Performance evaluation of govt reps in banks sought

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: The Government Performance Monitoring Authority (PMA) in its address to government establishment of investment nature, including public institutions, and representatives in the boards of directors of banks and companies, headed by the Kuwait Investment Authority such as the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), the Public Authority for Minors’ Affairs and others, the need to establish clear principles and criteria according to the nomination and appointment of the boards of directors of companies and banks in which the state contributes, reports Al- Qabas daily.

The authority demanded that government institutions of investment nature have a clear system for evaluating the performance of their representatives on a regular basis, in accordance with the strategic plan of each company or bank. The PMA recommended that public institutions set standards for the extent to which government contributions achieve their goals and the return of profits from their activities in a way that reflects on public money for the benefit, stressing the need to link the rewards of representatives of government agencies in the boards of directors of banks and companies to the extent to which they achieve the desired returns and goals from the state’s investment.

The authority stressed the need for representatives of government bodies and institutions in companies and banks to adhere to the application of Article 189 of the Companies Law and its amendments, which stipulates that public institutions, public bodies, and state-owned companies fully remit the amounts due for their representation on the board of directors of the company in which they contribute, and the chairman of the board of directors.

The company shall pay those amounts directly to the aforementioned authorities within a week of their due date, and these authorities may determine the remuneration and salaries that are paid to their representatives on the boards of directors of those companies. The PMA has alerted government investment agencies of the need to adhere to the provisions of Article 198 of the Companies Law and its amendments, as the company contract shows the method for determining the remuneration of the chairman and members of the board of directors, and the total of these remunerations may not be estimated at more than 10 percent of the net profit after deducting depreciation. This is in addition to the need for the Board of Directors to submit an annual report to be presented to the company’s Ordinary General Assembly for approval, provided that it accurately includes a detailed statement of the amounts, benefits, and privileges obtained by the Board of Directors, whatever their nature and name.

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