Kuwait has implemented a ban on foreign flags and anthems at public and state events

The Kuwait Cabinet, during its weekly meeting on Tuesday, July 2, approved several draft decree-laws. These have been sent to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for final approval.

The meeting at Bayan Palace was chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. After the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Shereeda Abdullah Al-Mousharji announced that the Cabinet sent congratulations to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and the people of Kuwait for the upcoming Islamic New Year 1446 AH. The Cabinet noted the Civil Service Commission’s decision to suspend work in all ministries and government entities on Sunday, July 7, 2024, resuming on Monday, July 8, 2024.

The Cabinet discussed the Ministerial Legal Affairs Committee’s recommendation on the draft decree-law for the unified system for voluntary work in GCC member states, approving it and referring it to His Highness the Amir. They also reviewed the Ministerial Economic Affairs Committee’s recommendations on draft decree-laws for the 2024/2025 budgets of ministries and government entities. Minister of Finance Dr. Anwar Ali Al-Mudhaf presented these matters, and the Cabinet approved and referred them for final approval.

The Ministry of Finance was tasked with presenting financial and economic reforms to ensure sustainability and maximize non-oil revenues, with quarterly reports on the state budget’s implementation. The Cabinet instructed measures to address public fund misuse and assigned a committee to draft a government action plan for national aspirations and sustainable development.

The Cabinet emphasized compliance with official working hours in government entities and tasked the Civil Service Commission to monitor this. Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Wasmi updated on efforts to draft legislation abolishing statutes of limitations on state debt collection to protect public funds. Regular updates will be provided.

The Cabinet also barred public and governmental institutions from raising foreign flags or playing foreign national anthems at official occasions.- KUNA

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