Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister of Services Affairs Khalid Al-Roudhan has announced that following a meeting of the special committee, formed between Kuwait and Iraq to boost trade and commerce between the two countries, it was decided to issue nearly 400 Iraqi businessmen with multiple entry visas to Kuwait.
“We have an ambitious plan to open different markets,” said Roudhan, who was speaking during an open meeting at the Kuwait Graduates Society yesterday. “His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah wishes to have free markets with the Iraqis and we have reached an advanced stage.”
On a different note, and speaking about food reserves in the country, Minister Roudhan said that since the last Gulf crisis, Kuwait has been reviewing and upgrading its emergency food plan every six months. He pointed out that many co-op branches supplying rations have been closed, and food reserves are very good. He said the introduction of an information technology backbone to the commerce ministry was a decisive element in the development of the ministry, as it allowed for digitally linking all the ration services in the country. This, he said, helped to reduce operation costs of these services to KD34 million annually.