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Kuwait Prime Minister slams construction project delays

'Staunch action' recommended against 'faltering projects' by Kuwait's HH Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber to preserve public funds

Kuwait will take 'staunch action' against 'faltering projects' [representational image].
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Kuwait will take 'staunch action' against 'faltering projects' [representational image].

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs said HH Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah had recommended a clampdown on “faltering projects”, and recommended “staunch action” against stakeholders behind delayed schemes to “preserve public funds”.

The Prime Minister “instructed [that] strict control” is rolled out for struggling developments under way in the country. According to a report by state-held news agency, Kuna, Kuwait’s Prime Minister said that punitive measures must be applied as outlined by Law 49/2016 of the country, which pertains to public tenders, as well as its executive statute issued in February 2017 on “faltering businesses”, according to the minister.

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HH Sheikh Jaber ordered ministers to inform the country’s Central Agency for Public Tenders about uncompleted projects in Kuwait, as required by Article 85 of Law 59/2016.

The article states that companies failing to adhere to “a concluded contract” shall be blocked from accessing future tenders.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister said the country’s Cabinet, during a weekly meeting, had discussed project completion rates, delivery schedules, and legal measures – such as fines or withdrawal – to be taken for uncompleted projects.

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