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‘Development plan needs concerted efforts from all’ – Al-Sabeeh highlights media’s role in projects

KUWAIT CITY, March 25, (KUNA): Implementation of development plan needs concerted efforts of all state’s bodies, including media outlets which are a key factor for success, said Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Hind Al-Sabeeh. The minister made the statement on Thursday during a speech at a workshop on development planning and media. Al-Sabeeh, also Minister of State for Planning and Development, added that media is asked to transparently shed light on success, progress and negative aspects of the development projects.

She said Kuwait has bright minds and youth who have excellent academic capabilities which should be made use in the future, noting that media’s role is to brief public opinion on accomplishments and criticize unachieved projects. Secretariat of Supreme Council for Planning and Development adopts a transplant policy concerning reports and data, she said, indicating that the final report of this fiscal year will be announced mid-April. She noted that she promised His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah that reports on stalled public projects would be submitted shortly.

The minister noted that it takes time to make changes, urging all employees and officials to work together so as to achieve state’s plans and policies. Meanwhile, Council’s Secretary General Khalid Mahdi said medium-term development plan on diversifying sources of income seeks to decrease dependence on oil by 60 percent instead of 90. He stressed keenness on achieving this vison within five years.

He pointed out that the secretariat can’t put its development plans without state’s accurate and credible statistics which are made by Central Statistical Bureau. Issuing Law No. 7/ 2016 on development planning made a quantum leap, he said.

Concerning the project of setting up Shadadiyah University, he noted that it will include 12 faculties, in addition to other facilities to be completed by 2019. Iman al-Mutaiti, Council’s assistant secretary general, said spending of medium-term development plan 2010-2014 hit KD 12.7 billion out of estimated expenses of KD 30.8 billion.

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