Weekly Cabinet Meeting

March 12, 2019

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session yesterday, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, at the Gudaibiya Palace.

Premier directives

HRH the Prime Minister gave directives to identify the needs of villages regarding basic services and facilities so as to include them in the government’s service development projects.

In this context, HRH Premier requested the Housing Ministry to increase the share of the Sitra villagers from housing units through the implementation of more projects, and speeding up construction works at the East Sitra Town.

The Prime Minister also gave directives to hand over the keys of 500 ready housing units to the beneficiaries from the East Hidd Housing Project.

HRH Premier instructed the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Housing to follow up on service needs of the Jid Al-Haj village, and to develop its facilities.

Cabinet approvals

The session approved amendments to the model regulations of the statute of clubs and youth entities and centres.

Under the amendment, the boards of clubs, and youth entities and centres that are affiliated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, will have to hold at least four regular meetings in a year, or whenever need arises.

In this regard, the cabinet endorsed two draft-laws on amending article 35 of Edict 1/1990, and article 50 of Edict 2/2018, and requested the Youth and Sports Affairs Minister to issue them.

The session approved to task the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) with all functions related to the registration of the domain names and collecting the payable fees for that, under the supervision of the minister in charge of telecommunications.

The Information and e-Government Authority (iGA) will also be in charge of the registration of the domain names, gov.bh and mil.bh, or their corresponding names in Arabic.

A draft-decree in this regard was endorsed, based on a recommendation by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs, and presented by the Deputy Premier and the committee chairman.

The cabinet agreed to lift the ban on Japanese food stuffs, imposed as per a ministerial edict in 2011 due to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident.

The session endorsed a draft-edict to be issued by the Minister of Health in this regard.

The cabinet approved the kingdom’s ratification of the amendment to the Charter of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The amended OIC Charter aims to intensify OIC summits to enable leaders of member states to discuss the rapidly-unfolding global developments.

The session decided to take the necessary constitutional and legal procedures to refer a draft-law to ratify the amendment of the first paragraph of Article VIII of OIC Charter to the Council of Representatives.

The cabinet endorsed the kingdom’s ratification of the Agreement on Immunities and Privileges of OIC, and decided to refer it the Council of Representatives, in line with the legal and constitutional procedures in force.

The cabinet approved the renewal of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bahrain’s Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) for five years, as highlighted in the memorandum submitted by the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and BQA’s board chairman.

Cabinet Session

The cabinet lauded the importance of the Bapco refinery’s Modernisation Progranmme (BMD), whose foundation stone was laid by HRH the Prime Minister, in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince, during a ceremony held here recently.

The session stressed that the mega project will consolidate the efforts to develop the oil sector, as well as to increase the kingdom’s revenues and boost oil investments, being a value-added project to the oil industry as it will pave the way for increasing its contributions to the national development march.

The cabinet discussed and referred to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Committee a draft-law on volunteering to serve the public security, submitted by the Minister of Interior, under which the Interior Ministry will accept volunteers to serve public security, according to the conditions set by the bill.

The move, embodying the principle of community partnership, aims to consolidate individuals’ contributions to serving their society through supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Interior in this regard.

The session endorsed the ratification of an air transport services between Bahrain and Brazil, in line with the legal and constitutional procedures in force.