KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Director of the Office of the Director General of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) and the official spokesman of PACI Khaled Al-Shammari revealed that more than 28,000 Kuwaiti citizens are unemployed. In an interview with Al-Seyassah daily, he explained that there are about 190,000 civil IDs completed and ready for delivery in the machines designated for this purpose, and about 15,000 cards are issued daily.
This reflects the great effort exerted by the PACI employees. Imposing fines on those who fail to receive their civil ID cards from the PACI agencies is an issue currently under consideration and being studied. This is aimed to encourage their owners to receive them and to reduce the phenomenon of their accumulation in the devices, a phenomenon that may lead to slow issuance of new cards due to the lack of space for them in devices, which are crowded with ready-to-collect cards.
Meanwhile, Al-Shammari said the total population of Kuwait is 4.823 million of which 1.531 million are citizens and 3.292 million are non-Kuwaitis, according to PACI’s latest statistics issued on June 30, 2023. He explained that the total number of employees in government agencies as of June 30, 2023 is 388,731 Kuwaitis and 112,406 non-Kuwaitis.
About 37,077 citizens work in non-governmental agencies, while the number of non-Kuwaitis working in those agencies is 1,547,153. The number of unemployed people in Kuwait includes 28,190 Kuwaitis and 3,641 non-Kuwaitis. The number of Kuwaiti students is 290,883, and non-Kuwaiti students are 197,361. Al-Shammari highlighted that PACI is the first to explore and use the latest technical innovations to implement them. He stressed the constant keenness of PACI for continuous development in the field of information technology, as it is one of the important government service bodies.
It is also keen to move forward towards complete digital transformation, the percentage of which has reached is 70 percent so far, in implementation of the directives of the Council of Ministers, and in implementation of the government work program, as per which digital transformation in government agencies is one of its basic pillars aimed at achieving the desired development. Al-Shammari highlighted that there is a close follow-up by the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Communication Affairs Fahad Al-Shuala of the steps that PACI is taking for developing and modernizing its work mechanisms.
He said, “The Director General of PACI Mansour Al-Mudhni spares no effort to promote and support the national cadres working in PACI to achieve the goals and vision of PACI that everyone seeks to achieve. Among those goals is to make the authority at the forefront of government agencies, keeping pace with all the changes of the modern era in a way that serves the purposes of sustainable development, by removing all challenges that may face the work process within PACI. Al-Shammari confirmed that there are no problems with restoring the civil card receipt service for a specific fee, as the procedures for contracting to implement the service are currently being finalized.
This comes in an effort by PACI to facilitate cardholders who wish to receive them where they are without bearing the hassle of visiting PACI or its affiliated branches in the governorates, as it is an optional service and not mandatory as is known. He stressed that there is no delay in issuing civil ID cards for those whose residence was issued, as the issuance procedure takes from three to five days maximum, starting from May 29. This is due to the great efforts exerted by the PACI employees and the diligent follow-up by PACI. Al-Shammari highlighted the smooth procedures within PACI, and the disappearance of waiting lines, whether it concerns issuing or receiving civil ID cards, or any other procedure at the main headquarters of PACI in South Surra. He said, “This did not come from nowhere.
It is the result of plans and programs being implemented, including the distribution of ready-to-collect cards to non-Kuwaiti residents of Ahmadi Governorate at the PACI building located in South Sabahiya, distribution of all civil ID cards for the first time/replacement for lost ones” for QR CODE devices, in addition to adding a unified serial number feature to the new cards for the first time through the “My Identity” app. Al-Shammari stressed that there is a development of many artificial intelligence models to update the map data produced and provided by PACI through the spatial information portal or the Kuwait-Finder application. He stated that the authority uses satellite image data and ocean imaging data, adding that it photographed all the streets of the State of Kuwait during the year 2022 to update the data it made available on its various applications and provide it to many government agencies, to manage expenses and support integration between government agencies.
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