Welcome to Kuwait

The country is the newest IEC member

By Claire Marchand

In August 2016, Kuwait became the 84th IEC Member, joining a growing community of countries involved in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment.

Kuwait City skyline
View of Kuwait City skyline

Basic facts

Situated at the tip of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It has a population of 4,2 million and its capital is Kuwait City. 

Petroleum accounts for nearly half of the Kuwaiti gross domestic product (GDP) and roughly 95% of export revenues and government income. Kuwait also has a well-developed banking system; the National Bank of Kuwait is the largest bank in the country and in the Arab world. 

Total electricity production amounts to 57 billion kWh while electricity consumption reaches approximately 50 billion kWh (2013 est.). All energy generated comes from fossil fuels. 

Regional interests

The country has been a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since its inception in 1981, together with Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As such it also belongs to the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). With the arrival of Kuwait, all GCC countries are now IEC members as well. 

Kuwait in the IEC

The electrotechnical interests of Kuwait in the IEC are represented by the Kuwait National Committee for Electrical and Electronics (KNCEE), the new IEC National Committee (NC). The NC stakeholders are experts and professionals from different sectors such as the Public Authority for Industry (PAI), the Ministry of Electricity and Water, laboratories, consumers, manufacturers, the petroleum industry, Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). 

The President of KNCEE is Fahhad S. Al-Mutairi, who is Assistant Undersecretary Deputy Director General for Standards & Industrial Services Affairs of PAI. The Secretary is Hessah S. Mohammed, who is Standards and Metrology Engineer at PAI. 

Today the IEC counts a total of 169 countries, of which 84 are Members and 85 participate in the Affiliate Country Programme. 

Kuwait flag In August 2016, Kuwait became the 84th IEC member
Kuwait City skyline View of Kuwait City skyline
Kuwait Burgan oil field The Burgan oil field in Kuwait