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Oil sector’s expatriate technical staff irreplaceable: Sources

KUWAIT: Lawmakers’ threats to grill Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Khaled Al-Fadhel if he fails to replace expatriate employees in the oil sector with national manpower cannot be implemented, according to official sources.

Parliamentary demands call for appointing Kuwaitis to replace expats in technical jobs, which cannot be implemented completely, because job vacancy advertisements are made according to needs, while contraction through private companies contributed to making the job easier, the sources said.

Furthermore, the sources argued that MPs are interfering in ‘purely technical matters’ and want to impose employment at the expense of competency and need. They said oil companies make annual ads to employ Kuwaitis, and choices are made according to test results. “There is no way to let go of expats if there were no experienced Kuwaitis to replace them,” the sources said.

Imported fish
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a circular stating that companies that import fish to Kuwait should be informed to clearly mark imported ‘Zubaidi’, ‘Balool’, ‘Nagroor’, ‘Subaiti’ and ‘Sheem’ fish before putting it on sale. Imported fish should have part of their tails cut as a distinguished mark starting Jan, 20, 2019, the circular explained.

Mubarak Hospital
Deputy Rector of Kuwait University for Medical Sciences Dr Adel Al-Hunayan said it is necessary to designate an educational hospital for the university due to its importance in training and qualifying students, as well as conducting research. He said a committee between the university and health ministry plans to start working again on moving Mubarak Hospital back under the university.
Hunayan said the importance of an educational hospital that belongs to Kuwait University’s medical sciences center lies in the necessity of students receiving training under the supervision of academics, adding that most medical students are receiving training in public hospitals where health ministry doctors work, which causes difference in training agendas, while academic doctors will be absent from supervising them.

By A Saleh

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