‘On Feb 9, ’22 Assembly opted for co-existence with COVID’

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: The 2020 National Assembly presented a total of 34 recommendations — 17 in the first year of its term and 17 in the second year.

On Feb 16, 2021; the Assembly presented eight recommendations regarding the measures that the government took to address the Covid-19 crisis as follows:

● Speed up the completion of reports about bills on compensating the owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who incurred damages because of the lockdown and curfew imposed during the crisis.

● Call on the Council of Ministers to revise decisions on curbing the spread of coronavirus.

● Form a joint committee consisting of doctors and economists to issue balanced decisions concerning Coronavirus in order to ensure protection of public health without damaging the economy.

● Form a professional media team consisting of medical specialists tasked to issue accurate statements supported by scientific data and official statistics.

● Toughen safety procedures to make sure that expatriates entering Kuwait are free of Covid-19 by requiring them to present negative PCR test result.

● Increase the number of vaccination centers in different areas throughout the country.

● Expedite the disbursement of the incentive for workers on the frontlines of the fight against Corona — within two months at the latest.

● Suspend the collection of loan payments for one year.

On May 27, 2021; the Assembly presented six recommendations regarding the proposal to allocate a supplementary budget for the frontliners’ incentive to be added to the State budget for fiscal 2020/2021 as follows:

● Assign the State Audit Bureau (SAB) and Financial Controllers Bureau (FCB) to submit reports on the payment of the frontliners’ incentive every three months to the Assembly.

● Add volunteers in cooperative societies, bakeries, civil defense, and Bedoun doctors and nurses to the categories eligible for the frontliners’ incentive.

● Assign the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to review the lists of public sector workers eligible for the frontliners’ incentive and make sure they meet the conditions specified by the Council of Ministers.

In the same session, the Assembly presented three recommendations regarding the Israeli attacks on Palestinians:

● Assign the Inter-Parliamentary Union to take the necessary steps to push for the dismissal of Israel (Zionist entity) from international parliamentarian organizations.

● Assign Kuwait satellite TV to broadcast the session translated into English to present the public and official position of Kuwait on the Palestinian cause.

● Instruct the concerned ministers to intensify efforts to foil attempts to normalize relations with Israel and expand support for Palestinians.

On Jan 25, 2022; the Assembly recommended cancelling customs fees for imported construction materials, look for more countries where Kuwait can import construction iron, intensify inspection campaigns in markets to regulate prices of construction materials, and suspend the export of locally manufactured construction materials.

On Feb 9, 2022; the Assembly presented recommendations on co-existence with Covid-19 as follows: exempt vaccinated individuals from the regulations aimed at combating Covid-19, allow unvaccinated individuals to travel to countries which approved the entry of such passengers and considering individuals who took doses of the vaccine as fully vaccinated, non-discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated children, stop obligating arriving passengers from presenting negative result of PCR test conducted in the countries of origin and another PCR test upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport, and form committees to receive complaints from vaccinated individuals who suffered adverse effects of the vaccines.

On March 7, 2022; the Assembly presented the following recommendations regarding the Russian-Ukraine war: expedite discussion of bills on establishing a public authority for disaster management, ask the Public Authority for Investment to purchase farms in other countries to ensure ample supply of food products, increase the capacity of wheat storages, and launch a link between the concerned security institutions to take the necessary action in case of nuclear leakage.

On March 8, 2022; the Assembly recommended submission of the minutes of the meetings of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) from Jan 1, 2012 to March 8, 2022 regarding the distribution of plots to the Public Funds Protection Committee.

On March 17, 2022; the Assembly recommended approval of four requests submitted by MPs to discuss the proposal to grant a certain percentage of the profits of the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) to retirees, increase their pension and increase the minimum amount of pension.

On June 14, 2022; the Assembly recommended instructing the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee to speed up the completion of reports on bills to increase the minimum amount of pension, increase the pension of retirees, in addition to instructing the Financial and Economic Affairs to conduct a study to determine the proper way for retirees to be represented in the board of director of PIFSS. Meanwhile, Abdullah Marzouq Al-Roumi has unveiled his plan to stand for the upcoming parliamentary elections for the First Constituency, Khalid Abdulhameed Ashour and Thamer Khalid Al-Anzi for the Second Constituency, and former MPs Farz Al-Daihani and Muhammad Haif as well as Homoud Al-Hamdan for the Fifth Constituency.

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