Report recommends steps to rectify demographic imbalance

A detailed report with proposals and recommendations to tackle the long festering issue of demographic imbalance in the country has been submitted to the State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel. The report was prepared by the Demographics Committee, which was set up by the minister to investigate and report, as well as, provide appropriate solutions to manage the issue.

The report calls for tackling the demographic imbalance by tightening legal actions against violators, reducing fake businesses and lowering unemployment rates. Among the recommendations made by the committee are, closing down companies that have not renewed their licenses or modified their situations one year after the citation was filed against them, and doubling the sanctions on residency traffickers to six-year imprisonment and/or fines of KD 4,000.

The committee also stressed the need to take a number of actions to activate the role of inspection departments on national employees in order to find real opportunities and eliminate fake employment.

Another recommendation was to automate the interface in order to enhance the coordination and cooperation between government entities, and thereby limit the manipulation of employment numbers by companies. The five government bodies named in the report to enhance mutual cooperation are the Public Authority for Manpower, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources, and Public Authority for Industry.

Other recommendations in the report include the forming of six inspection teams to check on the activities of commercial shops, with added focus on commercial complexes that rent out shops of small spaces not exceeding 16 square meters in Khaitan, Farwaniya, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Mahboula, Hawally, Fahaheel, Jahra and Egaila.

In addition, the report calls for tightening sanctions on residency traffickers, especially when complaints are received by inspection teams from domestic workers or employees in the public or private sector.