KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thikra Al-Rasheedi has issued the decision to allow domestic workers to transfer their residence to the private labor sector. The decision will be valid for only two months from the date it is published in the official gazette.

The decision stipulates that the domestic worker can transfer his domestic visa to work permit under the same sponsor or one of his first-degree relatives. The worker’s residence must be valid for minimum six months and he should complete three years of service under the sponsorship of his last employer.
The Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi explained that the decision is aimed to meet the needs of the local market as well as of those employers who are interested in legally changing the status of their personnel. 

System 
Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Assistant Director General for Development Affairs Engineer Ahmad Al-Manfouhi announced Wednesday that the Kuwait Municipality has activated the automated system for issuance of commercial licenses, adding the system became operational in all municipalities and governorates since last week, reports Al-Qabas daily. 

In a press statement, Engineer Al-Manfouhi indicated the automated system is working well and technical team is in place to revise and follow-up responses issued in relation to Ministry of Trade’s inquiries. 

He added the system provides more than 100 immediate approvals of licenses, while in the past it took weeks for applications to be completed.

Engineer Al-Manfouhi noted some hitches have been reported by the technical team and they are currently working to resolve them, indicating the negative aspects of the system will be fixed within a short period.

He the system works in an automated manner through a program that relies on special automated number allotted by Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) where in approval or rejection of application is transmitted directly.

Information 
He also said individual attendance is needed in some transactions, especially when the relevant information isn’t entered into the system or when an in which a commercial business is intended to be established is still under planning or study, citing Shuwaikh area, or when the plot in question has recorded old violations that need to be sorted out. 

He revealed another development period wherein the system will be linked through entire construction and demolition licenses using automated building numbers, so that all commercial entities will be allotted special numbers by PACI before construction begins, and owners of the building will deal with the Ministry of Trade directly without need for individuals to go to the Municipality.

He explained that all approvals issued through the automated system will be reviewed by Municipality inspectors later to check for irregularities, and if major irregularities are detected, the Municipality will address Ministry of Trade to cancel the license, while the Municipality will deal with in minor cases through its punitive codes.

He expressed appreciation to every concerned authority for efforts exerted to implement the system, saying he hopes the system will meet intended expectation. He is confident that the system will cut short endless circles and give both the citizens and expatriates sense of equality and impartiality.  

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