KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11: MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji has forwarded questions to Minister of Commerce and Industry Yusuf Ali about the measures taken by his ministry to regulate the prices of commodities. He wants to know if the ministry has laid down a plan to face the expected increase in the prices of other commodities once the gasoline price hike decision takes effect. If yes, he requested for a copy of the plan. He also demanded for other details such as the department that prepared this plan and if it has been approved by the Council of Ministers. If yes, the minister should provide him with a copy of the council’s decision.
He inquired about the possible effects of the gasoline price hike on retailers, goods handling business and public transport companies, in addition to its impact on taxi fare.
Moreover, Al-Turaiji asked Finance Minister and acting Oil Minister Anas Saleh about gasoline prices. He wants to know the cost of extracting and refining a liter of various types gasoline until they are distributed to gas stations owned by the government and private sector, amount of subsidy for every liter of gasoline, alternatives in case the subsidy is lifted and other pertinent information.
Meanwhile, MP Mohammad Al-Barrak has called for the establishment of University City in South Mutla, pointing out that education is vital to manpower development and advancement of the nation as per Article 13 of the Constitution which states: “Education is necessary for the progress of society. It is guaranteed and promoted by the State.” He also cited Article 14: “The State shall promote Science, Letters and Arts, in addition to supporting scientific research.” Al-Barrak explained the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is currently implementing the South Mutla Housing City project which can accommodate about 400; hence, the need for educational facilities in line with the goal of the State to have an educated generation, as well as the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to transform Kuwait into a global financial centre.
The lawmaker said the Ministry of Higher Education must establish the University City within the housing city or near it. He added the University City shall consist of colleges which offer specializations required by the labor market.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff