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PAM seeks Interior nod to open door for Article 20 to 18 transfer

KUWAIT CITY, July 11: Deputy Director of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Ahmad Al-Mousa forwarded a memo to the Immigration Department at Interior Ministry to open the door for transfer of work permit of domestic workers from (Article 20 to Article 18) in private sector, adding the manpower authority is waiting for response of the Interior Ministry to take necessary legal procedures in this respect, reports Al-Jarida daily.

He explained that certain regulations and stipulations will be put forward in case the Interior Ministry agrees to transfer the residences of domestic workers to private sector; with the laborer staying with the same employer or a first-degree relative of the employer, taking into consideration the period the laborer had spent with his first employer.

He further stressed the sector has no intention to open the door for transfer of commercial visit visas to Article 18 in private sector. With reference to the new headquarters of the manpower authority located in Jabriya, Al-Mousa said they will move to the premises after Eid Al-Fitr holidays. In another development, the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al- Obeidi issued Ministerial Decision No. 120 to empower Phthisis Unit affiliated to the Public Health Department to take all precautionary measures to deal with phthisis patients based on protocols signed in this domain.

Also, the State of Kuwait will take part in the activities of the international conference of World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health.

The conference will be convened at the headquarters of WHO in Geneva from August 27-29, 2014. The event will be attended by scores of experts and specialists in health and environment, as well as the field of sustainable development.

Also: New company owners have entered the local market after some influential investment syndicates which, in the past ten years, incurred huge losses estimated at KD 750 million quit, reports Al- Shahed daily quoting reliable sources.

The same sources indicated that foreign financial syndicates are preparing to enter the Kuwaiti market, and that three Gulf conglomerates affiliated to Muslim Brotherhood members in Qatar and London conducted feasibility studies on the local market in consequence of previous failed investments endured in other countries while they were busy financing the movement.

They added the step of the group’s members to invest in the Kuwaiti market aims to control investments of some associated companies, noting investment funds and portfolios ‘to be established’ will help the group penetrate the Egyptian market via the Gulf. Ultimately, the Egyptian bourse will be far from surveillance and Muslim Brotherhood will gain control over the sector, source indicated.

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