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Ministries awaits feedback and comments on re-pricing study

PAM gets new director-general

Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Eng Bakheet Al-Rasheedi presided over the 14th meeting of the Kuwait’s Renewable Energy Sources Committee on Sunday at the ministry headquarters. The meeting was aimed at reviewing and documenting all renewable energy uses in response to the initiative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to diversify sources of energy production. (KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY, July 15: New regulations on the costs of services and commodities are awaiting feedback and comments from ministries and official bodies concerning the re-pricing study, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources. They explained that the value of the contract on the re-pricing study was KD 3.4 million.

The study was prepared by Ernst & Young Company, which handed it over to Ministry of Finance. Ministry of Finance then referred the study to the Secretariat General of Cabinet, which then sent it to different ministries and official bodies to be reviewed and to obtain their feedback as soon as possible. The sources indicated that no deadline was set for receiving the responses on the study.

They revealed that a number of government bodies and ministries have already submitted their viewpoints to Ministry of Finance but others have not yet done so. The sources stressed that the study, after all the responses are received, will be sent back to Ernst & Young Company for the final touch-ups after which it will be referred to the Cabinet again.

Meanwhile, a decree has been issued to appoint Ahmed Al-Mousa as the Director-General of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) with the grade of the undersecretary of the ministry, reports Al-Anba daily.

Another decree has been issued to renew the appointment of Abdullah Al-Mutawtah as the Deputy Director General of PAM with the grade of assistant undersecretary for a period of four years. This was accompanied by another for appointing Hassan Al- Khader as Deputy Director General of PAM. Hamad Al-Enezi has been appointed as an assistant undersecretary in Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. Another decree saw the renewal of appointment of Ahmad Zayed Al-Mutairi as Assistant Undersecretary in the Diwan of His Highness the Premier for a period of four years.

Furthermore, in the presence of Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Development Hind Al-Sabeeh, Head of the Reform and Development Committee in Kuwait Municipality Eng Hamoud Al-Enezi has announced the organization of a workshop on Monday concerning the obstacles facing some developmental projects in the municipality, in coordination with the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Speaking to journalists, Eng Al- Enezi said leading officials from 13 government agencies including State Ministry for Municipal Affairs have been invited to discuss the obstacles facing some projects in the developmental plan in order to find immediate solutions for them. He revealed that the national development plan originating from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for the NewKuwait 2035 vision, which is currently witnessing efforts to achieve its goals, aims at transforming Kuwait into a regional financial, commercial and cultural hub. Eng Al-Enezi stressed that there are 11 projects out of the 149 projects in the national development plan that are facing hurdles in the Municipality.

He affirmed that he will work on issuing a decision that guarantees special attention in Kuwait Municipality towards the projects listed in the national development plan in terms of reducing some conditions so that there is progress on those projects due to their importance which requires a high level of expediting of works. In another development, Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Fahad Al-Afasi will soon approve the referral of a number of senior officials in Ministry of Justice to retirement, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting informed sources. They stressed that referring these senior officials to retirement will be followed by the filling of vacancies and reshuffling of employees in senior and supervisory positions.

The sources indicated that the reshuffling will include many departments of Ministry of Justice including the Authorization Department, Financial Affairs Department, Administration Department, Information Technology Department and Experts Department. They explained that the processes of referral to retirement, reshuffling and filling of vacancies will be carried out based on the report of the committee that is tasked with evaluating the achievements of the different departments. The procedures will include promoting some female employee to senior positions.

Meanwhile, the sources revealed that Ministry of Justice intends to take necessary decisions for ensuring case files are not lost through Kuwaitization of the bailiff position as well as implementing an electronic system for transferring the files in the courts.

They added that the ministry will decide on some benefits for attracting Kuwaiti youths to take up the position of bailiff. In another development, Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Fahd Al-Afasi received in his office the Undersecretary of Ministry of Justice Abdullatif Al- Sare’a, Director of Public Relations and Media Department Hanadi Al- Humaidhi, and Head of the Protocol Unit in the Public Relations and Media Department Sulaiman Hamada. They presented the first annual media book for 2017 titled “Stages of Achievement” published by the Administrative Development and Media Department. It is worth mentioning that the first edition of the book documents the achievements of Ministry of Justice throughout the year, and includes codes that will enable the readers to watch the videos via smart devices. The book is also available on the website of the ministry.

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