Agree­ment on re­duc­ing ex­pa­tri­ates’ num­bers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Fees that ex­pa­tri­ates in Kuwait pay for pub­lic ser­vices could dou­ble in the near fu­ture as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties mull ways to cut the num­ber of for­eign­ers liv­ing in the coun­try and re­bal­ance the state’s de­mo­graph­ics in fa­vor of lo­cals. There is un­der­stand­ing be­tween the gov­ern­ment and par­lia­ment over the need to in­crease Kuwaitis’ per­cent­age in the to­tal pop­u­la­tion from around 31 per­cent to­day to 40 per­cent within a few years. This can hap­pen through a num­ber of pro­ce­dures that in­clude in­creas­ing the num­ber of na­tional man­power in the pri­vate sec­tor (where over 90 of work­ers are ex­pats), in­creas­ing fees of pub­lic ser­vices of­fered to ex­pats and lim­it­ing gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies on prod­ucts and ser­vices ex­clu­sively to Kuwaitis, gov­ern­ment sources said. — Al-Qabas

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