Pub­lic ex­pats to go ... not doc­tors, nurses

For­eign Af­fairs to na­tion­al­ize

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Saeed Mah­moud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agen­cies

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.

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