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Kuwait govt officials & NGOs ponder avenues for ‘reforms’

Al-Saleh

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14, (KUNA): Officials and members of the government economic affairs commission held a meeting on Wednesday with NGOs’ representatives discussing possible steps to boost reforms at the national level and re-activate these associations’ role in this respect.

The commission, headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh, has opted to specialize its first meeting for such a debate, reflecting the government keenness on placing economic issues on top of the task priorities, according to a committee statement. The meeting was held in light of guidelines by His Highness the Amir for greater efforts to push economic and financial reforms forward, and in implementation of His Highness the Prime Minister’s instructions. Such an approach is necessary for alleviating the State budget burden, trimming expenditure, improving the business environment, the labor market, privatizing many sectors and services and creating jobs.

The meeting included representatives of the Graduates Society of Kuwait, Kuwait Bar Association, Kuwait Accountants and Auditors Association (KAAA), Kuwait Engineers Society, Kuwait Economic Society as well as specialists from government departments.

The Government Commission also includes Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Dr Hind Al-Sebeeh, Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Utilities Yasser Abul, Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudan, Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Issam Al-Marzouq.

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