HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting

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Manama, Oct. 17 (BNA): The Deputy Prime Minister, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting, at Gudaibiya Palace.

The Cabinet commended His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's address opening the fourth session of the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly. The Cabinet highlighted the national message it carried, defining the future priorities and foundations for national action.  

The Cabinet reviewed what was outlined in His Majesty's address, including the effectiveness of government programs aiming to achieve fiscal balance and self-sufficiency as the first step towards the development and sustainability of national wealth and resources.

The Cabinet highlighted His Majesty’s praise for the continuous development of the government’s performance and its adoption of the latest administrative and technical practices, in particular the improved oversight of the quality of services provided to citizens and residents as well as raising the efficiency and fairness of the distribution of government support. In addition to the government’s interest in improving the skillset of the national workforce, taking care of youth issues, and supporting the further empowerment of Bahraini women.

The Cabinet noted His Majesty the King’s address on the success of the Alternative Sanctions Program in achieving its objectives. The Cabinet emphasized the prioritising of His Majesty's the King’s directives, in order to start implementing the executive mechanisms and the necessary infrastructure for reform centres and open prisons. The Cabinet also stressed the importance of further strengthening cooperation with the Legislative Authority in reviewing priority legislation to contribute to securing an environment that supports development and achieves the citizens’ aspirations.

The Cabinet congratulated HM the King, and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and the citizens of Bahrain and the Arab and Islamic Ummah’s on the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

The Cabinet discussed several memorandums during the meeting with the following outcomes:

The approval of the following memorandums:

1- A memorandum by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs regarding Bahrain’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution report, which refers to plans and projects for addressing climate change, including renewable energy projects, water management and afforestation, and their incorporation into the government plan.

2- A memorandum by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism regarding a draft decision on issuing the executive regulations of the GCC unified law (System) to combat commercial fraud.

3- A memorandum by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding the government's responses to two proposals submitted by the Council of Representatives and a proposal for a law submitted by the Shura Council.

The Cabinet reviewed the following topics:

1- A memorandum by the Minister of Finance and National Economy regarding the preliminary performance indicators of the Future Generation Reserve Fund for the six months ending 30 June 2021. The indicators reflect the efficiency and effectiveness of the Future Generations Reserve's investment policy and its continued success despite the repercussions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2- A memorandum by the Minister of Health regarding the Ministry's health and climate change pledges in line with the Kingdom of Bahrain's international commitments and its active role in climate action and the development of the national health system.

The Cabinet then took note of the ministerial reports, including the outcomes of:  the visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan; the 21st virtual ministerial meeting of the OPEC + group; the visit to the Middle East Rail 2021 exhibition and conference in the United Arab Emirates; the participation in the World Health Organisation’s 68th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean; the official visit to the United States of America; and the telephone meeting with Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade (chair) and the Minister of State at the Department of International Trade.