Manama,: His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.
HM King congratulated on new Hijri year
HRH Premier extended sincerest congratulations to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Bahraini people and the Arab and Islamic nations marking the near advent of the new Hijri year, 1441, wishing them many happy returns of the occasion.
The Premier wished the Arab and Muslim nations further security, stability, peace and prosperity.
Outcomes of PM Modi’s visit to Bahrain hailed
The cabinet lauded the outcomes of the recent and first Prime Ministerial visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to the kingdom at the invitation of HRH the Prime Minister.
The session underscored the importance of the talks held between HM King Hamad, HRH Premier and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Modi in enhancing bilateral cooperation and coordination, praising the role of the memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries on the sidelines of the visit in strengthening and bolstering bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, economy, trade, health, science, technology, energy and space.
The session also hailed the ever-progressing bilateral cooperation, stressing the need to enhance it across various vital fields, and to take advantage of two nations’ expertise, capabilities and investment opportunities.
Saudi-UAE joint statement welcomed
The cabinet welcomed the joint statement issued by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in which they affirmed the continuation of their political, military, relief and development efforts in Yemen, alongside other countries of the Arab Coaltion, to support the brotherly Yemeni people in confronting the Iran-backed terrorist coup Houthi militia.
The session praised the sacrifices made by the Arab Coaltition forces and their role in safeguarding the region’s security and stability, reiterating Bahrain’s firm supportive stance towards the brotherly countries participating in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to support legitimacy in brotherly Yemen.
Premier congratulates Kuwaiti Amir on successful check-ups
HRH the Prime Minister congratulated Kuwaiti Amir, HH Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on the success of the medical check-up he had undergone recently, praying to Allah the Almighty to bless him with abundant good health, and to protect him so as to continue the progress march in sisterly Kuwait.
More convicts expected to benefit from alternative penalty
The session, in line with the directives of HM the King to ensure the effective implementation of the alternative penalty procedures, and those of HRH Premier to put forward programmes to expand the implementation of alternative punishments commensurate with the situation of convicts, and to ensure their integration into society, reviewed a report presented by the Minister of Interior in this regard.
The report briefed the cabinet about the rehabilitation courses launched for convicts benefiting from alternative punishment, as well as the on-going coordination with some government entities which provided work opportunities for convicts to serve society.
The report said that following the success of coordination with the relevant public and private entities, the number of convicts benefiting from alternative penalty is expected to increase by 80%.
National Employment Programme successful
The cabinet reviewed the indicators of the labour market in the first half of 2019, and the latest developments of the National Employment Programme (NEP), launched following directives from HRH the Prime Minister, and based on a recommendation by the Executive Committee, chaired by HRH the Crown Prince, to create job opportunities for the citizens through implementing a number of initiatives aimed at boosting the national economy and developing the labour market.
The NEP has contributed significantly to generating quality job opportunities for unemployed nationals, while maintaining the flexibility of the labour market, being the cornerstone of sustainable development in the kingdom, the session was told.
Figures proved the positive indicators resulting from the implementation of the National Employment Programme, including the increase in the overall number of Bahrainis employed during the first half of this year to reach about 11,649, 3459 of whom enter the labour market for the first time, and 8190 had worked before.
The figures also showed that 103 enter the labour market on a daily basis, with the number increasing by 30% since the NEP entered into force.
The encouragement of employment of job seekers among university graduates has yielded fruitful results that have strengthened the competitiveness of Bahrainis in the private sector, the session was also told.
Implementation of Edict 80/2018 reviewed
The session reviewed the progress of the implementation of HRH the Prime Minister’s directieves to expedite taking procedures to activate Edict 80/2018 setting the terms that regulate the daily paid two-hour rest granted for disabled employees or those with ones under their guardianship to preserve the rights of people with disabilities, on the one hand, and ensure the progress of work, on the other.
In this regard, the cabinet reviewed a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Health on the procedures taken by the Health Ministry in coordination with the relevant entities to implememnt Edict 80/2018.
Bill on amending Penal Code endorsed
The cabinet approved a draft-law on amending some provisions of the Penal Code promulgated by Decree-Law 15/1976, and referred it to the Legislature, in accordance with the constitutional and legal procedures in force.
The matter was outlined in a memorandum submitted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs in this regard.
Anti-smoking committee to be restructured
The session approved the restructuring of the National Committee to Control Smoking and All Types of Tobacco and Tobacco Products.
The panel will be chaired by the Minister of Health, and comprise members from the relevant entities.
Bahraini-Italian agreements, MoUs discussed
The cabinet discussed three agreements and four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between Bahrain and friendly Italy on cooperation in a number of areas, including exemption of holders of diplomatic, service and special passports from visa requirements, as well as in the cultural, educational, scientific, technological, and media fields.
They also include amending the air services agreement, health and medical sciences, securing foreign trade services, space for peaceful purposes and establishing a twinning relationship between Manama and Rome.
Presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the agreements and MoUs were referred to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs for further study.
Draft OPEC, Non-OPEC charter referred to ministerial committee
The cabinet reviewed the draft Charter of Cooperation between the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Non-OPEC countries, highlighted in a memorandum presented by the Oil Minister, and referred it to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.
Youth Ministry to be in charge of implementing Decree-Law 21/1989
The session named the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry and the Youth and Sports Affairs Minister as the competent administrative entity and the minister, respectively, in charge of the implementation of Decree-Law 21/1989 on issuing the Law of Associations, Social and Cultural Clubs.
The cabinet reviewed a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, and requested the competent authorities to issue the necessary legal tool.
The cabinet referred to the Legislative Branch a draft-law on amending some provisions of Decree-law 14/2002 on the Exercise of Political Rights, prepared based on a proposal submitted by the Shura Council.
Source: Bahrain News Agency