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Kuwait takes into consideration civil servants' interests in departments' merger
January 8, 2019, 5:38 pm

The Kuwaiti Government is taking a careful approach with regards to the merger of the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) with the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), particularly taking into consideration the interests of the employees and the country, a top official affirmed on Tuesday.

The government is quite willing to consider recommendations by the Audit Bureau, the Parliamentary Accounting and Final Accounts Committee, the Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee with respect to the integration and transfer of jurisdictions of the MGRP and PAM, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad AlSabah, addressing a regular parliamentary session.

Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled made the comments during a debate in response to a letter by MP Mohammad Al-Dallal on tasking the Parliamentary Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee to examine the incorporation. Moreover, the government is keen on cooperating with the legislative authority, on basis of Article 50 of Kuwait Constitution, as to non-intervention in issues of any authority, he said, however, he added that its cooperation would not imply stripping it of its right as an executive authority to take decisions, in line with its prerogatives.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled pledged that the government would take into consideration interests of the citizens and the country "in any decisions it may take as stipulated in the jurisdictions accorded to it." Meanwhile, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqil also spoke during the session, affirming in part that the planned merger triggered concerns about employees' "legal status" and financial conditions, indicating that the process should ensure that the staff is paid fairly. 

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