A total of 128,897 expatriates were found to have violated the Residency and Labor laws in 2014, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting the latest statistics issued by the General Criminal Investigation Department.
The department pointed out this figure is about five percent of the population of expatriates in the country, adding that the warnings issued so far have not exceeded 20 percent of the number of violators due to the absence of an effective mechanism in this regard.
Meanwhile, the development plan for fiscals 2015-2020 showed that the expatriate workforce has low academic qualification as 70 percent of them have not reached the intermediate level. Sources said this is a clear manifestation of the absence of standards in the recruitment of expatriate workers and this practice has negatively affected the development process.
Meanwhile, MEED Magazine disclosed that six oil and gas projects valued at 11.6 billion dollars have been suspended in Kuwait lately prompting fear of a possible delay in the final date of presenting this year’s project, reports a local daily.
The magazine explained that Feb is the deadline of presenting bid in the six projects, but the companies have been requested to submit their offers in March and April, indicating the last date for receiving final offers in the three projects related to Zour Refinery has been postponed to March 10, while the fourth and the fifth projects are under evaluation.
Kuwait Oil Company has postponed the final date for presenting offers for implementation of the project related to the collection of pipelines to transmit fluids from many wells to three aggregated centers in North Kuwait, as the date has been postponed to April 5, and among the companies participating in bidding is the British Company Petrofac and Daelim from South Korea.
In another development, the Civil Service Commission (CSC), in a meeting with Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh recently, approved the proposed financial rewards for those tasked to implement the development projects within the deadline, reports a local daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the financial reward for undersecretaries ranges from KD250 to KD500, the assistant undersecretaries will get KD225 to KD400, department directors will receive KD200 to KD400, supervisors will be paid KD100 to KD200, and employees will get KD50 to KD100. On the budget for recruitments in the government and private sectors, sources revealed a budget of KD619.1 million has been earmarked for hiring new graduates from universities, higher education institutes and intermediate schools. Sources said this is in addition to those with non-scientific qualifications in ministries, institutions and government or support bodies who want to work in private companies.