1,000 companies partake in Iraq rebuilding conference

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah

KUWAIT: The State of Kuwait rejects assaults on Yemen’s constitutional institutions by illegitimate forces in the brotherly nation, the Deputy Foreign Minister has announced. “The bloody conflict in Yemen, namely the killing and relocation and deteriorating humanitarian conditions suffered by the Yemeni people throughout the past years had prompted the State of Kuwait to partake in political efforts hosting the warring parties for three months of consultations to try and reach a political solution according to the Gulf Initiative and decision issued by the international legitimacy namely resolution 2216,” Khaled Al-Jarallah said in a statement yesterday. “The State of Kuwait which has not disregarded the humanitarian situation in Yemen has committed itself to offer humanitarian and relief aid estimated at $ 100 million (to be delivered) via United Nations agencies and Kuwaiti charities. Moreover, the State of Kuwait has launched development schemes through Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), exceeding $ 400 million to finance development projects in brotherly Yemen.”

“However, flare-up of the fighting and conditions’ deterioration have led to cessation of these projects’ execution for which funds have been earmarked,” he said. The Deputy Foreign Minister added that Kuwait will resume the humanitarian action once conditions have been stabilized for sake of contributing to the forecast reconstruction, as part of the international community efforts to rebuild the infrastructure and other facilities demolished in the conflict.

1,000 companies
Separately, Jarallah said that Kuwait anticipates no less than 1,000 companies and businesspersons will partake in Kuwait International Conference for Iraq Reconstruction and Development (KICIRD) due in the country on February 12-14. There will be broad participation in the conference by executives, companies and governments, Jarallah said in a statement to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar organized by Kuwait Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
A large number of enterprises, envisaged as part of rebuilding Iraq, will be executed by the private sector and companies, he added. As to the conference timetable, he said January 12 would be devoted for social institutions, the second for the private sector and the past for declaring financial contributions by participating states. The conference, due to group donor countries, regional and international organizations, will be chaired by the European Union, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Nations and the World Bank (WB).

110 embassies
In other news, Jarallah said that the Foreign Ministry seeks to promote Kuwaiti economic diplomacy that contributes to local economy and serves the State’s higher interest. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an economic symposium organized by the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Jarallah said 110 Kuwaiti embassies have a clear-cut and definite agenda aiming at promoting Kuwaiti investments around the globe.
He added that economic diplomacy, established by His Highness the Amir, is doing a significant role in the promotion of Kuwait’s overseas investments. He lauded the KCCI’s historical role and interaction with the society and state agencies. Jarallah also commended the KCCI’s patronage of the initiative provided by the Foreign Ministry to spotlight local investment prospects. Together with other state agencies, the Foreign Ministry is seeking to open investment vistas both at home and abroad.

French envoy
In the meantime, Jarallah met yesterday with the envoy of French President Pierre Dokan, who is visiting the country along with his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, the envoy delivered a written message addressed to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah from the French President Emmanuel Macaron, including an invitation to His Highness to attend a conference in support of Lebanon scheduled for early April.
During the meeting, the two officials discussed bilateral relations between the two countries as well as the developments on the regional and international arenas. The meeting was attended by a number of foreign ministry senior officials and Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the French Republic to the State of Kuwait. – KUNA