‘Join hands to end visa trade’

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Need to learn lessons from the 60s issue

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: The head of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Al-Saqer while praising the decision of the concerned authorities to solve the issue of non-graduate expatriates, 60 years and above, has thanked HH the Prime Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Khaled, who dealt patiently and generously with all the points of views raised, which came to be known as the “Sixty Resolution” which required revisions and procedures for its amendment.

He also thanked the Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower, Jamal Al-Jalawi, for his keenness to resolve the issue quickly, in line with the interest of Kuwait and its economy, and in line with the justice and from a humanitarian point of view, especially since the job opportunities that were affected by the ‘sixty resolution’ are jobs that are not attractive national workforce at least for the time being. He added the issue should serve as a lesson to be learned and unified efforts should be exerted to eliminate visa trade.

Al-Saqer pointed out that “the differences in jurisprudence on issues of reform and development are natural, and it is important that adjudication be always in the public interest and on the basis of study, dialogue and participation. He went on to say, “I must recall the positions, conferences and memoranda of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry regarding the importance and necessity of addressing the great and dangerous imbalance in the structure of the workforce and demographics in Kuwait, and this treatment — in the opinion of the Chamber — as stated in successive development plans, must be through a long-term integrated plan, with accompanying, supportive and gradual legislation and procedures, based on the needs of the labor market, and enhancing Kuwait’s competitiveness and societal security, and this is what Kuwait must work on now, the government and the parliament, in light of the law issued at the end of 2020 regarding the regulation of demographics.

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