The real spill…

Sun Dec 21 2014

Its a new year with new beginnings for Kuwait. 2015 will be full of economic growth and prosperity due to the funds already allocated for mega projects in Kuwait despite the decline of oil prices. The UN awarded the the Kuwaiti government 3000 million USD, or 1 billion KWD give or take a few; for the purpose of treating the oil contamination from the invasion.

The Kuwait National Focal Point (KNFP http://www.kuwaitnfp.org ) monitors the project on behalf of the UN and makes sure the funds are allocated correctly. SEED (http://www.seedinit.org ) a program partners with the UN that works the same way, but it is due to environmental damage due to the oil rigging itself. The operations of both activities are managed by the KOC (KOC), and thus you must be contractor approved for both categories 58 & 59; Preferably 59.

To specify the problem in simpler terms; we have contaminated soil. Or crude oil mixed with sand. In some instances, sand, water, oil, and chemicals. The objective is to have a separation process. If ever a project applies where pure engineering exists, than this is it! You can have it as a chemical separation, mechanical separation, or separation by heat (thermal), or a combination of all three.

My question for you is this: This is a problem known to us since the early 90’s The babies at that time, are married with children now. Some of them are engineers. Where are the local University Engineering schools involvement in this? Where is the chamber of commerce funds to improve national wealth and well being? Where are the private universities with the top banks, and the top companies in Kuwait? why are they not getting together, to have multiple designs to compete and build, and sponsor, and create out a major problem, a National product? Why did the KPC not act?

When do we think for ourselves, rather than have others think for us?

#Education #commerce #independence #Ministry_Of_Education #MOE #KUWAIT #UAE #ABUDHABI #DUBAI #SHARJAH #BEAAH #KSA #PRIVATIZATION #Oil #environment #remediation #KPC #KOC #KNPC #ARAMCO #SABIC

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Second blunder managers in Kuwait make…

I have had my share of managers in Kuwait, and have discussed with many of my peers, friends and colleagues how projects are handled in Kuwait. I am pleased to say, that some know their business quite well. I assume these individuals were the astute type, that understood every syllabi and gesture the professor made during his lecture. What is unfortunate is to find companies recognized as blue chips, and others sought out as pioneers and leaders in their field take planning for granted. Good planning produces good results, coming from great market research. Without the right foundation you cannot build. If a person wants to make the right decision, he needs to make sure that the right research is done; the right questions are studied to make sure the right answers are appropriate. Every manager prior to execution of an idea should follow the following steps: Market research, Planning, Budget against your plan, Execution against your budget, then finally you evaluate your results, and correct the plan accordingly.
A CEO finds three companies he own making profit at the end of the year. Company 1 makes KWD 500,000/– net profit, so he award 10% bonus. Company 2 generates KWD 250,000/–, and 15% bonus was awarded accordingly. The 3rd company profits were KWD 2,000,000/– and the CEO fired his manager! Why you ask? Simple, the first company, was based on a market research that showed a market worth KWD 1,000,000/–, so 50% market share is not bad. The Second Company had a market share worth KWD 3,000,000/– so it made sense to grant a bigger bonus. But the third company generated profit out of a market share worth KWD 50,000,000/–.
Without market research, there cannot be any future visibility, and therefore, there cannot be any justified expenses.

AlGhanim Fiasco

Can it get any worse for a politician? Really? I have not read any of the articles, and doubt I will for several reasons, I have better things to do in my life, and Kuwait has bigger concerns to battle. For the politician himself, the charge to allegedly exchange the amounts mentioned would not make any sense for him, unless it is for political support; if that is the case, I think of it as fair game. What interested me were not the allegations, but the people’s reaction as judge and jury. The people condemned a politician based on the only source a German newspaper! What I keep hearing is the following: The German newspaper is a perfect newspaper, which never gets bribed, or never follows a political interest or agenda, and has all the supporting details and evidence prior to presenting any accusations. News flash, all newspaper follow an agenda, one way or another, how deep the rabbit whole goes, is a politician and a writer game, not the average reader. People should study the news, and like good cheese, have it age and mature, only then can you decide on the quality of the product, and the value it presents.