Kuwait to make public sector workforce ‘100% Kuwaiti’

According to the sources, the ultimate goal is for the total workforce of the public sector to be solely comprised of nationals. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Kuwait to make public sector workforce ‘100% Kuwaiti’

  • The ultimate goal is for the total workforce of the public sector to be solely comprised of nationals
  • The Kuwaitization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more of its citizens

DUBAI: Kuwait’s public sector is on track to achieve a 100 percent Kuwaiti workforce, according to sources close to the country’s minister of commerce and industry, local daily Kuwait Times reported.

According to the sources, the ultimate goal is for the total workforce of the public sector to be solely comprised of nationals.

An employment committee of the Gulf country’s National Assembly was formed to address the issue of high unemployment rates among Kuwaiti nationals by allocating jobs for them in the public sector and relieving expatriates of their roles there.

Kuwaiti MP Mohammad Al-Dallal on Sunday called for the need to check the growing numbers of certain expatriate communities, especially the Egyptian and the Filipino communities.

The Kuwaitization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more of its citizens, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Oman have also been trying to increase the number of locals in employment.


Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

Updated 22 April 2019
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Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

  • Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the US, Samsung has instead received brickbats
  • The hashtag #foldgate trended on Twitter because of the smartphone issues

SEOUL: Smartphone maker Samsung postponed media events for its Galaxy Fold planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, a company official said, days after reviewers of the foldable handset reported defective samples.
The official did not elaborate on reasons or rescheduling.
Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day.
Samsung said it received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the specter of the combustible Galaxy Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.
The reviewers’ reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.
Samsung has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple’s iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival Huawei Technologies has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.
The Samsung official on Monday said it had no change to its previously announced release date in the United States.
It plans to begin South Korean and European sales in May, and Chinese sales from an undisclosed date.