Productive families honored

Manama,  (BNA) — Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), has highlighted the importance of developing the projects of productive families according to a national framework that enhances women’s gradual involvement in the entrepreneurship field and enables them

Manama,  (BNA) — Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), has highlighted the importance of developing the projects of productive families according to a national framework that enhances women’s gradual involvement in the entrepreneurship field and enables them to be more creative, which will achieve more domestic and economic stability for their families.

She lauded the kingdom’s pioneering experience and rich record in supporting productive families through motivating plans and programmes that enable them to go beyond production, be more creative and increase their productivity level to compete with international standards.

She commended the efforts of productive families to promote Bahraini products and adopt the best means to market them for tourists and residents at the outlets provided by the Social Development Ministry for them, which serves the interests of the national economy.

She said that the products of families revived national traditions and handicrafts, calling for the need to preserve them, given their importance in boosting creativity and entrepreneurship.

HRH Princess Sabeeka lauded the crucial role played by the Ministry of Social Development in supporting productive families, be it through partnership with the private sector or through projects to develop those products, in line with its responsibilities towards society.

She paid tribute to the Social Development Minister Dr. Fatima Al-Balushi and the ministry’s work team for their continuous efforts to develop the Productive Families Project, in accordance with the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women regarding family stability and economic empowerment.

HRH Princess Sabeeka made the comments as she patronised the distribution ceremony of her Award for Productive Families 2014, organised by the Social Development Ministry at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC).

During the event, HRH Princess Sabeeka presented the winners with awards.

The Best Product Award was granted to Maymoona Abdulla Al-Khayat, while the Best Productive Family was given to the family of Nada Mohammed Mustafa.

The honouree list also included the Children & Mothers Welfare Society, which won the Best Sponsor of Productive Families.

HRH Princess Sabeeka then toured the exhibition whose shape was designed according to the genuine Bahraini house, old and modern, in order to reflect the ideas of family producers.

She was informed about the winning projects, as well as other distinguished ones.

Minister of Social Development extended sincere thanks and appreciation to HRH Princess Sabeeka for her constant desire to patronise and attend the award distribution ceremony of her Award for Productive Families, noting that the move conveys a message of support from Bahrain’s First Lady to productive families for their distinguished efforts to transform themselves from cared for families to active participants in the national development process.

She said the annual celebration of the Productive Families Development Project would motivate the ministry to continue developing it.

She highlighted the launch of the Home-Based Businesses Programme (Step), an extension of the Productive Families Project fostered by the ministry to offer work opportunities for young and unemployed people as well as Bahraini women wishing to be economically empowered.

She added that the Social Development Ministry was cooperating with the Arab League to implement the Kingdom of Bahrain’s initiative to develop the Productive Families Project and small and micro enterprises.

It is to be noted that a total of 150 projects were nominated for the Princess Sabeeka Award for Productive Families.

The Award, launched in 2007, aims to honour low-income families and encourage them to develop their skills and become productive ones that play a major economic role that enables them to increase their revenues by producing quality products that compete with world ones.

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