17,000 private sector jobs for Kuwaitis

KUWAIT: Secretary General of the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) Fauzi Al-Majdali hailed the role played by the program in achieving national goals and supporting the national economy through supporting entrepreneurship, replacing expats with national labor and making the private sector attract more nationals.
Speaking after a meeting with the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s industrial committee to discuss the new ratios of hiring nationals in entrepreneurs’ projects, Majadli stressed that this will provide 17,000 private sector job opportunities for Kuwaiti youth. He added that companies will have to pay extra annual fees per work permit issued to non-Kuwaitis above the maximum number allowed.

Majdali added that the national labor support act authorized the Cabinet to review the ratios and penalties every two years, and that since the last review was in 2014 to provide 10,000 job opportunities, MGRP prepared some amendments to decision number 1028/2014 with the aim of appointing more citizens in the private and non-governmental sectors. He added that a study focused on achieving balance between demand and supply related to national labor, assessing the demand through the assessment of the educational system in the next five years.
Majdali added that the project on national labor ratios and the justification of the sought increase had been discussed with the manpower authority’s board of directors headed by Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh. He added that the new decision focused on economic activities that will attract nationals.

Housing projects
The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) announced completing the southern Abdullah Al-Mubarak project infrastructure’s design and outline, and will start handing them over from Sunday. The authority’s deputy director for planning and design Nasser Khoraibut said that the project includes 3,260 400-square-meter housing units, in addition to blocks for public services to meet the area’s demands and needs.

Meanwhile, the housing authority’s official spokesperson Ibrahim Al-Nashi said the Chinese contractor of the second contract in the South Mutlaa project requested 11 infrastructure design adjustments, but the requests were rejected because they would affect the entire city’s grids. He added that several meetings were held with the contractor to discuss the requests and that the discussion ended by mandating the contractor to stick to the original plans.

By A Saleh

This article was published on 09/01/2018