Cabinet mulls setting up shareholding company to run Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chairs the Cabinet’s weekly regular session yesterday. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The Cabinet discussed a recommendation made by Kuwait Investment Authority to establish a closed shareholding company to run Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, provided that it would be turned into a public joint company in the future through a public auction. During its weekly meeting yesterday, the Cabinet also asked the Ministry of Health to consider suggestions and recommendations made by the human and social development committee of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development to improve health services in the country.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has entrusted the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) with creating a national committee for research, scientific, technology and innovation. KISR will do the fresh mission with all relevant regulatory and legal aspects, in collaboration with other concerned state agencies, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a press statement following the meeting that took place at Bayan Palace. KISR will have to send a report to the Cabinet in this regard within a month’s time, added Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who doubles as Acting Minister of Information.

Furthermore, the Cabinet tasked the Ministry of Public Works to take required measures to speed up the implementation of beach development projects in the context of a relevant tourism development drive.

At the onset of the meeting, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, who chaired the meeting, briefed the ministers on the outcomes of the recent visit by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Kuwait. First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah then elaborated on the outcomes of his participation in the 9th session of the joint Kuwaiti-Bahraini committee held in Kuwait on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Cabinet voiced vehement regret at the recent bombing targeting a bus that carried evacuees traveling from the Syrian towns of Al-Foua’a and Kefraya to government-controlled areas. The bus blast left scores of people dead or wounded. The ministers offered sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this ‘heinous terrorist act,’ and wished the swift recovery of those wounded in the blast. – KUNA

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