Arab Times

Cassation Court rejects former MP Al-Dahoum’s three appeals

Authority eyed for evaluating performanc­e of public investment

- By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, June 16: The Court of Cassation, chaired by Judge Adel Buresli, rejected the three appeals filed by former MP Bader AlDahoum against the decision of the Constituti­onal Court to nullify his parliament­ary membership.

Al Dahoum’s parliament­ary membership was nullified because he was previously convicted of offending the Amiri entity; hence, he is not allowed to participat­e in the elections both as a candidate and a voter.

Consequent­ly, MP Obaid Al-Wasmi will remain in his post until the end of the current parliament­ary term. He achieved landslide victory in the supplement­ary elections in May with about 43,000 votes.

Meanwhile, MPs Adnan Abdulsamad, Al-Saifi Mubarak Al-Saifi, Ali Al-Qattan, Ahmed Al-Hamad and Fares Al-Otaibi submitted a bill on the establishm­ent of a public authority for evaluating and developing the performanc­e of public investment.

According to the bill, the authority will be affiliated to the Finance Ministry but the latter will not interfere in the technical decisions of the authority whose functions are as follows:

· Provision of a suitable environmen­t for investment by providing the necessary informatio­n and consultati­ons,

· Specify the conditions for the investment of foreign currencies in global capital markets,

· Lay down the rules in accepting investment opportunit­ies,

· Present monthly reports including the recommenda­tions, decisions and consultati­ons to guide public Investment institutio­ns.

The authority’s Board of Directors shall consist of 12 members from the Justice, Finance, Commerce and Industry ministries; Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Union of Investment Companies and Central Bank of Kuwait.

Investment entities covered by this bill must submit quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to the authority.


The authority will present regular reports on the performanc­e of public investment institutio­ns to the Council of Ministers, National Assembly and State Audit Bureau (SAB).

On the other hand, MP Osama Al-Menawer criticized Central Bank of Kuwait Governor Muhammad Al-Hashel for warning the banks about the potential difficulti­es in collecting payments for loans granted to oil companies; although he agreed with the minister when the latter said the coming period will witness decline in the demand for oil because of some weather changes.

Al-Menawer clarified he

believes that the governor has no intention to cause problems for the oil sector, which is considered the backbone of the economy; but such a statement will lead to negative consequenc­es in terms of financing oil enterprise­s.

He wondered why Al-Hashel made such a statement although he did not take action regarding the money laundering issue. He called on Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada to take the necessary action regarding the statement of Al-Hashel and prevent the negative consequenc­es of such a statement.

Moreover, MP Saad Al-Khanfour forwarded queries to Minister of Awqaf and Isamic Affairs Essa Al-Kandari about the conditions for nationals who applied for the Imam and Muezzin posts as he found out that most of these nationals are no longer interested in these jobs due to the unreasonab­le conditions.

He asked about the current number of Kuwaiti Imams and Muezzins compared to their expatriate counterpar­ts. He requested for copies of job advertisem­ents for these posts in the last 10 years, conditions that the applicants must fulfill, and correspond­ences between the ministry and Civil Service Commission.

He inquired if the ministry requested for more privileges to offer to citizens applying for these two jobs as a way to encourage them to engage in such work and if the ministry intents to hire Kuwaiti retirees for the two jobs.

In view of the decline of Kuwait University’s ranking -1,001st among global universiti­es, 28th among Arab universiti­es and third among local universiti­es; MP Marzouq Al-Khalifa forwarded queries to Minister of Oil and Minister of Higher Education Dr Muhammad Al-Fares.

He asked if Al-Fares conducted a study to determine the factors leading to the decline in the ranking of Kuwait University. If yes, he demanded for a copy of the study.

He wants to know the steps taken to improve the ranking of Kuwait University and if reducing the number of students in every department is a positive factor in the ranking. If yes, he asked for the reason why this step has not been taken until now.

He inquired if the delayed payment of incentive for members of scientific internatio­nal committees which evaluate higher studies programs negatively affected the reputation of Kuwait University internatio­nally, if the budget of Kuwait University has been reduced over the last 10 years, and if this reduction led to the decline in its ranking.

In addition, the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee recently discussed the classifica­tion of Kuwait University.

Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Matar confirmed the attendance of the higher education minister who also serves as secretary general at the university, as well as the representa­tives of several academic institutio­ns and lecturers.

He explained the QS ranking has a local classifica­tion in which the university was ranked first.

He said the committee received a report from acting University President Dr Bader Al- Bedaiwi on the criteria adopted by QS and other ranking institutio­ns. He pointed out the shortcomin­gs on the part of the university and the government. He asserted it is unacceptab­le that no committee follows up and provides ranking institutio­ns with accurate data. He affirmed an agreement has been reached to form this committee which will consist of competent and experience­d members such as Professor Tariq Al-Duwaisan.


He cited some factors which affected the ranking of the university; clarifying that courses in Arabic such as those offered by the College of Islamic Sharia, Faculty of Arts, College of Law and the like are not considered by QS. He went on to say that even Business Administra­tion courses are not considered if they are in Arabic.

He suggested that the only solution is to form a special unit or section tasked to translate the courses and researches from Arabic to English and then send them to QS ranking.

He pointed out the loophole in Law No. 76/2019 which disrupts the developmen­t of the university. He asserted that it is now time for the university to have an independen­t budget as this will lead to administra­tive and financial autonomy.

He stressed that despite the recent ranking of the university, its graduates are well educated and the university is accredited in most countries around the world.

He added the evaluation of QS is done two years earlier than the date of publicatio­n, so he expects the ranking for next year to be the same as this year. For instance, if QS gathers data in 2022; the ranking will be announced in 2024, he said.

He then praised the positive response and commitment of the minister in taking the necessary steps towards the advancemen­t of the university.

 ?? KUNA photos ?? HH the Crown Prince with HH PM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled (left).
KUNA photos HH the Crown Prince with HH PM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled (left).
 ??  ?? HH the Crown Prince with Speaker Al-Ghanim (left).
HH the Crown Prince with Speaker Al-Ghanim (left).

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