Deputy Premier chairs weekly Cabinet session

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

NAO’s annual report referred to Executive Committee

HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak informed the session about the reception of the annual report of the National Audit Office (NAO) for 2018-2019.

The cabinet referred NAO’s annual report to the Executive Committee to oversee the verification of the substantial remarks and recommendations therein contained, in accordance with the mechanism in force to review NAO’s annual reports.

Deputy Premier thanks non-violating ministries

The deputy premier extended thanks to all ministries and government departments which have been committed to laws and administrative decisions, and verified their financial control systems in their expenditure, as shown in NAO’s report, which made their final accounts professional and objective, as they were consistent with accounting standards and bases.

Meanwhile, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak gave directives to ministries and government departments which NAO had made remarks and recommendations about their expenditure and revenues to follow up on them and take the necessary procedures to address them, a post-session statement by the Cabinet Secretary-General, Dr. Yasser bin Isa Al-Nasser, said.

Implementation of HRH Premier’s directives underway

The cabinet followed up on the implementation of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa’s directives to recruit unemployed and newly-graduate doctors to the public and private sectors.

The session reviewed the solutions and the initiatives launched in this regard, in cooperation and coordination with the competent sides, and requested the Labour and Social Development Ministry to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and submit periodic reports on efforts to employ new graduate doctors to enable the Cabinet to follow up on the process and remove any potential obstacles, if any, in line with HRH the Prime Minister’s directives.

Kuwait congratulated on Amir’s safe return home

The cabinet congratulated the Kuwaiti government and people marking the safe return of the Amir, HH Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, after the completion of the successful medical check-ups he had undergone recently, wishing brotherly Kuwait further progress and prosperity, under his leadership.

Tunisia’s President-elect congratulated

The session expressed sincere congratulations to Tunisia’s President-elect, Kais Saied, on winning the presidential elections, wishing brotherly Tunisia further progress and prosperity, under its leadership.

Draft-Decree on establishing Sustainable Energy Authority endorsed

Based on the royal desire, and following the memorandum presented by the Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the session discussed the establishment of a Sustainable Energy Authority, which will report to the Cabinet and replace the Sustainable Energy Centre.

In this regard, the cabinet approved a draft-decree on establishing a Sustainable Energy Authority.

The draft-decree shall determine the objectives, duties and terms of reference of the Sustainable Energy Authority, as well as the duties of its president, who will be appointed as per a Royal Decree.

Organisational structures of two ministries, two entities to be modified

The cabinet approved, based on a recommendation by the Civil Service Council, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, and as part of efforts to enhance the efficiency of government services and increase productivity, to modify the organisational structures of two ministries and two entities, as follows:

– Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry: The cancellation and merger of two directorates, and the renaming of another.

– Information Affairs Ministry: Cancellation of a directorate and the renaming of another.

– Tender Board: Cancellation of the post of the assistant secretary-general ranked assistant undersecretary.

– National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA): The creation of two directorates and the renaming of the posts of deputy CEO, in addition to the renaming of one directorate.

Bahrain’s first ICESCR-based report endorsed

The cabinet approved the kingdom’s first report on the fulfillment of its obligations in accordance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and tasked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to submit it to the competent UN entity.

According to the Cabinet Affairs Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the report highlighted Bahrain’s efforts to fulfill its obligations in the economic, social and cultural rights, in addition to the procedures taken to ensure respect for the rights recognised in ICESCR and the progress made in this regard, taking into account Bahrain’s achievements at the level of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and what was included in its First National Voluntary Report on Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Cleanliness Law’s executive regulation approved

The cabinet approved the executive regulation of the Public Cleanliness Law 10/2019, and a draft-edict on its issuance.

The executive regulation shall regulate the conditions and treatment of waste and its sorting regulations, including health care activities, industrial and service activities waste.

It also sets the conditions of the transportation of waste to its treatment sites and prohibits its transportation by unlicensed companies.

The regulation also specifies the way to deal with neglected vehicles and all types of scrap in the streets, squares, spaces, beaches and public places, as recommended by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs in its memorandum.

MoU between Bahrain and Belarus approved

The session approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bahrain and Belarus to enhance tourism cooperation between the two friendly countries and to develop various fields related to tourism in light of the recommendation made by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.

Parliamentary proposals

The cabinet approved the government’s reply on two proposals submitted by the Council of Representatives regarding the operation of a health centre around the clock, and the official working hours of ministries and government departments during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ministerial Reports

The session reviewed three ministerial reports, the first one by the Minister of Interior on the results of the 36th meeting of the GCC interior ministers, held recently in Muscat, Oman, the second by Minister of Foreign Affairs on the outcomes of the meeting of the Bahrain-UK Joint Working Group, held recently in London, and the third by the Labour and Social Development Minister on the Fiffth Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination, held recently in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Source: Bahrain News Agency