In his Amiri address to the first regular session of the National Assembly's 15th Legislative Term, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah urged lawmakers to live up to the trust reposed upon them by the Kuwaiti electorate.
Congratulating the new MPs for gaining the confidence of the Kuwaiti people, His Highness the Amir expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the elections held on 26 November. He noted that the elections had brought into the parliament young ambitious lawmakers who prompt feelings of hope and optimism and consolidate the energy to "build our dear nation.”
Urging the lawmakers to keep Kuwait’s interests above that of their personal, sectarian, tribal and class considerations, His Highness the Amir reminded them that the Kuwaiti people have put their trust in them, urging the legislators to be eager not to break the trust and to rise to the level of people's confidence.
Addressing the parliamentarians, His Highness the Amir urged caution and vigilance against activities that target national unity. He referred to the surrounding perils, about which he had repeatedly warned against, and the colossal challenges that hinder the efforts aimed at protecting the nation, its security and stability; satisfying citizens and maintaining their dignity, as well as securing a dignified future for them and the future generations.
His Highness the Amir highlighted the remarkable efforts and the "watchful eyes" that have preserved the nation's security and have not allowed more terror crimes to take place. However, caution and vigilance remain a public national duty, His Highness the Amir said, urging "citizens, my brothers and my sons" to assume their responsibility, namely rejecting the heinous attempts for and disunity."
Referring to the country’s economy as yet another significant challenge, His Highness the Amir pointed to the huge decrease of state revenues resulting from the sharp falls of oil prices that have caused a considerable deficit in the budget. It is inevitable to initiate effective measures to remedy the deficit and alleviate its effects, His Highness the Amir said.
His Highness the Amir voiced confidence that the esteemed assembly will realize that reducing expenditure has come to be "inevitable" through well-studied arrangements to fix the imbalance of the state budget and to curb wasting and depletion of national resources, directing them toward their correct goals.
In the meantime, His Highness the Amir stressed keenness on easing the burden on people with limited income, and caring for social justice through regular review of these measures, amending them in line with the state revenues.
His Highness the Amir stressed that he is confident that Kuwaitis' love and allegiance to the nation, and their readiness for sacrifice, are by no means less than their ancestors. All have to realize that this is no time for political luxury, or making gains at the expense of Kuwait's higher interests, His Highness the Amir said.
His Highness the Amir told the first session of the parliament's 15th Legislative Term that sustainable development would remain a chief goal for the present and the future, as it is the "everlasting challenge that determines the fate of the society and the nation."
The fact that issues of security and the economic and financial reform as well as the unrelenting confrontation against corruption, does not at all mean ignoring the ills the nation is suffering from or the chronic diseases weakening the society, His Highness the Amir said. This prompts drawing up well-studied long-term scientific plans to overcome the ills and diseases, and to save the nation and the society from their vicious impact.
Such plans will have to be capped with paying more attention and showing further care to youth, listening to them, bringing them up on moderation, immunizing them against extremism and deviant thinking, educating them on how to accept others' views and enhancing their spirit of cooperation and collective work, His Highness the Amir pointed out.
His Highness the Amir called for opening the doors of the future wide for youth, as well as creating new job opportunities for the dozens of thousands of them who join the labor market annually. His Highness the Amir also stressed the need to improve public services, health, housing and the infrastructure, and above all reviewing and modernizing school curricula and teaching methods to cope with the with developments worldwide.
Concluding his speech, His Highness the Amir concluded his address to the assembly by emphasizing his confidence that Kuwait, which has overcome tribulations and hardships throughout history, will be able to counter all challenges and dangers, with help of Almighty Allah, and its loyal people.