KUWAIT: The hotels and restaurants’ sector in Kuwait provides thousands of jobs and investment opportunities in major projects, as well as medium and small enterprises that are gaining more momentum the closer we get to concluding major projects related to the ‘New Kuwait 2035’ vision, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel said. The minister made her remarks in a statement released to the press yesterday on the occasion of the Horeca Kuwait 2019 exhibition, which is set to be inaugurated under her auspices on January 14, 2019 with participation of companies specialized in hospitality, catering and hotel equipment. Aqeel added that the government fully supports all efforts that would help achieve this vision, namely in terms of the private sector’s contributions. “Hence comes Horeca’s significance,” she underlined, pointing to the importance of exploring all sectors capable of creating more job opportunities for citizens and improving work environments for small and medium projects. “Tourism and hospitality services tops those sectors, especially after the cabinet decided to subject the Civil Service Comission to the Minister of State for Economic Affairs and combining all state departments entrusted with employment under one umbrella to set a clear strategy for labor markets,” Aqeel elaborated, expressing hopes that local products would help the industrial sector, namely food industries, flourish. The three-day Horeca Kuwait 2019 exhibition is organized by the Leaders Group Company for Consulting and Development in collaboration with the Hospitality Services Company at Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref.