Kuwait at­tracts, em­pow­ers young en­trepreneurs

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Kuwait has al­ways taken mea­sures to en­able youth to uti­lize their cre­ative en­ergy, pro­mot­ing their civic en­gage­ment and en­hanc­ing their voice in de­ci­sion-mak­ing. His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah re­it­er­ated in sev­eral oc­ca­sions that “the true wealth of our country lies in its youth, who are the core and the pil­lar of fu­ture pros­per­ity.”

His High­ness the Amir, trans­lat­ing his un­di­vided sup­port to the youth into deeds via sign­ing a de­cree es­tab­lish­ing the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs in 2013, which was also in com­pli­ance with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the na­tional con­fer­ence on youth, dubbed “Kuwait hears.” At its in­cep­tion, the Min­istry worked with min­istries and state bod­ies to fol­low up the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the na­tional doc­u­ment that was pro­duced by the con­fer­ence.

In a state­ment to KUNA, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for the Youth Projects’ Sec­tor at the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs Shafiq Ah­mad Al-Sayed Omar said that the fol­low-up of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions was di­vided into two stages and dis­trib­uted over 22 govern­ment bod­ies.

He said the first phase was com­pleted. It in­cluded the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Min­istry of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs, Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and the Na­tional fund for sup­port­ing small and medium-sized en­ter­prises. He pointed out that the govern­ment bod­ies im­ple­mented 80 per­cent of the rec­om­men­da­tions. He added that the Na­tional Assem­bly, in co­op­er­a­tion with the govern­ment, ap­proved a law to es­tab­lish the Na­tional Fund for the Wel­fare of Small and Medium-Sized En­ter­prises and Devel­op­ment.

The fund’s pur­pose is to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs), em­power young en­trepreneurs, and bol­ster pri­vate-sec­tor ac­tiv­ity. More­over, a sys­tem, called the sin­gle win­dow, was es­tab­lished to al­low traders com­plete all pa­per­work and per­mits re­lated to var­i­ous state in­sti­tu­tions and min­istries through one state body and within three days, Al-Sayed Omar added.

With re­gard to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Al-Sayed Omar said that the min­istry has im­ple­mented many of its rec­om­men­da­tions by ac­ti­vat­ing pro­grams aim­ing at in­still­ing na­tional val­ues at var­i­ous stages of the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. He added that Kuwait made a huge im­prove­ment on The Com­mon­wealth Youth Devel­op­ment In­dex (YDI), jump­ing to the 56th spot in 2016 from the 110th in a re­port is­sued in 2013. He pointed out that the in­dex de­pends on sev­eral cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ments in ed­u­ca­tion, health and well­be­ing, em­ploy­ment and op­por­tu­nity, as well as civic and po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Al-Sayed Omar at­trib­uted this suc­cess to the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs’ ef­forts to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of “Kuwait hears” con­fer­ence. For his part, Direc­tor of Public Re­la­tions and In­for­ma­tion at The Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs Nasser AlAr­faj told KUNA that the na­tional doc­u­ment in­cludes 20 rec­om­men­da­tions aim­ing at es­tab­lish­ing a data­base of qual­i­fied Kuwaiti youth in dif­fer­ent aca­demic and pro­fes­sional fields. Un­der­sec­re­tary of Kuwait’s Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikha Al-Zain AlSabah had con­firmed the min­istry’s readi­ness to co­op­er­ate with all par­ties in the so­ci­ety to fol­low up the rec­om­men­da­tions, as the main gov­ern­men­tal body re­spon­si­ble for youth in Kuwait. —KUNA

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