The National Assembly has ended discussion of the grilling motion against Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Yousif Al-Ali after the approval of a number of lawmakers' recommendations, the Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim announced Tuesday.â€¨
In their motion, MPs Ahmad Al-Qodaibi and Mubarak Al-Hurais charged the minister for "having taken inappropriate decisions to give back gravel plots to their owners despite egregious violations to the conditions governing such give-back".â€¨They have also grilled the minister over delay in the operation of the national fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises.
The National Assembly then approved a number of recommendations without filing a no-confidence motion.â€¨The recommendations called on the Minister to reassure implementation of ministerial decision 87/1997 on terms of granting gravel import permits for industrial plots. They also called for "serious" action in providing plots for industrialists so that plots not be misused, as they currently are.â€¨
Earlier in the session, and during his answer to the grilling, Minister Al-Ali said the ministerial decision 54/2015 came to "correct a previous situation, and its within the minister's authoritative judgment and in line with institutional framework."
In the grilling, MP Ahmad Al-Qudhaibi charged the Minister for "having taken inappropriate decisions to give back gravel plots to their owners despite egregious violations to the conditions governing such give-back."
The Minister explained that despite misunderstanding of the role of the Public Authority for Industry, as well as constitutional discrepancy regarding the Minister's political responsibility, yet "I was keen on democratic prevalence and citizens' right to be informed."
MP Al-Qudhaibi said the minister "has committed several violations (regarding the gravel plots), requiring questioning him about them." On delaying the activation of the national fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises, the Minister said establishing the fund came upon directives of His Highness the Amir to help young entrepreneurs, yet "the fund is not only limited to financing projects.â€¨"Any project needs a 45-day feasibility study," he noted, adding that the fund has eight more objectives.