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MP discusses ‘bill to recruit housemaids’ with US experts
April 26, 2015, 8:43 am

MP Kamel Al-Awadhi on Saturday met a delegation of political experts from the American Embassy to discuss his proposal to establish a national company for the recruitment of household workers. The MP submitted this bill in the early days of the current legislative term. He pointed out other GCC countries are now implementing a similar law “but Kuwait is still in the review stage, although the Cabinet approved the bill in February 2012.”

During the meeting, the MP affirmed that the establishment of this company will definitely lift Kuwait from the human rights blacklist - an essential step considering the humanitarian title given to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al-Sabah and the State of Kuwait.

The delegation was pleased to hear about the company’s end-goals; as well as the procedures and means of establishment, recruitment and employment. Al-Awadhi went on to assert that this bill does not aim to monopolize the industry or any other ploy nor shut down existing recruitment offices as long as they operate in accordance with the law. Majority of the Assembly members support the bill for the simple reason that it will polish Kuwait’s reputation regarding human rights.

The delegation confirmed full support, indicating they have been following up developments in the Parliament since the bill was announced. They also urged the Assembly to quickly approve and implement the bill to improve the reputation of Kuwait Furthermore, the parliamentary Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is scheduled to discuss the new Electronic Media Bill and the proposed amendments to the Print and Publication Law this week under the direct supervision of Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim. According to a statement issued by the Parliament’s Media Department, the discussion will continue for three days, during which a number of governmental officials and media experts will attend, alongside the representatives of concerned associations.

Committee Chairman MP Awda Al-Ruwaiee asserted this directive was issued due to the importance of e-media legislation considering the technological age we now live in. He added the threeday discussion will allow experts in the field to present their opinions on the matter at hand for the Parliament to consider them in drafting the law in a bid to serve public interests.

He stressed the Parliament will not rush into approving the bill to ensure the enactment of an ‘iron fist’ law that has no loophole and is appropriate for the Kuwaiti society; hence, the need for public inputs during the discussion. He pointed out the Parliament believes that it is important to consider public inputs in draft bills such as this one. Therefore, the Parliament opened the door for public inputs; urging concerned individuals, experts or associations to participate in drafting the law. He added the outcome of the discussion will be presented to the Assembly which will then to determine if amendments are required or not.

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