Rana Al-Faris: Kuwait is moving with confidence to implement “Vision 2035”, which holds a promising future for the country and the people in its horizons
Success in implementing partnership projects requires the accumulation of experiences in various aspects
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah said that the State of Kuwait has realized the importance of working to activate the concept of partnership between the public and private sectors in the implementation of projects, pointing out in this regard to the government’s keenness to update its laws over the years.
In his speech at the opening of the first Kuwait Conference on Partnership between the Public and Private Sectors held (remotely) and entitled (Partnership’s Journey towards Growth and Prosperity) under the patronage of the Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, Minister Hamad Al-Ali added that there is political support for developing the path of partnership between the public sectors. And the private sector to push the wheel of development, raise the level of government performance and provide services characterized by efficiency and high quality, calling for concerted efforts in various sectors “and achieving our ambitions for growth, development and prosperity for the post-Corona pandemic and its negative effects on society and the economy and its disruption of many vital plans and projects.”
He expressed the hope to benefit from the two-day conference by reviewing the successful experiences in other countries and the best practical methods adopted globally in this field from project planning, tendering, financing and implementation in an atmosphere of transparency and within sound legal frameworks that preserve the rights of all parties and achieve the material benefit and the desired interest for the country and the citizen.
He stated that the Kuwaiti government views partnership as an effective path to achieving construction, growth and renaissance, and an important strategy in achieving economic, social and financial balance and implementing sustainable development goals at various levels and in various fields through concerted efforts and a meeting of experiences for the public sector to play its full role in governance, regularity of the work mechanism, and preservation of the rights and interests of the state. and society.
Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali said, “We realize that achieving success in implementing partnership projects is not limited to enacting laws and updating them from time to time, but rather requires joint efforts, work and cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities, in addition to building scientific and practical expertise in the public sector, and keenness to build trust, transparency and sound governance between All parties.”
He stressed that “this is what Kuwait has sought since its establishment of the Public-Private Partnership Projects Authority and the Public Authority for Anti-Corruption (Nazaha)”, stressing the constant readiness to develop legislation and provide the necessary support and training for manpower to achieve the desired benefit from the potentials and capabilities of the two sectors.
He expressed his hope that the conference would end with recommendations that would contribute to achieving the desired goals and aspirations in building real and effective partnerships that would support the implementation of (Kuwait’s New Vision 2035) and achieve the principles of partnership, which are based on commitment, continuity and transparency.Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali stressed the need to work on creating a realistic societal perception of this mechanism that works to spread the culture that supports partnership between the two sectors and encourages citizens to develop and implement projects and double the ability to adapt to regional and international changes in this field.
In her turn, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Rana Al-Faris, said in her speech that the conference constitutes an important station for Kuwait given the importance of partnership between the two sectors, “and this is what I see daily in the Ministry of Public Works through the projects presented for implementation and what is actually being implemented.”
Al-Faris – who also holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Committee for Partnership Projects between the Public and Private Sectors – added that “it was not a coincidence that Kuwait became aware of the enactment of legislation and laws regulating the partnership a long time ago and worked to update them to keep pace with the requirements and trends of the times.”
It indicated that it had established the Public-Private Partnership Projects Authority, which works to activate the participation of the local and international private sector in financing, implementing and operating development and strategic projects in Kuwait.She indicated that success in implementing public-private partnership projects requires the accumulation of expertise in various administrative, financial, legislative, legal, technical and technical aspects, stressing that experiences accumulate through continuing to develop local competencies and using global expertise when needed.
She said that Kuwait is proceeding with confidence to implement the (New Kuwait Vision 2035), which holds a promising future for Kuwait and the Kuwaiti people in its prospects, and depends on the implementation of many major vital projects in various fields, and it requires double efforts from various state institutions and the concerted efforts of the public and private sectors to implement its projects.
She explained that Kuwait has approved many legislations to facilitate the entry of foreign companies into the Kuwaiti market, and that the Direct Investment Promotion Authority came to constitute a quick, easy and inexpensive entrance to the Kuwaiti market and in encouraging tax and procedural conditions.
For his part, CEO of Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Daman) Thamer Arab said in his speech that the conference reflects the economic and strategic orientation and the expansion of the scope of private sector participation as the most important pillars of the economic system and one of the main directions for facing challenges and implementing Kuwait Vision 2035.
Arab added that countries and governments seek to develop health care by investing in strategic partnerships between the two sectors and in Kuwait, noting that the company’s first projects in the health sector were through health insurance hospitals to become a health care destination for all workers in the private sector and the optional destination for citizens.