KUWAIT, April 26: The Cabinet on Monday held its weekly session at Seif Palace under chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Following the session, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah stated that the Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Humoud Al-Sabah addressed his fellow ministers about latest developments related to the coronavirus, amid spread of the contagion and rise of deaths and infection cases globally.
The health minister has informed the ministers about the local health status, based on statistics that have indicated that the number of the daily cases since start of the pandemic until today has amounted to more than 266,000, while count of the recoveries have exceeded 250,000, with a 93.6 percent proportion. He also explained to the executives precautionary measures that have been undertaken to stem spread of the pandemic in the country through vaccinations with Pfizer-Biontech and AstraZeneca, where nearly 1.88 million people have been inoculated in Kuwait, with aim of reaching the aspired community immunity.
The Cabinet called on citizens and residents to continue adhering to health guidelines, seek to take the anti-covid vaccines to contain the contagion. Moreover, it expressed appreciation for the ministry great efforts to contain the virus.
The ministers were apprised with a recommendation by the legal affairs committee with respect of the bill to amend some provisions of the penal code 16/1960 stipulating imprisonment and fining any person who may threaten others to hurt him (her), his (her) reputation or his (her) funds. The Cabinet approved the draft law and referred it to His Highness the Amir pending submission to the National Assembly.
The ministers were briefed about a recommendation from the commission to join the Arab treaty concerning transfer and transplant of human organs and barring trade in these organs. The Cabinet endorsed the bill and submitted it to His Highness the Amir pending submission to the National Assembly.
Moreover, the Cabinet examined a recommendation with regard of suspending vacations’ accounts (2020-2021) for civil servants subject to provisions of the civil service law and a bill amending some provisions of the decree 140/2003 granting a license for establishing a local branch of the Dutch Maastricht Business School and another draft law regarding modifications for licensing establishment of the aviation technology college.
Other bills that were under examination included a draft law concerning approval of a technical teaching accord between Kuwait and Sierra Leone and another for approving an accord with Indonesia for cooperation in the sector of higher studies and scientific research.
The Cabinet approved these bills and referred them to His Highness the Amir. Meanwhile, the ministers studied a recommendation by the economic affairs committee regarding the priority for purchase of national products by the government after amending law 49/2016 regarding the public tenders and the cabinet decided to assign the central apparatus for public tenders to examine the issue.
Furthermore, the ministers were informed about a recommendation regarding the strategic vision of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, where the directorate would take what it sees as necessary measures to ensure efficiency of operating and high quality of services at Kuwait International Airport, in addition to creating work opportunities for Kuwaiti youth and achieving financial proceeds for the State.(KUNA)