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80% of Kuwaitis believe use of ‘wasta’ necessary to secure jobs

Posted on : Wednesday 1st of August 2018

KUWAIT CITY : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released a report on promoting growth and inclusiveness in the Middle East and North Africa, showing that about 80 percent of Kuwaitis believe the use of ‘wasta’ (influence) is necessary to secure jobs — the third highest after Lebanon and Jordan, and the highest in the Gulf, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to the report, less than 76 percent of Emiratis believe that ‘wasta’ is necessary in getting employed, while 62 percent of Qataris think it is imperative to know high ranking officials to secure a job. The report added the performance of Kuwaiti students compared to expenditure on education is lesser than other countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon and Iran, but better than Saudi Arabia.

In relation to the previous opinion poll, the IMF said 70 percent of Arab nationals think their government is doing bad or very bad in narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor.

On the contrary, only 30 percent of Kuwaitis think their government is not doing well in this aspect. About 30 percent of Kuwaitis are dissatisfied with their government’s performance in improving basic health services — the least compared with Egyptians and Lebanese as more than 80 percent of them are dissatisfied.

Courtesy: Arab Times

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