Assistant Secretary- General for Planning at the Secretariat of Planning and Development Talal Al-Shammari disclosed that Kuwait has not witnessed any cases of poverty and hunger.
He indicated that the average gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase to 5.9 percent with the execution of the projects of development plan for 2015/2016 – 2019/2020 such that the targeted average will increase the per capita income if the Kuwaiti population increases by 2.6 percent annually.
Al-Shammari explained that the absence of cases of poverty and hunger is consistent with the goals specified in the development plan for strengthening the agriculture sector and ensuring sustainable agriculture.
The role of this sector must be supported, modern technical methods in this regard must be applied and the rate of the sector’s development must be increased in order to increase the rate of self-sufficiency and the capacity of productive projects that are environment friendly.
He stressed the need for rationalization of electricity and water consumption, increasing the total production capacity of water distillation plants and bolstering the strategic water reserves by 1.040 million imperial gallons daily in five years. Al-Shammari said the development plan also has the strategic project called ‘Expansion of wastewater treatment plants in Ali Sabah Al Salem’ worth KD 590.3 million which is aimed to reduce the negative impacts of the increasing wastewater in the surrounding environment.
He affirmed that citizens and residents in Kuwait of all age groups are enjoying healthy lifestyle in accordance with the health-related goals specified in the development plan for ensuring healthy lifestyles with the participation of all sectors of the society. Al-Shammari stressed that the development plan has achieved success in the educational sector and led to improvement of Kuwait’s position in the international evaluation and measurement tests concerning the educational aspect.
He insisted that the private educational sector encourages and support participation to achieve quality which will reflect in the increase in the capacity of international educational institutions and will produce graduates based on the needs of the labor market.
Al-Shammari said, “In order to achieve what has been planned, it is vital to construct infrastructure that is capable of enduring and encouraging comprehensive industrialization, innovation and creativity to stay in line with the relevant goals such as increasing the rate of growth in the industrial sector, motivating the private sector to invest in relevant industries and developing exports other than oil in line with the goals of scientific research in the development plan”.