HRH the 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:

In light of the latest regional developments and their repercussions, the Cabinet called for de-escalation and an intensification of efforts to foster greater regional security and stability. In this regard, the Cabinet underlined the region’s central importance in global affairs and emphasised the importance of collective international action to maintain regional security and stability.

HRH the Crown Prince reviewed the measures taken by government ministries and agencies in order to ensure services are provided to citizens regardless of the various conditions and challenges.

The Cabinet condemned Turkey’s decision to send military forces into the State of Libya, as it constitutes a blatant interference in the internal affairs of an Arab nation and is a clear threat to Arab national security, regional stability, as well as being a flagrant violation of international legitimacy resolutions.

The Cabinet drew attention to the dedicated efforts of the Ministry of Finance and National Economy to further enhance the Kingdom’s economic development, highlighted by the positive results in the Kingdom’s Q3 2019 Bahrain Economic Quarterly report, compared to the same period during 2018. The positive results come as a direct result of the various initiatives deployed to promote economic diversification within the framework of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.

The performance indicators showed that real GDP growth in the Kingdom reached 1.6% during the third quarter of 2019, compared with 0.3% recorded during the second quarter. The performance of the non-oil sector improved, registering growth of 2% compared with the same period last year, after reaching 0.5% in the second quarter. The oil sector recorded a slight decline of 0.1% compared to the previous year, yet oil production levels remained stable during Q3.

The report further indicated that the Kingdom’s non-oil sectors continue to support national economic growth, with the transportation and communications sector topping the list of the most developed sectors with a rate of 6.4% growth, supported by the expansion of Gulf Air (the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain) networks and destinations. The hotel and restaurant sector followed, expanding by 6.3%, followed by the manufacturing sector, which enjoyed 4.1% growth. The report also indicated that, at 17%, the financial projects sector made the largest contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP), followed by the manufacturing industries sector with 15%.

The Cabinet noted that the Kingdom’s positive economic trajectory and diversification efforts have contributed to providing quality opportunities for citizens, by creating various initiatives and programs. These include programs such as the National Employment Program (NEP), which aims to increase employment opportunities and meet the requirements of the labour market. The NEP initiative has contributed to the employment of over 9000 job seekers, increasing the daily employment rate by 30%, or an average of 103 employments per day. The number of job vacancies that have been received since the inception of the program stands at around 13,321, an increase of 82%.

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

The Cabinet outlined the following outcomes:

1. HRH the Crown Prince directed government ministries and agencies to study the possibility of implementing the twelve ideas that qualified to the final stage of the second edition of the government innovation competition “Fikra”. In this regard, the Cabinet highlighted the importance of further strengthening innovation and creativity within the public sector in order to enhance the efficiency and quality of its service delivery and noted the vast amount of participants who partook in the competition, which demonstrates the public sector employees’ ambition and drive to accelerate innovative solutions across government.

2. The Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the government’s Executive Committee, chaired by HRH the Crown Prince, on a proposal to develop renewable energy certificates and establish a certification system. The Cabinet directed the President of the Sustainable Energy Authority to issue an order regarding the regulations and requirements for granting renewable energy certificates. The proposal aims to further strengthen the Kingdom’s global rank in the field of sustainable energy and encourage individuals and companies to produce energy.

3. The Cabinet reviewed a draft law related to the Press and Media Law, including a number of suggestions and visuals regarding the amendments to its various articles and clauses. The Cabinet directed the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs to follow-up on studying the draft law.

4. The Cabinet approved an amendment to the model regulations for the statute of clubs that are subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. The draft law stipulates an additional paragraph is to be added to Article (6) of the model regulations for sport clubs subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, issued by resolution no (1) of the year 1990. The draft law aims to allow those who have represented national teams and clubs in international forums the possibility to apply for membership of their clubs without the need of two recommendations by the club boards of directors.

5. The Cabinet reviewed a memorandum, submitted by HE the Minister of Education, on a number of measures and proposals to ensure the continued development of the quality of the Kingdom’s educational system. The Cabinet referred the memorandum to Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects, and the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance.

6. The Cabinet referred a draft law, submitted by HE Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, that determines registration fees in the brokers’ schedule and fees to renew registration to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.

7. The Cabinet approved an MoU, submitted by HE the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication, on cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by the National Space Science Authority, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aimed at exchanging experiences in developing the capabilities of the National Space Agency.

Source: Bahrain News Agency