KUWAIT: Well-informed sources said that Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel is expected to make a decision by the beginning of December on amending the percentage of hiring Kuwaitis in the private sector and increasing it at the expense of expats. The sources added that the decision is being currently reviewed to increase the percentages of citizens from the current 40-50 percent to at least 60-75 percent. “The percentages were set after consultation with the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the banking sector and telecom and insurance companies. Banks already have Kuwaitis close to over 90 percent of their staff,” the sources stressed. In other news, and responding to an inquiry by MP Khalil Al-Saleh, Minister of Social Affairs Saad Al-Kharraz said that 196 of his ministry’s employees and 94 at the disabled affairs authority had voluntarily resigned between 2016 and 2018.