Minister Ramadan stresses companies, contractors failing to meet commitment held accountable

Companies and contractors failing to meet their commitments in major state projects are held accountable according to the law and deals signed with the state, said Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing Dr. Jenan Ramadan Tuesday.

In her address to the parliament’s regular session, Minister Ramadan refuted claims made earlier by MP Omar Al-Tabtabai accusing her of being inadequate and failing to meet the requirements of major development projects in Kuwait. Entities violating contracts are forbidden from obtaining tenders by Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT), indicated Minister Ramadan who revealed that Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) had suspended 14 contractors from its tenders and contacted CAPT to prevent 14 companies from gaining a foothold in Kuwait.

She added PAHW had monetized the guarantees of several companies bringing in around KD 24 million (US$79 million), adding that KD seven million (US$23 million) were collected in penalties for several companies failing to meet their contracts.

A major sum of KD 70 million (US$230 million) were written in violations against companies failing to meet their deadlines, she indicated, adding that such companies will be denied any future tenders. In regards to the decision to change in the asphalt mix used in major projects and roads repair operations throughout the country, the minister affirmed that the step was taken in coordination with relevant authorities, revealing that the percentage of fixed roads reached 75 percent in highways and 80 percent in inner roads.