KUWAIT CITY, Dec 27, (KUNA): Kuwait witnessed many events at the local level throughout 2018. Following are the main events:
His Highness the Amir: Jan. 8: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sponsored and attended the inauguration of the 11th meeting of Chairpersons and Speakers of GCC National Assemblies, and Shura and Representatives Councils.
Jan. 23:His Highness the Amir received Lebanese President Michel Aoun during his official visit to the country.
Jan. 29: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended the flag-hoisting ceremony over Bayan Palace, on the 12th anniversary of his assumption of office, the 57th anniversary of National Day and the 27th anniversary of Liberation Day.
Jan. 30: Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir, the final festival of the Gulf maritime heritage was held and attended by Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, on behalf the Amir.
Feb. 5: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended the ceremony of inaugurating Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center.
Feb. 14: His Highness the Amir inaugurated Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq.
Feb. 18: His Highness the Amir ordered the payment of debts for citizens and expatriates held in prison that comes in coincidence with the country’s celebrations of national days.
Feb. 19: His Highness the Amir ordered giving financial grants, at his personal expense, to the orphans on occasion of the country’s celebrations of national days.
Feb. 21: Under the patronage and attendance of His Highness the Amir, the ceremony of honoring winners of the 21st Kuwait’s Quran Memorization and Recitation Grand Competition was held.
Feb. 22: Under the auspices of His Highness the Amir, the “Thank You 2” festival was held at Al-Shaheed Park. His Highness the Amir delegated Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah to represent him at the event.
March 12: Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir, the 5th Kuwait Conference of Chemistry was inaugurated. His Highness the Amir delegated Deputy Minister of Amir Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak to represent him at the event.
March 13: His Highness the Amir received Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow during his official visit to Kuwait.
March 15: Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir, the final ceremony of Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf Award for National Works was held at Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center. His Highness the Amir delegated Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah to represent him at the event.
March 18: His Highness the Amir decorated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Medal during his official visit to the country. The Ukrainian President also decorated His Highness the Amir with Yaroslav Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the country’s highest order.
March 20: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended the inauguration of the second Kuwait Investment Forum.
March 28: His Highness the Amir sponsored and attended the opening Kuwait Motor Town.
April 2: His Highness the Amir receives President of the Comoros Azali Assoumani and the two exchanges memorials highlighting distinguished bilateral relations.
April 4: His Highness the Amir sponsored and attends national celebration ceremony “Ajeeba Haddeera” at Bayan Theater.
April 15: His Highness the Amir heads to Saudi Arabia, heading the Kuwaiti delegation in Arab League Council 29th session conference, at Dhahran.
April 16: Representative of His Highness the Amir, Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah attends Qatar National Library official inauguration.
April 16: Under the auspices of His Highness the Amir and his attendance the concluding ceremony for military rallies took place, as part of joint training to Gulf Shield 1 training in Sammit field.
April 18: His Highness the Amir sponsors and attends concluding ceremony of Kuwait International Award to Holy Quran Recitation 9th session at Bayan Palace.
April 25: His Highness the Amir sponsors and attends a ceremony honoring teachers in World Teachers Day for the year 2016-17.
May 7: His Highness the Amir sponsors final match of Amir’s Cup, held at Jaber International Stadium and was attended by His Highness the Crown Prince on his behalf.
May 18: His Highness the Amir arrives in Istanbul city to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extraordinary summit.
May 27: His Highness the Amir sponsors and attends a ceremony honoring the new expansion made to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the opening of the new grand hall.
May 28: His Highness the Amir receives Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
June 6: His Highness the Amir delivers a speech during the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, calling on all to realize changes in the region, and current developments and dangers.
June 11: His Highness the Amir arrives in Holy city of Makkah to partake in a joint meeting to find ways to support Jordan recover from an economic crisis.
June 12: His Highness the Amir receives Jordanian King Abdullah II. June 28: His Highness the Amir heads to Germany for a private visit.
June 30: His Highness the Amir visits First Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad who is in treatment in Germany.
July 2: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended opening of Al-Jahra Medical City.
July 4: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended opening of Kuwait International Airport’s Terminal Four (T4).
July 7: His Highness the Amir arrived in China on an official visit aimed at further cementing relations and cooperation.
July 10: His Highness the Amir addressed Arab-China Cooperation Forum and said cooperation between Arab countries and China would contribute to regional and global security and stability.
Aug. 21: His Highness the Amir arrived in Britain to inquire about health condition of First Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
Sept. 4: His Highness the Amir arrived in Washington on a state visit for summit talks with US President Donald Trump.
Sept. 6: His Highness the Amir met in Washington with chief executives of big American companies.
Sept. 18: Ahmad Al-Fahad, Director of His Highness the Amir’s Office, was also named Amiri Diwan Undersecretary.
Sept. 30: His Highness the Amir received at Bayan Palace Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Oct. 10: Deputy Amir Diwan Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah represented His Highness the Amir in a conference over the youth and development.
Oct. 14: His Highness the Amir instructed the major hall in Art center at Abdullah Al-Salem cultural Center to be named after late Amiri Diwan Undersecretary Ibrahim Al-Shatti.
Oct. 25: His Highness the Amir named Kuwait Diplomatic Institute after late Sheikh Saud Nasser Al-Sabah.
Nov. 7: HIS Highness the Amir patronized and attended a ceremony marking exporting of shipment of light crude oil.
Nov.7: His Highness the Amir held summit talks with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salem.
Nov. 13: His Highness the Amir held talks with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Nov. 16: Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sabah represented His Highness the Amir in the 70th anniversary of St. Paul Church in Ahmadi Governorate, Kuwait.
Nov. 26: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended His Highness Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Sabah’s Informatics Award.
Nov. 28: His Highness the Amir attended opening of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital.
Dec. 3: His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah represented His Highness the Amir at the funeral of former US President George Bush.
Dec. 5: His Highness the Amir attended KFAS Award ceremony.
Dec. 9: His Highness the Amir participated in the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dec. 10: His Highness the Amir left hospital after undergoing regular medical examinations. (more)
His Highness the Crown Prince:
Jan. 30: His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronized and attended the final match of the Crown Prince Football Cup.
Feb. 9: Representative of His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince headed to Saudi Arabia to attend the 32nd session of Al-Janadriyah cultural and folkloric festival.
March 26: Under the patronage and attendance of His Highness the Crown Prince, Kuwait University (KU) held its annual graduation ceremony for the academic year 2016-17.
April 16: Held under his auspices, His Highness the Crown Prince’s 25th Karate Championships are held and attended, on his behalf, by Hawally Governor Lt. Gen. (ret) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf.
April 17: His Highness the Crown Prince travelled to the US to carry out medical checkups.
Sept. 30: His Highness the Crown Prince and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, held bilateral talks during the latter’s visit to Kuwait.
Nov. 13: His Highness the Crown Prince returned home after spending a private vacation abroad.
Nov. 13: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas honored His Highness the Crown Prince, during a visit to Kuwait.
Nov. 19: His Highness the Crown Prince patronized the Waqf conference.
Jan. 7: National Assembly’s public facilities committee approved amendments on the municipal elections law and referred them to the parliament for voting.
Jan. 7: National Assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee approved a bill allowing the government to raise the borrowing ceiling to KD 25 billion (about $ 83 billion), within a 30-year period, and to sign public loans as well as carry out financing operations from local and international financial markets.
Jan. 10: National Assembly okayed amendments of some provisions of Kuwait Municipality law.
Jan. 14: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim flew to Cairo to take part in Al-Azhar International Conference to Support Jerusalem (A-Quds).
Feb. 7: National Assembly approved referring a report by the parliamentary budgets and final accounts committee on some expenditures of the Ministry of Interior to the Public Prosecution.
Feb. 11: National Assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee agreed to add 14 new items to civil service law on appointing senior officials.
Feb. 13: National Assembly approved a draft proposal regarding the family court.
Feb. 13: The parliament approved a draft law allowing non-Kuwaitis to join the Kuwait Army.
March 4: The parliament’s defense and interior affairs committee agreed to amend the army’s law and rejected a proposal to equate Gulf and stateless military personnel with their Kuwaiti counterparts.
March 6: National Assembly approved unanimously the conflict of interest law during the first and second sessions.
March 6: National Assembly okayed amendments of the law of the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises.
March 19: Parliament’s legal and legislative affairs committee agreed on the public prosecution’s requests to lift immunity of MPs Waleed Al-Tabtabaie and Safaa Al-Hashem.
March 23: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim took part in 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva.
April 3: The parliament agrees, in its first reading, a law amending the Labour Law in regards to privatelyemployed individuals allowing full benefits for oil sector retirees between 2010 and 2017.
April 3: The parliament passes a law amending the conditions for appointing members of the national human rights body.
April 4: The parliament adopts a commercial law that incriminates data meddling and allows Ministry of Commerce and Industry employees to assume a judicial policing role.
May 15: The parliament passes a law allowing early retirement for men after 30 years of employment and 25 years for women. May 16: The parliament adopts the 2016-17 financial budget.
May 17: The parliamentary women’s and family committee passes amendments on the women’s housing law.
May 30: The parliament approves a report by the committee tasked with reviewing the grilling topics of His Highness the Prime Minister referring it to the Cabinet.
June 25: The parliament adopts a law for Kuwait’s contribution in the China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
June 25: The parliament adopts a law forming a Kuwaiti anti-doping commission.
June 25: The parliament adopts amendments to a law for the establishing of private enterprises in a move aimed at easing the business environment.
July 8: The Court of Cassation amended an appeal ruling in the National Assembly case by handing three-and-a-half year sentences to 13 suspects and two years to another three. It also rejected handing verdicts to 30 and acquits others.
July 9: Representing His Highness the Amir, National Assembly chief Marzouq Al-Ghanim attends Turkey’s presidential inauguration ceremony of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
July 17: National Assembly chief Marzouq Al-Ghanim chairs a legislative meeting to discuss recent developments in Iraq.
July 21: At Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union talks, speaker Al-Ghanim states that an overwhelming majority of nations believe in the legitimacy of Arab-Palestinian rights. Sept. 21: Al-Ghanim holds expanded talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ogtay Asadov, in Baku.
Sept. 24: Speaker Al-Ghanim hosts a legislative Gulf Cooperation Council employment and human resources investment forum in Kuwait.
Sept. 27: Al-Ghanim and visiting newly-appointed Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammad Al-Halbousi discuss bilateral relations.
Oct. 3: Speaker Al-Ghanim met with a delegation representing citizens who were subjected to real estate forgery and money laundering.
Oct. 10: Al-Ghanim conveyed a message from His Highness the Amir to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over resolution of conflicts in the region.
Oct. 17: MP Safa Al-Hashem was elected vice-chair of the Inter- Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Standing Committee on UN Affairs.
Oct. 29: Al-Ghanim received a request to withdraw an interpellation by MPs Shuaib Al-Muwaizri and Mohammad Al-Mutair against His Highness the Prime Minister.
Oct. 30: The National Assembly voted against revoking memberships of Waleed Al-Tabtabae and Jamaan Al-Herbesh, and ended a grilling against Minister of State for parliament Adel Al-Kharafiwithout filing a no-confidence motion.
Oct. 30: The house approved, in two readings, a bill to change the quorum over general assemblies of sport clubs.
Nov. 11: Speaker Al-Ghanim announced Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf would prepare a mechanism to compensate people affected by heavy rain.
Nov. 13: Al-Ghanim was honored by State of Palestine in rMajor local events in Kuwait in ‘18
His Highness the Prime Minister and Government:
Jan. 3: The government of Kuwait appointed Dr Humoud Al-Shemmeri as Director General of the Public Authority for Sport.
Jan. 5: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah represented His Highness the Amir at the conclusion of the 23rd Gulf football Cup, held at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.
Jan. 14: His Highness the Prime Minister chaired the petroleum supreme council.
Jan. 15: The government assigned the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) to implement the regional passage project.
Feb. 1: His Highness the Prime Minister attends the Flag Hoist ceremony at Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center, marking the beginning of celebrations.