KUWAIT CITY, April 3: Since Kuwait has embarked on a program to offer jobs for Kuwaitis, MP Nasser Al-Dosari has forwarded a parliamentary query to the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudan to know the number of Kuwaitis and expatriates working in the ministry.
He has asked the minister to provide him a list of expats and Kuwaitis hired as advisers in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and its subsidiaries from Jan 1, 2016 to date. He also wants to see the individual contracts signed with these advisers.
Moreover, MP Nayef Al-Mirdas has presented two parliamentary queries to Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Essam Al-Marzouk for details on the oil pipeline tender and projects owned by the Petrofac company in Kuwait since 2000 to date.
He has also asked for a copy of a decision issued by the Supreme Petroleum Council cancelling the oil pipeline tender No. 2013041 and the legal basis which allows the Supreme Petroleum Council to cancel the tender since the contract was awarded in a public offering by the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) on Jan 4, 2017.
He also asked for a copy of list of names of companies and contractors who have obtained tenders for oil projects with all state oil companies believed to be worth KD 100 million and above from Jan 1, 2005 until the date. He added the list should contain the name of the project, the duration of the contract, the contract value and the names of companies and contractors who have not delivered on time; for how long the project was delayed and percentage of work to be completed.
He also has asked for a list of names of companies and contractors who have won the tenders for oil projects with state-owned companies but have cases pending in courts against them, complete with all details from Jan 1, 2005 until the date.
He has requested the names of companies qualified for the Staging Center Tender (32) of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and the estimated budget value, a list of projects of the companies qualified for this tender and percentage of work completion. He wants to know if the CTC has requested the KOC to provide it with the names of the disqualified companies and if the answer is Yes, he wants the list of companies which were disqualified.
With regard the second question, Al- Mirdas said UK’s Th e Times newspaper has published a statement quoting a Petrofac official that bribe was paid to KOC officials to win oil contracts. Th is statement was carried by the Al-Anba newspaper on April 8, 2016. Th e lawmaker wants to know what legal action has taken against British newspaper for publishing this statement and if any Petrofac official was invited to obtain information on this topic and when was he invited and who is this official and what is his post in Petrofac?
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff