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MPs ‘rap’ jobs stall

Speaker praises women rights

KUWAIT CITY, March 9: Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim has praised the significant national contributions of Kuwaiti women in recent years, calling on the legislature and the government to pay attention to the needs of women and address their issues.

Speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day through his Twitter account, Al-Ghanim affirmed that the Kuwaiti woman is a partner and primary player in realizing national development goals and the 2035 vision of the country. He urged the two authorities to take care of women in a manner that matches their accomplishments in the political, financial, social and educational arenas in the past couple of years.

In another development, Chairman of Human Resources Development Committee MP Khaleel Abdullah wondered about the refusal of some governmental authorities and most governmental institutions abroad to employ Kuwaitis and implement the country’s replacement and employment policy “as if there is something suspicious about it.”

The lawmaker said efforts to address the unemployment issue is heading towards the dead end, especially since the concerned authorities have not taken any action. He said the committee will be forced to disclose governmental authorities which are not willing to cooperate if it does not see progress soon.

He revealed there is an issue on the majors and specializations of graduates due to lack of coordination between the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET).

Graduates are unable to find jobs while those lucky enough to be nominated by the CSC are placed in positions which are not related to their fields of specialization. Therefore, the MP called for establishing proper channels of coordination between the concerned authorities to guide students toward the areas of expertise needed by the country as one way of solving the unemployment problem.

On the other hand, MP Saleh Ashour said the main reason why citizens have fallen into crippling debts is the housing loan taken from local banks, because the housing loan granted by Kuwait Credit Bank (KCB) for building a house is insufficient.

The MP believes that increasing the housing loan granted by KCB will solve 70 percent of the debt issue and expedite the construction of citizens’ houses. He urged the government to prioritize this issue as citizens are more deserving of the funds given to foreign governments and their people.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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