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Approved funds not spent on 112 projects

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: A recent report released by the State Audit Bureau concerning major scenarios and latest developments in the execution of the projects of the developmental plan revealed that nothing from the funds appropriated for the projects has been spent on 112 projects, which has in turn led to failure in accomplishing the associated objectives.

The report explained that those projects cover several ministries and governmental agencies. Ministry of Health has 18 of the projects, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has 11, Ministry of Education has 10 unexecuted projects, and Ministry of Commerce and Industry did not release fund for fi ve projects.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor also has fi ve projects in that regard. Ministry of Public Works, General Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Justice all have four unexecuted projects each. This is in addition to three projects that each of the Ministry of Defense, National Guard and Fatwa and Legislation Department failed to execute.

The report stressed that the obstacles which prevented the execution of the projects within the scheduled times were largely due to late appropriation of funds for some 2015/2016 projects, adding that law No. 81/2015 was accented on August 5, 2015.

It also attributed excessive bureaucratic procedures deemed necessary prior to the start of contract execution as another obstacle. The report stressed that the main issue is the lack of strong coordination among concerned governmental authorities- Kuwait Municipality, Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Electricity and Water.

By Hiba Al-Taweel
Al-Seyassah Staff

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