Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has brought to the attention of relevant officials to tighten control over markets and ban imports of Somali coal. The moves is as a result of fearsmoney earned from coal export in Somali may be indirectly used in financing terrorist activities. The ministry had received a letter from the United Nations on this subject. The steps have been taken as part of the United Nation’s work to remove financial resources which support crime.
Kuwait’s Social Affairs Ministry has announced a new Nurseries department will be established in the Ministry to manage and deal with the burgeoning number of nurseries in the country. The Deputy Undersecretary of Social Development and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs has said no new licenses will be issued until the new department is established. In addition, when a new license is issued new rules will be added or amended. A Ministerial Decision to this effect has recently been issued and was approved by the Civil Service Committee. Originally the Education Ministry was going to have responsibility for nurseries under a Decision but this was rejected. Under the new Decision, the Mother and Childhood Department will be replaced.
Kuwait’s Health Minister has announced a technical committee has been established to review patient safety procedures involving the use of anaesthetics during surgery and dental procedures. The announcement was made in a Ministerial Decision. It follows the death of a child at a dental clinic after they were given local anaesthetic during treatment. The committee will be led by the Ministry’s Undersecretary for technical affairs as well as the chairman of the anaesthesia departments’ council, the head of the anaesthesia college at Kuwait’s Institute for Medical Specialities, the director of quality and approval, the director of drugs registration and supervision, the director of dental medicine department and a senior legal specialist. It will review procedures and local and general anaesthetic policies in hospitals, specialist centres and clinics and will follow new internationals standards in anaesthesia. It will have one month to complete its work and will then submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Health Minister.
The Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD), Public Security Sector and Environment Public Authority have launched an inspection campaign to identify those violating safety regulations in the Qurain Market area. A number of warnings have been issued during the campaign, after violations of public safety were discovered in public markets and restaurants. Decisions will be issued to close down places where these violations could lead to serious dangers.
Kuwait plans to issue multiple entry visas to nearly 400 Iraqi businessmen following an agreement between the two countries, according to the Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister of Services Affairs Khalid Al-Roudhan. A special committee has been formed with Iraqi officials called the ‘White List’, and its activities will include issuing multiple entry visas to nearly 400 Iraqi businessmen. The plan is to have free markets operating between Kuwait and Iraq and discussions have reached an advanced stage in this area.
Kuwait’s Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority has announced it is accepting applications for a virtual telecommunications operator in the country. When the license for this virtual operator is issued, they will be the fourth telecommunications provider in the country. They will join Ooredoo, Viva and Zain. Applications have to be submitted by 14 November and the successful applicant will be announced by 6 February 2020.
Kuwait’s National Assembly has approved various legislation at their second reading, including an amendment to the country’s Companies Law. The Assembly approved an amendment to the country’s Companies Law, Kuwait Law No. 1/2016 at its second reading. If approved, non-profit organisations will not be able to convert to profitable entities. It will also allow shareholders to assess a company’s position, prohibit the dissolution of a company because of capital loss and allow shareholders and owners to correct a company’s path.
According to local newspaper reports, the Kuwaiti Government has announced it has established a Committee to oversee the reduction of expatriate numbers in the country. The committee consists of representatives from a number of Government agencies and bodies including the Social Affairs and Labour and Interior Ministries and the Public Authority of Manpower. Various measures to ensure a reduction in these numbers have been proposed.
The Financial and Economic Committee of Kuwait’s Parliament has approved the amendments to the Tenders Law. Under the amendments, the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprise Development’s will join the board of directors of the Central Agency for Public Tenders. Membership terms and grievance periods are also laid out. It will receive its second reading next week.
The Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Health Ministry has asked all assistants, departments, health zone and hospital directors to list the employees authorised to work overtime, the work they do and how much they get paid. The aim is to ensure proper systems are in place for overtime and prevent profiteering. Overtime must also be approved by the Undersecretary and social media guidelines are also being drafted. Anyone who violates the guidelines will be punished.