Na­tional As­sem­bly: An in­te­gral part of de­vel­op­ment

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: With leg­isla­tive and in­spec­tive pow­ers, the Na­tional As­sem­bly has been an in­ex­tri­ca­ble part of the coun­try’s sus­tained de­vel­op­ment plans, con­tribut­ing to eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs as part of a vi­sion of broad re­forms.

On the leg­isla­tive front, the Na­tional As­sem­bly works to bring all de­vel­op­ment plans to fruition by elim­i­nat­ing any im­ped­i­ments to these projects, par­tic­u­larly, pro­vid­ing a bud­get al­lo­cated to fi­nance such lofty en­deav­ors that aim to trans­form Kuwait into a global fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic hub.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly’s con­tri­bu­tions to na­tional de­vel­op­ment was most no­table when it pro­vided leg­isla­tive sup­port to a de­vel­op­ment plan forged in 2009, press­ing the govern­ment to ex­pe­dite the com­ple­tion of all projects in­cluded in that plan, for­mer Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try Dr Amani Bouresli said.

More­over, she noted that with­out cru­cial leg­isla­tive sup­port, it would be dif­fi­cult for the coun­try to at­tain sus­tained de­vel­op­ment, adding that less de­vel­oped na­tions are usu­ally mired in po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic up­heaval, which ex­plains their lack of growth.

On the sta­tus quo, Bouresli un­der­scored that the na­tional econ­omy is a cru­cial junc­ture where gen­uine eco­nomic re­forms are needed, as she pointed out that the na­tion’s rev­enue pool should be di­ver­si­fied due to plum­met­ing oil prices.

Mean­while, for­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sta­tis­tics Dr Ab­dul­lah Sa­har said that the Na­tional As­sem­bly, through leg­isla­tive and in­spec­tive ef­forts, is an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment process, adding that it also over­sees progress made on projects launched by the govern­ment.

On the Na­tional As­sem­bly’s con­tri­bu­tions, Sa­har said it presses the govern­ment to has­ten the com­ple­tion of stalled de­vel­op­ment projects, urg­ing all bod­ies in­volved to col­lab­o­rate in ef­forts to achieve sus­tained de­vel­op­ment.

Fur­ther­more, on the pri­vate sec­tor’s con­tri­bu­tions to­wards na­tional de­vel­op­ment, he noted that it pro­motes a spirit of com­pet­i­tive­ness through in­creased ef­fi­ciency, adding that the pri­vate sec­tor also works to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the na­tional work­force, while pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to growth and de­vel­op­ment. Sa­har also high­lighted that de­vel­op­ment en­com­passes var­i­ous dimensions, which in­clude de­mo­graph­ics, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and other fac­tors.

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