Kuwaiti govt of­fi­cials, NGOs pon­der av­enues for re­forms

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the Gov­ern­ment eco­nomic af­fairs com­mis­sion held a meet­ing yes­ter­day with NGOs’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives dis­cussing pos­si­ble steps to boost re­forms at the na­tional level and re-ac­ti­vate these as­so­ci­a­tions’ role in this re­spect.

The com­mis­sion, headed by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh, has opted to spe­cial­ize its first meet­ing for such a de­bate, re­flect­ing the gov­ern­ment keen­ness on plac­ing eco­nomic is­sues on top of the task pri­or­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a com­mit­tee state­ment.

The meet­ing was held in light of guide­lines by His High­ness the Amir for greater ef­forts to push eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial re­forms for­ward, and in im­ple­men­ta­tion of His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter’s in­struc­tions. Such an ap­proach is nec­es­sary for al­le­vi­at­ing the State budget bur­den, trim­ming ex­pen­di­ture, im­prov­ing the business en­vi­ron­ment, the la­bor mar­ket, pri­va­tiz­ing many sec­tors and ser­vices and cre­at­ing jobs.

The meet­ing in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Grad­u­ates So­ci­ety of Kuwait, Kuwait Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Kuwait Ac­coun­tants and Au­di­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (KAAA), Kuwait En­gi­neers So­ci­ety, Kuwait Eco­nomic So­ci­ety as well as spe­cial­ists from gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

The Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion also in­cludes Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Dr Hind Al-Subaih, Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing Af­fairs and Min­is­ter of State for Util­i­ties Yasser Abul, Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try Khaled Al-Roudan, Min­is­ter of Oil, Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Es­sam Al-Mar­zouq. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah met yes­ter­day with the Pak­istani Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Ghu­lam Dasta­gir dis­cussing the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the states of Kuwait and Pakistan in ad­di­tion to re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues. —KUNA

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