Gov’t Looks to Upgrade e-Services to Address Corruption, Visa Trafficking in Kuwait

With the support of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and in cooperation with the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), the 6th E-Government Forum (EGOV6) was successfully launched with the theme: ‘Managing Transformation Towards Digitalization’ in the Al-Baraka Ballroom of Crowne Plaza hotel last December 4 (Tuesday), as shared in a report by the Kuwait Times.

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The forum highlighted the importance of guiding change through the digital transformation journey. Regarding this, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khaled Al-Saleh pointed out that enhancing the level of digital services in the country is of great concern, citing its role in addressing corruption through e-services which will eliminate the need for human intervention in the process.

Gov’t Looks to Upgrade e-Services to Address Corruption, Visa Trafficking in Kuwait
Image Credit: JackVersloot/Flickr, PAM

Kuwait Gov’t to Boost e-Services to Address Corruption, Visa Trafficking

Among those who gave a presentation at the forum was the Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan, who also heads the committee which handles the upgrading and automation of government services. Following Roudhan’s presentation, Minister Saleh gave instructions to the economic committee of the Council of Ministers to review government agencies which need to be prioritized and be given support in upgrading their e-services in order to improve their delivery system and overall services.

In other similar news, the Public Authority for Manpower’s (PAM) deputy director for Human Resources and Financial Affairs Sultan Al-Shaalani shared that in their department’s bid to regulate marginal labour in the country, they have recently inked a memorandum of understanding with Egypt to recruit labourers through an automated electronic system. The e-linkage system, which is a joint undertaking of both countries, is set to be implemented by early 2019.

The e-linkage system will manage the recruitment of skilled and qualified labour only, and in this manner, will help address the issue of visa trafficking in the country according to Shalani.

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