UNDP drafts comprehensive plan
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will, along with the Kuwait government, be working on four principal areas over the next five years.
This was announced late last year in Kuwait by Valerie Cliff, United Nations resident coordinator and United Nations development programme resident representative.
Although not yet totally finalised, from 2008-2012 the following points are to be addressed:
Development planning and governance – the idea is to help the civil service commission and government manpower to increase productivity and efficiency within public sector ministries and institutions. This includes providing skills and incentives to public sector workers to move to the private sector.
“We all understand the public agencies in Kuwait are over-staffed, but the government of Kuwait needs to find appealing and lucrative alternatives for workers in the private sector. We are working on issues such as fostering transparency, accountability and productivity in the government institutions,” said Cliff, who is responsible for coordinating all the United Nations offices and programmes in Kuwait.
Improving social development - particularly concerning the economic, political and social empowerment of Kuwaiti women. The UNDP will be assisting the ministry of social affairs and labour and civil society organisations to operate more effectively.
Establishing a programme for environment issues. “Kuwait is very highly economically developed country but it may perhaps be significantly behind in terms of environment issues,” she said. They also propose to train people on environmental legislation and enforcement.
“One of the biggest global development issues of our time is climate change– and we need to make sure Kuwait is preparing ahead for what it’s going to do to make sure its people and its economy are protected from the looming impact of climate change.”
Development of the economic and private sector – the organisation will be working with the ministry of commerce and trade and chambers of commerce on privatisation issues establishing investment and corporate laws that make it easier to set up and run a business in Kuwait than at present. This includes encouraging public and private partnerships in an effort to help the government of Kuwait tackle national development problems such as worker’s rights, labour laws, and environment problems.