Cab­i­net sup­ports ‘fake uni­ver­sity de­grees’ probe

Global op­er­a­tor sought to run air­port’s ‘Ter­mi­nal 2’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The cab­i­net yes­ter­day ap­proved the Education Min­istry’s ef­forts to in­ves­ti­gate re­cent re­ports which sug­gested that a num­ber of public sec­tor em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing high rank­ing of­fi­cials, had ob­tained forged uni­ver­sity de­grees that qual­i­fied them for their jobs. Min­is­ter of Education and Higher Education Mo­ham­mad AlFares briefed the cab­i­net on the re­cent me­dia re­ports on ‘fake uni­ver­sity de­grees.’

Fares said that the is­sue is be­ing thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated by a neu­tral spe­cial­ized com­mit­tee at the Public Author­ity for Ap­plied Education and Train­ing (PAAET). The cab­i­net lauded steps taken to han­dle the is­sue, and voiced sup­port to the min­is­ter in his ef­forts to counter what­ever that tar­gets the education process.

Op­er­at­ing air­ports

Dur­ing its weekly meet­ing yes­ter­day chaired by Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, the cab­i­net re­viewed rec­om­men­da­tions by the par­lia­ment’s eco­nomic af­fairs com­mit­tee on op­er­at­ing air­ports in Kuwait. It en­trusted the Kuwait Author­ity for Part­ner­ship Projects (KAPP) with co­or­di­na­tion with rel­e­vant bod­ies on a fea­si­bil­ity study for qual­i­fy­ing some of the best global op­er­a­tors, as well as the of­fer­ing of the project for man­ag­ing and op­er­at­ing Ter­mi­nal 2 of Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port. As part of gov­ern­ment ef­forts to ra­tio­nal­ize ex­pen­di­tures, the cab­i­net ap­proved, in prin­ci­ple, a rec­om­men­da­tion on merg­ing the Public Author­ity for Youth (PAY) in the of­fice of the State Min­is­ter for Youth Af­fairs. The min­is­ters or­dered all gov­ern­ment bod­ies to be com­mit­ted to du­ra­tion of pro­ce­dures and the nec­es­sary mea­sures to ac­ti­vate es­tamps, in line with the rel­e­vant instructions.

Neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ments

At the on­set of the meet­ing, Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled of­fered the min­is­ters an ac­count on the on­go­ing ef­forts by the State of Kuwait led by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah to con­tain the neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ments on the Gulf scene, seek­ing to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion and main­tain the unity of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) Mem­ber States and their peo­ples.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled pointed to the re­cent vis­its to Kuwait by the Omani Min­is­ter in Charge of For­eign Af­fairs Yusuf Bin Alawi, the UK For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, Germany’s For­eign Min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel and the UN Un­der­sec­re­tary Gen­eral for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Jeffrey Felt­man. The lat­est de­vel­op­ments rel­e­vant to the sit­u­a­tion in the Gulf, fea­tured high on the agenda of the talks held dur­ing these vis­its that also ad­dressed the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion.

Af­ter­wards, the meet­ing re­viewed po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments on the Arab and in­ter­na­tional scenes, laud­ing the fi­nal state­ment of the G20 sum­mit re­cently held in Hamburg, Germany, where world lead­ers re­stated op­po­si­tion to pro­tec­tion­ism, and reaf­firmed sup­port to the rapid im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change. Also in the state­ment, the G20 lead­ers strongly con­demned ter­ror­ist at­tacks world­wide, vow­ing to stand united and firm in the fight against ter­ror­ism and its fi­nanc­ing. It was an­nounced that Saudi Ara­bia would host the 2020 edi­tion of the G20 sum­mit.

Cow­ardly at­tacks

The cab­i­net con­demned the cow­ardly ter­ror at­tack that re­cently hit the dis­trict of Al-Ma­soura in Al-Qatif Prov­ince, east of Saudi Ara­bia, killing a se­cu­rity man and in­jur­ing sev­eral oth­ers. The min­is­ters re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s un­wa­ver­ing stance in re­jec­tion of all forms of ter­ror­ism, re­gard­less of its sources or mo­ti­va­tion, say­ing it tar­gets all peo­ple with no dis­crim­i­na­tion of re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity, said Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. The meet­ing reaf­firmed Kuwait’s sol­i­dar­ity with the King­dom, urg­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to join forces and fight ter­ror­ism, which forms a threat to the world’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

Also yes­ter­day, the cab­i­net strongly con­demned the ter­ror at­tack that re­cently hit posts of the Egyp­tian army in the Si­nai Penin­sula, killing and wound­ing many ser­vice­men. It reaf­firmed Kuwait’s stance that re­jects all forms and goals of ter­ror, as well as the coun­try’s sup­port to all mea­sures Egypt might take to com­bat such acts that threaten its se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah added. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs the cab­i­net’s meet­ing yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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