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Kuwait to see its largest major government restructuring in history

21 September 2021

As part of largest restructuring ever in Kuwait’s history, the State plans to merge ministries, abolish a few, and create fresh strategies in the next four years.
Starting next year, the ministries of electricity, water and oil will be placed together under a single umbrella called ‘Ministry of Energy’, while another ‘Ministry of Economy and Trade’ would be created.

The department will be managing economic development, will take responsibility for national strategy for privatization and will manage the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Authority.

The plan is transfer the affiliation of KDIPA (Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority) to Ministry of Economy and Trade at the beginning of 2023, and develop strategies for a free economic zone and export promotion.

Kuwait’s future plan includes reviewing investment laws, bankruptcy, foreign ownership and PPP, evaluation, reform, simplification and digitalization of the commercial registration process, and facilitation of procedures for obtaining credit.

Kuwait’s roadmap also includes expanding the scope of Competition Protection Office, National Fund for Development of SMEs to incorporate innovation.
Kuwait plans to move the executive management of the country from operator to regulator through a government centre to be established early next year.
It has also been planned to dissolve the Ministry of Services, and create a new Ministry of Communications and IT in order to develop the ICT strategy, and build a smart national strategy ‘Towards a Smart Kuwait’ in line with Vision 2023.

Kuwait also plans to dismantle the Ministry of Information as of last quarter of 2024, and establish the Media Authority to implement media regulations in early 2023, the country decided.

Kuwait aims to establish six new local municipalities covering all its governorates, abolish Ministry of State for Housing Affairs and transfer powers and responsibilities to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

A new independent authority under the name ‘The Public Authority for Social and Housing Support’ will be established in early 2022.

Robin Vinod

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