‘No work permits to be issued for govt sectors’

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KUWAIT CITY, May 28: Two months prior to the completion of Kuwaitization of government jobs with the exception of the positions of teachers, doctors and service jobs, informed sources revealed the prevention of the issuance of work permits to government agencies, which included the final number of jobs, as of this Sunday, with the aim of implementing the state’s directions in the Kuwaitization process and reducing the disposable jobs in the private sector, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The sources stated that the decision for the suspension was issued the day after the meeting held by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf with the leaders of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) following reports of an increase in unnecessary manpower in some private institutions and even in government institutions.

The sources said, “It included the prevention of the issuance of work permits for the ministries of Interior and Defense and some government agencies, for the positions of jurists, engineers and accountants in addition to other professions, and the use of national cadres instead.

The aim of this is to reduce the use of non-Kuwaiti employees in these professions, including the private sector, especially in companies that had previously failed to comply with the specified conditions, including providing the dues of their workers, which caused embarrassment to the country and contributed to the socalled human trafficking”.

The sources revealed that the Directorate General for Immigration and Residency Affairs has begun adopting the decision, which is effective so far. They said, “It reduced the authority of the leaders in this regard due to the presence of a large imbalance in the demographic structure”, which made it imperative for the Ministry of Interior and PAM to quickly control matters away from the interventions of stakeholders and residency dealers from some large companies before small companies and individuals. The sources stressed that the prevailing situation is no longer sustainable, and requires concerted efforts to stop the idleness and crimes caused by some illegal workers in the country.

They indicated that the decision of the Civil Service Council issued in line with the directives of the Council of Ministers regarding the Kuwaitization of government jobs will be completed next August. The sources explained that the decision will complete the Kuwaitization process for government jobs, with the exception of teachers, doctors and service jobs in the same proportions stipulated in the Civil Service Council’s decision.

The Kuwaitization decision includes all disciplines of information systems and technology jobs, maritime jobs, literature, media, arts, public relations, development jobs, administrative follow-up, statistics, and administrative jobs. Kuwaitization comes within the framework of Civil Service Council’s Decision No. 11/2017 regarding the rules for Kuwaitization of government jobs. It was issued according to the directives of the Council of Ministers, which aims to achieve 97 percent in jobs, 88 percent in law, politics and Islamic affairs, and 95 percent in financial, economic and commercial jobs.

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