Finance Min.: Similar gov't bodies to be merged

KUWAIT, June 20 (KUNA) — Kuwait is planning to merge state and governmental agencies of the same activity into one entity, said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Oil Anas Al-Saleh on Monday.
“Our primary studies have proved that the merging process will serve these bodies better in executing their duties”, said Al-Saleh during a National Assembly session.
He added that the Cabinet had already given its initial approval of a plan to combine Kuwait General Administration for Customs and Kuwait Ports Authority, in addition to the Kuwait Direct Promotion Authority and the public-private sectors partnership authority, he added.
As for the government’s measures to reduce the numbers of expat workers in its bodies, Al-Saleh noted that the Civil Service Commission issued an order to halt the hiring of non-Kuwaitis, with exceptions for some cases.
Meanwhile, in a response to the possibility of increasing the numbers of Kuwaitis in the judicial field, Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sanea said it is up to the judiciary authority to look into this matter.
He noted that the judicial system may be able to receive bigger numbers of public prosecutors following the completion of the new Justice Palace, as well as the opening of Al-Farwaniya and Al-Jahra court complexes. (end) hrz.ag