Public expats to go ... not doctors, nurses
Foreign Affairs to nationalize
KUWAIT CITY, June 29: Senior government sources said in exclusive statements that Civil Service Commission has only two years to reach the ratios approved in 2017 concerning the plan to replace expatriates with Kuwaitis in many jobs and specialties except for medical and nursing jobs, reports Al-Anba daily.
The same sources indicated the proportions mentioned in the decision of Civil Service Commission were implemented over the past two years, and that substitution is being implemented in the current fiscal year for the third year, noting it remains only two years to end the services of all expatriates employed across the public sector in their various administrative, technical, legal, educational and other specialties.
“With regard to training, teaching and educational jobs for instance, we achieved 70 percent replacement at the initial stage and attained 73 percent two years later”, they added, noting the Commission, in cooperation with relevant government agencies, was able to achieve a higher percentage after only two years. Concerning law jobs, they said “88 percent is required and we have now achieved 83 percent, while engineering jobs required 97 percent and we’ve achieved 95 percent”.
On administrative support jobs, the required proportion is 100 percent and we have achieved 98 percent within two years, while “financial, economic and commercial jobs required 95 percent but we have been achieved 96 percent”.
Jobs in sports, social and educational services required 97 percent replacement and we achieved 95 percent, he added. He further stated the required percent for systems and information technology jobs was 100 percent but we’ve already achieved 97 percent. For media, public relations and ethics jobs, the required proportion is 100 percent, and we have achieved 97 percent, while science jobs that required 95 percent has already accomplished 85 percent.
”The livestock, agricultural and aquatic life jobs required 75 percent replacement and we’re able to achieve 79 percent, and the required percentage in the functions of forensic evidence and rescue was 98 percent, which has been achieved. In the area of development, administrative follow-up and statistics, the required percentage was 100 percent, and we achieved 97 percent, while 98 percent of the required 100 percent marine jobs has been accomplished with 560 Kuwaitis and 9 non-Kuwaitis,” they informed
As for the positions of doctors and nurses, they were excluded from the application of the replacement policy.
MP submits proposal
MP Muhammad Hadi AlHewailah submitted a proposal to nationalize all jobs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Kuwaiti embassies and consulates in various parts of the world.
He pointed out that Kuwait has an increasing number of graduates who are waiting for jobs, while a large number of jobs at the ministry are occupied by expatriates.
Meanwhile, MPs Muhammad Al-Dallal and Osama AlShaheen submitted a proposal for Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) to submit reports to the National Assembly and Council of Ministers every four months.
According to the proposal, the reports should include the main corruption issues – whether local or global with links to Kuwait, steps taken by Nazaha to address these issues, legal action taken in this regard, corruption issues reported by individuals or public institutions, and measures taken by the authority in response to such reports.
Al-Dallal and Al-Shaheen explained the proposal aims to fortify the principle of transparency, comply with the United Nations convention against corruption, and improve the position of Kuwait in the Corruption Perception Index.
On the other hand, MP Thamer Sa’ad Al-Dhefairi forwarded queries to Minister of Justice Fahd Mohammed Mohsen Al-Afasi about the money laundering and visa trading cases of a Bangladeshi MP. He wants to know if the Public Prosecution has requested for lifting the immunity of any MP since May 1, 2020 for involvement in the aforementioned cases. If yes, he asked for the names of these MPs.