The Deputy King, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, today chaired the weekly Cabinet Meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.
The Cabinet affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s stance, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on supporting diplomatic and peaceful resolutions of conflicts to promote coexistence, security, development, and prosperity for all people of the region.
The Cabinet also affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting alliances that enhance stability and serve development goals – reiterated by HM the King during his address at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Cairo Peace Summit held by the Arab Republic of Egypt, and during HM the King’s meetings with His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth, senior members of the UK government, His Holiness Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, the President of Italian Republic, HE Sergio Mattarella, and the Prime Minister of Italy, HE Giorgia Meloni.
The Cabinet reiterated its stance in supporting Palestinians’ right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Cabinet commended HM the King’s directives to provide urgent humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people. The Cabinet further expressed their gratitude to HM the King’s Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, for sponsoring the national campaign “Day of Solidarity with Our People in Gaza… We Are with You”, and to the Royal Humanitarian Foundation for organising this campaign. The Cabinet also commended the efforts of Bahraini citizens for their swift response to the campaign.
To mark the United Nations Day, the Cabinet highlighted the importance of the UN’s principles and values.
The Cabinet discussed several memorandums during the meeting, approving the following:
1. A memorandum submitted by the Government Executive Committee regarding developments in the labour registration system.
2. A memorandum submitted by the Government Executive Committee on the Sixth National Telecommunications Plan, which aims to support the Kingdom of Bahrain in creating smart cities, developing the economy, promoting innovation, and maintaining competitiveness through 30 initiatives implemented across 6 main axes.
3. A memorandum submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the Kingdom’s mechanism for external participation in regional and international meetings, committees, and conferences.
4. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance regarding the Kingdom of Bahrain’s contributions and participation in global conferences.
5. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs on a draft decision amending Article (2) of the decision regarding the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee.
6. A memorandum submitted by the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning on the Tubli Bay Reserve.
The Cabinet then reviewed a memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Community Services on the Kingdom’s labour market indicators through to the end of the third quarter of 2023.
The memorandum outlined an increase in the average wages of Bahrainis in the private sector on an annual basis by 5.9%, within the second quarter of 2023.
The Cabinet extended its gratitude and appreciation to all private sector companies and institutions that contributed to the employment of Bahrainis during the year 2023.
In addition, the Cabinet noted the following ministerial reports:
1. The outcomes of the extraordinary session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
2. The outcomes of the extraordinary open-ended meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the level of Foreign Minister
3. The Kingdom’s participation in the MENACW 2023
4. Outcomes of the Kingdom’s participation in the 33rd meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries
5. The Kingdom’s participation in the 39th session of the Arab Justice Ministers Council
6. The outcomes of the Minister of Information’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia