GCC social affairs meet tackles efforts in combating COVID-19

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Kuwait Voluntary Work Center in line with proposal

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 15, (Agencies): The sixth meeting of the Ministers of Social Affairs of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), chaired by the UAE on Wednesday, discussed each country’s efforts in combating COVID-19.

Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel

Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel said in a press statement, after her participation in the meeting through video conferencing, that the Secretariat General of GCC was keen to issue documents with all efforts to be used in Arab and international forums to document them in the countries of the region.

Among the proposals submitted by Kuwait two years ago, was a guideline system that represents a mechanism for dealing with disabled people in the GCC countries, which contains four chapters and 22 articles that is enforceable, she said, noting that the GCC countries have submitted an extension for two years as they work on their national laws for the affairs of people with disabilities.

The work in the guidelines for volunteer work that focused on the pandemic was used for its role in supporting the work of governments, and it was approved to extend work in this scope, she mentioned, indicating that the Kuwait Voluntary Work Center was fully in line with this proposal.

The proposal submitted by Saudi Arabia was approved, which stipulates that there should be a day for the Gulf family, has been referred to the committee of experts to examine the appropriate dates for the GCC countries, Al-Aqeel explained.

She stated the meeting thanked the State of Kuwait and appreciated the country’s efforts for hosting the Theatrical Festival for People with Disabilities last year, noting that Saudi Arabia next hosts the same festival. She stated that the budget of the Social Affairs Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council has been approved, which will be later submitted to the leaders of the respective GCC countries.

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