Cabinet examines Iraq conference’s outcome, regrets deadly incidents

Ministers review report on removing housing projects’ obstacles

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (center) chairs the cabinet’s meeting yesterday. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The ministers at the weekly regular cabinet session yesterday congratulated Their Highnesses the Amir and the Crown Prince on the national days, admiring His Highness the Amir’s pledge to pay prisoners’ debts and aid orphans as well as examining outcome of Iraq rebuilding conference. At the external level, they expressed deep sorrow at the deadly shooting spree in Florida, the US, and Sunday’s crash of an Iranian passenger plane. The session, held at Seif Palace, was chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Following the session, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh said the ministers extended in the beginning of the meeting their sincere felicitations to Their Highnesses the Amir and the Crown Prince on the 57th anniversary of the national day and the 27th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation.

The ministers were notified about His Highness the Amir’s latest humanitarian initiatives, pledging to pay debts burdening imprisoned citizens and residents and allocating financial grants for the orphans at his expense. They lauded His Highness for the generous acts, which depicted the distinguished relationship with his faithful people. They expressed satisfaction at outcome of the recently held international conference for rebuilding Iraq, namely the donors’ pledges to aid the neighboring country with $30 billion, including $2 billion to be given by Kuwait, in appreciation for Iraq’s sacrifices in fighting terrorism.

They turned to some local matters, examining two recommendations by the legal affairs committee regarding a bill amending some provisions of the Law 71/2013, enacting a legislation for regulating patents in the GCC states and another related to the unified regulations for combating commercial fraud in the GCC countries. The two bills were blessed and referred to His Highness the Amir, pending submission to the parliament.

Moreover, they reviewed a recommendation by the economic affairs committee on honoring offset commitments, whereby the cabinet assigned the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority to prepare a list of proposed ventures and report back in a month. The ministers were briefed about a recommendation by the commission about the eighth regular report by the permanent committee for improving the business environment and enhancing competition.
Public service committee’s recommendation was also scanned regarding a report by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare on removing obstacles at Saad Al-Abdullah South City. The ministers decided to task the Public Authority for Industry and the Public Authority for Agricultural Resources and Fisheries to rapidly remove these hurdles and report back in two weeks. The ministers were also informed about a recommendation regarding a report by the housing authority about Al-Metlaa housing venture.

Externally, the cabinet expressed deep regret at the shooting incident in Florida where a number of people died or suffered injuries, also condemning this horrific and terrorist act that targeted the innocent. The ministers expressed identical sentiments toward regretful fate of the Iranian plane passengers who perished in the aircraft crash on Sunday, expressing condolences to the friendly people of Iran. – KUNA

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