The parliamentary Health, Social Affairs and Labor Committee has rejected the proposed establishment of a joint stock company for recruiting domestic workers. Speaking to reporters after the panel meeting on Sunday, Committee Chairman MP Saad Al-Khanfour said the draft bill, which was presented by MP Kamel Al-Awadhi, stipulates that the Public Institution for Social Security (PISS) will own 25 percent of the company’s shares, 25 percent for Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and 50 percent for public subscription.
He added both institutions sent letters rejecting the bill. Committee Rapporteur MP Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi revealed he was one of the proponents of the bill but he opted out when the Parliament agreed in its previous session to merge the Domestic Workers Authority Bill with this proposal. He confirmed the panel was swayed by the explanation of PISS and KIA on their decision to reject the bill. He said the committee decided to seek the opinion of the Capital Markets Authority, particularly on public subscription in which the companies listed on the bourse will be given priority. He added the panel will complete its report about the bill before the next legislative session.
Meanwhile, the Legal and Legislative Committee has rejected proposals related to the naturalization of the children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis. Committee Chairman MP Mubarak Al-Harees said four bills on the amendment of Article Five of Nationality Law Number 15/1959, which stipulates conditions for granting the Kuwaiti citizenship, were discussed in the meeting. He admitted the committee members have different opinions about these bills, especially on whether the Kuwaiti woman is natural-born citizen or naturalized, but in the end all the bills were rejected.