About MOCI

Historical Overview

  • The establishment of the Ministry of Commerce in the State of Kuwait dates back to 1963, when the Amiri Decree on the Ministerial Formation issued on January 28, 1963 AD included the decision to establish it
  • According to the Emiri Decree issued on December 5, 1965 AD, the name of the Ministry was changed to (Ministry of Trade and Industry), and it remained in this position until March 3, 1985 AD, when the jurisdiction of trade was transferred to the Ministry of Finance and the jurisdiction of industry was transferred to the Ministry of Oil
  • On August 12, 1986 AD, the Emiri Decree was issued regarding (the Ministry of Trade and Industry), in which the objectives and functions of the ministry were determined in an integrated manner
  • On July 21, 2015, Amiri Decree No. 191 of 2015 was issued regarding the organization of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, which :states
    • For the ministry to support and supervise commercial and economic activities and provide goods, materials and services. This decree repeals the previous decree issued in 1986
  • :The Emiri Decree of 15 July 2015 defined the objectives of the ministry as follows
    • "The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is responsible for supporting and supervising commercial and economic activities and providing goods, materials and services."
Functions of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

The functions of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as stated in the Emiri Decree issued on July 15, 2015:

Organizing aspects of internal and external commercial activity, holding local and foreign exhibitions, and participating in foreign exhibitions.

Supervising companies, shops and commercial registration works in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations.

Developing national products and promoting and promoting Kuwaiti exports in foreign and industrial markets with Arab and foreign countries and organizations.

Work to provide the necessary goods and materials at appropriate prices and meet the country's needs for them

Awareness and supervision of consumer protection and combating commercial fraud.

Supervising trade in goods, services and handicrafts and determining the prices of some of them through studying them and making comparisons between their prices to ensure the stability of prices, especially food.

Supervising support and supply activities and taking implementation measures for these activities in accordance with the state's general policies.

Issuing and monitoring commercial licenses.

Supervising commercial agencies and import business.

Licensing in free zones is in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 26 of 1995 referred to.

Supervising the trade, manufacture and import of precious metals, their artifacts, and valuable stones.

Supervising real estate marketing activities.

Supervising and controlling insurance companies, agents, brokers, exchange institutions and real estate brokers in coordination with other competent supervisory authorities.

Following up on the implementation and activation of the international agreements to which the State of Kuwait has acceded related to global, regional and local trade, the prevention of economic and financial crimes, the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

On September 9, 1996 Emiri Decree No. 56 of 1996 was issued regarding the issuance of the Industry Law, according to which the industry sector (the Public Authority for Industry) was separated from trade to remain under the supervision of the Minister. An attempt was made to amend the organizational structure of the Ministry by Ministerial Decree No. (147/1997), and within the scope of The efforts made to follow up on modifying the ministry’s path to implement its tasks and functions as hoped to be in line with the state’s directions in revitalizing the economic situation. The organizational structure was revised, all its organizational units were modified, and the latest Ministerial Decree No. (152/2011) was issued with the new organization on (03/31/2011). The Ministry, through a set of laws and decrees that represent the general legal framework, according to which the Ministry exercises its competencies.

Honorable Ministers

Names of the ministers who held the ministerial portfolio of the Ministry of Trade and Industry:

  • Dr. Abdullah Issa Al Salman
    Dr. Abdullah Issa Al Salman
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    mar 2021 to Now
  • Mr. Faisal Abdulrahman Al-Medlej
    Mr. Faisal Abdulrahman Al-Medlej
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    dec 2020 to mar 2021
  • Mr. Khaled Nasser Al-Roudhan
    Mr. Khaled Nasser Al-Roudhan
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    dec 2016 to dec 2020
  • Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al-Ali
    Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al-Ali
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    may 2015 to nov 2016
  • Dr. Abdul-Mohsen Al-Medj
    Dr. Abdul-Mohsen Al-Medj
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 2014 to mar 2015
  • Mr. Anas Khaled Al-Saleh
    Mr. Anas Khaled Al-Saleh
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    feb 2012 to jan 2014
  • Mrs. Amani Bursli
    Mrs. Amani Bursli
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    may 2011 to feb 2012
  • Mr. Ahmed Rashid Al-Haroun
    Mr. Ahmed Rashid Al-Haroun
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    may 2009 to mar 2011
  • Mr. Ahmed Yaqoub Baqer Al Abdullah
    Mr. Ahmed Yaqoub Baqer Al Abdullah
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    may 2008 to mar 2009
  • Mr. Falah Fahd Muhammad Al-Hajri
    Mr. Falah Fahd Muhammad Al-Hajri
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jul 2006 to may 2008
  • Sheikh / Ali Jarrah Sabah Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah
    Sheikh / Ali Jarrah Sabah Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    may 2006 to jul 2006
  • Mr. Youssef Syed Hassan Al-Zalzalah
    Mr. Youssef Syed Hassan Al-Zalzalah
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    feb 2006 to may 2006
  • Mr. Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Taweel
    Mr. Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Taweel
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jul 2003 to jan 2006
  • Mr. Salah Abdel-Reda Khorshid
    Mr. Salah Abdel-Reda Khorshid
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    feb 2001 to jul 2003
  • Mr. Abdel Wahab Al-Wazzan
    Mr. Abdel Wahab Al-Wazzan
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jul 1999 to jan 2001
  • Mr. Hisham Al-Otaibi
    Mr. Hisham Al-Otaibi
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    dec 1998 to jul 1999
  • Mr. Abdul Aziz Al-Dakhil
    Mr. Abdul Aziz Al-Dakhil
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1998 to dec 1998
  • Mr. Jassim Abdullah Al-Mudhaf
    Mr. Jassim Abdullah Al-Mudhaf
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1996 to dec 1998
  • Mr. Hilal Mishari Al-Mutairi
    Mr. Hilal Mishari Al-Mutairi
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1994 to dec 1996
  • Mr. Abdullah Rashid Al-Hajri
    Mr. Abdullah Rashid Al-Hajri
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1992 to dec 1994
  • Mr. Abdullah Al-Jarallah
    Mr. Abdullah Al-Jarallah
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1991 to dec 1992
  • Mr. Nasser Al-Roudhan
    Mr. Nasser Al-Roudhan
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1990 to dec 1991
  • Mr. Faisal Abdul Razzaq Al Khaled
    Mr. Faisal Abdul Razzaq Al Khaled
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1986 to dec 1990
  • Mr. Jassim Mohammed Al-Kharafi
    Mr. Jassim Mohammed Al-Kharafi
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1985 to dec 1986
  • Mr. Jassim Khaled Dawood Al-Marzouq
    Mr. Jassim Khaled Dawood Al-Marzouq
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1981 to dec 1985
  • Mr. Abdel-Wahab Youssef Al-Nafisi
    Mr. Abdel-Wahab Youssef Al-Nafisi
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1975 to dec 1981
  • Mr. Khaled Suleiman Al-Adsani
    Mr. Khaled Suleiman Al-Adsani
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1971 to dec 1975
  • Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
    Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1965 to dec 1971
  • Mr. Khalifa Khaled Al-Ghunaim
    Mr. Khalifa Khaled Al-Ghunaim
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1963 to dec 1964
  • Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad
    Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    jan 1962 to dec 1963
Dear Undersecretaries of the Ministry

Names of the Messrs. Undersecretaries of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry:

  • Dr. Saleh Al-Okaily
    Dr. Saleh Al-Okaily
    Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jun 2021 to Now
  • Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Afasy
    Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Afasy
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    mar 2019 to Now
  • Dr. Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel
    Dr. Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 2018 to jan 2019
  • Mr. Khaled Jassim Al-Shamali
    Mr. Khaled Jassim Al-Shamali
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 2015 to jan 2017
  • Mr. Abdulaziz Mishaan Al-Khalidi
    Mr. Abdulaziz Mishaan Al-Khalidi
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 2015 to jan 2017
  • Mr. Rashid  Al-Tabtabae
    Mr. Rashid Al-Tabtabae
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 2003 to jan 2011
  • Mr. Rashid Abdullah Al-Roumi
    Mr. Rashid Abdullah Al-Roumi
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 1998 to jan 2003
  • Dr. Walid Abdel Mohsen Al-Waheeb
    Dr. Walid Abdel Mohsen Al-Waheeb
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 1994 to jan 1998
  • Mr. Abdullah Al-Hamad
    Mr. Abdullah Al-Hamad
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 1975 to jan 1998
  • Mr. Khaled Ali Al-Kharafi
    Mr. Khaled Ali Al-Kharafi
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    jan 1963 to jan 1975