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.
Premier congratulated on Norwegian award
The cabinet lauded the ‘Norwegian Guest of Honour 2019’ granted to HRH the Prime Minister.
HRH the Crown Prince expressed, on behalf of the cabinet members, sincerest congratulations to HRH Premier on the well-deserved prestigious award conferred on him in recognition of his efforts to enhance the International Community’s steps to strengthen the pillars of regional and global peace, as well as promote the values of co-existence and harmony among peoples and countries, noting that the honouring adds to the Prime Minister’s rich record of achievements at the regional and international levels.
Indian Premier’s visit welcomed
The session welcomed the upcoming visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Narendra Modi, and his accompanying delegation to the kingdom, stressing the importance of the visit in supporting the solid friendly Bahraini-Indian relations and bolstering bilateral cooperation at various levels, a statement by the Cabinet Secretary-General, Dr. Yasser bin Isa Al-Nasser.
Premier hails Bahraini youth’s achievements
HRH the Prime Minister hailed the achievements of Bahraini youth in the sports sector, citing Bahrain’s winning the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship 2019, after beating hosts, Iraq, in the final, paying tribute to the players, as well as the administrative and technical staff for their dedication throughout the regional tournament.
Saudi Arabia praised for serving pilgrims
The cabinet lauded the outstanding success of this year’s Haj season thanks to the interest and constant follow-up of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
In this regard, the session praised the keenness of the Saudi government, led by King Salman, to deliver the best quality services and facilities to pilgrims, which enabled them to perform Haj rituals easily, smoothly and comfortably.
Attack on Saudi ‘Shayba’ plant condemned
The cabinet condemned the terrorist attack by the terrorist Houthi militias on the Saudi ‘Shayba’ natural gas plant and oil refinery, reiterating Bahrain’s full solidarity with sisterly Saudi Arabia, and backing of all measures it deems necessary to safeguard its security and stability in the face of the terrorist acts aimed at undermining them.
The session warned of the dangers of targeting oil installations and compromising the safety of the energy infrastructure, stressing that they pose a serious threat to the global economy, and require the International Community to assume its responsibilities in repelling such terrorist crimes.
Constitutional Document’s signing in Sudan welcomed
The cabinet welcomed the signing of the Constitutional Document in Sudan, describing it as a historic move towards achieving peace and reconciliation, as well as for safeguarding Sudan’s security and stability to meet the aspirations of the brotherly Sudanese people for a better future.
Directives to support lawyers
HRH the Prime Minister gave directives to the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry to cooperate with the Bahrain Bar Society (BBS) and coordinate with the Legislative branch to issue a new world-standard law on the legal profession.
HRH Premier also instructed the same ministry to remove all obstacles facing lawyers, especially regarding the execution of court rulings.
The Justice Ministry was also requested to coordinate with the Judiciary to develop work with lawyers regarding the procedures of the Execution Directorate, and the need to develop the current electronic system and increase its efficiency.
Premier orders development of scholarship programme
The Prime Minister gave orders to develop the current scholarship programme and its work mechanisms, and entrusted the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training with the matter.
Premier gives directives to meet regions’ needs
HRH Premier gave directives to complete the service needs of the Khalifa Town and to speed up the construction of a health centre there.
The Prime Minister also gave instructions to complete the service needs in Salman Town, allocate a site to establish a health centre in Budaiya, develop infrastructure in Eker and Zallaq, meet the housing needs in Jid Al-Haj, Jannusan and neighbouring villages, and study the establishment of a traditional market in Damistan.
The Ministerial Committee for Infrastructure and Development Projects was requested to follow up on the implementation of HRH Premier’s directives to meet service needs in the above mentioned regions.
Bahrain’s access to cbc-MCAA endorsed
The cabinet endorsed the kingdom’s access to the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) on the Exchange of Country-by-Country (cbc) Reports (cbc MCAA), as part of Bahrain’s commitment to implementing the provisions of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project.
The session decided to take the necessary constitutional procedures to ratify the cbc MCAA, as recommended by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs, and highlighted in the memorandum of Deputy Premier and committee chairman.
Bill on Gulf Payments Company approved
The cabinet approved a draft-law on ratifying the Association and Statute of the Gulf Payments Company, and referred it the Legislature, in accordance with the constitutional and legal procedures in force, as outlined in the memorandum presented by Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.
Double taxation avoidance agreement endorsed
The session approved a draft Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income between Bahrain and Switzerland, and its annexed Protocol.
The agreement and its protocol were presented by the Minister of Finance and National Economy and the Deputy Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Financial Economic and Fiscal Balance Affairs.
Study on health centres reviewed
The cabinet reviewed the results of a comprehensive study conducted on the status of health centres and their working hours.
The cabinet had ordered the study out of the government’s keenness to deliver round-the-clock quality health services to everyone across the kingdom.
The session took the necessary decisions based on the findings of the study, whose results were presented by the Health Minister.
Two health centres to be expanded
The session reviewed a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Health on a project to expand the ‘Kuwait’ and ‘Bilad Al-Qadeem’ health centres, and referred the matter to the Ministerial Committee for Financial, Economic and Fiscal Balance Affairs.
Ministries requested to implement sustainable urban agendas
The session requested ministries and other relevant entities to continue implementing the old and new sustainable urban agendas, as outlined in a memorandum submitted by the Ministerof Housing.
The National Information Committee was requested to follow up on the implementation of the agendas through coordinating with the relevant ministries and entities to unify the national efforts in this regard.
Government’s reply to parliamentary proposal discussed
The cabinet discussed the government’s repy to a proposal submitted by the Council of Representatives regarding reviving housing demands without household heads.
Based on the recommendation of the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs, the reply was referred to the Council of Representatives.
Source: Bahrain News Agency