Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs
The only woman in the Kuwait cabinet, Hind Subaih Barrak Al-Subaih was given additional charge as the Minister of State for Economic Affairs in a newly formed cabinet in December 2016, as well as her position as the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, which she has held since 2014. The former Assistant Undersecretary of Civil Service Commission and Secretary General for Manpower and Government Restructuring Program, Al-Subaih served as the General Manager of Kuwait Industries Union in 2012. In June 2017, Al-Subaih issued a decision to set the minimum monthly wage for workers in the private and oil sector at $247.02 per month. This is the first time Kuwait has set a minimum wage for laborers in the private sector.