A total of 330,000 expatriates are registered under 5,500 government contracts while the Government Contracts Department at the Public Authority for Manpower is currently making adjustments in the status of 19,000 foreign workers under the terminated government contracts, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting Director of the department Nasser Al-Suheil. Al-Suheil disclosed the department issued 64,000 new work permits this year, indicating that Indians and Egyptians constitute a huge percentage of the expatriate workforce in the country. He added the recruitment of Nepalese workers requires approval of the Interior Ministry.
In another development, he said the department renews files of BOT contracts every five years and they are considered long-term contracts.
On the repetitive malfunctioning of the electronic system in the department, Al-Suheil admitted this led to delays in the work procedures He also affirmed that the department is keen on addressing the problems of big companies through a series of meetings with their representatives.
Meanwhile, the latest statistical report from the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) revealed that most youths seem reluctant to get married despite living in a society which does not face financial problems and believes in the sanctity of marriage, reports Al-Qabas daily.
According to the report, the number of bachelors in Kuwait reached 1,269,778 while the number of married couples totaled 1,893,644. On the other hand, the number of divorcees reached 76,755 and 38,854 are widows/widowers whereas the marital status of 28,437 is unidentified.
The report showed that the number of married Kuwaiti women reached 231,360; 489,616 Arabs; 15,579 Asians; 200 Africans; 695 Europeans; 1,518 North Americans; 169 South Americans and 146 Australians.
Source: Arab Times