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Kuwait said on verge of disaster Need tremendous efforts to improve situation: sources

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: Despite its long history in global humanitarian work, Kuwait is at risk of joining the list of nations sponsoring terrorism due to the shortfalls of some ministries and agencies in the country, reports Al-Jarida daily.

Sources from the Kuwaiti technical committee for fighting terrorism, its financing, and money laundering said the country is on the verge of disaster and within the next two years might be blacklisted among the countries funding terrorism unless the ministries, governmental institutions and its bodies exert tremendous efforts to improve the situation by becoming consistent with international standards to stop acts that threaten to blow up the nation’s venerable humanitarian services.

Administrative sources from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor have said the disaster is natural outcome of the failure of some ministries, except for the Interior Ministry and Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor passed the Financial Action and Task Force (FATF) evaluation report.

The sources pointed out that vice-chairman of the Technical Committee, the Director of Kuwaiti Family Care Affairs Department Nasser Al-Amar recently warned that Kuwait may be included in the list of countries that will be re-evaluated, and with more stringent standards, stressing “this is a very difficult phase”.

Sources quoting Al-Amar added “the review stage signifies Kuwait will be included in the blacklisted nations that sponsor terrorism after two years, unless the situation of all institutions in the country is improved swiftly, according to the international standards for combating money laundering and financing terrorism. He stressed the need to develop an integrated media plan to educate members of the community and residents on sound and legal mechanism to donate money.

Addressing the failure of government in this aspect, sources said the chairperson of charitable projects department in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Hanan Al-Gharib said the ministry suggested during its meetings with some ministries, including Foreign Affairs, to amend some articles of Law 24/1962 related to non-profit organizations and clubs. Al-Gharib said the amendment will impose severe sanctions on violators. The punishment entails three years imprisonment and heavy fine.

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