KUWAIT CITY, February 21: Attempts to tax remittances continue with MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji’s bill proposing that foreigners’ money transfers be taxed in any currency.
The bill covers remittances from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Except for the exempted categories stipulated in the contracts for the protection of investments and capital transfers.
The bill empowers the Central Bank of Kuwait to determine the categories according to the transfer amount and the corresponding tax, as well as the methods of monitoring and collecting taxes.
The collected tax is passed to the central bank, while banks and licensed companies that fail to transfer the collected tax to the central bank will be fined no more than KD 10,000.
Individuals, businesses, and corporations who break the law by transferring money through unaccredited currency exchange offices and banks will be sentenced to five years in prison or a double fine. The Council of Ministers will issue the law’s executive decree within three months of its ratification.
Meanwhile, MP Hassan Jawhar asked all interim ministers about the procedures they have put in place to strengthen cybersecurity. He wants to know how many Kuwaiti and foreign workers in each ministry have completed cybersecurity training since 2012 when the Central Information Technology Agency (CAIT) announced a plan to train 5,000 workers from 50 ministries and public institutions.
He asked whether each ministry had its own policy or whether everyone had adopted the state’s unified cybersecurity strategy, the demands of each ministry in the light of international criteria for database protection, the cybersecurity department in each ministry if a ministry or a of its subsidiaries has a contract with a private company in this regard. If such a company is or is not able to transfer the national database outside the country, procedures will be put in place to prevent such transfer, to expose the national security to the provision of cybersecurity and, if a neutral entity has been engaged, the level assesses cybersecurity in each ministry.
MP Mubarak Al-Arow directed inquiries to Interim Minister for Oil, Electricity, and Water, Muhammad Abdullah Al-Fares, regarding the handling of tender number RFB2066003 in favor of two Egyptian companies – Sino Tharwa Drilling Company and Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC) – for KD 12,944 million more while the lowest bid was KD 10,864 million. He asked whether there was a recommendation to select the above companies or not, why these two companies were not obliged to offer the lowest price, especially since the quality of the work and the criteria adopted were the same if the Ministry knew that the Sino Tharwa Drilling Company incurred losses of $ 33 million in 2019 and the work identified in tender number JOsc448 / w018, which was signed in 2019 due to its problems with the Gulf Petroleum Company, has not yet started, and when it did Penalties were imposed on Egyptian companies for late execution of the work specified in the tender, MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf asked Provisional Finance Minister Khalifa Hamada about the number of BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) projects the state will undertake by the fiscal year 2022 / To be handed over in 2023.
He requested copies of the reports on the operating conditions of each project, actions the ministry will take in case the projects do not meet the criteria, a public body overseeing the projects, the role of the higher committee on partner companies in this regard, report of the committee on each project and how the state manages the projects. Representative Osama Al-Shaheen conveyed to Interim Health Minister Dr. Basel Al-Sabah questions about the latest decisions of the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA), for example, that arriving passengers must be quarantined in hotels for seven or 14 days.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times staff