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‘Co-ops visitors must stick to health rules’; ‘Wear masks, take body temp’

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: The Assistant Undersecretary for Cooperative Affairs Salem Al- Rashidi has called on all cooperative societies to obligate the visitors of cooperative societies to comply with health requirements, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to an official source, the cooperative societies, based on the recommendations of the Health Requirements Committee of the Cabinet, are obligated to reintroduce the wearing of masks in the cooperative societies, and sanitization of the markets periodically, as well as the measurement of body temperature. He said, “On December 2, a report was submitted about the failure of cooperative societies to implement health requirements especially when customers enter the central markets and branches. The cooperative societies that fail to comply with them will be referred to the competent authorities.

Aimed
“This step is aimed at preserving public health in light of the developments in the epidemiological situation in the region, and the discovery of a case of Omicron variant in Kuwait, according to the recent statement issued by the Ministry of Health”. In another context, the Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development Dr. Mishaan Al-Otaibi, in a move that would enhance competition between cooperative societies, achieve public interest, and support shareholders and public funds, has issued a decision to exclude any cooperative society, whose annual profits are less than eight percent, from membership in the board of the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies. According to the ministerial decision, cooperative societies that wish to run for membership in the Board of Directors of the union must have paid the full contributions in the ending fiscal year at a rate of no less than eight percent for each dinar.

Amended
The ministerial decision amended the second paragraph of the text of Article 10 of the decision issued in 2013 regarding the model statute for the union. The profit clause has been added to a list of other conditions that must be met for membership in the union, including the condition that their membership should be of more than a year by the end of the year in which the elections are held, and the annual contributions due to the union should have been paid in full. After a two-year hiatus on the distribution of profits, and the re-approval of the department of distribution affairs in September, coinciding with the holding of general assemblies in cooperative societies, the year 2021 witnessed an increase in the percentage of profits for cooperative societies, with some of them reaching 12 percent

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