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Domestic workers file in Parliament agenda

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5, (Agencies): The Parliament will discuss on Tuesday the letter of MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei requesting for approval of a proposal to ask the government to form a committee consisting of representatives from the ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs and Al-Durra Company for Recruitment of Domestic Workers, reports Al-Rai daily.

The letter points out that the committee should also consist of any party concerned with the activities of Al-Durra Company and the problems it is facing. The committee should find suitable solutions, hold accountable officials who caused problems the company is facing, and present its report to the Parliament within two months. In his statement to the daily, Al-Tabtabaei said he will reveal certain information to the Parliament on Tuesday.

He explained this information will expose some employees in the foreign affairs who conspired in dealing with the domestic workers file considering the company was established almost two years ago and it has not been able to perform its duties”. He added the company for recruiting domestic workers was established to counter misuse of licenses to recruit foreign domestic workers and to curb visa trading and international condemnation of Kuwait as it has been accused of violating human and labor rights of expatriates.

In addition, the establishment of the company was aimed at reducing the cost that Kuwaiti families bear in hiring domestic workers, especially the families which are in need of such services. “Despite sincere efforts exerted by the management of the company, it has not been able to perform the role which it was established for, let alone encountering obstacles and slackness of official bodies including some of our diplomatic missions outside,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, acting Chairman of the State Audit Bureau Adel Al-Sarawi on Monday affirmed importance of cooperation with the Estonian National Audit Office for measuring power consumption and impact of oil plants’ emissions on the Kuwaiti environment. During a meeting with a delegation from Estonian National Audit Office, Al-Sarawi said environmental conservation, climate and access to modern energy are important for sustainable development. The Kuwaiti-Estonian cooperation at this level is mostly practical and subject to observation from both Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). SAB appreciates working with Estonian National Audit for boosting its expertise in environmental and financial control, Al-Sarawi said in a statement to KUNA, on sidelines of the meeting with the visiting Estonian delegation,

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