Deputy Premier chairs regular weekly Cabinet session

Manama: Deputy Prime Minister, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.

Royal keynote address hailed

The cabinet lauded the keynote speech delivered by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa while opening the second session of the Fifth Legislative Term of the Shura and Representatives councils, noting that it was comprehensive, tackled the current and future development requirements and included an in-depth analysis of the regional and international situation and developments.

The session commended the directives and forward-looking visions embedded in the Royal address in determining the future requirements of the civilisational progress in line with the on-going scientific and technical advancement, ensuring food security, achieving self-sufficiency, developing the environmental and climate situation, and protecting the pillars of the state of rule of law.

The cabinet affirmed that the directives and initiatives ordered by HM King Hamad represent a roadmap for the government to meet the aspirations of the citizens and the future needs of Bahrain, adding that the government will implement them according to specific action plans.

The session requested the Executive Committee to put forward the executive frameworks and programmes that would achieve the royal directives, a post-session statement by the Cabinet Secretary-General, Dr. Yasser bin Isa Al-Nasser, said.

The cabinet expressed its extreme delight and satisfaction with the success of the medical check-ups undergone by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa recently.

In this regard, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak extended, on behalf of the Cabinet members, sincere congratulations to HRH the Prime Minister on the success of the medical check-ups, praying to Allah the Almighty to bless HRH Premier with abundant good health and long life so as to continue serving the homeland.

Khalifa bin Salman Press Award lauded

The cabinet lauded the importance of the Khalifa bin Salman Press Award, whose distribution ceremony was patronised recently by HRH the Prime Minister, in developing the press and media work in the kingdom and promoting the Bahraini press through enhancing the spirit of competition that leads to more creativity and excellence.

The session congratulated the winners of this year’s edition of the Khalifa bin Salman Press Award, praising HRH Premier’s great support for the national press.

New Electricity Ministry welcomed

The session welcomed the new Electricity and Water Affairs Minister, Wael bin Nasser Al-Mubarak, and his joining the cabinet, following the issuance of a royal decree on appointing him to his post, wishing him every success in carrying out his duties.

It also recalled with appreciation the contributions of his predecessor, Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, to the electricity and water sector in the kingdom, and wished him every success in his future life.

Turkey’s assault on Syria condemned

The cabinet condemned Turkey’s aggression against Syria, and affirmed its full rejection of targeting the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab country, being a move that constitutes a threat to security and stability, and undermines efforts to combat terrorism in the region.

The session urged the International Community to assume its responsibilities and stop the aggression.

It also welcomed the communique issued by the extraordinary session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level in this regard, expressing its unequivocal support for the measures it called for in order to protect Arab territories from any aggression.

In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs informed the cabinet about the results of the Arab League’s extraordinary session, and the resolutions taken during it.

Saudi Arabia’s regional role, weight stressed

The cabinet stressed the role and weight of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in regional security, expressing full support for any steps taken to enhance the role of Saudi Arabia and its ability to assume this responsibility. It also welcomed the decisions and directives of the Saudi Monarch and Crown Prince to maintain regional security and face any attempts to threaten Stability in the region.

Industry Ministry’s plans, programmes highlighted

The cabinet reviewed the programmes, plans and projects to be implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism to honour the government’s commitments outlined in its action plan for the years 2019-2022, and classified under priorities and various policies and initiatives.

The session endorsed the 35 development projects aimed at expanding the base of the economy, facilitating procedures, attracting investments and improving the business environment, and requested the Industry Ministry to begin implementing them.

They include mainly the issuance of the Commercial Registers System (SIJILAT), the issuance of a package of legislation that enhances the role of the private sector as the main engine of growth, allocating government-subsidised industrial lots to entrepreneurs that support priority economic sectors, implementing a national tourism strategy, establishing an exhibition city, issuing supportive edicts to achieve operational procedures such as allowing commercial activities through virtual outlets, regulating the activities of catering services delivered by mobile vehicles, marketing the Bahrain International Investment Park globally and linking Bahrain to regional and international markets.

Periodic reports on Education Ministry’s plans

HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak requested the Minister of Education to submit periodic reports to the Cabinet on the Education Ministry’s plans and programmes aimed at ensuring that the educational process meets the quality level set by the government.

The session also endorsed the annual report of the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA), presented by the Youth and Sports Minister and BQA’s Board of Directors Chairman.

Bahrain’s accession to ASEAN’s TAC endorsed

The cabinet approved the kingdom’s signing of and accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) established by the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), highlighted in the a presentation given by the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Bahrain’s hosting of sub-regional workshop on school violence

The session approved the Kingdom’s hosting of a sub-regional workshop on combating violence and extremism in educational institutions from a curriculum perspective, based on a presentation by the Minister of Education.

Youth Ministry’s internal communication platforms highlighted

The Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs presented the application systems adopted as internal communication platforms within the Ministry.

The applications are adapted to enhance the efficiency of administrative work, overcome potential obstacles that may affect the flexibility of transactions among the Youth Ministry’s various departments, facilitate communication, simplify procedures among sectors and departments and provide electronic records for all projects and internal correspondence.

Parliamentary proposals

The cabinet approved the government’s replies on a number of proposals submitted by the Council of Representatives. They were related to the development of the mechanisms of youth and women clubs and centres, facilitating sports investments and those affected by rainwater pools at housing units.

Ministerial reports

The cabinet took note of the results of the participation of the Education Minister in the ninth consultative meeting of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) and the 19th meeting of the GCC Higher Education and Scientific Research Minsters’ Committee, held recently in Muscat, Oman.

The session was also informed about the results of the Housing Ministry’s participation in the 36th session of Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Construction, and the Third Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development, both held in Dubai.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism also notified the session about the results of the fourth GCC meeting of the ministers in charge of tourism, and second joint meeting of the GCC tourism and culture ministers, both held in Muscat recently.

Source: Bahrain News Agency