KUWAIT: Kuwait Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday the trial launch of the VISA KUWAIT electronic application concerned with regulating the entry of expatriates to Kuwait. The country will check the entry features of workers and visitors, and approve entry visas electronically, quickly and accurately, before boarding the plane. The ministry said in a press statement that this comes in implementation of the directives of First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah organizing the entry of expatriates into the country and limiting the process of forgery and manipulation of the entry visas that are issued by the Ministry of the Interior.
He also added that launch of the VISA KUWAIT application also aims to protect society from entry into the country of those with criminal records, those wanted by the courts, or those infected with infectious diseases. Stressing that work and coordination are currently underway with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various airlines and Kuwaiti embassies abroad for the official launch of the application, which will not allow expatriate workers and visitors may not enter Kuwait except through it.
Ministry of Interior said that the experimental launch of the application allows airlines, expatriate workers, and workers in Kuwaiti embassies to download and use this application to ensure the validity of the application features of entry of expatriate workers.
He indicated that work is underway to add a set of services in coordination with the various ministries of the state, which aim to educate workers about labor laws, entry procedures, and many more benefits that aim to regulate demographics and develop the labor market. Meanwhile, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah inspected on Thursday the implementation of final stages of the development project and the establishment of an integrated central system for biometric features for the State of Kuwait which will be operational as a first stage next March.
Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled confirmed in a press statement to the General Department of Security Relations and Media at the Ministry of Interior that the ministry, with the support and directives of the wise leadership, is continuing to implement development and modernization plans in all sectors. He praised the efforts of the Ministry’s employees and leaders and their efforts in confronting all types of crime.(KUNA)
KUWAIT: The Kuwait Oil Company said it plans to bring in skilled technical workers from several countries including Canada, the United States, Egypt, Southeast Asia and the Gulf states – technicians who are experts in drilling operations, maintenance, exploration and production, and medical and health, safety, environment and engineering, in addition to other jobs expected to be requested by the company later, reports Al- Anba daily. Senior oil sources revealed this comes within the scope of the KOC to prepare the resumes of engineers and technicians, to fill the vacant positions that Kuwait will need in future.
The sources quoting KOC sources said the hiring will be strict in the sense only those who have the experience of between 15 and 20 years in their respective jobs will be considered and that they will be interviewed and selected before they set foot on the Kuwaiti soil. The daily also said the foreign employment will not include administrative staff.
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs, represented by the Contracts Committee, imposed a fine of nearly 180,000 dinars on a company that won the tender for a car rental contract with a driver for the departments of all the ministry’s sectors, especially the social care and guest services sector, reports Al-Jarida daily. The company did not abide by the contract and failed to provide a sufficient number of drivers and cars agreed upon in the contract.
According to sources from the ministry, the company’s continued breach the terms of the contract causes direct harm to some sectors, which use these cars to accomplish the tasks assigned to them, and negatively affects the services they provide, especially within care departments such as the elderly, family custody and juveniles.
The sources stress that this may prompt the Ministry to take legal measures that preserve their rights and may reach the termination of the contract, adding that the amounts of fines are likely to increase if the company continues to violate the terms of the contract and does not provide the required drivers and cars.
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior in its continuous security campaigns in various areas in Kuwait against residence violators arrested 19 expats for violating labor and work law. Marginal laborers and a wanted person by law were arrested in Hawally, Capital Governorate, Ahmadi area and Mubrak Al Kaber areas. All violators were referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary action against them.
KUWAIT: Against the backdrop of increasing complaints by road users of flying gravel and vehicle damage, informed sources revealed that the Minister of Works Amani Bouqammaz will refer a number of companies to the Public Prosecution office soon, for not adhering to the terms and conditions of the contracts they implemented, saying faulty procedures adopted by these companies have led to the phenomenon of ‘flying gravel’ in the streets once again, reports Al- Qabas daily. The sources indicated that the Public Works Authority has finally put in place a new mechanism for approving asphalt factories, as part of a comprehensive plan to fix deficiencies that were a major cause of volatilization of gravel, on top of which is the absence of auditing and oversight of factories, and the consequent noncompliance with the specifications of asphalt mixtures set by the technical committees formed by the Ministry.
The sources pointed out that the new mechanism includes certificates issued by the government center for examinations, quality control and research in the ministry, which are valid for a year, based on a request submitted by the company that includes factory calibration and analysis of asphalt.
The sources stated that the mechanism also includes the implementation of unannounced field visits on a continuous basis by the engineers of the Field Asphalt Division of the Asphalt Department in the road laboratories of the factories, to ensure that the requirements for the approval of these factories are applied and violations are monitored.
The sources explained that the factory obtaining a calibration certificate will take place after submitting an approved application from the factory manager or his subordinate, including a valid license from the Public Authority for Industry, the Fire Department, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Kuwait Municipality, in addition to a list of the factory laboratory equipment and devices, indicating the serial number and the beginning and end of calibration for each device, list of workers in the factory, showing the job title and technical certificates.
She pointed out that in the case of requesting the approval of a temporary asphalt plant, a valid license application must be submitted from the Department of State Funds in the Ministry of Finance to the company that owns the factory, including the licensee’s contract number, and a study from the Environment Public Authority that includes the environmental requirements that the company that owns the factory is obligated to and a letter.
Features of the adoption mechanism of asphalt plants include availability of security certificates from the Quality Control Center, valid for one year; carrying out unannounced field visits by field asphalt division engineers; ensuring that the requirements for accreditation of factories are applied and violations are monitored; the factory obtains a calibration certificate approved by its director or his representative; a valid license from PAI, firefighting department, commerce ministry and the municipality and a list of the factory’s laboratory equipment and workers with their names and technical certificates.
KUWAIT: Salmi Highway has turned into a soul snatcher during the recent period due to the spread of potholes that cause catastrophic accidents, the most recent of which occurred last Friday. A Saudi family was involved in a road accident, resulting in the death of the breadwinner and serious injuries to his six passengers, reports Al-Qabas daily. A tour conducted of the road by the daily a few days ago revealed significant deterioration in its condition. Potholes were spread over wide distances of several kilometers, as well as flying gravel in different locations along the road, making the task of driving extremely difficult.
Activists on Twitter, using the hashtag “#roadofdeath” criticized the significant deterioration of the road and the lack of action by the responsible authorities represented by the Ministry of Public Works and the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART), despite the recurrence of accidents during the recent period.
Citizens called for the need to take quick action and repair the damaged parts of the road due to its importance for travelers by land, as well as the dependence of Kuwaiti visitors who arrive by land using this road. They said the state of the road clearly reflects the deterioration of the level of roads in all parts of the country, which gives a negative image, and affirms the need for officials in government agencies to take rapid action to save lives in light of the recurrence of accidents.
According to a number of motorists, driving on Salmi Highway has become a risk in itself, as the spread of potholes requires vehicle drivers to try to avoid them from time to time, which sometimes causes accidents.
KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Civil Information has floated a new tender to provide the civil card home delivery service, saying the last date for submitting bids is on Thursday, Feb 23, 2023, reports Al-Rai daily. This comes after the increasing demand by the civil card holders for the speedy issuance compounded by the slowdown at PACI despite the completion of all procedures and the payment of fees to issue a new ID in the face of lack of justification from the authority for the reasons for the delay.
Meanwhile , an official source in the Ministry of Awqaf revealed a second electronic platform for Hajj, will be launched soon for the benefit of those who want to perform the pilgrimage, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The source explained the platform will display the names of caravans and services and their prices to the public to make it easier for those accepted to perform the Hajj to choose what suits them. The source indicated that the Ministry of Awqaf will receive the price list from the caravans within a week, and the process of sorting the names of those who are accepted to perform Hajj will take place at the beginning of next March.