KUWAIT: A senior government official said yesterday that he supports a public fish boycott campaign which started in a bid to cut fish prices, at a time in which the prices have started to climb back up as the campaign has entered its second week. State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdallah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said he was impressed with the campaign, saying that it confirms Article 6 of the Kuwaiti Constitution which stipulates that ‘the System of Government in Kuwait shall be democratic, under which sovereignty resides in the people, the source of all powers.’ Meanwhile, high fish prices returned yesterday after the boycott campaign, dubbed ‘Let it Spoil,’ entered its second week a day earlier. The price of Zubaidi (silver pomfret) increased to KD 12 per kilogram compared to KD 8 two days before, while the price of Baloul (small greasy grouper) increased to KD 8.400 from KD4.
All support Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Decision 2015 Conference organized by ‘Engineers Without Borders’ (EWB), which kicked off yesterday under the title ‘Towards Better Future For Work at Public and Private Sectors.’ Sheikh Mohammad emphasized the momentousness of the conference which embodies directives by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, namely to offer youth all possible support and care, since they will bear responsibility of the country’s future. The government truly believes in the role of the young people and the private sector as an effective partner in development that provides fresh job opportunities for the youth, he told the conference.
Sheikh Mohammad noted that Kuwait is in need for developing a social culture to change the concept of working for the public and the private sectors. It also needs young people interacting effectively with the government convictions “to work together and realize what we aspire for.”
Great attention Meanwhile, representative of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to caring for the youth. Kuwait pays great attention to youth and the nation’s development plans comprises plenty of projects, programs and activities that concern them, Subaih told the conference. Caring for the Kuwaiti youth and empowering them is integral to the goals and policies of the state’s development plans, for encouraging them, broadening the scale of their social role and protecting them against drugs and behavior deviance, the minister told the three-day gathering. The plans also focus on promoting the role of sports in the society through developing facilities, picking out talented young people and making the best investment of their energy and spare time.
National labor For the minister, the significance of the conference lies in the fact that it tackles topics that concern various categories of the Kuwait society, since each family has one or more of its members working in any of the two sectors, or even awaiting an opportunity. She stressed in that respect the state’s eagerness on issues like employment and supporting national labor in the private sector. Due attention is also paid to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In addition, the EWB conference aims to promote the culture of working in the public and the private sectors. The conference is rich with its events and activities that seek to help youth in the field of human development, EWB chairperson and head of the organizing committee Zeinab Al-Qurashi told the opening session. She pointed to several projects the state is carrying out in support of the youth.
By Meshaal Al-Enezi and KUNA