KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: Minister of Public Works Abdulrahman Abdulkareem Al-Mutawa affirmed the need for firmness in dealing with the road maintenance problem and delays in execution of projects. He said this during the inauguration of the National Unity Week held inside the head office of Ministry of Public Works in South Surra.
He also announced the readiness of Ministry of Public Works to hold an event for handing over the newly-constructed headquarters of the Regional Organization for Marine Environment Protection, which is located in Grenada, overlooking the Arabian Gulf Street. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb 9 in the presence of Minister of Public Works Eng Abdulrahman Al-Mutawa, Executive Secretary of the Regional Organization for Marine Environment Protection Dr Abdulrahman Al-Awadi, Director of the Environment Public Authority Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmed, Capital Governor Ret Lieutenant General Thabet Al-Muhanna and Mayor of the area where the site is located Bader Al-Abdul Jader.
Meanwhile, Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology Salem Al-Utheina says the authority will present several projects which will be beneficial for Kuwaiti and expatriate users of local telecommunication services, reports Al-Anba daily. During an interview with the daily, Al-Utheina indicated that one of these projects is the launch of free internet service at Souk Mubarakiya, which will later be extended to cover the entire country.
He said the home internet services in the country are now the cheapest in the region following the recent cost deduction of about 40 percent. Al-Utheina affirmed the commitment of the authority to monitor service providers and ensure they are offering their services to the consumers based on the new prices and with high quality. He explained that the authority will have to examine the offers provided by service providers in order to ensure these offers are in line with the regulations.
There are several opportunities in the internet sector and there are new markets which will be opened in the sector, even though he finds the issuance of new licenses for internet companies improbable.
Concerning the privatization of the communication sector, Al-Utheina indicated about some serious moves being taken by Ministry of Services to privatize the communication sector, which consists of four main sectors – landlines, international lines, fixed phones and international switchboards. He explained that separate companies for each of these sectors will be established. The companies will operate on commercial basis. At first, they will be owned 100 percent by the government, and later, after the government deliberates on the issue, they will be floated for public subscription.
By Mohammad Ghanim Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies