2018-2019 de­vel­op­ment plan fi­nal­ized

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT:

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Supreme Plan­ning And De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Khaled Mahdi said the sec­re­tariat teams re­spon­si­ble for the an­nual de­vel­op­ment plan have fi­nal­ized the fourth an­nual de­vel­op­ment plan (2018-2019) as a part of the sec­ond five-year plan of 2015-2016/2019-2020. Af­ter at­tend­ing the an­nual meet­ing with UN or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­at­ing in Kuwait, Mahdi ex­plained that the pro­jects listed in the third an­nual plan 20172018 will be the same in the fourth an­nual plan 2018-2019, with the ex­cep­tion of pro­jects that are al­ready com­pleted.

At the UN or­ga­ni­za­tions’ an­nual meet­ing, Mahdi gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the har­mony be­tween Kuwait’s de­vel­op­ment plans and the UN’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals. Mahdi also dis­closed the coun­cil’s sec­re­tariat gen­eral’s sug­ges­tion to work on a method­ol­ogy which will oblige the pri­vate sec­tor to in­clude its achieve­ments in the field of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals within the an­nual re­ports.

Ses­sion ad­journed

For the sec­ond time since Nov 21, Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Chair­man Muhal­hel AlKhaled ad­journed the coun­cil’s ses­sion yes­ter­day due to lack of quo­rum af­ter five mem­bers re­signed to run in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Diplo­mats ac­quit­ted

The court of ap­peals ac­quit­ted two Kuwaiti diplo­mats at a Kuwaiti em­bassy on charges of em­bez­zling KD 299,422 yes­ter­day. One of the diplo­mats had been sen­tenced to seven years in jail and dis­missal from of­fice, while the other had been sen­tenced to five years in jail and dis­missal from of­fice, along with pay­ing back the em­bez­zled sum and twice the amount in fines.

New air­port

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Works’ (MPW) As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Con­struc­tion Pro­jects Ghaleb Al-Shem­mari said Kuwait’s new air­port will be one of the world’s best air­ports and will have out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties qual­i­fy­ing it as a pi­o­neer in de­sign, con­serv­ing en­ergy and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. He added that MPW is keen on us­ing new el­e­ments in the pro­ject such as modern air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems, us­ing natural light, re­cy­cling wa­ter and reusing it in ir­ri­ga­tion as well as us­ing so­lar power to gen­er­ate 10 per­cent of the air­port’s elec­tric­ity.

Shem­mari said that be­ing a gi­gan­tic pro­ject, it needs time for pre­con­struc­tion mea­sures, which in­cludes set­ting up tem­po­rary of­fices, to­po­graphic sur­veys and build­ing the pro­ject’s perime­ter. In ad­di­tion, Shem­mari said MPW has signed a con­tract to build a new ma­ter­nity hospi­tal and that the pro­ject will start soon. He also noted that a ten­der will be of­fered for build­ing a po­lice hospi­tal. “The min­istry is also work­ing on build­ing a hospi­tal for chil­dren and one for cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties,” he ex­plained.

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