HRH Crown Prince chairs weekly Cabinet meeting

Manama: His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.

Following the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary-General, HE Dr. Yasser bin Issa Al-Nasser, made the following remarks:

During the meeting, HRH the Crown Prince stressed the importance of continuing to support initiatives aimed at maintaining positive economic growth, while continuing to further enhance the Kingdom’s fiscal sustainability in order to benefit citizens and meet the aspirations of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

HRH the Crown Prince praised the support and patronage provided by HM King Hamad across the Kingdom’s sectors, which contributes to Bahrain’s economic development, as illustrated by His Majesty’s inauguration of the Alba Line 6 Expansion Project. HRH the Crown Prince noted that this important milestone constituted a major leap in the Kingdom’s industrial capacities, and will do much to support the Kingdom’s continued development.

HRH the Crown Prince went on to highlight the importance of continuing to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, both of which are key contributors of development, and congratulated the winners of the second edition of the GGC Pitch@Palace initiative, which took place last Wednesday under HRH the Crown Prince’s patronage.

The Cabinet congratulated all Bahraini women on the occasion of Bahraini Women’s Day, celebrated on December 1st under the theme: Bahraini women in the fields of higher education and future sciences. In this regard, the Cabinet highlighted the efforts of the Supreme Council for Women, chaired by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The Cabinet noted the support provided by HRH Princess Sabeeka to the women of Bahrain as they continue to make advancements across various fields. The Cabinet remarked that Bahraini women remain an essential component to the Kingdom’s development, noting their leading role throughout the economy.

On the occasion of the centenary of the establishment of Bahrain Police, HRH the Crown Prince praised its key role in preserving the security of Bahrain and its people. His Royal Highness went on to thank every police officer for their sacrifices for the benefit and security of the Kingdom.

HRH the Crown Prince also praised the success of the employment fair organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. In this regard, The Minister of Labour and Social Development made a presentation to the Cabinet highlighting the wide participation of the private sector at the event as well as the impressive array of job opportunities offered during the fair, which reflect the strength of the national economy and its capacity to generate suitable opportunities for all citizens.

The Cabinet congratulated the leadership, government and people of the United Arab Emirates on the UAE’s 48th anniversary, wishing them further progress and prosperity. The Cabinet praised the UAE’s wide range of development achievements under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Shaikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

A number of submissions, memorandums and proposed laws were discussed during the meeting.

The Cabinet outlined the following outcomes:

The Cabinet approved projects to expand the electricity and water network, as part of the second phase of the Al-Dur Power and Water Plant, at a cost of BD 615 million. This came after the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance, presented a memorandum including the project details and financing mechanisms. In this regard, HRH the Crown Prince instructed the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs to inspect the old transmission and distribution network for electricity and water, and to submit a plan to the Government Executive Committee.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, on the Ministry’s plan to implement the 2019 � 2022 Government Programme. The plan included details on the preparation of the national state budget in cooperation with the Kingdom’s ministries and authorities, bilateral agreements with various countries, as well as updates on the implementation of 36 initiatives of the third edition of the Government Priorities Framework.

In order to preserve the Kingdom’s ecosystem, wildlife and biodiversity, HRH the Crown Prince issued directives recognising Dive Bahrain as a marine protected area. The directives regulate oyster collection, fishing, recreational activities, scientific research and industrial activities such as the extraction of oil and gas.

The Cabinet discussed the incorporation of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also known as the Bonn Convention, in line with the recommendation of the Supreme Council for the Environment. The Cabinet decided to refer the matter to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.

The Cabinet discussed the operational review of the Tender Board, covering the period from January to September 2019, which included a summary of the Tender Board’s activities and development strategies. The information was presented by the Minister of Housing and Chairman of the Tender Board, who explained that 748 from 800 tenders have been awarded, amounting to BD 1.3 billion.

The Cabinet was then briefed by the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning on the results of the 35th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Source: Bahrain News Agency