Finance Ministry to handle expat residential project - Cabinet inaugurates 'spokesperson' workshop!

KUWAIT: The Cabinet was informed yesterday that a project dealing with a residential compound for the expatriate community in Al-Shadadiya area has been assigned to the Ministry of Finance. In its weekly meeting at Bayan Palace, presided over by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Cabinet was notified that necessary procedures will be completed to offer the deal to all companies interested in undertaking the project.

At the onset of the meeting, the Cabinet looked over letters exchanged between His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concerning the 23rd International Energy Conference slated for October 9-13 in Istanbul. Moreover, the Cabinet was informed about His Highness the Amir’s visits to Thailand and Brunei. Meanwhile, His Highness the Prime Minister briefed the Cabinet on his participation in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he represented His Highness the Amir in a speech on Kuwait’s humanitarian efforts all across the globe.

In the speech, His Highness the Prime Minister underscored Kuwait’s support of the fight against terrorism. On meetings he held with leaders of various nations during the assembly, he said the talks centered on bilateral ties and strategies to enhance them, in addition to issues of mutual concern. Furthermore, the Cabinet also studied Kuwait Central Bank’s (CBK) report for the year 2015, which contained details and facts on the nation’s economy and Kuwait’s economic performance in 2015. The report also featured such intricacies as local prices of goods, the country’s expatriate community and the latest financial developments. CBK’s report also provided information on Kuwait’s international commercial ties and recent activity in the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE).

‘Spokesperson’ workshop
Also, the Cabinet, in cooperation with the Ministry of Information yesterday inaugurated the first workshop for official spokespersons. Several government bodies have sent representatives to attend the three-day event, themed “bases and skills of communications for a spokesperson.” The cabinet Development Committee has urged paying further attention to official spokespersons for their significant role to deliver correct and positive information to the society, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information Tarek Al-Mazram said, on behalf of Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, sponsor of the workshop.

He added that many government projects need to support their media message to show their true image. He underlined the importance of a spokesperson’s role in both traditional and emergent media. There are wonderful stories in the work of government bodies that need to be highlighted, Al-Mazram said, referring to the media offices in some ministries that are “active through the year.” He cited the Health Ministry as an example. The workshop focused on a spokesperson’s tasks, skills and body language (nonverbal communication skills), as well as abilities to convey a positive message. – Agencies

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