Acting PM chairs weekly Cabinet session, reviewing various issues

KUWAIT: Ministers were briefed yesterday about a recommendation included in minutes of the meeting of the government’s economic affairs committees regarding reports of the economic development commission of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development, with regards to the proposed state budget for 2019-2020, as well as government borrowing. The Cabinet decided to refer the two reports to the Ministry of Finance to take the proper decision in this regard, in coordination with the higher council. The Cabinet also examined a request by Kuwait University to approve compensation for students studying in the US who were affected with the cyclone Florence and decided to task the university, in coordination with the ministry of finance, to allot required funds for this purpose.

Amir’s letter
The Kuwaiti Cabinet held its weekly session under chairmanship of the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at Seif Palace yesterday. At the start of the session, the ministers examined a letter addressed by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, expressing congratulations on classifying Kuwait among the 20th top countries with respect of ease of doing businesses. His Highness the Amir, in the address to His Highness the Prime Minister, affirmed significance of such uplifting for Kuwait in terms of overhauling the national economy, boosting competition, as masterminded by the head of the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, with participation of 12 government apparatuses, in addition to contributions by civil society associations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah informed the executives about his participation as part of the official delegations, led by His Highness the Prime Minister, to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly and contents of the premier’s address in which he called on the international community to cooperate with the UN for bolstering the world’s security, stability, and combating terrorism. His Highness the Prime Minister had affirmed necessity of peaceful co-existence, underlining the State of Kuwait resolve to continue supporting the UN efforts for sake of global peace and stability, as well as for backing up development for an honorable living for humankind throughout the globe, Sheikh Sabah Khaled noted during the session. He addressed the session about his participation in the annual consultative meeting of the GCC foreign ministers, held on sidelines of the UNGA session. He also briefed his colleagues about the talks he had also held on the same occasion with his Norwegian counterpart and peers from friendly and sisterly nations.

Condolences
The Cabinet also expressed deep condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron and the French people over the demise of former president Jacques Chirac. During the meeting, they recalled his historic position in favor of the Arab issues and rights. The Cabinet also condemned the recent explosion in Al-Arish area in Sinai, Egypt, in which a number of security men were killed, expressing their sincere condolences to Egyptian president, government, and people as well as the victims’ families, stressing Kuwait’s firm stance in rejecting terrorism in all its forms and types. – KUNA