwaitiah daily.
“We have seen the scenes of destruction in Libya, Iraq and Syria. Do you think we are going to be the next? Are they planning to destabilize the region and deepen the gap between the Gulf brothers who have lived in security, stability and prosperity?
“The greed in Gulf oil will not end until our territory is occupied by force under the pretext of defending economic interests. If the differences persist and the Qatar’s air, land and sea blockade continues, the spark is bound to fly in our direction.
“In the event of a war — God forbid — between the brothers, it will destroy everything. Here comes the United States to control security and stability by force and occupy our territory under the pretext of protecting American security and American interests. Here we have presented the Gulf countries to foreign powers on a gold platter to control us and our wealth, the first losers will be us.
“We are brothers in the Gulf countries, so do not make our differences an argument for the West to intervene with our strength and our wealth.”