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The Public Authority for Manpower starts processing of work permit renewal ‘applications’ – 20 foreign cos request to invest in Kuwait still pending

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 30: The Public Authority for Manpower has started processing applications for renewal of work permits and assets disclosure certificates in citizen services centers, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources enumerated the locations of citizen services centers as follows: Sharq, Jaber Al-Ali, Jahra, Sulaibikhat, Government Mall in Tahrir Tower, Qassar and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.

Twenty foreign companies which submitted requests to invest in Kuwait to Kuwait Investment Authority are still waiting for approval, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources.

Sources added 15 companies had earlier obtained approval from the authority to enter the local market, revealing that direct investments reached KD 637 million last year.

Sources affirmed the government provides the best facilities to attract foreign investments in order to boost the local economy in cooperation with the private sector.

The Ministry of Finance has supplied more than 2,000 machines for the issuance of e-stamps to 350 governmental entities, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources explained this step is a prelude to the implementation of the e-stamps system in December, indicating an ad hoc committee in the Ministry of Justice has been formed to supervise the execution of the project in coordination with the Ministry of Finance.

Sources said the Ministry of Finance has asked for the assistance of K-Net Company to collect fees for e-stamps, disclosing that around KD 17 million have been collected from selling e-governmental stamps in 34 government institutions since the middle of last year until July 2016. Kuwait Company for Supplies and Ration Foods is looking into the possibility of including products of undisclosed food companies to the ration card, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. Sources said the new products include frozen poultry and tomato paste; pointing out that nine main commodities, including frozen poultry and tomato paste, are currently listed on the ration card. Sources added this step is in line with the directive of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works intends to categorize the assessments of 13,000 employees within this week in order to determine their employment grades, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the Personnel Committee in the ministry has specified a special assessment model for each of the employment posts such as undersecretaries, directors, supervisors and heads of sectors to endorse their final assessment.

Sources confirmed the ministry will apply the conditions and bylaws of the Civil Service Commission to determine the employment grades, indicating the workers who fail to meet the conditions will be excluded. Sources said the ministry will complete the assessment of all employees within three months and then it will coordinate with its finance counterpart to allocate the budget for their remuneration in accordance with their employment grade.

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