Detailed CV

Efforts fulfilled in Al-Saleh's career

Anas Khaled Al-Saleh

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Anas Khalid Naser Al-Saleh

Education :

  • B.A in Business Administration , Major in Finance , graduated in 1997 from Portland State University, Oregon, USA .
  • Awarded the Honorary Doctorate by Portland State University in 2017.

Experiences :

Assumed the following Ministerial portfolios:

  • Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior & State Minister of Cabinet Affairs in December2019. He became the first Interior Minister who took over this position outside the family members of Al-Sabah decent dynasty."
  • Deputy Prime Minister & State Minister of Cabinet Affairs in December 2017.
  • Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance in December 2015.
  • Acting Ministry of Oil beside his original post as Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance in December 2015.
  • Minister of Finance in January 2014.
  • Minister of Commerce and Industry in February 2012.
  • Acting Minister of State for Housing Affairs  beside his post as Minister of Commerce and Industry in July 2012.

From 2006 to 2012

  • Board of Directors in Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He won consequently the first in KCCI election cycle 2006 and KCCI election cycle 2010.
  • Member of Kuwait Stock Exchange Market Committee and represented Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry in it from 2008 to 2011.
  • Chairman of Kuwait Clearing Company from 2010 to 2012.
  • Chairman of Kuwait Invest Co. (K.S.C)  “ a company listed in Kuwait Stock Exchange Market“ from 2006 to 2010.
  • Board Member of Kuwait Real Estates Co. (K.S.C) a company listed In Kuwait Stock Exchange Market“ from 2003 to 2012.
  • General Manager of Sadeem Al Kuwait General Trading and Contracting Co. from 1997 to 2003.

Efforts fulfilled in Al-Saleh's career

Ministry of Commerce:

  • Anas Al-Saleh held the position of Minister of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait government for two years. He focused on three tracks: the infrastructure of the ministry through automating its services provided, the commercial and industrial part and the consumer rights protection.
  • One among the important achievements was the preparation of the new corporate law and its executive regulations, the commercial licenses law and its executive regulations to facilitate the local business environment, and to attract the foreign capital through facilitating the procedures of incorporating foreign companies and branches in the State of Kuwait.
  • Also Al-Saleh worked to develop the Public Authority for Industry to enable it performing its tasks in a more flexible and effective manner through the development of its financial resources and upgrading its administrative works, and on the other hand, he worked to develop industrial plots to investors in Sabhan, Al-Shaddia and Al-Naim areas.
  • Due to the importance of the Stock Exchange Market '' BURSA KUWAIT’‘ Al-Saleh sought to apply the law for realizing the accounting principles through the suspension and terminating hundreds of companies or commercial licenses which had lagged many years from preparing the balance sheets .
  • Emphasizing on the role of craftsmen and SME'S in the private sector, Al-Saleh sought to facilitate the procedures through legislations which formed the legal basis to enable SME'S to develop their activities, and to support small and medium-sized entrepreneurs through laws, ministerial memos, and initiatives to realize the infrastructure that pave the way for more developed works at Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Series of the Ministry resolutions were taken to upgrade the efficiency of consumer protection rights, which became reinforced by a legal system secures the rights of consumers.
  • At the level of enhancing international partnership, Minister Anas Al-Saleh adopted the establishment of Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority in 2013 to attract and encourage direct investments into the country with added value and stimulate innovation with the aim of promoting and localizing advanced technology and modern technical and marketing expertise. The Authority succeeded in attracting many major international companies Such as Boeing, Huawei, IBM, and others in various business fields.
  • Anas K. Al-Saleh held the Ministry of Finance portfolio from 2014 to 2017. He sought the financial and economic reforms to overcome challenges in order to achieve the future sustainability of Kuwait, and was praised by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Credit rating agencies and others. Hewas awarded “Minister of Finance of the Year” by The Banker magazine in 2017.
  • Kuwait maintained its sovereign credit ratings during that period across multiple rating agencies such as Moody's Aa2, Fitch AA, and Standard & Poor's AA, as a result of reforms and measures undertaken by the Ministry of Finance.

During his tenure as Minister of Finance, the Ministry launched the National Plan for Economic and Financial Reform "Estidama" in the second quarter of 2016 by embodying more than 50 initiatives in cooperation with several concerned contributing entities aimed at addressing the structural challenges of the state and enhancing financial and economic sustainability.

The reform plan covered four themes:

(1) Balancing public finances

(2) Restructuring the labour market

(3) Boosting the private sector

(4) Improving the government’s quality services to businesses.

  • He worked on establishing fiscal planning and analytics capabilities at the Ministry of Finance, through the set-up of a technical team at MoF; with advanced strategy and analytics capabilities to support policymaking and manage a medium-term fiscal plan and model for Kuwait’s public finances.
  • Kuwait witnessed the first-ever international sovereign debt issuance - establishment and operationalisation of the Debt Management Department at the Ministry of Finance, culminating in a highly successful international bond issuance in March 2016, reaching a USD 8 BN transaction and achieving the lowest interest rate spreads amongst GCC peers at the time of issuance.
  • To diversify the Government revenue – Mr. Anas Al-Saleh instructed Ministry of Finance to conducted a comprehensive study to enhance non-oil revenue through re pricing government services, adopting a cost-to-serve model. Once implemented, this initiative could generate up to KD 1 BN of yearly incremental revenue across re pricing more than 10,000 reviewed services.
  • In parallel to the process of diversifying government income sources, a study was conducted to improve the productivity and costs of the civil service and the labor market and support the employment of the national workforce in the private sector, which led to the introduction of the wage reform law and its referral to the National Assembly to unify the civil service wage model and achieve the highest levels of transparency, justice and control over.
  • Given the importance of the state budget for rationalizing spending and controlling expenditures, the first renewable medium-term budget for a period of 3 years was conducted for the State of Kuwait in response to the introduction of budget ceilings to reduce and control expenses and the development of the budget accounting system from the FIS system to the GFMIS system.
  • Mr. Anas Al-Saleh carried out the Ministry of Oil portfolio in 2015.He participated in forming “An Initial agreement" between the members of OPEC in their extraordinary meeting which was held in Algeria in September 2016, in addition to the effective participation to reach a final detailed agreement between OPEC members that was approved in the ministers meeting in Vienna in November 2016.
  • He also represented State of Kuwait in the efforts led by Russia to join the non-OPEC countries to the ever historic agreement to reduce production of oil between OPEC members and non-OPEC oil-producing countries in December 2016, which is known as "Declaration of Cooperation".
  • He also worked on obtaining the confidence of the 24 participant countries in the "“Declaration of Cooperation''. As result, Kuwait presided over “the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee " (JMMC) as well the Joint Technical Committee (JTC).

Efforts fulfilled at Ministry of State for Cabinet Affairs:

  • Taking over the portfolio of the Ministry of State for Cabinet Affairs represented a new phase of Mr. Anas Al-Saleh's duties in the Kuwaiti government. The ministry is one of the ministries with a different nature of work. He worked on raising the efficiency of coordination effectiveness and control harmony between the various ministers, and the agreement to perform the government's work program at all levels, follow up on cabinet decisions in terms of executions and measure the degree of impact.
  • During his tenure in post, Kuwait witnessed the first referral of some members of Central Agency for public Tenders to the Public Prosecution and Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority, where the courts sentenced its verdicts, this aimed to activate Article 83 of the Central Agency for public Tenders Law in confronting the administrative and financial corruption. In addition to the herein mentioned above, a new law issued and approved for the Central Agency for public Tenders to grant the companies, small and medium enterprises the advantages and preference to bid for the government tenders and this encouraged the national productions and national companies.
  • With regard to Legal advice and Legislation Department and based on the emphasis on supporting investment in the national human resources, the door was opened to recruit national lawyers of category (B) at the department after long years of keeping on hold the recruitments of that position. This step came to enhance the efficiency of the state’s legislative and legal system through the Commission of Legal advice and Legislation which is considered the state’s attorney at law home and abroad.
  • During his tenure as Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Anas Al-Saleh worked on developing Kuwait Fire Force (previously known as Kuwait Fire Service Directorate) by enacting a new law would have completed its transfer the ranks of the country's military sectors for the integration with the services of Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior.
  • The process of upgrading firemen and investment in the national manpower came through enhancing the work of the Fire force by graduating the first batch of engineering diploma officers of 94 graduates, in addition to increasing the earnings of the force’s personnel and achieving progress in the digital transformation, as 80% of preventive licenses are now issued electronically, this led to facilitate and accelerate the transaction process and facilitate it.
  • In respect of supporting the efforts of Kuwait Fire Force to enhance the goals of security achievements, its mechanisms were upgraded to raise the efficiency in dealing with natural disasters, serious accidents and health epidemics.
  • Minister Anas Al-Saleh also activated the role of the Central Agency for Information Technology to develop the electronic services at the level of government agencies in general, during the period of the new Corona pandemic in special. CAIT played major role in developing applications connected to the epidemic Covid19.

Efforts fulfilled at Ministry Interior:

  • Mr. Anas Al-Saleh assumed the portfolio of the Ministry of Interior. He is the first minister took over this post from outside the Ruling dynasty since the foundation of MOI. He took over this post for the period from December 2019 until February 2021. During that time the world and Kuwait witnessed Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Many strict measures were taken to protect the citizens from the repercussions of Covid-19 by the immediate dealing with the residency law violators and evacuating thousands of them to mitigate their impact on the pandemic situation in the country, while the laws related to riots were strictly enforced in the centers of violators' shelters, taking into considerations the humanitarian aspects.
  • The Ministry was also keen during that period to enforce the laws and procedures for the purpose of combating human trafficking by referring 417 companies to the General prosecution, with a total of 526 accused persons charged of residency trade. In many cases, final judgments were issued against officials, companies owners, citizens and residents.
  • Ensuring the safety of quarantines, field hospitals, and the specialized hospitals received the cases infected by Covid-19 were at the top of the priorities of Minister Anas Al-Saleh and MOI teams. Enforced the partial and full curfew measures strictly with deterrence and countering attempts to breach security during the period of the Curfew.
  • As for the development of administrative work within the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry has succeeded in automating 70% of its services, as it is the largest service ministry in the country by providing more than 3 million transactions to citizens and residents that were completed in a short time, which reflected positively on the ease of obtaining Services and their speed.
  • In respect of the Public Authority for Civil Information, its databases and qualified staff were used to be the initial indicator for launching the government electronic platforms before and during the Covid-19 crisis such as launching electronic mobile ID(Kuwait Mobile ID) as a way to prove the personal identity as an alternative to the card (a card), The application is currently used by 1.5 million people as an approved identity in public and private institutions
  • In addition to supporting the efforts of PACI Service to assist state institutions and government agencies in establishing many platforms at the peak of Covid -19 pandemic, including "SHLONIK" for tracking those infected with the Coronavirus or contacts. “META’’ platform was launched for booking appointments in reviewing the official circles.
  • Mr. Anas Al-Saleh supervised the success of the first election process to the National Assembly (Nation 2020) under the challenges of Covid-19, which ensured for all a healthy, democratic and transparent atmosphere under the focus of observers from the "transparency”, "national integrity" and "journalists" associations, this was praised by local and international organizations.

Legislation endeavors at Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Interior:

  • The Companies Law promulgated by Decree No. (25) of year 2012 and its amendment issued by Law No. (97) of year 2013, and the executive regulations of the Companies Law with the aim of treating the deficiencies in the business field as a result of the many years that have passed since the issuance of the previous Companies Law issued in 1960.
  • Law No. (98) of 2013 related to the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, with the aim of treating the fundamental imbalance in the sources of income for the State of Kuwait and its heavy dependence on oil as a main source of income.
  • Law No. (111) of 2013 in the matter of organizing commercial shop licenses and its implementing regulations, which contributed to the regulation of business licenses after nearly 44 years had passed since the issuance of the previous Law No. (32) of 1969.
  • Law No. (116) of 2013 in the matter of encouraging direct investment in the State of Kuwait and its implementing regulations to further harmonize with the requirements of the stage and make them include national investment as well as foreign investment.
  • Law No. (116) of 2014 regarding partnership between the public and private sectors and its implementing regulations, as the new law focused on the regulatory framework for the implementation of partnership projects between the public and private sectors in a way that allows competition, distribution of risks, financing, and protection of citizen interests.
  • Law No. (22) of 2015 amending Law No. (7) of 2010 regarding the establishment of the Capital Markets Authority and the regulation of securities activity, which introduced important definitions for the investment portfolio, the credit rating agency and financial derivatives, and laid the first block for the activity of the market maker and the necessity to issue a special regulation for this. Activity.
  • Law No. (2) of 2012 amending some provisions of Law No. (10) of 2007 regarding the protection of competition, which gave full flexibility to the executive authority represented by the Council of Ministers in assessing the suitability that achieves the public interest.
  • Law No. 13 of 2020 in the matter of the General Fire Force, which is the law that is considered a quantum leap in the history of the fire brigade as well as the firefighters have done it completely.

Draft laws which were referred to Kuwait National Assembly:

  • A draft law for the naturalization of a Kuwaiti citizen’s wife to regulate the naturalization process for a Kuwaiti’s wife in a manner that takes into account the humanitarian aspect and preserves the national identity.
  • Draft law for the traffic to comply with the international traffic laws and solve traffic problems in the country and to preserve lives by deterring violators and reckless people in the streets.
  • A draft law on residency of expatriates to treat deficiencies , criminalize the residency violations and combat it, after the detriment of the population composition of the State of Kuwait has exacerbated and undermined societal security, as well as the deportation of the violating resident at the expense of the sponsor and not at the expense of public money.
  • Draft Law for the National Elections Commission, seeking to achieve more transparency, integrity and community reassurance that the election results are correct and that they express the true will of the electors.