HRH Premier chairs Cabinet session; praises Education Ministry’s efforts

Manama, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.

Premier extends congratulations to school community

HRH Premier extended congratulations to the administrative, teaching and academic staff, as well as the students on the beginning of the new school year, 2019/2020, wishing them every success.

The Prime Minister commended the 'fruitful' efforts exerted by the Minister, the Education Ministry's affiliates and the educational and academic establishments to serve the educational march in the kingdom.

Education Ministry's preparations reviewed

The cabinet reviewed the administrative and academic preparations made the Education Ministry ahead of the new school year.

In this regard, the Minister of Education informed the session, through a memorandum he presented, about the development projects implemented by the Education Ministry recently, citing the entry of a total of 12,000 new students to the primary education stage this year, the expansion of the integration of students with special needs programme and the opening of three new schools, in addition to the maintenance of a number of schools and providing them with the necessary equipment to ensure a suitable educational environment.

'Religious events should foster positive values'

The seesion called for the need to take advantage of religious events to strengthen the values of love and preserve national unity, including the Ashoora Commemoration season.

In this context, HRH the Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Health to follow up on the needs of areas where this season's religious events will be held.

Directives to preserve marine resources

HRH Premier gave directives to take the necessary measures to preserve the environment, and halt any practices that may damage marine resources.

HRH Premier instructed the Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects to coordinate with the Supreme Council for the Environment and the relevant authorities to set rules that would regulate the process of sand dredging in the marine areas and to select sites where the proocess would not harm the marine environment, to ensure the sustainability of marine resources.

Ministries requested to follow up on citizens' remarks

The Prime Minister gave directives to service ministries to follow up on all the citizens' remarks and complaints, and to resolve them immediately.

The Premier also requested the same ministries to intensify direct meetings with the citizens in order to achieve the government's objectives of ensuring the citizens' satisfaction with all its services, stressing that improving services and meeting the citizens' needs are among the government's priorities.

East Sitra Town project given go-ahead

The cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Housing on going ahead with the implementation of the East Sitra Town Project, and referred it to the Ministerial Committee for Financial Affairs and Rationalising Expenditure to finalise the financial and legal procedures so that the implementation of the project begins.

The Prime Minister also gave instructions to ensure that enough spaces are allocated for various services of the project.

Numer of directorates to be reduced

The cabinet approved the recommendation of the Civil Service Council, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to reduce the organisational structures of the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO) the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) and the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA).

Under the move, which is in line with the government's goals of reducing the number of posts and supporting administrative units, SIO will have seven directorates instead of seven, and BQA will have seven directorates instead of nine. Meanwhile, BIPD's post of Assistant Director-General will be cancelled.

Justice Ministry to be responsible for PDPA

The cabinet named the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments as the ministry responsible for the functions to be undertaken by the Personal Data Protection Authority (PDPA), in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL), promulgated by Law 30/2018.

Accordingly, the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments shall assume the functions of PDPA's Board of Directors Chairman.

The Justice Ministry's Islamic Affairs Undersecretary shall assume the duties of PDPA's Chief Executive Officer.

The session endorsed a draft-decree in this regard, as highlighted in a memorandum presented by the Justice Minister.

BCG: Bahrain's Education making remakable progress

The session reviewed a report submitted by the Minister of Education regarding the Kingdom 's ranking first in the Arab world and third in North Africa and the Middle East in the report issued by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) 2019.

This report showed the kingdom making significant progress in indicators related to education over the past decade, which reflects the remarkable development of education performance in Bahrain during the same period in which it moved from the 64th place in 2008 to the 39th internationally in 2019,

The cabinet affirmed the government's interest in supporting the educational process and its essential role in development, commending the efforts exerted by the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training, chaired by Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, and the follow-up of the Ministry of Education.

Two air service agreements endosed

The cabinet endorsed the signing of two agreements, the first with Spain on air services, and the second with the Maldives on air services between and beyond their respective territories.

The minister in charge was requested to sign the two agreements on behalf of the kingdom, as recommended by the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications in a memorandum he submitted to the session in this regard.

Coaches, athletes, referees will not be covered by Labour Law

The session reviewed a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs on a proposal to exempt coaches, athletes and referees from the scope of the application of the provisions of the Labour Law in the Private Sector promulgated by Law 36/2012, and referred it to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.

Bill on energy drinks referred to ministerial committee

The cabinet referred a draft law on reducing the consumption of energy drinks, prepared based on a proposal law submitted by the Shura Council, to the Legislature, alongside a memorandum including the government's opinion on it.

Parliamentary proposals

The session approved the government's reply, prepared by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs and presented by the Deputy Premier and committee chairman, regarding a proposal submitted by the Council of Representatives on setting up a specialised committee that would select the universities that offer courses in the fields required by the labour market for students.

Source: Bahrain News Agency