Public Works Minister underlines commitment to infrastructure plans

December 27, 2018

KUWAIT: Making sure that proper infrastructure is in place for key residential projects is among the government’s chief priorities, Minister of Public Works Dr Jenan Boushehri said yesterday. The minister’s remarks came in response to a question by a lawmaker, during yesterday’s parliament session, over a residential project planned for Kuwait’s southern suburb of Khaitan. Boushehri, who also serves as minister of state for housing, underlined that “responsibility for infrastructure is primarily held by the ministry of public works.”

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf said that the government is taking the necessary measures to reclaim retained earnings found in a number of state bodies including Kuwait Port Authority, in addition to the oil sector. “We have taken back $12 billion worth of retained earnings from the oil sector,” the minister revealed.

Amir’s motivation

In the meantime, the Minister of Justice said that he is quite motivated by His Highness the Amir’s confidence in him, pledging to sincerely serve Kuwait in any post. Dr Fahad Al-Afasi, who doubles as Minister of National Assembly Affairs, said in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that he has been deeply honored with the confidence accorded to him by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in the cabinet reshuffle. “I have been placed in front of a great challenge; a challenge that spurs me to work more diligently and serve Kuwait continuously at any position I am assigned to,” minister Afasi added.

Afasi said that during his service as minister of awqaf he had made several accomplishments; such as a new administrative structure separating divisions’ jurisdictions and creating new posts. Elaborating, Afasi said he was co-architect of the “new mosque covenant” for regulating activities at the mosques, enactment of waqf funds laws, regulations for research and manuscripts’ authentication.

Manpower authority

Meanwhile, a daily reported yesterday that a resolution is expected to be made soon to put the Public Authority for Manpower under the jurisdiction of the newly-appointed Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel. The fact that the Public Authority for Manpower was not subjected to the newly-appointed Minister of Social Affairs Saad Al-Karraz or the newly-appointed Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel was cause for surprise, as the three bodies – the ministry of social affairs and labor, ministry of state for economic affairs and the manpower authority – had all been within former minister Hind Al-Sabeeh’s jurisdiction, Al-Rai reported yesterday.

Official sources quoted in the report noted that the manpower authority is presumed to be under Aqeel’s jurisdiction along with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP). The sources added that over her years in office, Sabeeh worked on gathering all labor market and demography-related bodies under the umbrella of the ministry of state for economic affairs.