Kuwait looking to privatise state telecoms, report says

12 Feb 2019

The Kuwait Times, quoting ministerial sources, reported that Kuwait’s government will soon announce the privatisation of various government entities, including the state’s fixed telecoms operating division, the Ministry of State for Service Affairs (‘Ministry of Services’, in the process of being renamed from Ministry of Communications). The ministry is the incumbent fixed line operator, whilst its legacy regulatory duties have largely been taken over by the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA); it also provides postal and transportation services. The privatisation drive is aimed at cutting expenditure, trimming down the state’s organisational structure and meeting budget deficit targets.

Kuwait, Ministry of Communications/Service Affairs