Cab­i­net urges state de­part­ments to ad­just their fis­cal po­si­tion Min­is­ters con­demn Houthis’ tar­get­ing of Makkah

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The Cab­i­net re­viewed the State Au­dit Bu­reaus’ re­port of the sec­ond half of the fis­cal year 2015/2016, and urged all state in­sti­tu­tions to ad­just their fis­cal po­si­tion and heed au­di­tors’ com­ments and rec­om­men­da­tions.

The Cab­i­net also dis­cussed the fifth an­nual re­port of the eco­nomic com­mit­tee of the ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mance of Kuwait Stock Ex­change in the fis­cal year 2015/2016 as well as its sec­ond an­nual re­port on the per­for­mance of the Na­tional Fund for Small and Medium En­ter­prises Devel­op­ment.

Dur­ing its weekly meet­ing yes­ter­day, the Cab­i­net re­viewed the re­port of fol­low­ing up the first half of the 2016-2017 plan, Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Jus­tice Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said af­ter the meet­ing. The govern­ment has been mak­ing progress in terms of car­ry­ing out the laws is­sued by the Na­tional As­sem­bly, com­pared with that of the last year’s plan, he added. The cur­rent plan wit­nessed a rise in spend­ing by 22.6 per­cent com­pared with 19.9 per­cent of the last year, he noted.

Up to 15 per­cent of pro­jects listed in the prepara­tory pe­riod of the first quar­ter of this year were car­ried out, he said, in­di­cat­ing that some 12 laws out of 40 have been en­acted. The cab­i­net ap­pealed to all min­is­ters to take mea­sures so as to achieve quickly the rest of pro­jects, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad said.

Mean­while, the re­port of State Au­dit Bureau for 2015-2016 showed that vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies de­creased and this af­firms the govern­ment’s se­ri­ous ea­ger­ness to ad­dress these vi­o­la­tions, he said.

Also, the Cab­i­net lis­tened to a pre­sen­ta­tion made by Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Hind Al-Subaih on the devel­op­ment plan fol­low-up re­port of the first half the FY 2016/2017 (start­ing from April 1st to Septem­ber 30th). In its re­port, the min­is­ter urged all state in­sti­tu­tions to ac­cel­er­ate the ex­e­cu­tion of the plan pro­jects and the fi­nal­ize the planned draft laws.

Fur­ther­more, the Cab­i­net re­viewed a re­port sub­mit­ted by the pub­lic ser­vices com­mit­tee about South Mut­laa city pro­jects. The cab­i­net then as­signed the Pub­lic Author­ity for Hous­ing Wel­fare pro­vide it with a quar­terly re­port about the pro­ject devel­op­ment.

In the mean­time, the Cab­i­net has strongly con­demned Ye­meni Houthi group and forces loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Salah for fir­ing a bal­lis­tic mis­sile to­wards the Mus­lims’ holi­est city of Makkah. This sin­ful act is a provo­ca­tion of Mus­lims’ feel­ings, and is show­ing dis­re­spect of the blessed city, and dis­re­gard of Is­lamic sanc­ti­ties, the cab­i­net stressed. It added that this crim­i­nal act is tan­ta­mount to an ag­gres­sion against all Mus­lims, and rep­re­sents a grave devel­op­ment in these groups’ de­fi­ance of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to reach a cease­fire to pave the way for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the civil con­flict in the Arab coun­try.

On the other hand, the Cab­i­net wel­comed Saudi se­cu­rity agen­cies’ suc­cess in foil­ing a ter­ror­ist at­tempt to det­o­nate a booby-trapped car in AlJawhra sta­dium in Jed­dah dur­ing a foot­ball match be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates. The Cab­i­net wished the sis­terly Saudi King­dom ev­er­last­ing sta­bil­ity and safety to its peo­ple.

At the on­set of its weekly meet­ing, held at Seif Palace yes­ter­day and presided over by His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, the Cab­i­net lauded the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter as a new achieve­ment re­flect­ing Kuwait’s civ­i­lized im­age. It also noted that var­i­ous other cul­tural pro­jects are ex­pected to see light soon.

These cul­tural achieve­ments boost Kuwait’s im­age as a bea­con of Arab cul­ture and a coun­try em­brac­ing cre­ative, tal­ented and in­tel­lec­tual peo­ple out of strong con­vic­tion in the noble role of cul­ture in na­tions’ devel­op­ment and re­nais­sance, the cab­i­net stressed. It has also warmly wel­comed Kuwait’s guests who at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the cen­ter.

Let­ters to Amir

At the ad­vent of the meet­ing, the cab­i­net was ap­prised of two let­ters sent by Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider Al-Abadi to His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The two let­ters fo­cused on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in Iraq as well as re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon con­cern.

Mean­while, First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah briefed the cab­i­net about the out­come of Swedish Prime Min­is­ter Stefan Lofven’s re­cent visit to Kuwait. He also in­formed the cab­i­net about the out­come of his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 43rd meet­ing of the for­eign min­is­ters of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) mem­ber states, held in the city of Tashkent in Uzbek­istan and his visit to Ger­many and talks with Ger­man coun­ter­part Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier to fur­ther bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous do­mains. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled ap­prised the cab­i­net of his of­fi­cial visit to France and his rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Kuwait in the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to sup­port Mo­sul sta­bil­ity. —KUNA

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs the Cab­i­net’s weekly meet­ing yes­ter­day. —KUNA

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