SAB to is­sue new ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties re­port re­lated to pub­lic funds

Kuwait Army ranked 4th among Gulf force

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 15: The State Au­dit Bureau (SAB) will soon is­sue a new re­port on the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties re­lated to pub­lic funds in var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, re­ports Al­jarida daily quot­ing in­formed sources.

Sources said th­ese ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties should be avoided in the next fi­nan­cial year or the agen­cies should pro­vide proof of de­vel­op­ments thereon and the com­mit­tees formed in or­der to solve the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Sources dis­closed the re­port will be ac­com­pa­nied by the de­tailed an­nual re­port pre­pared by SAB which will be sub­mit­ted to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters and the Par­lia­ment by the end of Septem­ber in ac­cor­dance with the law on es­tab­lish­ing SAB.

Sources added there were many ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties dur­ing fis­cal 2017/2018 but the gov­ern­ment agen­cies showed com­mit­ment in deal­ing with th­ese ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, con­sid­er­ing some ad­dressed more than 80 per­cent of ob­ser­va­tions reg­is­tered against them in the past years. Sources af­firmed the of­fi­cials were will­ing to co­op­er­ate in or­der to ad­dress the most im­por­tant ob­ser­va­tions.

Sources said SAB rec­om­mended the for­ma­tion of com­mis­sions of in­quiry to look into pub­lic fund ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, and it even re­quested for se­lec­tion of mem­bers from out­side gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies to guar­an­tee trans­parency.

Mean­while Kuwait’s mil­i­tary has been ranked fourth in the GCC, 14th in the Arab world and 88th in the world, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

This rank puts Kuwait in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter of the list that in­cludes 136 coun­tries in the an­nual rank­ing of Global Fire­power (glob­al­fire­ which spe­cial­izes in mil­i­tary and weapons af­fairs.

In ac­cor­dance with its an­nual cus­tom of de­ter­min­ing the level of army force of each coun­try, the clas­si­fi­ca­tion was based on more than 55 cri­te­ria that take into ac­count all fac­tors. It is not only based on trade-offs on the num­ber of troops and equip­ment, but also on many other con­sid­er­a­tions such as ex­tent of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment ap­plied by each army in its com­bat sys­tems, the diver­sity of its ar­ma­ments and the level of sta­bil­ity en­joyed by each coun­try eco­nom­i­cally and fi­nan­cially.

In the Gulf, the Kuwait Army came fourth af­ter the armies of Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Oman, which glob­ally ranked 26, 56 and 79 re­spec­tively. Bahrain and Qatar ranked fifth and sixth re­spec­tively in the GCC af­ter their Kuwaiti coun­ter­part, and ranked glob­ally 97 and 100 re­spec­tively.

Statis­tics is­sued by the Man­power and Gov­ern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram (MGRP) and the ex­ec­u­tive branch of the state on na­tional la­bor ap­point­ments dis­closed that the num­ber of Kuwaitis work­ing in pri­vate sec­tor has in­creased by al­most 98 per­cent since 2001, re­ports Al Qabas daily.

It also showed that MGRP em­ployed 1,662 Kuwaitis when it first started op­er­a­tion, and the num­ber has dou­bled to reach 14,219, in­di­cat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant change in num­ber since 2006 with over 10,000 na­tional per­son­nel that sta­bi­lized at 28,780.

Four years later, the num­ber of Kuwaiti per­son­nel in pri­vate sec­tor is 57,520. They reached the peak in 2014 with a to­tal of 74,078 per­son­nel and dropped to 67,127 this year.

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