Manama, Mar. 22 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting, held remotely.
The Cabinet welcomed the outcomes of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s virtual meeting with the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, HE Jair Bolsonaro, who praised HM’s commitment to promoting peace and good relations with other friendly nations.
The Cabinet stressed the importance of continued cooperation with the National Audit Office in order to protect fixed public assets and strengthen oversight, accountability and responsibility in consolidating the principle of integrity across all government agencies.
The Cabinet reviewed a report submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the outcomes of the 147th session of GCC Ministerial Council, held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which reflects the strength of regional ties and the shared regional position on external threats, including a clear commitment to the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States.
The Cabinet condemned the drone attack by Houthi militia on Saudi Arabia, which deliberately targeted energy infrastructure and supplies, and affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s full support for all measures taken by Saudi Arabia to safeguard its citizens and national security. In this regard, His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, praised the important role Saudi Arabia plays in regional security and stability, as well as in the global economy.
The Cabinet discussed several memorandums during the meeting, and outlined the following outcomes:
Firstly: The approval of the following memorandums:
1. A memorandum from the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs on regulating the importation and circulation of apparel products, amongst other imports, to ensure they meet all necessary licenses from concerned authorities.
2. A memorandum from the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance on the timeline for the implementation of the wage protection system, which regulates the timely transfer of income through banks.
3. A memorandum from HE the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments on amendments to the rules of evidence in civil and commercial matters to keep abreast of developments in consultancy services.
4. A memorandum from the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the annual report submitted to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on chemical activities in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
5. A memorandum from the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism on the regulation of online sales, including home-cooked meals, through ‘Sijili’ and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development’s ‘Khetwa’ program, in order to protect consumer rights. His Royal Highness directed to offer online sellers two regulation options; ‘Khetwa’, offered free of charge to families registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, or virtual commercial registration via ‘Sijili’, in accordance with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism’s regulations, which grants access to financial packages, including Tamkeen’s Business Continuity Program, as well as competitive financial schemes.
6. A memorandum from the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding the Government’s response to 6 proposals submitted by the Council of Representatives.
Secondly: The Cabinet reviewed the following topic:
1. A memorandum from HE the Minister of Labor and Social Development on the progress of the Ministry’s key construction projects.