Manama, – (BNA): Minister of Information Affairs and Government’s Official Spokesman Isa Abdulrahman Al Hammadi affirmed that the Government is keen to present its work programme to the Council of Representatives within the constitutionally-stipulated period of 30 days to satisfy the aspirations of citizens in all fields.The Minister at a Q & A session on
Manama, – (BNA): Minister of Information Affairs and Government’s Official Spokesman Isa Abdulrahman Al Hammadi affirmed that the Government is keen to present its work programme to the Council of Representatives within the constitutionally-stipulated period of 30 days to satisfy the aspirations of citizens in all fields.
The Minister at a Q & A session on Monday in the presence of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Minister Essam Abdullah Khalaf said that the Government is committed to this constitutionally-stipulated period of grace and there is persistent effort to duly present the blueprint before the elapse of the said period according to the provisions of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s constitution.
The Minister said that this is the first time the government action plan has been required to pass MPs approval as per the 2010 constitutional amendments by seeking the Council’s approval to the government action plan before the Cabinet assumes the implementation of the four-year programme.
He said that the Cabinet in its session today explored the main components of the government action plan which touches the aspirations of citizens, adding that some dossiers are being discussed by the relevant ministries whereas the Ministry of Follow-up Affairs coordinates between the various governmental bodies in order to complete the government’s plan before its submission to the Council of Representatives.
In answer to a question regarding the jurisdictions of some official bodies after shedding the designation of a “ministry”, the Minister said that these bodies continue perform their job and there is always someone to represent them at the Council of Representatives. He added that we’re awaiting decision(s) about such organizational matters in the upcoming period.
He pointed out that some upcoming cultural and touristic projects would be announced as work has not come to a halt, citing the executive branch of government is always subject to development and studying in order to ensure improved performance and coordination, adding that the responsibility of official bodies is subject to the provisions of the Royal Decrees regarding the formation of the Cabinet and assigning ministers their responsibilities.
Regarding Cabinet approval today of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Morocco and India, the Minister said that the memorandum of understanding signed with Morocco concerns cooperation areas pertaining to the labour market, labour mobility and labour rights maintenance. He said that the Bahraini Labour Ministry will be the competent department regarding this agreement. And regarding the memorandum with India, it comes under the responsibility of the Ministry of Information Affairs which has jurisdiction to boost joint cooperation in order to avail from Indian expertise in the public communications and media sector and the cinema industry as India has distinctive, advanced technology and studios, which will create training opportunities for development of national Bahraini professionals.
In answer to a question posed regarding Bahrain’s unemployment ratios in the light of Cabinet review of labour market indices, he said that the ratio of unemployment kept below 4 percent in the last years is considered one of the fruits of His Majesty the King’s reforms project and as a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Labour in finding job opportunities for citizens in partnership with businesses and employment centers.
The Minister said that as a result of government work, the percentage of unemployment has been kept at an approximate 3.6 percent at the present time which is quite low when compared with the rest of the world. Minister Al Hammadi stressed that efforts continue persistently in the upcoming period to make this percentage even lower, pointing out the importance of boosting and focusing on raising the efficiency of Bahraini citizens, the provision of quality, professional training programmes to them in order to access the labour market and obtain good remunerative jobs.