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Bid to generate jobs for Kuwaitis – ‘Establish public companies, privatize their administration’

KUWAIT CITY, July 2: MP Khalil Al-Saleh has suggested establishing public companies and privatizing their administration as a way of generating job opportunities for Kuwaitis in the private sector, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Saleh also confirmed that the Job Crisis and Employee Replacement Committee in the Parliament has completed its report on the unemployment issue based on data provided by the relevant bodies.

In its report, the committee recommended amendment of the Private Labor Law; especially the items on employment and indemnity to give more protection for employees. Al-Saleh told the daily that the committee will meet again to discuss details of the report and then finalize it.

He suggested developing the private sector in the next five years as part of efforts to address the unemployment problem. He said at least 40 percent of Kuwaiti graduates should be employed in the private sector, indicating such jobs should be permanent. He pointed out this is possible through the establishment of public shareholding companies whose administration should be privatized to generate jobs for citizens, citing postal service and electricity as examples.

The committee’s report also stressed the need to solve the problem of merging the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and the Government and Manpower Restructuring Program (MGRP) in order to encourage citizens to work in the private sector.

Meanwhile, MP Khalil Al-Saleh affirmed support for the reformation step taken to deal with corruption in the files concerning farmlands allocated by the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources and everything related to food security. In a press statement, MP Al-Saleh said the issue of farmlands allocation is not new, because it was raised by the previous Parliament.

He stressed that the case is not personal to be used in settling personal scores; it’s a national issue that deserves fair and transparent procedures. He emphasized there is no alternative to continue standing firm against violations by holding concerned officials accountable and detecting facts and domesticating laxity. He pointed out that the step taken by the minister to combat corruption is commendable and in the right direction.

Furthermore, MP Musaed has submitted a recommendation to the National Assembly calling for a higher committee to be instituted to receive inventions from youthful and excellent inventors, and the best ones will be selected for sponsorship and follow-up for improvement of their skills. He recommended the committee should be supervised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, and the Scientific Center. He explained the recommendation became necessary due to the need to sponsor gifted youth and follow-up their inventions. This will make them excel in all aspects while promoting the name of Kuwait within the Arab and international communities.

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