Govt work plan sub­mit­ted to Cabi­net

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Hind Al-Subaih said the govern­ment’s work plan has been sub­mit­ted to the Cabi­net, but has not been ap­proved, pend­ing hear­ing min­is­ters’ re­marks about it. Subaih ex­plained that the bod­ies sub­ject to the min­istry of state for eco­nomic af­fairs so far in­clude the Supreme Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, the Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Bureau, the pri­va­ti­za­tion ap­pa­ra­tus, the Man­power and Govern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram and the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion.

Clean Fuel Project

The Supreme Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil’s as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral for plan­ning and fol­low up Bader Al-Refa’e said that 75 per­cent of the Clean Fuel Project was com­pleted by the end of Novem­ber. Dur­ing a field visit he made along with the plan­ning and fol­low up team to the project site es­corted by KNPC’s deputy CEO for projects Ab­dul­lah Fah­had Al-Ajmi, Refa’e said the project’s ca­pac­ity will be around 800 bar­rels per day and that it will pro­vide many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaitis. Refa’e added that the project’s to­tal bud­get is KD 4.7 bil­lion, of which KD 2.1 bil­lion has so far been spent. The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid-2018. Af­ter agree­ing with Kuwait Air­ways Com­pany’s (KAC) board of di­rec­tors con­cern­ing KAC pi­lots who had been trans­ferred to work in other govern­ment bod­ies and who had not com­menced those jobs, the par­lia­ment’s fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic af­fairs com­mit­tee de­cided con­tact­ing the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) to ask them to con­sider them as still work­ing for KAC. Com­mit­tee mem­ber MP Ahmad Na­bil Al-Fadhl said that the com­mit­tee fol­lowed cer­tain method­ol­ogy on deal­ing with the is­sue with the pi­lots and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff. Fadhl added that the prob­lem lies in leg­is­la­tions and lack of vi­sion. He added that the sit­u­a­tion has now changed at KAC and that the pi­lots had ev­ery right to re­turn to their jobs.

Wa­ter pipes

The Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter (MEW) has com­pleted the ex­e­cu­tion of five con­tracts re­lated to a project to re­place as­bestos wa­ter pipes with duc­tile ones in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing Sabah Al-Salem, east Hawally, East Ah­madi, Ru­maithiya and Dahr. MEW has so far spent around KD 28 mil­lion on this project to re­place the over 25-year-old pipes that had been crack­ing and leak­ing.

Au­to­ma­tion

The Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and Labors’ (MSAL) Un­der­sec­re­tary Dr Mu­tar Al-Mu­tairi said the first phase of au­to­ma­tion of the co­op­er­a­tive sec­tor will be launched on Jan 2 in­volv­ing a share­hold­ers’ reg­istry through the co­op­er­a­tion por­tal. Mu­tairi added that all co-ops had been in­formed to start au­tomat­ing share­hold­ers’ reg­istry sys­tems af­ter link­ing them with MSAL.

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