KUWAIT: A number of Cabinet members have praised their ‘brotherly and cordial’ meeting with MPs during a dinner banquet hosted by National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim at his Diwan in the presence of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr Ali Al-Omair said the government outlined the priorities of the development plan in collaboration with the National Assembly.
“There are some 37 draft legislations related to the prerequisites of the development plan which will be discussed by the Assembly in the coming weeks,” he told reporters, voicing hope that the legislations will be passed at early dates. “These drafts, which are on the agenda of the Assembly, deal with issues such as juvenile delinquency, franchises and public tenders,” Dr Al-Omair revealed. Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Ya’qoub Al-Sane’ said the meeting between members of the legislative and executive authorities opens new horizons for fruitful cooperation and amity.
“The current Assembly was able to make a legislative revolution during its past three legislative terms,” he said in similar press remarks. “The ongoing cooperation between the two authorities brought Kuwait back to its joyfulness and leading role,” Al-Sane’ said. He noted that the current Assembly puts the constitutional frameworks above all considerations and proved to be committed to the rules of correct parliamentary practices.
Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning and Development Affairs Hend Al-Sabeeh said the meeting with the MPs, part of an annual chain, reaffirmed commitment of members of both authorities to cooperation for the sake of the homeland. She thanked Al-Ghanim for this “kind gesture,” voicing hope that the fourth legislative term will add new achievements on all levels and meet the aspirations of the citizens. She added that the meeting did not touch on the interpellations some MPs plan to raise. On the plan for demographic restructuring, Al-Sabeeh said the implementation will start within two or three years and the plan could take three decades to complete.
For his part, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said the annual meeting at Al-Ghanim’s diwan has become “a good tradition.” He highlighted the importance of signing into law the draft bill on electronic media to bridge the legislative gap of the country in this regard. “The traditional media is controlled by law on publications and audiovisual content while the electronic media has yet to be regulated,” Sheikh Salman said.
“The competent bodies of the Ministry of Information made praiseworthy effort to work out a draft bill which does not affect the personal accounts or blogs on social media but only has to do with professional media,” he disclosed. The minister voiced hope that the bill will be discussed and passed during the coming legislative term. Meanwhile, Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr Youssef Al-Ali said the priorities of his ministry include the passing of the bills on franchises and insurance companies, and draft amendments to the law on competitiveness. The banquet gathered all cabinet members and 42 MPs who discussed the agenda of the fourth legislative term, due to start on Tuesday, October 27.- KUNA