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MP wants ban on women wearing swim suits Panel finalizes report on amendments to BOT law

KUWAIT CITY, May 4: The parliamentary Economic and Financial Affairs committee has finalized its report on the proposed amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law. The panel is expected to submit its report to the National Assembly in the coming days in order to include it in the agenda of the session slated for May 13, hoping to end controversies surrounding the law since its issuance in 2008.

Reportedly, the new version of the law focuses on the protection of public funds, giving the private sector a chance to participate in the implementation of economically valuable projects and improvement of the local investment environment. While affirming that the new version of the law will contribute to efforts to push for the execution of big developmental projects and activation of the economy, sources asserted the law is in line with the constitutional texts to protect State properties and foil attempts to manipulate it.

According to the law, the investment period for BOT projects should not exceed 50 years starting from the date of signing the contract, which will end through a decision from the higher committee based on the request of the concerned authority in the interest of the public. The law also stipulates the need to specify the consequences for ending the contract and estimate of compensation paid to the investor as per the texts of the agreement.

The law states the contractor or the company should not sell or lay a wager on the land allocated for the project in case the investor does not respect the agreement or commit big mistakes which may have a negative impact on the project.

MPHamdan Al-Azmi has revived talks on the suggestion of MP Mohammad Hayef to prohibit women from wearing swim suits in swimming pools and hotels, claiming it is an act abhorred by many people, reports Al-Jarida daily.  It has been reported earlier that the proposal, which was referred to the Negative Phenomena Committee, prohibits nude swimming in pools and hotels, as well as the mingling of men and women in such places. He also presented a recommendation similar to that of Al-Huweila’s on the establishment of a center to prevent the spread of negative phenomena to protect the people of Kuwait, especially the youths.

In the meantime, Al-Shahed daily has quoted MP Yaqoob Al-Sanei as saying the government has approved the proposed establishment of a new residential city in Khairan with 30,000 housing units measuring 400 square meters each. He affirmed that many MPs have expressed their willingness to support the proposal and there have been efforts to push for its approval in the next legislative session.

By: Raed Yousuf, Ayed Al-Enezi and Nasser Qadeh Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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