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October 24, 2018, 9:04 am
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Panel preps actionable recommendations on jobs crisis

Member of the parliamentary Job Crisis and Replacement Committee MP Mohammed Al-Dalaal has confirmed that his committee will soon submit its report which includes actionable recommendations on the job crisis and replacement policy.

He disclosed the committee will reform its structure in the next legislative term as it monitors an important issue concerning every Kuwaiti household, in addition to a directive to seek effective means for ensuring cooperation with the executive authority.

He pointed out the executive authority continues to withhold information from the National Assembly due to its lack or poor vision in addressing the job crisis and the employment of Kuwaitis in the public and private sectors.

He elaborated that the governmental vision on the issue is made even more complicated by the fact that Kuwaitis refuse to work in the private sector. He then stressed the need to address this issue promptly, considering the rate of non-Kuwaiti employees in this sector is currently estimated at 85 percent.

Nevertheless, the committee strongly believes the government is not doing everything it can to solve the issue because there are still non-Kuwaitis working in the public sector; taking into consideration that statistics revealed the unemployment rate is expected to rise by six percent in the near future while those specialized in some fields are unable to find jobs.

“How could engineers fail to find a place to work in an oil-rich country?” the MP asked while revealing that the committee is planning to draft several laws which will effectively funnel Kuwaiti manpower into the private sector.

He also stated that the government puts no effort in informing the Kuwaiti public about the specializations needed by the country, advising the government to include an article in its development plan to disclose professions and specializations needed by the country and avoid flooding the job market with undesirable majors.

Furthermore, although politicians reached a concession that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) cannot be at fault, the MP called on the government to review the performance of the CSC as he claims it was sub-par in the recent past.

The MP cited the most recent statistics which showed the number of Indians in the country reached 500,000; followed by the Egyptians at 400,000 and Bangladeshis at 150,000. He underscored the importance of decreasing the number of workers from these communities to guarantee the progress of any initiative to solve the Kuwaiti job crisis.

He clarified this is not discrimination against such respected communities, affirming their services are noted and well-appreciated; but their number is too high to be dusted off. He said it is time for the government to enact its previous decrees on limiting the number of foreign workers in the country.

Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Committee has approved the core policy of the Arabian Court for Human Rights Bill and mutual legal assistance in penal matters between the State of Kuwait, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. International agreements usually meet a lot of obstacles in terms of approval, but the two cases discussed in the recent meeting of the committee were endorsed in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the country.

This paved way for unanimous approval and referral of the abovementioned agreements to the National Assembly for deliberation. In another development, the oil sector has always been the target of political scrutiny for the sole reason that it is the lifeline of the country.

Therefore, the Ministry of Oil and its officials have been subjected to parliamentary tools; hence, the pile up of cases, queries and demands throughout the years.

For this reason, the ministry formed committees to look into these issues, but MP Hamdan Al-Azmi submitted a series of queries to Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Bakheet Al- Rasheedi about the reasons behind the formation of these committees considering the presence of a legal team for this purpose.

Forming committees adds to the expenditures of the ministry, as the law obligates it to provide members with financial compensation for their additional work so the MP wonders why files are not referred to the legal team within the ministry. If this is due to work load, the MP requested for detailed documentation on the overload of cases to determine those requiring revision.

Source: Arab Times

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