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Kuwait’s electricity and water to lay off staff

The power plants’ operation and maintenance sector at Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water has already started cutting expenses and reducing the number of expat technicians

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The power plants’ operation and maintenance section of Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water has already started cutting expenses and reducing the number of expat technicians, a senior official has said.

Fuad Al-Oun, assistant undersecretary for power plants’ operation and maintenance that the sector would reduce 34% of the total number of labourers working in operation and maintenance.

He also noted that the decision was made after Kuwaiti workers scored high in performance assessment reports for 2015 with 81% of them ranked as excellent and 13% as very good.

“This shows that national workers are now reliable enough to run the sector efficiently without the need to increase the number of expats,” Oun said, adding that the decision would help save around KD3 million.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s national assembly this week agreed to hold a special debate next month to discuss government plans to lift or reduce subsidies on public services and fuel. The government is expected to brief the assembly with the recommendation of a study by an international consultant agency proposing raising the prices of petrol, electricity and water as part of a comprehensive reform program.

Anas Al-Saleh, the minister of finance told reporters that the government program deals with rationalisation of subsidies and economic reforms to stimulate the private sector and national economy as a whole.
Saleh said that the difference between Kuwait and other Gulf states, which have taken decisions to raise prices in the wake of budget deficits is that the Kuwaiti government has constitutional obligations.

Saleh also said that the government has calculated revenues in next fiscal year's budget at an oil price of just $25 a barrel, sharply lower than the $45 price adopted in the current fiscal year 2015/2016 which ends on March 31.

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