His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.
King’s initiatives to promote coexistence, interfaith dialogue lauded
HRH the Prime Minister lauded the efforts and initiatives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to promote peaceful co-existence and foster inter-faith dialogue.
In this regard, HRH Premier praised the launch of the “King Hamad Chair in Interfaith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence” in the Italy-based Sapienza University, noting that the move reflects the royal keenness to provide a scientific platform to feed the minds of youth with the noble goals on which the King’s initiative was based, a post-session statement by the Cabinet Secretary-General, Dr. Yasser bin Isa Al-Nasser, said.
BIAS 2018 importance stressed
The cabinet welcomed the participants, exhibitors and visitors of the fifth edition of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 2018), highlighting the importance of enhancing international cooperation in the aviation field.
The session stressed the role of BIAS in reflecting Bahrain’s strides in hosting and organising mega international exhibitions, as well in boosting the international aviation sector.
Private universities’ role highlighted
The Prime Minister praised the role played by private universities in supporting higher education in the kingdom, citing their contributions to preparing qualified and trained national competencies.
While commenting on the graduation ceremonies of the Al-Ahlia University and AMA International University-Bahrain (AMAIUB), both held under his patronage, HRH Premier extended congratulations to the graduates and wished them further success.
Premier informed about actions to deal with rain effects
HRH the Prime Minister was informed about the effects of unstable weather conditions and the heavy rain resulting from them, as well as about the actions taken by the relevant ministries and governmental entities through the National Disaster Management Committee.
In this regard, the Interior Ministry, in a presentation, shed light on the great efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior’s departments, including the General Directorate of Civil Defence, to deal with all notifications and take the necessary procedures to deliver assistance to the citizens and residents.
In another presentation, Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister highlighted the Works Ministry’s efforts to deal with rain waves, including the suction of pooled rainwater, stressing the readiness of all the Ministry’s bodies to deal with rain and the pools resulting from them.
The Education Minister also informed the session about the measures taken by the Education Ministry regarding some rain-affected schools.
HRH Premier was also informed about the actions taken to deal with the rain-affected regions, and gave directives to determine the schools that need immediate and urgent maintenance, and to give them priority in the government buildings’ maintenance programme.
The Prime Minister also gave directives to take procedures to ensure the possibility of deciding whether or not to continue studying because of heavy rains at dawn or during or after school hours.
Amounts adjudged in Labour Law violations to be spent in labour-related issues
The session agreed that the amounts adjudged in the violations of the Labour Law for the Private Sector should be devoted to raising the awareness of workers and employers, financing employment workshops and career expos for job-seekers and exceptionally to settling limited labour cases by the Labour and Social Development, based on the approval of the Ministerial Committee for Financial Affairs and Rationalisation of Expenditure.
The cabinet approved a draft-resolution on determining the aspects of spending the amounts adjudged in the violations of the Labour Law for the Private Sector, promulgated by Law 36/2012, as recommended by the Ministerial Committee for Financial Affairs and Rationalisation of Expenditure and highlighted in the presentation of Deputy Premier and committee chairman.
Some TRA fees reviewed
The cabinet approved a draft resolution on amending some provisions of the Executive Regulations of the fees imposed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on licenses and other services issued by Edict 7/2017, as recommended by the Ministerial Committee for Financial Affairs and Rationalisation of Expenditure and highlighted in the presentation of Deputy Premier and committee chairman.
Under the amendment, the fee on the licensing of frequencies will be postponed to 1/1/2019, and the prepayment requirement during the application was removed, provided that the payment will be made after taking the final decision regarding the application.
The fee on distributers’ requests was also removed from the regulation as operators are now in charge of the distribution of chips.
NSSA’s 2019-2023 strategy adopted
The session endorsed the General Space Policy and the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA).
It also gave directives to take steps to form the Bahrain Space Team, aimed to the basis for Bahrain’s national space capacities, in cooperation with the relevant GCC and international universities and institutes.
The session was informed, through a memorandum by the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, who is also the Minister in charge of NSSA, about the progress of NSSA’s work.
MoU on Bahrain-India outer space cooperation approved
The cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes between Bahrain and friendly India, and mandated the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications to sign it on behalf of the kingdom, as recommended by the Ministerial Committee for Legal Affairs and highlighted in the presentation of Deputy Premier and committee chairman.
Signing of Gulf Payments Company’s Establishment Agreement discussed
The session discussed the signing of the Establishment Agreement and the by-law of the Gulf Payments Company, and referred the memorandum presented by the Foreign Affairs Minister in this regard to the Ministerial Committee for Legal Affairs.
The agreement is in line with the resolution adopted by the Supreme GCC Council during its 37th session, to set up the Gulf Payments Company that will be owned and financed by GCC countries’ monetary institutions and central banks.
Bill on Labour Law amendment referred to ministerial committee
The cabinet discussed a draft law prepared based on proposal by the Council of Representatives on amending the Labour Law for the Private Sector promulgated by Law 36/2012 through adding a new paragraph (C) to Article (32).
The bill was referred to the Ministerial Committee for Legal Affairs for further study.
Three bills referred to Parliament
The session referred reviewed three bills on amending Article (4) of Law 19/2006 on Regulating the Labour Market, amending Article (36) of the same law (Law 19/2006 on Regulating the Labour Market) and amending some provisions of Law 58/2006 on the Establishment of the Labour Fund (Tamkeen).
The bills were referred to the Council of Representatives, along with memoranda on the government’s opinion on each of them.
The Minister of Health notified the session about the preparations to host the Gulf Health Insurance Conference and Exhibition, due to be held under the patronage of HRH the Prime Minister next week.
The cabinet welcomed participants in the conference from the GCC and other countries.
-Bahrain News Agency