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Incheon CEO--working hard to develop the new T4 terminal to make it a smart airport



The promises given by South Korea’s, Incheon CEO Kwang Soo Lee, the project manager of the T4 supporting airport terminal, have not changed a year in the area of security, transportation and advanced inspection devices.

Lee said he is working hard to develop the new T4 terminal to make it a smart airport and invest in it to better serve travelers, noting that the current check-in time takes 10 to 15 minutes. He works hard in coordination with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to reduce the current time for passengers to pick up their baggage, which varies in size of aircraft.On short flights, he said it takes about 30 minutes, while more time on flights arriving from long distances such as London, Cairo and Istanbul, which usually carry between 330 and 350 passengers.-A.T.


Saudi Arabia started issuing tourist visas for 49 nationalities which is different from Umrah, hajj visas



Saudi Arabia has started issuing tourist visas for nationals of 49 countries at various airports, Batha land border with UAE and King Fahd bridge with Bahrain, said diplomatic sources, noting that both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are working on developing the Khafji-Nuwaiseeb and Riqee-Salmi land borders between them for the same purpose. The sources expected the development process to be concluded by the end of the year, which would give nationals of these 49 countries residing in Kuwait access to Saudi Arabia through land exits.
However, the sources stressed the umrah and hajj visas are totally different from tourist visas because they are supervised by the Saudi hajj and umrah ministry and goes through a different electronic cycle of procedures. “Saudi Arabia has started the manual issuance of the new tourist visas at its consulates abroad,” the sources remarked, noting that the 49 nationalities include 38 from Europe and 7 from Asia, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who can obtain the visa either through the website, or through devices located at the airports of the Kingdom after the payment of the amount of 440 riyals by credit card.-K.T.



Firemen controlled fire at Sulaibiya farm without any casualties



A fire broke out in a 500 sq m warehouse at a Sulaibiya farm used for storing lumber, electrical appliances and heaters. Security sources said firemen from Sulaibikhat, Jleeb, Salmiya, Kuwait City and backup brigades rushed to the scene, where the blaze had extended 70 m outside the warehouse. Firemen managed to contain the flames and prevent the fire from spreading any further, before they controlled the fire without any casualties. Further investigations are in progress to determine the cause of the blaze.-K.T.


Public transportation, one solution to Kuwait’s suffocating gridlocks



Imagine one day in Kuwait going out of your house and heading to a nearby bus, subway, or railway station to get to work or find leisure. Wouldn’t that be convenient? The very concept of public transportation is meant to solve one of the most grueling problems faced in the country with gridlocks stretching as far as the eye could see. While some initiatives in Kuwait exist to encourage people to use public transportation, people are still reluctant to utilize this method for various reasons. Launched by a group of youngsters, the ‘Kuwait Commute’ initiative aims at encouraging people to use public buses to counter traffic jams and lessen the load of cars on the road.

The initiative’s founder Jassem Al-Awadhi said that the main reason for Kuwait Commute was to encourage people to use public transportation. Most Kuwaiti nationals refrain from using public transportation due to it lacking basic means of comfort, Awadhi said, adding that the Central Statistical Bureau’s (CSB) statistics show that only two percent of the population in Kuwait – nationals and expatriates included – use public transportation, which in turn represents less than 15 percent of the total means of transport in the country. He added that bus stops generally lack basic features and safety requirements with most of them positioned on major roads and highways.

Kuwait Commute offers an alternative to private transport, indicated Awadhi, revealing that the initiative managed to put on six trips to encourage the use of public transport. The initiative, so far, was met with positive reactions especially from women who expressed eagerness to use public transport more if services were further developed, Awadhi affirmed. He said that the government was interested in the initiative and officials displayed desire to support it.

Meanwhile, the initiative’s technical director Halah Al-Humoud stressed that the more people use public transport, the more of a chance that Kuwait City could be turned to a modern metropolis free of dreaded gridlocks. Humoud revealed that she lived in New York City for seven years, using public transport as her main method to commute. The presence of hellish gridlocks requires the extensive use of public transportation and the promotion of regulations to favor public commuting, she affirmed, adding that the more people using busses, for example, the less cars will be present on the streets, leading or maybe lessening traffic jams. – KUNA


Firm action needed to stop plastic littering in Kuwait



Many states across the globe, amid alarmingly mounting hazards, have become preoccupied with conserving the environment and creating means to tackle various forms of pollution namely plastic contamination. Such pollution tops hazards against humans’ health and wellbeing; that is certainly much more dangerous for the next generations; thus, there must be a serious stance at the national level and coordination among parties concerned for safe disposing of various plastic items and used products.

Regretfully, plans and programs that have been already drawn up, and some in implementation, to limit the plastic harm, have not resolved the problem and it continues to grow, amid the snowballing technological development and lack of awareness among large segments of the population. Some of the remedies include imposing tougher penalties against irrational disposal of these enduring materials. Careless persons randomly dump plastic bags in various regions on land and at the sea, causing death of various species of creatures.

Moreover, using disposal plastic kitchen utensils, namely dishes, has become widely spread, and in addition to the plastic bags, the environment suffers the harmful burden. The items that end up at the sea fatally harm the fish and other creatures namely turtles that have insatiable appetite for plastic bags. People around the globe, directly or indirectly, are seriously affected with the waste, considering the pollution to underground water, rivers and lakes.

At the local level, leading stakeholders have been sounding the alarm bell, repeatedly, amid various signs how the dumped plastic has been causing death of various species of marine creatures. Dr Sultan Al-Salem, the director of environmental and climatic pollution at Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR), says the institute is campaigning to raise public awareness of the prevailing danger. KISR is addressing the problem by regularly organizing seminars, publicizing pictures about plastic hazards and methods to dispose of the material, namely hard plastic, safely. The lectures shed light on KISR’s most important studies to minimize plastic contamination and activities by the department of hard plastic, in addition to analyzing means of disintegrating plastic in the Kuwaiti environmental conditions.

KISR is currently focusing its efforts on plastic recycling and applying chemical-thermal disintegration technology. He called on all concerned authorities in the State of Kuwait to seek to enhance public awareness of the dangers resulting from the plastic waste on the wildlife and people’s wellbeing. Salem called for following suits of other countries that have enacted punitive legislations to clamp down on wrongdoers; those who litter plastic cups, bags and other objects, with no regard whatsoever to short and long-term harm. – KUNA


Power, water cut in a bid to force single men to move out from their flats



Dozens of expatriate workers in Kuwait were forced to sleep outdoors for five nights after the electricity and water in the building where they lived was cut in a bid to force single men from their flats. This comes amid an ongoing campaign by the Municipality to evict “bachelors” living in Kuwaiti family areas. Block 2 in Farwaniya is included in the “bachelor ban”, although none of the single men – who are legal residents of Kuwait – were given prior notice that they needed to vacate their apartments.-K.T.



MOI introduced tougher penalties on serious traffic violations;Immediate deportation of expats in 4 cases



The Ministry of Interior has introduced tougher penalties for motorists who commit serious traffic violations.

The ministry will strictly apply the points system on Kuwaitis and expatriates without discrimination and those who exceed the maximum number of points will be put behind bars and in some cases the expatriates will be deported from the country.The Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic and Operations Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Jamal Al-Sayegh has issued a circular to the Traffic Violations Department on the need to activate the system of points, especially when an accident leads to loss of life or property or obstruct traffic.

The circular has called for immediate deportation of expatriates in 4 cases — driving under the influence of alcohol, without a license, exceeding the number of points related to crossing the red traffic light or speeding.

Earlier the Ministry of Interior had given a summary which was taken from the Official Gazette.

The points table shows 14 points

— withdrawal of driving licence for 1 month for 1st time violators; 12 points

— second time violation, 6 months withdrawal of driving licence; 10 points

— third time violation, 9 months withdrawal of driving licence; 8 points

— one year withdrawal of driving permit for 4th time violators; 6 points

— permanent withdrawal of driving license for 5th time violators.

The points will be automatically deleted under the following 2 conditions

— if the driving licence is not withdrawn and non-repetition of any other violation within one year of the last violation.

Point System in traffic Violations

4 Points

* Crossing the red signal

* Crossing the maximum speed

* Driving against the flow of traffic on highways and ring roads

* Committing a disgraceful behavior inside the vehicle or allowing it to be happened

3 points

# Driving a heavy duty vehicle on the strength on light driving licence

# Driving a vehicle with a prior suspended license

# Reckless driving

# Driving unlicensed vehicle

# Driving without a numbers plate

# Driving a vehicle whose metal plate was delivered by the Traffic Dept. but its numbers were changed partly or wholly; or whose metal plate was not delivered by the Traffic Dept. and the original numbers were either written or changed

# Giving false information in order to obtain unlawfully some documents like vehicle license, driving license, learning licence

# Using the private car to transport passenger

2 points

$ Hindering or obstructing the traffic flow on purpose

$ Driving a vehicle with faulty brakes

$ If the vehicle owner permits his car to be driven by a driver who has no appropriate license or no license at all

$ Driving a vehicle whose metal plates numbers are not clear or unreadable

1 point

* Driving a vehicle with one metal plate; or whose color and shape has changed or placed in the wrong place of the car

* Driving a vehicle without permission, or with expired permission, or in violation of a given permission

* Decline to show vehicle license or driver’s driving license to the police

* Exceeding the allowed cargo for transport vehicles

* Transporting vehicles violations in terms of the dimensions, length, width, height and weight

* Driving a vehicle with disturbing sounds

* Driving a ‘smoking’ vehicle emitting foul smell from the vehicle

* Driving a vehicle with volatile or combustible cargo that may violate health and road safety standards

* Driving a vehicle with materials dropping on the highway that can be dangerous

* Driving a defected vehicle or defective tires which may influence its balance

* Using lamps, magnifying sound or warning instrument not allowed by the law, causing damage to traffic signs, light signs, control equipment; or changing their features, places, directions, or covering it by stickers

* If the driver doesn’t drive according to road lines or traffic signs, driving over roads abutment, turning around or entering in the opposite direction of the traffic, driving a vehicle without a valid insurance policy and replacement of a major part of the vehicle.-A.T.


Hackers target MoI, PACI, and PAM systems because of their huge data bank



The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) website was exposed to hacking in a series of operations last month that lasted until the beginning of this month.The hackers focused on some of loopholes to enter the system, disable it and steal the data to encrypt it for extortion.The hackers caused the disruption of e-linking systems in the Ministry of Interior (MoI), PACI and the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and other organizations, repeatedly over the past five days.The targeting of MoI, PACI, and PAM systems because of their huge databank which contains confidential information related to bank accounts and other information concerning citizens and also residents.-A.T.



Payment of health insurance fee online only from today Oct 6



Ministry of Interior has cancelled paper transactions for health insurance, and instead, the payment of health insurance fee will be done online for everyone who have fulfilled the residency application conditions starting from today Oct 6, 2019.In a statement issued through the General Department of Public Relations and Security Media, the ministry exempted the Citizen Service Centers from the online payment services until Oct 28.

Statement affirmed that, after the announcement, all paper transactions will be cancelled completely and replaced by online service on the Ministry of Health’s website, or and the applicant should log in to complete the payment of health insurance before heading to the departments of residency affairs or the service center to complete the remaining procedures.-A.T


Kuwaiti Ambassador to India delivered letter requesting to increase the number of seats between the two countries.



Kuwait is looking forward to enhance cooperation with India by increasing number of flights between the two friendly countries, Kuwaiti Ambassador to India Jassim Al-Najem said on Friday. Najem made this statement after meeting with Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and delivering an official letter requesting to increase the number of seats between the two countries.

The previous agreement at this level between the two countries is limited to 12,000 seats per week, the ambassador said. He stressed that the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2007 did not meet the ambitions, expressing Kuwait’s aspiration to sign a new agreement aimed at allocating greater share of seats to the airlines of both the countries. Najem affirmed the keenness of the political leadership in both countries to enhance cooperation in various fields, praising the historic relations between the two friendly countries based on solid foundations of mutual respect.

Meanwhile, minister Puri affirmed his country’s keenness to enhance trade exchange and cooperation with Kuwait in various fields, especially in the aviation sector. This sector is one of the main sources of national income, especially with the increase of Indian expatriate community in Kuwait, which currently stands at around one million people. On the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists coming to India and the number of Indian transit passengers to Kuwait, Puri said it was agreed to hold a new round of bilateral talks in the near future in the Indian capital New Delhi. The minister praised the historic and distinguished relations between India and Kuwait. A delegation from the General Directorate of Kuwaiti Civil Aviation headed by Director General Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah discussed in India earlier this year cooperation in the field of civil aviation and air transport during the World Aviation Summit held in Mumbai last January. – KUNA


Guidelines for ministries and other government bodies to publish news on social media



Guidelines for ministries and other government bodies to publish news on social media


Kuwait’s Center for Government Communication (CGC) has presented several recommendations and guidelines for ministries and other government bodies, such as ways to publish their activities and news on social media platforms in a bid to prevent and curb the spread of rumors in an organized and effective manner.
The recommendations emphasized the need to avoid publication of pictures of ministers, officials or employees with any statement, attach the country’s official logo as an alternative, not to publish news on personal receptions, prohibit employees from issuing any statement in the name of the ministry, and to limit statements with the name of the ministry.The guidelines cover only social communication platforms, except the statements issued for newspapers.-A.T.



First Arab on ISS returns to Earth



A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station returned to Earth safely yesterday and were in good shape, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Hazzaa Al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a failed launch to the ISS last year.Hague and Ovchinin completed a 203-day mission aboard the lab while Mansoori’s two crewmates from his September 25 launch-Russia’s Oleg Skripochka and NASA’s Jessica Meir-are staying on as part of a six-member team.

Although Mansoori’s mission was short – eight days in total-it has been the source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space with ambitions to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021. Mansoori has been active on Twitter where he shared photos of the UAE and Mecca-Islam’s holiest site-from the space station. Yesterday, he posted a view of space taken from the orbiting station’s Cupola panoramic observatory module and paid tribute to UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed.

The ISS-a rare example of cooperation between Russia and the West-has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometers an hour since 1998.


Guidelines for ministries and other government bodies to publish news on social media



Kuwait’s Center for Government Communication (CGC) has presented several recommendations and guidelines for ministries and other government bodies, such as ways to publish their activities and news on social media platforms in a bid to prevent and curb the spread of rumors in an organized and effective manner.

The recommendations emphasized the need to avoid publication of pictures of ministers, officials or employees with any statement, attach the country’s official logo as an alternative, not to publish news on personal receptions, prohibit employees from issuing any statement in the name of the ministry, and to limit statements with the name of the ministry.The guidelines cover only social communication platforms, except the statements issued for newspapers.-A.T.


Sabah Al-Ahmad city will continue to suffer from the water flooding problem



The people living in the Sabah Al-Ahmad city will continue indefinitely to suffer from the water flooding problem.This is due to the refusal of the State Audit Bureau (SAB) to award the tender to supply pumps and pipes to move the water to the reservoirs of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).

The Audit Bureau says the ministry has failed to comply with the approval of the Central Agency for Public Tenders regarding condition of floating the bids which included a single prerequisite for qualification, that is to say to be limited to the companies categorized for road works activities.On the other hand the companies, which were excluded (6 companies) after the November rain crisis last year, received letters from the technical sectors of the ministry to address the shortcomings identified by the fact-finding committee in some of its projects.

The issue of clearance awaiting companies after they submitted what they said that they deal with the damage will be discussed during a meeting of senior ministry officials with the Minister of Public Works Jenan Ramadan.The decision to lift the suspension of companies that have complied with the decision of the Grievance Committee by addressing the shortcomings in some of its projects, will participate to the implementation of some of the projects that have been awarded to some of these companies.-A.T.


Motorists stuck for hours on Fourth Ring Road



Motorists were stuck for hours during the evening rush hour on Fourth Ring Road yesterday as two out of three lanes were closed due do road maintenance works. The ministry of public works is rushing to complete roadworks before the start of the rainy season. Partial road closures began in two phases from April from 6 pm till 6 am on weekdays and from midnight till noon on weekends. The roads involved include King Fahd Expressway (from the First Ring Road till Bayan Palace), First Ring Road, Fourth Ring Road, Sixth Ring Road and Doha Spur Motorway. -K.T.


Coming winter will be cold and temperatures may reach one or two degrees.



A severe winter awaits Kuwaitis and residents, where the temperature is expected to drop to one degree Celsius, but despite the unpredictability rains will not be as much as last year that flooded the country.This is confirmed by meteorologists.

The recently published studies indicate a decline in solar activity that diminishes sunspots, which will cause a drop in temperatures for the next winter, and it is possible to say that the coming winter will be cold, and temperatures may reach a level of one or two degrees.-A.T.


Traffic police raided car repair garages in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hassawi



The Farwaniya traffic police raided several car repair garages in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hassawi and issued citations for repairing damaged cars without a permit from the Ministry of Interior (MoI).According to the law, a car damaged in accident cannot be repaired unless the owner produces an accident report issued by the area police station where the accident happened.This comes within the framework and keenness of the Interior Ministry not to allow people involved in traffic accidents to escape prosecution. A security source pointed out garages which repair vehicles without permission face closure.-A.T.


Number of citizens waiting for jobs is 15,724



The National Labor Department at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) appointed 277 citizens in the private sector in September; thereby, decreasing the number of citizens waiting for jobs to 15,724.According to the latest statistics, 52.6 percent of the appointed citizens are highly qualified and 42.9 percent are diploma holders.

The number of highly qualified applicants increased to 8,276 in the last six months; while the number of master’s degree holders increased by 16 compared to the previous month and the current total is 160, in addition to four PhD holders.The number of secondary level certificate holders reached 2,195 – 69 less than last month; in addition to 1,836 holders of intermediate degrees, and 605 without intermediate degrees and vocational certificate holders in the category of job seekers A total of 9,297 citizens registered as job seekers including 3,812 seeking jobs in the public sector and the rest in the private sector.-A.T.


Qatar Land of Opportunities - Doha Bank

Doha Bank hosts event “Qatar, land of opportunities” a robust knowledge sharing emphasizing on Qatar’s economy, climate change, and sustainability development for it’s long term prosperity

Doha Bank showcased Qatar’s West Bay skyline using Augmented reality through it’s snapchat application and 40th Anniversary logo.

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Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar, held a knowledge sharing session titled “Qatar – Land of opportunities” on 29th September 2019 at Sheraton Hotel, Doha, Qatar.

The event was organized under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman and H.E Sheikh Abdul Rehman Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Managing Director of Doha Bank. The Board of directors attended as did several diplomats, dignitaries and prominent members of the Qatari and Expat community.

The knowledge sharing session included a panel of esteemed speakers and was facilitated by Dr Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank. The event was kicked off by a key note speech given by Dr Seetharaman and the main speakers at the event were Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Mr. Rashid Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, Mr. Nasser Al-Ansari, Chairman of Just Real Estate and Dr Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD (Gulf Organization of Research and Development).

Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank as part of his key note, shared insights on the Qatar and global economy. He stated that “According to IMF July 2019, global growth is forecast at 3.2 percent in 2019. Advanced economies, growth is projected at 1.9 percent in 2019. The emerging market and developing economy group is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in 2019. There is escalation in trade tension between the two largest economies US and China in recent times and has contributed to volatility in financial markets. The risk of recession has also increased”.

Dr Seetharaman showcased the various developments in Qatar since the beginning of the blockade and how Qatar had managed the current situation. He stated “Qatar’s overall GDP growth is projected to reach 2.6 percent in 2019. Qatar’s banking sector remains sound. Foreign liabilities withdrawn in the immediate aftermath of the diplomatic rift have been partially replaced with greater attention being paid to the diversity of funding sources and deposit maturity structure.”  He showcased comments on Climate change by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar at 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN.  Climate change is also one of the key challenges faced by Global economy and Qatar has emphasized sustainable development as part of it Vision 2030. He highlighted the developments in hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon segment, free zones, new investment law, real estate law, PPP Law, food security and tourism. He also provided insight on key financial market updates of Qatar.

 Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Authority opened his speech with a beautiful description of Qatar—“small, rich and ambitious”. He shared an insightful presentation covering the economic growth, GDP, key economic indicators covering imports, exports, L&G production, inflation and other key performance indicators. He also shared an insightful overview of the Financial sector, international reserves and deposits, NR deposits and noted that the country has bounced back to desirable stable ratings by the various rating agencies echoing their confidence in Qatar as a safe and stable place for investment by the international financial community. He concluded with his positive views on the country banks and how well Qatar is poised with the increasing trade surplus and progressive measures that will continue to bolster and grow Qatar’s financial health and economic growth.

Mr. Rashid Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange outlined four key points as part of his presentation. He shared context of his recent business meetings and industry conference in the US where also heard several prominent CEO’s and business leaders echo the two key points as part of his overall message “Take Risks” and “You will never have all the answers to all the Questions”. He further went on to share his outlined approach around four key strategies a) increase our offering in the stock market (more listings etc), b) Enhance smarter regulation (not just harsher regulation) to make Qatar a more desirable place for international investment, c) Local asset management to be more active in the market, d) Promoting our market more to increase awareness through roadshows and other marketing initiatives.

Mr. Nassar L Ansari, Chairman, Just Real Estate shared a very compelling and candid dialogue summarizing, that whilst many people are speculating and have doubts in the market, the opportunities are getting greater and greater.  Post blockade, the country has taken many measures to become more resilient to avoid any potential crisis. They have demonstrated a greater appetite for foreign ownership, where the Govt of Qatar has opened up doors for international companies to own their offices and real estate. The Govt has taken measures that would enhance the welfare of Expats and Qataris, thereby generating more jobs and creating a favorable environment for more white collar expats to come to Qatar. Furthermore, the connectivity of Metro will positively impact lifestyle and travel times where more and more people are comfortable living in areas that might not be right next to their work location. His message also encapsulated the sentiment that Today’s customer is more wiser and sophisticated and the real estate developers need to adapt to the customer needs. He concluded by sharing that it is a buyers market for now but it will not stay like this forever and this is a good limited time opportunity for buyer investors to take advantage of the market dynamics.

Dr Yousef Alhorr, founding chairman of GORD (Gulf Organisation of Research and Development) delivered a ground breaking presentation on the Climate actions and the Carbon markets in Qatar, the opportunities and it’s impacts. Dr Yousef started by sharing the mission and agenda of GORD, a non profit subsidiary of Qatari Diar.  He shared that the state of Qatar has become an active partner in the international community for climate change. It is doing so by seeking to regulate carbon pricing as a means of reducing emissions and driving investments towards cleaner options. It is also organizing an environment-friendly tournament and the first "carbon neutral" tournament. Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund will promote and encourage green investments activities and adopt low-carbon economic growth. Furthermore, a contribution of $100 million has been pledged to deal with the impacts of climate change. Market drivers for climate change include Qatar National Vision 2030: Aims at diversification to Low Carbon Economy, Qatar’s Ratification of UNFCCC’s Paris Climate Agreement, Qatar Bid-book Commitments for 2022 World Cup Carbon Neutral tournament and Qatar Aviation Sector’s Pledge to ICAO for Carbon Emissions Reduction. He went on to explain the GHG (greenhouse gas) supply and demand emission dynamics.

Dr Yousef, also talked about GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) which GORD has developed, based on extensive research. GSAS is a performance-based rating system to assess the sustainability merits of buildings and infrastructure projects taking into consideration the region’s specific environment and ecological aspects. FIFA has officially endorsed GSAS certifications as the key sustainability requirement for the stadiums serving the World Cup 2022 following the recommendations of third-party experts commissioned by FIFA on the review of GSAS and other international systems. He further explained the opportunities and considerations of the Carbon Market and the GCT (Global Carbon Trust), a voluntary Carbon platform and the marketplace. He summarized by sharing the overall climate action and economic impact drivers for sustainability, business opportunities, time frames (short term and long term) and outcomes and impacts.

The evening included a cake cutting ceremony by Doha Bank management, Board of Directors and speakers and a felicitation of the speakers and concluded with a sumptuous dinner.

بنك الدوحة يستضيف جلسة لتبادل المعرفة بعنوان "فرص الاستثمار القيّمة في قطر"

الجلسة تناولت موضوعات عدة منها الاقتصاد القطري والتغير المناخي والتنمية المستدامة 

بنك الدوحة يعرض ناطحات سحاب الخليج الغربي باستخدام تقنية "الواقع المعزز" من خلال حسابه على تطبيق "سناب شات" عبر شعار الذكرى الأربعين لتأسيس بنك الدوحة.

أقام بنك الدوحة، أحد أكبر البنوك التجارية في دولة قطر، جلسة لتبادل المعرفة بعنوان "فرص الاستثمار القيّمة في قطر" بتاريخ 29 سبتمبر 2019 في فندق الشيراتون بالدوحة.

وقد تم تنظيم الجلسة تحت الرعاية الكريمة لسعادة الشيخ فهد بن محمد بن جبر آل ثاني، رئيس مجلس الإدارة، وسعادة الشيخ عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن جبر آل ثاني، العضو المنتدب لبنك الدوحة. وقد حضر الجلسة أعضاء مجلس إدارة بنك الدوحة بالإضافة إلى لفيف من الدبلوماسيين والشخصيات الهامة من المجتمع القطري والجاليات الأجنبية.

وقد ألقى الكلمة الافتتاحية للجلسة الدكتور/ ر. سيتارامان، الرئيس التنفيذي لبنك الدوحة. وضمّت الجلسة نخبة من المتحدثين من بينهم الدكتور/ يوسف محمد الجيدة، الرئيس التنفيذي لهيئة مركز قطر للمال، والسيد/ راشد علي المنصوري، الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر، والسيد/ ناصر الأنصاري، رئيس مجس إدارة شركة "جست ريل استايت"، والدكتور/ يوسف الحر، رئيس مجلس إدارة المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير "جورد".

وفي معرض حديثه خلال الجلسة، استعرض الدكتور/ ر. سيتارامان أفكاره ورؤاه حول الاقتصاد القطري والاقتصاد العالمي، حيث قال: "بحسب تقرير صندوق النقد الدولي الصادر في شهر يوليو 2019، يُتوقع أن يحقق الاقتصادي العالمي نموًا بنسبة 3.2% في عام 2019، ويُتوقع أن تسجل الاقتصادات المتقدمة نموًا بنسبة 1.9% في عام 2019، في حين يُتوقع أن تشهد مجموعة الاقتصادات الناشئة والنامية نموًا بنسبة 4.1% خلال نفس العام. وعلى صعيد الاقتصاد العالمي، فقد تصاعد التوتر التجاري بين الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية والصين، أكبر قوتين اقتصاديتين في العالم، مما زاد من تقلبات الأسواق المالية، وذلك في ظل تزايد مخاطر الركود الاقتصادي العالمي".


استعرض الدكتور ر. سيتارامان مختلف المستجدات الحاصلة في قطر منذ بداية الحصار وكيفية تمكّن قطر من إدارة وتجاوز الوضع الذي فرضه الحصار، فقال: "تشير التوقعات إلى تسجيل إجمالي الناتج المحلي نمواً بنسبة 2.6% في عام 2019 وبقاء القطاع المصرفي مُعافاً، فقد تم جزئياً استبدال المديونيات الأجنبية المسحوبة من قطر عقب الأزمة الدبلوماسية وتم إبداء مزيد من التركيز على تنويع مصادر التمويل وهيكل استحقاق الودائع." كما تطرّق الدكتور ر. سيتارامان إلى الجانب المتعلق بتغيّر المناخ في كلمة سمو أمير البلاد المفدى الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني التي ألقاها خلال الجلسة 74 للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة إذ قال بأن تغيّر المناخ يعتبر أحد التحديات الرئيسية التي تواجه الاقتصاد العالمي وفي مقابل ذلك تشدّد قطر على التنمية المستدامة ضمن رؤيتها للعام 2030. وقد أشار الدكتور ر. سيتارامان إلى مستجدات قطاع النفط والغاز وقطاع غير النفط والغاز والمناطق الحرّة وقانون الاستثمار الجديد وقانون العقارات وقانون الشراكة بين القطاعين الخاص والعام والأمن الغذائي والسياحة وقدّم رأيه بالمستجدات الرئيسية لسوق المال في قطر.

بدوره افتتح السيد يوسف محمد الجيدة، الرئيس التنفيذي لهيئة مركز قطر للمال، خطابه بوصف دولة قطر بعبارات جميلة قائلاً بأنها "صغيرة وغنية وطموحة". كما قدّم عرضاً توضيحياً حول النمو الاقتصادي وإجمالي الناتج المحلي والمؤشرات الرئيسية الاقتصادية التي تشمل الاستيراد والتصدير وإنتاج النفط والغاز والتضخم والمؤشرات الرئيسية الأخرى للأداء. وقدّ زوّد الحاضرين بنظرة شاملة عن القطاع المالي والودائع والاحتياطيات الدولية وودائع الهنود الأجانب مشيراً إلى عودة وكالات التصنيف المختلفة منح قطر تصنيفات مستقرة تؤكد ثقة هذه الوكالات بدولة قطر كوجهة آمنة ومستقرة للاستثمار بالنسبة إلى مجتمع الاستثمار الدولي. وختم كلمته بإبداء رؤى إيجابية عن أداء بنوك البلاد والمركز المتوازن الذي تحافظ عليه البلاد وزيادة الفائض التجاري والإجراءات الاستباقية التي ستستمر في دعم وتنمية السلامة المالية والنمو الاقتصادي لقطر.

من جانبه أشار السيد/ راشد علي المنصوري الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر إلى أربع نقاط رئيسية في إطار كلمته التي ألقاها. فقد شارك أبرز ما تم التطرق إليه في آخر اجتماعات الأعمال والمؤتمر الذي عُقد في الولايات المتحدة حيث سمع العديد من الرؤساء التنفيذيين المميزين وكبار رجال الأعمال يركزون مراراً على نقطتين أساسيتين هما "المخاطرة" "وبأنه لن تملك ابداً إجابات لجميع التساؤلات". كما شارك منظوره الخاص الذي يقوم على أساس أربع استراتيجيات وهي أ) زيادة منتجاتنا المعروضة في سوق الأوراق المالية (إدراج المزيد من الأسهم وغيرها)، ب) تعزيز وضع قوانين أكثر مرونة (وليس فقط قوانين صارمة) لجعل قطر مكاناً أكثر جذباً للاستثمارات الأجنبية، جــ) أن تقوم بورصة قطر بتعزيز التفاعل مع مدراء الصناديق محلياً وعالمياً وتقديم الدعم اللازم لتوفير بيئة داعمة لإدارة الأصول في الدولة في إطار الجهود العديدة الرامية إلى تعزيز السيولة في السوق ود) الترويج أكثر لبورصة قطر من خلال الوسائط الالكترونية والمطبوعة وغيرها من القنوات التسويقية.

من جانبه أشار السيد/ راشد علي المنصوري الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر إلى أربع نقاط رئيسية كما شارك المحادثات والمناقشات التي أجريت في آخر اجتماعات الأعمال والمؤتمر الذي عُقد في الولايات المتحدة حيث ركز العديد من الرؤساء التنفيذيين المميزين وكبار رجال الأعمال مراراً على نقطتين أساسيتين هما "المخاطرة" "وبأنه لن تملك ابداً إجابات لجميع التساؤلات". كما شارك منظوره الخاص الذي يقوم على أساس أربع استراتيجيات وهي أ) زيادة منتجاتنا المعروضة في سوق الأوراق المالية (إدراج المزيد من الأسهم وغيرها)، ب) تعزيز وضع قوانين أكثر مرونة (وليس فقط قوانين صارمة) لجعل قطر مكاناً أكثر جذباً للاستثمارات الأجنبية، جــ) أن تقوم بورصة قطر بتعزيز التفاعل مع مدراء الصناديق محلياً وعالمياً وتقديم الدعم اللازم لتوفير بيئة داعمة لإدارة الأصول في الدولة في إطار الجهود العديدة الرامية إلى تعزيز السيولة في السوق، د) الترويج أكثر لبورصة قطر من خلال الوسائط الالكترونية والمطبوعة وغيرها من القنوات التسويقية.

ومن جانبه قال السيد/ ناصر الأنصاري، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة جست ريل استايت في حوار صريح وفعّال بأنه على الرغم من أن هناك العديد من التكهنات والشكوك حول أداء السوق، إلا أن الفرص في تحسن وازدياد مستمر. فبعد فرض الحصار، قامت دولة قطر باتخاذ العديد من الإجراءات لتصبح أكثر مرونة في مواجهة الأزمات. كما أبدت استعداداً وانفتاحا أكبر على الاستثمارات الأجنبية حيث فتحت حكومة دولة قطر المجال أمام الشركات الدولية لامتلاك منشآتها وعقاراتها. وقامت باتخاذ إجراءات فعالة لتعزيز رفاهية الوافدين والقطريين من خلال إتاحة المزيد من فرص العمل وخلق بيئة أكثر مواءمة لجذب الموظفين الفنيين والإداريين إلى قطر. علاوة على ذلك، ستساهم شبكة المترو في تحسين أسلوب الحياة والساعات اللازمة للتنقل حيث سيبدأ العديد من الناس بالسكن في المناطق البعيدة بدلاً من البحث عن أماكن قريبة من عملهم فحسب. كما أشار في كلمته إلى أن العميل اليوم قد أصبح أكثر حكمة وذكاءً وبالتالي، يتعين على مطوري العقارات التكيف مع احتياجات العملاء الجديدة. واختتم كلمته بالإشارة إلى أنه يوجد حالياً عدد كبير من المشترين في سوق العقارات ولكن لن يستمر الوضع إلى ما لا نهاية وبالتالي تعتبر الفرصة سانحة للمستثمرين والمشترين للاستفادة من ديناميكيات السوق.

وقد قام الدكتور/ يوسف الحر، رئيس مجلس إدارة المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير بتقديم عرض توضيحي عن الإجراءات المتخذة لمواجهه التغييرات المناخية وعن أسواق الكربون والفرص التي توفرها لحماية البيئة. وقد بدأ الدكتور يوسف بالتحدث عن مهام وأعمال المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير وهي شركة غير ربحية تابعة لشركة الديار القطرية وعن دور دولة قطر التي أصبحت شريكا نشطا في المجتمع الدولي في مواجهه التغييرات المناخية وآثاره. وأضاف أن المنظمة تسعى جاهدة إلى تنظيم تسعير الكربون كوسيلة لتقليل الانبعاثات الضارة وتشجيع الاستثمارات النظيفة. كما تحرص المنظمة على تنظيم العديد من الفعاليات الصديقة للبيئة ومنها فعالية أقيمت باسم "الكربون المحايد". هذا ويقوم الصندوق السيادي لدولة قطر بتشجيع الاستثمارات الخضراء الصديقة للبيئة والمشاريع الاقتصادية منخفضة الانبعاثات الكربونية. علاوة على ذلك، تم التبرع بمبلغ 100 مليون دولار للتعامل مع آثار التغييرات المناخية. وتهدف رؤية قطر الوطنية 2030 إلى إقامة العديد من المشاريع المتنوعة الصديقة للبيئة. وفي ضوء ذلك قامت قطر بالتوقيع على اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة الإطارية بشأن التغير المناخي، كما تعهدت بإنشاء مشاريع مونديال 2022 ببصمة كربونية محايدة. وتعهد كذلك قطاع الطيران القطري إلى منظمة الطيران المدني الدولي (الإيكاو) بخفض انبعاثات الكربون. وقد استعرض الدكتور يوسف في حديثه ديناميكيات النظام البيئي وآثار انبعاثات الغازات الدفيئة في الغلاف الجوي.

وتحدث الدكتور يوسف أيضًا عن نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي الذي تم تطويره من قبل المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير استنادًا إلى أبحاث مستفيضة وهو نظام تصنيف قائم على الأداء لتقييم استدامة المباني ومشاريع البنية التحتية مع مراعاة الجوانب البيئية والإيكولوجية الخاصة بالمنطقة. وقد صادق الإتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم رسمياً على نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي كشرط أساسي لاستدامة ملاعب مونديال 2022 وفقًا لتوصيات خبراء مُكلفين من قبل الإتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم لمراجعة نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي والأنظمة الدولية الأخرى.

وقد شرح الدكتور يوسف كذلك الفرص المتاحة في أسواق الكربون العالمية والمجلس العالمي للبصمة الكربونية، ومنصات وأسواق الكربون الطوعية وتحدث كذلك عن الإجراءات المتخذة لمواجهه آثار التغييرات المناخية وتأثيرها على اقتصاديات الدول وذلك بهدف تحقيق الاستدامة العالمية وخلق العديد من فرص الأعمال في بيئة نظيفة.


Celebration of The 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

          Embassy of India in Kuwait celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, 2nd October 2019, at its premises, in the presence of Members of Diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti dignitaries and businessmen, journalists and members of the Indian diaspora.

          Her Excellency Dr. Samira Ahmad Al-Sayer Omar, Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) was the Chief Guest of the occasion, and His Excellency Dr. Tarek Elsheikh, Representative of UN Secretary General and Resident Coordinator was the Guest of Honour. Celebrations started with the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour, accompanied by the Ambassador of India, garlanding and paying tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

     The dignitaries then addressed the gathering and underscored the prominence and relevance of Gandhian principles in today’s times. Mahatma or ‘Great Soul’ as Indian Father of the Nation is revered across the world, led India’s non-violent Freedom Movement, and became a beacon of hope and inspiration  to millions across the globe. 

A brief cultural programme comprising rendition of Gandhi’s favourite Bhajans by children from the Carmel School, Kuwait, and a performance by Mr. Mubarak Al-Rashid, a well-known Kuwaiti singer, was also organized by the Indian Embassy on this important occasion.

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