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Kuwaiti official touts World Bank’s ‘enriching’ educational programs

Owners of traditional and online retail businesses in conflict

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Haitham Al-Athari in a group photo with World Bank officials and trainees. KUNA photo

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 2, (Agencies): Courses offered by the World Bank Group (WBG) have proven effective in improving the quality of education, said an official on Sunday. Such courses are akin to a roadmap to educational stability, the Kuwaiti ministry of education’s undersecretary Haitham Al-Athari told reporters after meeting with WBG representatives on the sidelines of a course over the intricacies of the education sector.

On the four-day course, he said it represents a starting point for any plan designed to set in motion an education overhaul, expressing hope that the participants in the course are able to acquire new knowledge.

Meanwhile, WBG’s deputy manager Firas Raad underlined the international organization’s mission of ensuring universal access to education, one of the pillars of sustainable development. According to a study, there is a conflict among traditional retail businesses in countering online businesses, which have negatively affected the commercial agencies that have been monopolizing the trade sector for decades, reports Al-Shahed daily.

The study explained that several individuals possess agencies for food items, electronics and vehicles. This has created conflict beyond regular competition among them concerning the products and their marketing. Several questions have been raised such as, are these agencies profitable to the point where their problems have been taken to the courts? There is a game in the changing center of commercial agencies, as there is an ongoing conflict in the courts between the veteran and current agencies.

The former have been monopolizing the local market, rendering themselves as guardians that decide on the increase and decrease of prices. These commercial agencies are the ones controlling the price of goods without being challenged by any authority. A testimony to that is that prices are being announced on a daily basis.

The monopoly law is still on the shelves, and the National Assembly has not yet given any reason as to why it is not showing any interest in discussing the law. The agency law has been amended more than once, shaking the market with conflicts, the price of which is being paid by the members of the public. The cases filed by the commercial agencies against several members of the public on legal or illegal basis also cannot be neglected, especially since the profit rate has reached 22 percent for remittance companies, which work with the commercial agencies.

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