Weekly Cabinet Meeting

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today chaired the weekly Cabinet Meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.

The Cabinet highlighted the importance of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as his meeting with the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Cabinet noted the importance of the visit in further consolidating the historic relations between the two countries and their peoples.

To mark Bahraini Doctor’s Day, the Cabinet expressed gratitude to Bahraini doctors and medical professionals for their efforts in advancing the Kingdom’s healthcare services.

The Cabinet urged the international community to respond to the United Nations General Assembly resolution, adopted by a majority of 120 States, that calls for the establishment of an immediate, permanent, and sustainable humanitarian truce leading to the cessation of hostilities, the protection of civilians, civilian objects and facilities, as well as ensuring full and uninterrupted humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians in Gaza.

The Cabinet concluded by reiterating Bahrain’s call for de-escalation and a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as well as for the revival of the peace process, in a manner that upholds the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of their sovereign independent state.

The Cabinet discussed several memorandums during the meeting, approving the following:

  1. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance regarding financing 177 municipal projects as part of the third phase of development plans from the Municipal Shared Resources Fund to enhance the Kingdom’s comprehensive development.

2. A memorandum submitted by the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance regarding the mechanisms to implement major development projects.

Furthermore, the Cabinet reviewed the following:

  1. A memorandum submitted by the Minister of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture on the third quarter statistics for building permits issued from January to September 2023, which showed an increase in the number of permits issued through the “Benayat” system by 2.76% compared to last year, and the total building area increased by 43.2%.

2. A memorandum submitted by the Minister of Youth Affairs on the 2023-2028 National Strategy for Youth Empowerment approved by the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, chaired by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports. The Strategy is based on five pillars that are implemented through initiatives that develop the role of youth, hone their skills, and enhance their contribution to the Kingdom’s comprehensive development.

In addition, the Cabinet noted the following ministerial reports:

1.      Participation in the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the International Security Alliance.

2.      Participation in the seventh edition of the Future Investment Initiative Conference.

3.      Outcomes of the 24th meeting of the ministerial committee charged with following up on the implementation of Gulf joint action decisions.

4.      Outcomes of the ninth meeting of the GCC ministers of endowments, religious and Islamic affairs.

5.      The outcomes of the roundtable discussion regarding investing in sustainable development within the activities of the 8th session of the World Investment Forum of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

6. The official visit by the Minister of Industry and Commerce to the People’s Republic of China.

7.      The external participation of government officials and the visits of foreign delegations to Bahrain in November 2023.

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