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MP demands efforts for ‘Kuwaitization’ – Govt urged to show seriousness

KUWAIT: A parliament member called the government to put into effect Civil Service Council policies to replace expatriate labor forces in the public sector with Kuwaiti employees as part of efforts to tackle unemployment in the Kuwaiti labor market. “‘Kuwaitization’ of public posts is necessary along with steps to open the door to government jobs for Kuwaiti graduates,” MP Mohammad Al-Huwailah said in a statement yesterday. The MP further pressed on the government to “show seriousness” in effort to tackle unemployment which reached over 5 percent this year. He proposed steps “based on an integrated system” to address unemployment, including increased focus on improving the private sector “to create job opportunities for young citizens”. In other news, several parliament committees announced topics that will be given priority when the new parliamentary term opens later this month, including the legislative committee whose president Mubarak Al-Hurais identified five topics that include the judiciary independence law.

Meanwhile, health committee member Khalil Al-Saleh said that his panel agreed on discussing draft laws to organize health insurance in Kuwait including a bill to establish a public authority to supervise health insurance. The educational committee in the meantime identified four priorities which include a draft law to regulate public universities and a bill to improve teachers’ levels, according to rapporteur Awdah Al- Ruwaei. In the meantime, rapporteur of the interior and defense committee Abdullah Al-Tamimi indicated that the panel plans to discuss today a draft law to reintroduce conscription, saying that while the Ministry of Defense hopes to put the law into effect by the beginning of next year, the panel is likely to ‘take its time’ in order to address any flaws found in the draft law. Also yesterday, MP Hamdan Al- Azmi said that an agreement has been reached between a number of Islamist MPs to revive the negative phenomena committee in the parliament through a request to be submitted during the inaugural session on Oct 29. On a related note, Al-Jarida daily reported yesterday that the Cabinet plans to approve its priorities’ list during its weekly meeting tomorrow, before a date is set to refer the list to the parliament.

By A Saleh

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