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Municipality minister rejects MC’s move to ban smoking of ‘shisha’ in cafe joints

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 16: Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Engineer Waleed Al-Jassem has rejected the decision of the Municipal Council to split the licenses of restaurants from café joints, and banning shisha in café joints, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Al-Jassem noted the decision taken by the council in Dec 2019 violates bylaws governing smoking in closed and semi-closed public places.

Meanwhile, the minister affirmed during the second meeting of the Supreme Planning Committee held in the presence of Engineer Ahmad Al-Manfouhi and senior officials of Kuwait Municipality that the Municipality attaches all necessary signifi- cance to accomplishing government’s program in the best and fastest possible means.

He urged the executive authority to put down a plan to convert all services of the Municipality to electronic. He emphasized the mandate given to directors of all governorates to receive complaints of citizens directly and ensure the follow-up. He talked about the three-dimensional government work program to consolidate integrity, anti corruption and improve government performance with digital transformation of its services.

He urged Municipality officials to consider the dimensions as ideological to determine the direction of work, while concentrating on development projects. He advised executing the programs according to the pivots, plans, stipulated time schedule and direct coordination with relevant authorities to overcome obstacles. He stressed that electronic solution is the ideal method to improve the work environment, improve activities and reduce bureaucracy to the barest minimum level. He explained that such a solution reduces the rate of errors.

He reiterated trust in the executive authority, success of the laid down plan and ability of the authority to overcome the challenges faced in implementing the electronic systems.

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