‘Competition with expats major problem faced by small entrepreneurs’
KUWAIT CITY, June 11: Secretary General of Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) Fawzi Al-Majdali presented a method for reducing the number of expatriates, especially marginal workers, and stopping them from competing with the young national labor for job opportunities, reports Al-Rai daily. He explained that the major problem faced by small entrepreneurs is the competition with expatriates who exploit state property on one hand, and are easily able to obtain a trade license through a guarantor on the other hand.
Curbing such a competition starts with the management of state properties such that the shops leased to citizens are monitored, the shops of those who do not commit to work in person are withdrawn immediately without providing compensation, and those shops are handed over to deserving citizens especially the youths.
Al-Majdali said this issue can be first solved by making state properties the incubator for small projects, starting with the fields in which young Kuwaitis can work such as photography, printing, car accessories shops and mobile phones. He indicated that implementation of such a step should be gradual, “so that we find a citizen working in every place. This will do away with the unemployment issue, and open doors of sustenance for the youths besides provide employment opportunities for retirees”.
Furthermore, Al-Majdali insisted that these measures will help in eradicating the problem of marginal workers as well as reducing the remittances worth millions of dinars sent by expatriates that deprive the Kuwaiti economy and market. He stressed that the Public Authority for Manpower, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Interior and the State Property Department can play a major role in activating this proposal. Al-Majdali explained that these bodies should not allow the expatriate community to compete with young Kuwaitis who are looking for jobs but cannot find any despite possessing the required experience and the will to work.
The expatriates exploit opportunities in obtaining shops and commercial licenses through the greed of some citizens to be included in their commercial licenses, while they deprive other Kuwaitis to such an extent that some of them do not guarantee his license to a Kuwaiti and they put a condition to include at least one expatriate. Meanwhile, Al-Majdali indicated that 1,000 Kuwaiti men and women are expected to be hired in cooperative societies.