Building urban economic resilience in the city of Kuwait within the framework of recovery planning during and after COVID-19 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

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Building urban economic resilience in the city of Kuwait within the framework of recovery planning during and after COVID-19

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2022/TP.16/Policy Brief


Country: State of Kuwait

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development

Initiatives: Sustainable urban development, COVID-19 Stimulus Tracker

SDGs: Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords: Urban development, Urban economics, Covid-19, Local government, Cities, Reconstruction, Programme planning

Building urban economic resilience in the city of Kuwait within the framework of recovery planning during and after COVID-19

January 2023

The report reviews the plan to building urban economic resilience plan for the city of Kuwait within the framework of the project "Building Urban Economic Resilience during and after the COVID-19", which was implemented in sixteen cities around the world, including three Arab cities, Alexandria, Beirut and Kuwait. In the context of this project, the Economic Recovery and Urban Resilience Tool was developed as a diagnostic and planning tool for building urban resilience to withstand economic shocks resulting from global developments beyond the control of local and national governments. The tool was applied and showed that the ability of Kuwait city to mitigate the crisis ranged from low to medium. The diagnosis showed that all areas of resilience require improvement, in particular the resilience of the local labour market.

The report concludes with a plan to improve the resilience determinants within five years, which includes a number of measures, such as the implementation of programmes that enhance the city's ability to stimulate economic activities; develop the business environment to be more responsive to changes in supply and demand; and implement programmes and initiatives aimed at reforming the current labor market structures. The plan introduced a set of objectives aimed at improving the capacity of Kuwait's financial system to become more effective and efficient in employing financial resources in various economic sectors.

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