His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has called for a reevaluation of plans amid volatile economic conditions in country with aim of cutting spending, Minister of Information said on Monday.
Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, also Minister of State for Youth Affairs, was speaking after a weekly Cabinet meeting, presided over by His Highness the Prime Minister, which tackled plans of reassessment concerning dispatch of patients to seek medical treatment abroad.
The Cabinet also has agreed to implement a recommendation by the Committee of Economic Affairs, to establish a free trade zone in the southern Al-Nuwaiseeb area. Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Yousef Al-Ali, in remarks during the meeting, revealed that the Ministry has assumed control over Al-Nuwaiseeb free trade area.
Moreover, the Cabinet also reviewed the implementation of annual plan for the years 2015/16, as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Development and Planning Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh, offered a detailed explanation of the country's future vision and developmental goals.
The annual plan for the years 2015/16 contains a total of 531 projects to be initiated by joint efforts of the country's public and private sectors. Al-Sabeeh also touched on some hurdles that could impede implementation of the projects, sharing with the Cabinet some strategies that can be employed to overcome these obstacles and facilitate the implementation of the projects. The Cabinet also discussed developments in a number of crucial issues in both regional and international arenas.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet also discussed a letter sent by British Prime Minister David Cameron to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. In the letter, Cameron extolled historic relations between Britain and Kuwait, underscoring firm commitment to preserving peace and security in the Gulf region.
Cameron also extended an invitation to His Highness the Amir to partake in the fourth International Donors' Conference slated for February in London. The conference is part of efforts of mitigating human suffering in Syria.
The Cabinet also reviewed a letter by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Co-Chair William Henry Gates, who thanked His Highness the Amir for the hospitality during a recent visit to the country. Gates also lauded His Highness the Amir's dedication to humanitarian causes across the globe.
The Cabinet also discussed the impending visit of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who is due to arrive in the country on Tuesday. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's visit to Kuwait last week was touched upon, where a total of seven agreements on cooperation in a myriad of fields were signed between Kuwait and Mexico.
With the onset of national day celebrations in the country, Sheikh Salman noted that a special flag raising ceremony was held earlier on Monday, heralding the commencement of celebrations of the 55th national day, 25th anniversary of liberation from Iraqi occupation and the 10th anniversary of His Highness the Amir assuming power.
Given the enormity and festive nature of the occasion, Sheikh Salman said that His Highness the Prime Minister extends sincerest congratulations to the people of Kuwait, wishing persistent peace, prosperity, security and stability in the country.