Kuwaitis a ‘minority’ in 11 govt ministries

PACI’s statistic reveals perplexing ‘paradox’

KUWAIT CITY, June 23: Amid repeated parliamentary and popular calls to expedite reform in the country by dealing with the demographic imbalance and in the spirit of interpreting the endeavors revealed by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah during his meeting with newspaper editors to flip the stats of 70 percent expats versus 30 percent Kuwaitis, a statistic issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) revealed a perplexing “paradox”.

The “interesting” irony that was revealed by the statistic, which cannot be found in any other countries in the world, is that Kuwaitis constitute a “minority” in about 11 government ministries.

Worst of all, according to the statistic, there are regional and international organizations or companies where Kuwait has the right to appoint citizens for a number of jobs, but despite that, the number of Kuwaitis in such establishments is low.

These entities include Ministry of Health with 26,470 citizens and 34,130 expatriates, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) with 701 citizens and 708 expatriates, Kuwait Airways Corporation with 954 citizens and 6,003 expatriates, Kuwait Flour Mills & Bakeries Company with 151 citizens and 4,653 expatriates, and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences with 78 citizens and 234 expatriates.

Within the “striking paradoxes” is that the number of citizens in the National Security Ministry is only 18 compared to 39 expatriates. In the Diwan of His Highness the Crown Prince, there are 421 expatriates and 43 citizens, and in the Arab Oil Company Limited, there are 159 expatriates and four citizens, while in embassies and international organizations, there are about two citizens among 2,586 employees.

At the International Committee of the Red Cross, the number of non-Kuwaitis is 64 compared to just one Kuwaiti, and in the Arab Center for Educational Technologies, there are no Kuwaiti employees.

At the same time, the statistic indicated that the number of workers in the government sector, as of the end of last year, was 467,915, including 344,036 Kuwaitis and 123,879 non-Kuwaitis.

According to the statistic, Ministry of Education is still the major employer with a total of 108,822 employees, of whom 81,514 are Kuwaitis and 27,308 are non-Kuwaitis, followed by Ministry of Health with a total of 60,600 employees, including 26,470 Kuwaitis and 34,130 non- Kuwaitis.

Ministry of Interior comes third with 46,965 employees of whom 39,633 are Kuwaitis and 7,332 are non-Kuwaitis, followed by Ministry of Defense with 44,907 employees including 26,897 Kuwaitis and 18,010 non-Kuwaitis.

Ministry of Electricity and Water came fifth with 21,349 employees including 20,224 Kuwaitis and 1,125 non-Kuwaitis.

In sixth place is Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs with 19,384 employees, of whom 15,350 are Kuwaitis and 4,034 are non-Kuwaitis, followed by Ministry of Public Works with 12,815 employees including 12,318 Kuwaitis and 497 non- Kuwaitis. In the eighth place is Ministry of Justice with 11,500 employees including 10,311 Kuwaitis and 1,189 non-Kuwaitis.