Manama, Feb. 13 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, chaired today the weekly cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.
The Cabinet congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the people of Bahrain on the twenty-second anniversary of the adoption of the National Action Charter. The Cabinet praised the achievements made by the Kingdom following the adoption of the National Action Charter, which contributed to progress and development in all sectors.
After reviewing a memorandum submitted by the Government Executive Committee regarding the fifth edition of the Government Innovation Competition (Idea), the Cabinet noted the high participation this year and directed ministries and government agencies to review the potential benefits of the submitted ideas.
The Cabinet praised His Majesty the King’s directive to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Republic of Turkey and the Syrian Arab Republic in the wake of the devastating earthquakes. In this regard, the Cabinet commended the efforts made by the Royal Humanitarian Foundation in supervising the provision of aid to Syria and Turkey, and praised the “Sawaed al-Ghaith” operation, which was carried out in Turkey by a search and rescue team from Syria. Royal Guard in the Bahrain Defense Force.
His Highness directed the re-formation of the committee to represent the government in joint meetings with the legislative authority regarding the restructuring of government support, and urged the ministers to cooperate with the committee.
The Cabinet discussed the memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Social Services regarding five proposed initiatives to increase the employment of Bahraini doctors and improve their skills, which were prepared based on the directives of His Royal Highness, as indicated below:
1. Supporting the employment of Bahraini doctors in the private sector for a period of three years, provided that their wages are not less than 800 Bahraini dinars.
2. Providing allowances in the salaries of Bahraini doctors currently working in private health institutions whose wages are less than 800 Bahraini dinars for a year.
3. Provide additional incentives to private health institutions where Bahraini doctors and dentists constitute 25% or more of their total workforce
4. Introducing “Qualification” as a program to train private sector doctors in the government sector, while continuing to work in the private sector.
5. Facilitating the financing of educational loans of up to 30,000 Bahraini Dinars
During the meeting, the Council of Ministers discussed several memorandums with the following results:
Approval of the following memorandum:
1. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Information and Communications Technology regarding the achievements of digital transformation in 2022. The memorandum revealed the launch of 28 electronic services and four digital projects, along with the necessary preparations to launch 22 other electronic services and four additional digital projects.
2. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding a draft decision to amend the provisions for issuing regulatory requirements for building in various regions of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
3. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding various decisions to reconstitute several committees.
4. A memorandum submitted by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Education and Training Quality Authority regarding approving the authority’s reports.
The Council of Ministers then took note of the ministerial reports related to the following:
The official visit of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Bahrain
Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Visit of the Minister of Transport and Communications to Saudi Arabia
The results of the official visits of officials of the tourism sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates.