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Kuwait prepares ground for new town construction

Deputy PM tells task force to work with private sector to fund and build new towns.

Kuwait prepares ground for new town construction
Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah will directly oversee the work of the new towns task force.

The Kuwaiti government has created a task force charged with building a number of brand new towns in the country.Deputy prime minister for economic affairs and state minister for development and housing Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah said the task force's first task is to prepare strategic broad lines for a strategy to build and develop the towns.

He did not elaborate details on how many towns would are planned, their location, or the population the towns are expected to accommodate.

The task force will look at all technical and legal aspects related to the construction of the new towns in conjunction with the public authority for housing. The deputy prime minister said that he would directly oversee the workings of the task force in his capacity of minister of housing.

Faisal al-Saraawi, president of the Department of Fatwa and Legislation will head the task force, which will initially prepare a draft law for the creation of the new towns, and investigate ways to work with the private sector to fund and manage their construction.

Kuwait's population was 2.73 million in 2008, according to the World Bank, and is growing at 2.4 percent per year.

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