Auction for gov­ern­men­tal laws

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Khalid Al-Tar­rah

Auc­tions are nor­mally gov­erned by law in all com­mer­cial fields, but it seems that there is an auction for gov­ern­men­tal laws. Im­pro­vi­sa­tion’s place is not in gov­ern­ment poli­cies, as many im­pro­vi­sa­tions may turn into de­ci­sions in an auction be­tween the lead­ers of state agen­cies and cre­ate a chaos of poli­cies. There are many ex­am­ples on the chaos and de­ci­sions’ auction like the state­ment of Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Man­power and Gov­ern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram Fawzi Al-Ma­j­dali who ex­pressed hope to “ful­fill the na­tional vi­sion” of His High­ness the Amir in “sup­port­ing the economic march of Kuwait by back­ing up cit­i­zens and mo­ti­vat­ing them to go for their own busi­nesses, as well as small and medium projects to al­le­vi­ate the bur­den on the pub­lic sec­tor and re­struc­ture the na­tional man­power in the in­ter­est of the pri­vate sec­tor” (Al-Anba, May 24, 2017).

The no­ble vi­sion of His High­ness the Amir was launched years ago, when His High­ness toured the world, par­tic­u­larly Asian coun­tries to look into their economic ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the cre­ation of true part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor, in prepa­ra­tion for turn­ing Kuwait into an In­ter­na­tional com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial cen­ter. But ac­cord­ing to what was pub­lished in the me­dia, as well as the Amiri Di­wan’s web­site, the vi­sion did not in­clude the de­tails men­tioned by Ma­j­dali in re­gards to “small and medium en­ter­prises and re­struc­tur­ing of man­power,” and there should be ac­cu­racy in the per­cent­age of de­vel­op­men­tal as­pects that are an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the no­ble vi­sion.

Ma­j­dali was not cor­rect in his state­ment which comes be­fore the merger be­tween the Pub­lic Author­ity for Man­power, which is af­fil­i­ated to the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, and MGRP which is af­fil­i­ated to an­other min­istry. Ma­j­dali’s state­ment in­cluded “state prop­erty in Mubarakiya Mar­ket, Shuwaikh and co-op so­ci­eties must be uti­lized by young Kuwaitis and not ex­pats,” which is a “na­tional pro­posal for re­struc­tur­ing,” so that com­mer­cial li­censes will be lim­ited to Kuwaiti youth only.

The com­mer­cial li­censes of Mubarakiya Mar­ket ac­tiv­i­ties and else­where are held by Kuwaitis to start with and they man­age and op­er­ate them, in­clud­ing cook­ing, but prac­ti­cally it is nec­es­sary to use the help of ex­pat la­bor to carry out service work that does not at­tract Kuwaitis to them, be­sides that small and medium en­ter­prises can­not pay re­ward­ing salaries to cit­i­zens.

The non-em­ploy­ment of Kuwaiti youth in such projects is not only a “waste of the youth rights” ac­cord­ing to the de­scrip­tion of Ma­j­dali, rather the waste is in the in­abil­ity of “re­struc­tur­ing” to cor­rect the im­bal­ance in the mar­ket place through re­al­is­tic poli­cies that cre­ate part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor, es­pe­cially in ma­jor projects which can ab­sorb Kuwaiti youth if there was a gov­ern­ment vi­sion for the suit­able work en­vi­ron­ment. The ‘waste’ is in the gov­ern­ment’s spend­ing on de­part­ments that are en­croach­ing on each other’s work such as MGRP and Pub­lic Author­ity for Man­power, and in the loop­holes of com­mer­cial li­censes that MGRP could not of­fi­cially deal with but was able to iden­tify the prob­lem in the me­dia only in “sub-li­cens­ing for ex­pat in Mubarakiya.” The waste is also in not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the source of the crises and not sub-li­censes, and this is a re­al­ity with an of­fi­cial his­tory and is not of yes­ter­day. Enough tit­il­la­tion of the pub­lic, and tour­ing the field into auc­tions and a mar­ket for base­less im­pro­vi­sa­tions ob­jec­tively or log­i­cally. — Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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