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Welcome to Kuwait

Labeed Abdal

Labeed Abdal

The reiteration by the government of its determination to take Kuwait to a high level of development in all areas was indeed a good move. At the same time, it will be a no brainer to mention that the talk of the town and the general chatter over dining tables around the world is focused on the difficulties related to the expats issue, the upcoming elections, who will be the new MPs etc.

I know of many expats dear to me who all agree that Kuwait will return from these difficult times even more prosperous and as a land of opportunity. The reason for my being so optimistic is that I know how much the government and the parliament have worked earlier on finalizing the development plan and how well it has been budgeted.

The government’s determination was being thwarted for long because of the irresponsible opposition which spent years, carrying out a shrill campaign that could well break the Guinness record for loudness. Many watched how reckless MPs acted in ways as a result of which Kuwait lost billions of dollars and had to pay historical fines.

I think the latest verdict by the Constitutional Court has wiped out all the old mistakes, and this will only infuse fresh and positive energy into those determined to build Kuwait. Everyone wants for their country a clear and easy highway to development that avoids the pitfalls, so that Kuwait becomes a competitive financial hub.

I would add here that just empty words are not enough and investors and business people look for more in tangible terms. Surely, they must be able to calculate that if they spend money here and invest, then they stand to witness good returns and their investments will be protected.

Moreover, we must have economic and financial studies about the future of Kuwait that should be transparent so that foreign investors join us happily in overcoming regional or international challenges. Let us adopt the slogan, ‘Change and Reform’ and vow to carry out full reforms and bring a change from top to bottom, including removing the demographic aberrations and carrying out the long awaited administrative reforms.

Only by doing so will we be able to say ‘Yes We Can’, and will rightfully be able to proclaim at our airport - Welcome to Kuwait.

By Labeed Abdal

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This article was published on 24/06/2013