Kuwait / by Lewis McKinnon

Amir Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti government were praised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during the concluding meetings of the 13th Islamic Summit Conference in Istanbul on 15 April. The Kuwaiti public prosecution ordered on 25 April for Kuwaiti Member of Parliament Abdulhameed Dashti to be detained for ten days upon re-entry to Kuwait. The Kuwaiti representative to the OIC, Saleh Al-Saqobi, emphasised Kuwait’s position against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to hold a cabinet meeting in the occupied Golan Heights. Kuwait’s National Assembly voted on 27 April in favour of increasing electricity and water charges for expatriates. During a security clampdown in the governorates of Al-Farwaniya and Al –Jahra’a on 11 April 94 people were arrested by Kuwaiti police. United Nations (UN)-led peace talks concerning the conflict in Yemen began on 19 April in Kuwait. During the opening session of the sixth meeting of the communication group of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Kuwait’s deputy foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah called on international cooperation to create a broad strategy to combat terrorist groups. Approximately 13000 workers from the Union of Petroleum and Petrochemical Workers (UPPW) went on strike on 17 April. The process of privatising the Kuwait Stock Exchange has progressed according to the Capital Markets Authority. Delays in the restart of the jointly operated Khafji Oilfield between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have led to disagreements between the two GCC allies this month. In the first economic quarter of 2016, KWD 1.5 billion worth of contracts were added to Kuwait’s project market according to the Middle East Economic Digest. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company committed to the first portion of financing for the Clean Fuels Project.