KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The number of expatriates working in the private sector has slowed from around 7 percent in 2016 to 5.7 percent in 2017, and to only 2 percent in 2018 and 2019, according to official statistics, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The statistics sent by the Ministry of State for Economic Affairs to the National Assembly showed that in 2016, the increase was about 100,000, falling in 2017 to 86,000, and the increase in 2018 amounted to 33,000, and in 2019 only about 24,000.
The total is currently 1.66 million workers in the private sector. Follow-up sources confirmed that this has several reasons, most notably the decline in economic activity in the past two years after the boom that prevailed earlier, especially when the oil prices hit record levels in 2013-2014, and the decline in economic growth are related to the reasons to increased fees on services that hit some expatriates who earned modest salaries, and as a result there has been a partial or total departure of families who have left the country entirely or the breadwinner has stayed behind while the family has left to ease the burden.
It is noteworthy that this has coincided with calls for increasing Kuwaitization and substitution, but this did not appear in the private sector as it appeared relatively in the public sector, because the number of citizens in the private sector did not rise, but fell from 72,549 in 2018 to 71,013 in 2019, i.e. 1,500 citizens left work in the sector in just one year.
There are also several reasons, most notably the continuation of the public service in competing with the private sector in several factors, most notably financial advantages and practical flexibility.
The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is in the process of issuing more regulatory decisions on the assessment of the need and signing of contracts for employment of workers on government contracts and has already begun to work on the estimated request of the contracting ministries, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources said that the assessment of the needs through PAM is a step to fight the visa traffickers who have taken the advantage of loopholes to hire workers in bulk much more than the actual requirement on a number of government projects and contracts.
PAM has taken measures after it was found that many contractors are not committed to providing employment within the projects for workers brought from abroad thus violating the terms and conditions of the contract. On the other hand, PAM announced Friday the temporary suspension of work at the Al-Saddiq Center which is dedicated to receiving entrepreneurs from Oct 6 for 30 days due to malfunction in air-conditioning units
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: Police are looking for four unidentified persons for abducting a Bangladeshi from a street in Sabah Al-Ahmad, taking him to an apartment in Fahaheel, beating him and forcing him to sign a document, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily added, the men then took the victim to their car, drove him to a dirt road in Sabhan and kicked him out of the car. A complaint has been filed with the Fahaheel Police Station
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: In its quest to eliminate the documentary cycle, reduce congestion and save time the government of Kuwait said more than 3 million expatriates working in the private sector will soon be able to renew their residence permits electronically from next October, reports Al-Qabas daily.
In this regard the IT Sector of the Ministry of Interior is in the midst of launching the project which will facilitate the renewal of Article 18 residence permits which will greatly help reduce congestion in the services ministries.
The service will be launched by the Ministry of Interior on its website. In addition to facilitating the renewal of residence permit of Article 18 visa holders, expatriates will also be able to renew the residence permits of wife and children without going to the residence affairs departments in their respective governorates.
This e-project from the technical point of view is the biggest and most important in the run-up to the new vision of Kuwait and automated transactions. Security sources told the daily that with the support of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers the linking of the government institutions and the technical systems have been completed most notably the renewal of the residence permits of the expatriates, their wives, children and domestic workers, if any.
The source added another important aspect of the service which will be introduced later is the possibility of applying for a visit visa for parents, wife or children if they are not residing in the country.
These services come after the completion of the automated linking process between the Ministry of Interior and several related institutions, most notably the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) as it is the body that has the data on the residence of expatriates and their relatives, and the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) which is the storehouse of correct names of expatriates in Arabic and Latin and the Ministry of Health thus facilitating the collection of fees automatically.
The residence fees shall be automatically collected through the website of the Ministry of Interior website through the Knet Company. However, in the case of application for a new residence permit the process will have to be completed through the residence affairs departments in the country. According to the sources, this project has been introduced following the successful application of renewal of residence permits of domestic workers, which was approved a few months ago.
A well-informed source told the daily 2020 will see the start of issuing visit visas for relatives of mother and father through the Ministry of Interior website and this will be followed by other types of residences which fall under the Articles (19) (24) and (22) to complete the cycle of automatic transaction process.
The Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers has played a major role in realizing the e-Residence Renewal Project which facilitates the following.
■ Payment of health insurance fees to the Ministry of Health (which is done via the Knet).
■ Residence sticker and mistakes in Arabic and Latin names (resolved by canceling the sticker and printing the correct name in the Civil ID).
■ Collection of fines owed to the Ministry of Interior (traffic, residence affairs) with the use of Knet Linking with the courts on the issue of cases and judgments and the implementation of judgments.
■ Renewal of residence permits for workers in the private sector, his wife and children, and his maid. A committee has been formed to prepare a modern vision on tourist visa issuance in line with the 2035 Kuwait Vision, which will change the face of the country and place it on the map of preferred tourist destinations in the Gulf region and the Middle East, reports Annahar daily.
The committee members are from the ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Information as well as the Immigration General Department. The committee will work on reducing the conditions for obtaining a tourist visa while widening the range of beneficiaries.
The most significant outcome of the tourism development plan, which ends in 2020, was the increase in the number of passengers at Kuwait International Airport to more than 16 million in 2018. This is in accordance with the country’s plan to develop and expand its transportation infrastructure.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24, (KUNA): Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called on Asia and Europe to focus on the common concerns of their nations, stressing the need to address hate speech and work hard to resolve the most critical world issues, especially the Palestinian issue.
Al-Ghanim made his remarks on Tuesday in a speech during the fourth meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan.
He pointed out to the worrying rise of hate speech that incites hatred, urging the European and Asian nations to focus on the vital issues of unemployment, energy and water problems, and development dilemmas in both continents. He confirmed centrality of the Palestinian cause, saying that Palestinians are still mourning the loss of their lands, homes, identity, and country 71 years ago.
Al-Ghanim called to put pressure on Israel and stand by Palestinian people in defending their just cause by activating “the mechanisms of political, human rights and moral deterrence”.
Al-Ghanim and a parliamentary delegation arrived in Kazakhstan on Sunday to partake in the fourth meeting of the Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, which kicked off yesterday and will last until this evening.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24 : Finally, more than 3 million expatriates working in the private sector can renew their residency electronically, in a step towards the completion of technical services and the application of e-government, to eliminate the paperwork and reduce the congestion in the corridors of ministries reports Al Qabas
The Ministry of Interior, is preparing to launch a new system to renew the residencies of Article 18 for civil sector workers, in October, in order to serve more than 3 million expatriates in the country.
This service, which will be launched by the Ministry of Interior through its website where it will be possible to renew the residence of the expatriate and his wife and children automatically without going to the passport offices/residence affairs in their governorates, nor carrying documents to review, this project is the largest and most important to keep up with the new vision of Kuwait towards the automation.
Sources also informed that with the support of the Economic Committee in the Council of Ministers has been completed linkages between government agencies, and the technical system will provide expats with a number of automated services, most notably the renewal of the residence of the expatriate and renewal of the residence of his wife, children and maid, in addition to another important service to come up is visit visa for relatives of parents, wife or children if they are not residing in the country .
These services come after the completion of the automated linking process between the Ministry of Interior and several related parties, most notably the General Manpower Authority as it is the body that has the data on the residence of expatriates and their relatives, and the General Authority for Civil Information regarding the names of expatriates as contained in Arabic and Latin and the Ministry of Health to collect fees automatically, and through The Ministry of Interior website will be charged the residence fees automatically through the company Knet competent to collect government fees, while the work of a new residence will be through the departments of residence affairs in the country at the moment.
According to the sources, this project came after the success of the project to renew the residences of domestic workers, which was approved months ago.
Sources informed the from year 2020 visit visas for relatives and parents will be made available online for expats
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 23: A Sri Lankan man recorded his suicide live through his mobile phone with his compatriot girlfriend in his flat in Kheitan.
After a few minutes, he kicked the box and hanged himself. His girlfriend rushed to his flat and with the help of another Asian, they took him to Farwaniya Hospital but he died.
A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances which prompted the man to commit suicide. Meanwhile, an Indian reportedly ended his life by committing suicide inside a general trading and contracting company, reports Al- Rai daily.
The man reportedly tied a rope to the scaffolding and ended his life. The remains of the victim have been referred to Forensics.
Source: Arab Times
Permit to open, renew medical facility KD 200 yearly
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 23: The Ministry of Health has introduced new fees for the certification of documents by the Medical Council and medical tests for expatriates if they apply for a job in the government sector, reports Al-Anba daily.
The daily added, if an expatriate needs to attest a sick leave granted by a private medical center or hospital in Kuwait or abroad, he/she will have to pay 2 dinars; the cost of medical test for persons seeking government employment is 20 dinars, the cost of disability certificate is 5 dinars; 10 dinars for a fitness certificate, ‘to whom it may concern’ certificate to determine the level of disability is five dinars.
The Ministry has also imposed 50 dinars for three months fee for the approval to advertise health-related products and 100 dinars for a license to advertise a health company or facility.
The Ministry will also charge fees to analyze the laboratories of the Department of Registration and Control of Medicinal and Vegetable Medicines.
The analysis includes medicines, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, medical supplies and all the materials which required to be analyzed. The analysis of the registered product is 15 dinars and 50 dinars for the unregistered, 30 dinars for analyzing a second time and 60 dinars when the request is repeated.
The Ministry has also approved fees for issuing an import or export license for narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances which is KD 30; fees for issuing a trade license for narcotics or psychotropic substances is KD 100, and KD 10 for stamping 50 prescription book of psychotropic substances and narcotic drugs, 5 dinars for approving the record of psychotropic substances and narcotic drugs per 400 pages.
The Ministry will charge KD 10 for certificate of good conduct, 10 dinars for the issuance of a certificate ‘To Whom It May Concern’, in addition to 10 dinars to translate the license in English.
The cost of permit to open a medical facility is 200 dinars per year and the same amount for renewal.
The issuance and renewal of oneday operations is for four years in line with the license period. A cost of licence for a permit for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is 200 dinars per year – operations and freezing embryos and other related services – renewal of licence charges for one year remain the same.
The fee for registration of a company with the right to marketing medicines, grafts, vaccines and registration of a manufacturing site is 500 dinars.
Source: Arab Times