KUWAIT: An artist’s rendition of the planned Silk City project.

KUWAIT: Head of the parliamentary economic and financial affairs committee Salah Khorsheed said that the committee’s meeting today as fundamental to discuss the state’s development plan, the government’s agenda and the project of building the northern economic zone. Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and representatives of other relevant bodies are set to attend the meeting, the lawmaker said.

Khorsheed added that the new project in the northern region is different from the previous Silk City project because basic changes had been made to create more non-oil revenues and attract huge local and foreign investments. “A press conference will follow the meeting, where Sheikh Nasser will respond to media inquiries about the project,” Khorsheed concluded.

Automated connection

The project of automated connection between Kuwait, Egypt and India is getting closer to achievement, well-informed sources at the Public Authority for Manpower said. The project targets regulating the recruitment of expatriate labor, focusing on technical workers and avoiding marginal labor, the sources added. “Automated connection will help have more control on labor from those countries, and at the same time help protect workers’ rights,” they noted. The sources expected the project will be launched with Egypt soon, and then with India at a later date.

Promoting moderation

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Fareed Emadi issued a resolution regulating Friday sermons, lectures and seminars held in the mosques frequented by non-Arab Muslims, by forming a special committee to interview preachers and evaluate their scientific standards, and report back to the ministry. The resolution stressed that all communities’ preachers and their assistants will have to respect the mosques’ charter that promotes moderation.

It also stipulates suspending any community preacher in case of violation. In addition, the resolution conditioned that preachers for non-Arab Muslim communities must be able to recite Fatiha clearly and correctly, hold a university degree and at least memorize juz Amma, be able to communicate in Arabic and be nominated by their own community before undergoing special training courses.

Australians’ tax

Kuwait is likely going to pay income tax imposed on a number of Australian employees working at Kuwait’s cultural office in Australia, sources said. The sources added that the Ministry of Higher Education had contacted the finance ministry in this regard, requesting paying the tax from the state’s budget to prevent losing experienced staff members and treat them equally as other peers in the embassy.

“The matter is still being discussed,” the sources remarked. In other news, Kuwait University’s deans committee held a meeting to discuss the admission policy and capacity for the coming academic year (2019-2020). Kuwait University Rector Prof Hussein Al-Ansari chaired the meeting.