(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA))
KUWAIT, Sept 26 (KUNA) -- Acting Prime Minister, Minister Defense and Acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah apprised the Kuwaiti cabinet on his decision to cede the camp of the Southern Brigade to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW).
The decision, the second of its kind in September, signals the government keenness on ensuring the welfare of citizens, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Mohammad Al-Fares.
The camp, which is two kilometers long and two km. wide, is located to the west of Sabah Al-Hamad City, Al-Fares told reporters following the weekly cabinet meeting at Al-Seif Palace on Monday.
The cabinet members appreciated the decision as 'a generous initiative' from Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Sabah to address the housing question, he noted.
On the 92nd National Day of sisterly Saudi Arabia, due this Friday, the cabinet offers sincere congratulations to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud as well as the brotherly people of the Kingdom.
Praising the achievements of the Kingdom and its positive role in serving the Muslims and world peace, the cabinet wishes the sisterly Kingdom more prosperity, progress, stability and welfare under its wise leadership, Al-Fares pointed out.
Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Ali Fahad Al-Modhaf briefed the cabinet on the preparations for the start of the school year 2022-2023.
He elaborated on the arrangements made by the specialized committees on rehabilitation and maintenance of schools and educational facilities countrywide.
The cabinet expressed the best wishes for all students, calling for sparing no effort to ensure decent educational environment.
Regarding the implementation of mega projects, the cabinet discussed the recommendations of the competent ministerial committee and the report of the committee on state land regarding appropriation of areas for residential projects in urban areas.
The cabinet tasked Kuwait Municipality with speeding up the appropriation of plots of land, specified in the report, for the PAHW which will, in turn, distribute the plots among beneficiaries.
The municipality has to coordinate with PAHW and other competent state agencies to develop housing projects in these areas and report back to the cabinet within one month.
The cabinet debated the progress of the Leisure City project, the timelines of related projects, including Al-She'b park (T2), Failaka Island resorts and Al-Sebbiyah Leisure city, the status quo of Al-Shamlan pond, the upgrading of Kuwait International Airport, the labor city, the cargo city, Kuwait railway project, Al-Safarin marketplace, and the designing and development of rest houses along highways.
The cabinet discussed the latest report of the technical committee on the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway investment projects.
The cabinet tasked the committee to continue working with the two ministries of electricity, water and renewable energy; and communication, as well as Kuwait Municipality and the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation to finalize the development of the infrastructure on the two artificial islands (the northern and the southern) and facilitate the investment projects of along Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway.
Approving the donation of National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) to the state digital transformation drive, the cabinet lauded 'the generous contribution' as reflective of the private sector role in backing the state.
The cabinet members approved a recommendation, jointly raised by the legal committee and the Martyr's Bureau, to write off the remaining debts of martyrs to PAHW and Kuwait Credit Bank (KCB) and return the repaid funds to the martyr's families.
They also agreed a cybersecurity agreement between Kuwait's Ministry of Defense and the Italian National Cybersecurity Agency, an amendment of the Double Taxation Agreements (DTA) with Luxemburg against double taxation, and an amendment to the February 16, 1999, DTA with Switzerland.
The documents have been referred to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a prelude to final endorsement by the National Assembly.
The cabinet reviewed the latest developments of the situation in the Arab region and beyond. (end) gb
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