Kuwait to em­power young en­trepreneurs

Min­is­ter opens 3-day In­dus­tries Union Expo 2016

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Subaih yes­ter­day said the gov­ern­ment has 11 trans­for­ma­tive and youth projects in the pipeline, and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for Plan­ning will ex­e­cute them. “The gov­ern­ment aims to have more in­dus­tries run by the youth that pro­mote lo­cal prod­ucts,” said Subaih, who is also the State Min­is­ter for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment, dur­ing the launch of the Kuwait In­dus­tries Union Expo 2016 at Sher­a­ton Ho­tel yes­ter­day.

This three-day event is or­ga­nized by the Kuwait In­dus­tries Union (KIU), and 55 lo­cal in­dus­trial com­pa­nies and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions from dif­fer­ent sec­tors in­clud­ing food, con­struc­tion, chem­i­cal and others are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the expo. “The Kuwait In­dus­tries Union Expo is rapidly improving ev­ery year, which in­di­cates the im­por­tance of the in­dus­trial sec­tor for the lo­cal econ­omy. The Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs sup­ports new in­dus­tries, and is co­op­er­at­ing with 10 youth groups from co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties and devel­op­ment cen­ters. Next month, a de­ci­sion will be is­sued to sup­port these projects by man­dat­ing 10 per­cent of the min­istry’s purchases from these projects,” Subaih said.

Re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ing Kuwaiti is­lands, Subaih said a com­pany is study­ing the project, and that Khairan City will also be in­te­grated in this devel­op­ment. “The com­pany will present three pro­pos­als for the project, and the min­istry will select one. The hike in petrol prices hasn’t af­fected the prices of lo­cal prod­ucts,” she added.

As part of the expo, a sym­po­sium was held af­ter the of­fi­cial launch of the ex­hi­bi­tion. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of three in­sti­tu­tions pre­sented this sym­po­sium. Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of KIU Mo­hammed Al-Ajmi noted that KIU has ap­proved more than 230 ap­pli­ca­tions for ex­pand­ing in­dus­tries in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing west Shuaiba, Amghara and Sub­han dur­ing the past two years.

“Shuaiba will see new projects in­clud­ing 35 in­dus­trial in­vest­ment projects of a value of KD 1 bil­lion. All these projects re­spect en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. We should fo­cus on man­u­fac­tur­ing as this is the strate­gic al­ter­na­tive, es­pe­cially with the low price of oil. Also, 1,056 in­dus­trial plots in Shadadiya will be given to the ap­pli­cants af­ter ap­proval by the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil,” stressed Ajmi. KIU has ex­e­cuted a ‘one win­dow’ ser­vice. “We faced a prob­lem of in­com­pe­tent em­ploy­ees. With the elec­tronic por­tal, we over­came this ob­sta­cle and suc­ceeded to fi­nal­ize over 150 trans­ac­tions. We are also pre­par­ing a re­cy­cling project in Salmi, and are now ready­ing the in­fra­struc­ture,” he added.

Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA), ex­plained the new en­vi­ron­ment law in­cludes more than 50 ar­ti­cles re­lated to in­dus­try, fac­to­ries, emis­sions and other is­sues. “EPA aims to gain the co­op­er­a­tion of all fac­to­ries so that they use safe ways of waste dis­posal, and they are co­op­er­at­ing. EPA hasn’t shut down any fac­tory till now, but we have is­sued some fines,” he pointed out.

Ab­dul­lah Al-Motoutah, Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power, said the One Win­dow ser­vice was launched at the au­thor­ity in co­op­er­a­tion with KIU, through which in­vestors can re­new, can­cel or make in­quiries.

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Subaih and other of­fi­cials dur­ing the launch of the Kuwait In­dus­tries Union Expo 2016 at Sher­a­ton Ho­tel yes­ter­day. —Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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