KUWAIT CITY, April 3, (KUNA): The Cabinet has consented to a decree forming an ad hoc committee entrusted with looking into Kuwaiti citizenship abrogation cases. The move was taken during a customary weekly Cabinet meeting held Monday at Bayan Palace under chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The committee would also give appropriate practical overtures in this regard in line with law, and would eventually report to the Cabinet over relevant findings, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a press statement following the meeting.
The Cabinet also instructed all state agencies to use the logo of activities pertinent to the choosing of Kuwait Capital of Arab Youth for 2017 on their respective websites, added Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who doubles as Acting Minister of Information. At the onset of the meeting, the ministers were apprised of a letter addressed to His Highness the Amir from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, inviting him to attend a donor conference on Yemen due in Geneva on April 25.
The ministers then listened to a briefing from First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on the outcomes of His Highness the Amir’s participation in the 28th Arab Summit held in Dead Sea in Jordan. In the briefing, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled quoted His Highness the Amir as calling for a fresh approach to be adopted in order to address the grave challenges of the Arab world. The Cabinet lauded the efforts of His Highness the Amir and other Arab leaders during this summit, and thanked Jordanian King Abdullah II for proper preparations and successful organizing of the Arab gathering. Afterwards, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled kept the ministers posted on the outcomes of the 142nd session of the GCC Ministerial Council recently held in Riyadh, which underlined Gulf positions and resolutions against terrorism and extremism.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet condemned a recent attack that targeted a police training center in Tanta City in Gharbiya Governorate in Egypt, and left several policemen wounded. The Cabinet reiterated Kuwait’s unshakable positions based on rejecting all terrorist act regardless of relevant motives and goals.
KUWAIT CITY, April 3: Following the decision to demolish Capital Immigration Department within the next few days, the transactions of citizens and expatriates affiliated to the governorate will be completed at the old Hawalli Immigration Department premises in Salmiya area, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily quoting reliable sources said reconstruction work at the Capital Immigration Department building will be completed within two and half years.
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
I got a driving license in Jan 2014 with Engineer designation. In 2015 I joined another company, unfortunately my new company changed my designation to supervisor.
My license expired in January 2017. After I tried to renew it at the Muroor they told me I could not renew it. Now my company has changed my title to Engineer. I took my first license from Farwaniya muroor.
Through our mandoub I checked in Asma Muroor but there is no license in the system. Could you please advise if I can renew my driving license, my present salary is KD 400. Kindly advise me.
Answer: Under current rules, the change of designation decision that can lead to the loss of driving license, affects driver, housewife, student and mandoub.
We do not know exactly why the renewal of your license was rejected but we suspect it might have been rejected possibly because of the change in your designation from engineer to supervisor.
Even though, supervisor is not among the affected designations, the office who rejected your license renewal request could have based his decision on the fact that the initial license was issued to you through a waiver for engineers because you did not meet the salary condition of KD 600 to be granted a driving license.
To the officer’s mind probably, with the change in designation, you lose your right to a waiver and hence rejection of your renewal request. Since your company has reverted to your previous designation as engineer, you could submit a fresh application for the renewal of your license.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, March 19: Three Asian sex workers and a pimp were arrested from a brothel in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, says Al-Seyassah.
According to security sources, when Farwaniya Security Director Major General Saleh Matar received information about a group of Asian expatriates involved in immoral activities, he formed a team for investigations.
After confirming the information and taking necessary measures, securitymen raided the apartment and arrested four suspects. The women, who were discovered to hold expired residencies, confessed that they started working as prostitutes six months ago, charging KD 5 per hour from their clients.
Necessary action was taken against the suspects and they were referred to the concerned authorities for further investigations.
Meanwhile, an Egyptian expatriate and a Filipina woman were arrested for violating the residency law.
KUWAIT CITY, March 19, (Agencies): “Any move to impose taxes on the remittances of expatriates in Kuwait will negatively impact the economy of Kuwait. The lawmakers of Kuwait should conduct a thorough study of the issue before proposing laws in this regard”, says a financial expert from Kuwait.
This is in response to the insistence of several lawmakers to impose taxes on the remittances of expatriates under the hope that it could generate a new source of income for the state, as Kuwait has been dealing with the financial consequences of the fall in the oil prices.
Currently, about 70 percent of the population of Kuwait, which is a total of 4.3 million, constitute of expatriates.
According to one of the proposals in this regard, expatriates will pay two percent for remittance less than KD 100, up to four percent for remittance between KD 100 and KD 499, and five percent for remittance exceeding KD 500.
However, Vice-President of the Money Exchange Association Talal Bahman indicated that such proposed taxes are not expected to bring in any significant revenues for the state but will instead have negative effects on foreign investments which would help the country in diversifying its sources of income. He stressed the need for the state to focus on creating revenue-generating jobs for Kuwaitis, boost its domestic production and reduce imports.
Bahman also stressed the need for lawmakers to be cautious when they propose economic legislation without thoroughly studying their results and impacts on the country as a whole, as several lawmakers have been pushing for ways to confront the current population imbalance, including imposing taxes on expatriates.
Regarding the statement made by MP Safa Al-Hashim in this regard, Bahman urged the lawmaker to review such statements related to the economy before issuing them, as endorsing decisions without conducting proper studies will cause economic burdens that the citizens will have to directly or indirectly bear.
He said, “MP Al-Hashim and those before her who spoke about the size of expatriates’ transactions did not consult the association, which is the official body in Kuwait that deals with this sector and is more informed about the work mechanism and repercussions of any changes to it. Therefore, consulting the association in this regard is a necessity”. He reiterated that the calls to impose charges for the expatriates’ transactions was done without studying its repercussions on the entire economy sector, which consists of more than 40 Kuwaiti companies.
Bahman indicated, “Some of the recent statements represent nothing more than means for collecting funds. In fact, it will result in very less returns and will not represent an actual added value in the national economic balance, or even stimulate the economic situation with a new activity that qualifies to be an income diversification source. Instead, it will end up becoming a new burden”.
He went on to say, “The actual economic reforms should be initiated by opening the way for operational activities and enriching them in order to create job opportunities. Financial returns must be generated through real productive operations that depend on the national manpower as the main factor, while taking into consideration the country’s needs for productive operations”. Bahman added, “It will reduce import of foreign products in favor of the local products, and result in two benefits — reducing the money that leaves Kuwait when buying consumer goods, and creating economic activity which brings real added value on the national economy”.
Apart from the above, he said the proposals of these MPs contradict the moral values upheld by the state and its status of “A Humanitarian Country”. Bahman said, “Kuwait, instead of punishing expatriates, should focus on fostering an attractive environment for them that will encourage them to invest in Kuwait and save their money here. This means providing real investment opportunities which could raise levels of liquidity in the market and will lift up the Kuwaiti economy as a whole”.
He reiterated, “Studies should be undertaken to prepare an economic mechanism which will produce an environment that will lead expatriates to pump their money in Kuwait economy. This mechanism would create a new activity which will stimulate the country’s economy as a whole, far from the idea of levying, which will end up affecting citizens first before the expatriates and leave negative effects irrespective of whether the taxes are implemented or not”.
Bahman warned that taxing remittances of expatriates will force them to opt for alternative ways to send money home such as through black market and money laundering.
To clarify this, he presented six anticipated consequences in case the charges and taxation proposal is implemented:-
■ Expatriates will resort to “black market” to get better prices without paying the taxes imposed on them. This will negatively affect the activities of the exchange companies which are already suffering for the past two years due to illegal exchange market.
■ Expatriates will resort to “Arbitrage” activity, which is a trade that profits by exploiting the price differences of identical or similar financial instruments on different markets or in different forms. This activity is used in maintaining the value of their transactions, which means there will be an increase in the purchase of branded items and a justified increase in demand, which will increase the prices. This in turn will affect citizens.
■ Money laundering through arbitrage and black market which is unregimented and have no limitations.
■ The cost of monitoring and control will increase in Kuwait, because the concerned agencies will need new mechanisms to cope with the changes and collect dues.
■ Skilled professionals will leave the country and seek employment elsewhere in other countries. Such labor force had preferred Kuwait in the first place due to its low per capita economic burden in terms of saving returns.
■ Salary increases due to the increased cost of living, which will be the effective and practical way for a company to retain its expatriate workforce that is always looking for greener pastures elsewhere.
This means such salary increments will have to be covered by citizens.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT: The Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to the State of Kuwait from 6-7 March 2017,