Manama: Deputy Prime Minister, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.
Leaders congratulated on BDF Anniversary
The cabinet extended deepest congratulations to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, as well as to the officers and affiliates of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), marking the BDF’s Anniversary.
The session lauded HM the King’s unwavering support for the BDF, which contributed to bringing about a giant leap in its performance, thus making it fully ready and well-prepared, in terms of training and weaponry, noting that the BDF represents a bulwark in defending the nation and contributing effectively to joint tasks with brotherly and friendly countries’ forces.
HRH Crown Prince’s visit to Italy lauded
The Cabinet lauded HRH the Crown Prince’s official visit to friendly Italy, and his talks with senior Italian Government officials, as well as the bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding that will be signed to boost joint cooperation in the political, trade and economic fields.
The session hailed the depth of the two countries’ relations, and their shared keenness to enhance them, stressing the role of HRH the Crown Prince’s visit in strengthening them further, a statement by the Cabinet Secretary-General, Dr. Yasser bin Isa Al-Nasser, said.
Half Workday on National Sports Day announced
The cabinet declared Tuesday, February 11, a half workday at ministries and state departments, marking the National Sports Day 2020, to pave the way for their staff to engage in sports events on that day to promote the role of sports as an authentic social culture and lifestyle.
Bahrain’s support for Palestinian issue reiterated
While reviewing the latest regional and global developments, the cabinet was informed about the results of the extraordinary session of the Arab League Council, at the ministerial level.
The cabinet welcomed the extraordinary session’s communique regarding its support for the Palestinian issue and adherence to peace as a strategic option for resolving the conflict.
Meanwhile, the cabinet praised the American peace plan as a basis to return to negotiations within an international framework, expressing appreciation for the US Administration and its efforts to solve the Palestinian cause.
It also welcomed every international effort aimed at achieving just peace in the occupied Palestinian territories and pushing the peace process forward in order to reach an agreement that would enable the brotherly Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights and set up their independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the two-state solution principle, the International Legitimacy’s resolutions, the Arab Peace Process and the approved international references.
The cabinet reiterated Bahrain’s firm supportive stance towards the Palestinian issue, and backing of all efforts and initiatives that would lead to a just and comprehensive solution to it.
Anti-coronavirus measures to be stepped up
The session was informed about the efforts and precautionary measures being taken to prevent novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from reaching the kingdom.
While reviewing the latest developments of the epidemic, the cabinet stressed the importance of further ramping up strict preventive measures, including the formation of a team, led by the President of the Supreme Council for Health, Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, to address the risk of coronavirus infection and manage the precautionary and preventive measures medically. The panel shall coordinate with the National Committee for Disaster Management regarding suspicious cases or when a case is detected in the country.
Implementation of projects ordered by HRH Premier underway
The session reviewed the progress of the implementation of four educational and service projects ordered by HRH the Prime Minister in the Muharraq Governorate and Hamad Town.
They include the establishment of new schools in Qalali and Hamad Town, the restoration of schools in the Muharraq Governorate and increasing cleaning services at schools, a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Education, and referred by the Cabinet to the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance, as well as to the Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects, said.
In the same context, the session followed up on the progress of the implementation of HRH Premier’s directives to meet the service educational needs of Barbar villagers, as highlighted in another memorandum presented by the Minister of Education.
The cabinet was informed about the procedures taken so far, including the needs of the Education Ministry regarding human resources and construction aspects, through the new construction plan put forward by the same Ministry for the years 2020-2030 to cover the needs of the governorates regarding new schools, the maintenance of the temporarily evacuated ones and the maintenance of all schools during the same period.
102 development projects being implemented
The cabinet reviewed the progress of 102 development projects being implemented under the supervision of the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry in the roads and sanitation, as well as construction and maintenance sectors, at an estimated value of BD 379 million. They include 20 roads projects, costing BD 171 million, 53 sanitation projects, worth BD 121 million, and 29 construction and building projects, costing BD 86 million.
The session also took note of the tenders that had been awarded and launched in 2019 in the three sectors mentioned above.
A total of 89 tenders, worth BD 199 million, were awarded in 2019, while 93 projects, costing about BD 107 million, have been put out to tender during the same year in the sectors, the session was told.
Property Lease Law to be amended
The session decided to amend the current Property Lease Law, promulgated by Law 27/2014, by canceling the Lease Disputes Committee, and assigning its jurisdictions with the High Civil Criminal Court.
The cabinet referred a draft-law to amend the provisions of Law 27/2014 to the Council of Representatives, as a matter of urgency.
Court of Cassation Law to be amended
The cabinet agreed to amend the Court of Cassation Law. The move aims to to simplify the procedures for accepting the appeal before the Court of Cassation, amend the amounts of fees and ensure the seriousness of the appeal before the same court in civil and commercial matters, as well as in sharia and personal status ones.
A bill on amending the provisions of Law 8/1989 was referred to the Council of Representatives as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Article (97) of the internal by-law of the Representatives Council.
Bahrain to host regional forum on future of education
The session endorsed the kingdom’s hosting of a regional forum on exploring the future of education in the Arab world on March 22-23, to be organised in partnership between Bahrain’s Ministry of Education and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) and the Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE).
Draft Bahraini-UAE MoU endorsed
The cabinet endorsed a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between Bahrain and the UAE in the areas of food security.
Under the MoU, the two brotherly countries will develop their existing relations and joint cooperation in the agricultural field, both in the plant and livestock sectors, in addition to marine resources, to contribute to achieving food security.
Multiple sclerosis to be designated as chronic disease
The cabinet approved to Representatives Council’s proposal to designate the Multiple sclerosis (MS) as a chronic disease.
Meanwhile, the session referred to the Council of representatives the government’s response regarding the former’s proposal to provide specialised doctors at health centres.
Source: Bahrain News Agency