KUWAIT, Jan 23 (KUNA) -- Aims of national human development reports are to
achieve national consensus on the fundamentals of the issue and to increase
transparency indicators in the country, said Kuwait's minister of commerce and
industry on Monday.
Dr. Amani Bouresli, who is also the State Minister for Planning and
Development, made the remark on the fringes of the first meeting of the
National Human Development Report Consultative Board.
Kuwait, through the move, also hopes to establish an official reference
that international organizations could benefit from, she added.
The report, which will thus far be conducted biennially, will focus on
issues such as development, population, housing, the civil society and the
national fabric, among others.
The report is to be conducted by the state employees, with help enlisted
from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), while the local statistics office
has been brought on board to provide necessary information.
The process will take around 9-11 months to complete, with its first phase
being to construct a general draft, said the minister.
The second phase, which begins in March ending in August, includes the
preparation of the document - with the aid of the UNDP - for the final draft
to be dispatched to the UN head office in New York for revision.
This is not the first time Kuwait has embarked on such a move, as it had
issued two reports in 1997 and 1999 respectively, explained Director General
of the Arab Planning Institute, Bader Malallah. (end)
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