Panel endorses action plan

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Gulf Daily News
Monday, 2nd February 2015
Email: gdnnews@gdn.com.bh
n His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday received at Gudaibiya Palace Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry board, led by chairman Khalid
Almoayed. He stressed the need to boost partnership between public and private sectors and underlined the government’s keenness to continuously review issues pertaining to the commercial field.
n HRH the Premier yesterday received newly-appointed
UAE Ambassador Abdul Redha Abdullah Khouri. He lauded
strong historic ties and growing co-operation in various
fields. He also pointed out Bahrain’s keenness to maintain
co-ordination and co-operation at all levels. He pledged
every support to the UAE ambassador by government
bodies, wishing him success in bolstering historical fraternal
relations between both countries.
n HRH the Prime Minister received a letter from His Italian
counterpart Matteo Renzi including an invitation to attend Expo
2015 to be hosted by Italy in May. This came as he yesterday
received Italian Ambassador Alberto Vecchi who lauded the
Premier’s wise policy in steering government work and earning
Bahrain leading status in political and economic fields. The
Prime Minister praised outstanding bilateral relations and
growing co-operation between both countries.
n King issues
three decrees
HIS Majesty King Hamad yesterday issued three decrees.
One appointed Lieutenant General
Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla
Al Khalifa president of the Supreme
Council for Health until the end
of the council’s current mandate.
The expression “State Minister for
Defence Affairs” shall be annulled
from paragraph one of article 2 of
decree number 5 for 2013 regarding
the establishment of the Supreme
Council for Health.
Under the second decree, the Municipalities and Urban Planning Ministry will be the competent authority
in charge of real estate development.
The minister responsible shall take
charge of carrying out the provisions
of law 28 for 2014 regarding real
estate development.
Another decree affiliated the human rights affairs with the Foreign
Ministry.
n Deputy King His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin
Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday received Mr Khouri at Riffa
Palace. He praised historic links between Bahrain and the
UAE. He highlighted ongoing efforts by Bahrain and the UAE
to support a stronger GCC and a more stable and secure
region for all its citizens.
Panel endorses action plan
n Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa
affirmed Bahrain’s keenness to benefit from its outstanding
relations with Australia as he received outgoing non-resident
Australian Ambassador Neil Hawkins. He lauded the advanced
level of relations which date back to the early 1970s. The
Australian Ambassador expressed thanks to the Deputy Premier
for the support of the Bahraini leadership and government,
pointing out that Bahrain is one of the most important countries
to Australia on the economic and commercial levels.
THE parliamentary committee in charge
of studying the Government Action Plan
2015-2018 has recommended approving
the plan.
The committee held 18 meetings, including three with government representatives.
The panel met yesterday under the
chairmanship of MP Ali Abdulla Al Aradi
and endorsed the plan and amendments
made to it, and decided to submit its final
report to parliament tomorrow.
Mr Al Aradi thanked His Majesty King
Hamad for his initiative to launch the reform project and the democratic march in
the kingdom, and constitutional amendments under which parliament was granted wide powers, including participation in
the decision making process.
He also thanked His Royal Highness
Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman
Al Khalifa for his support, and His Royal
Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al
Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme
Commander and First Deputy Premier, for
his constant follow-up.
Twelve MPs approved the revised action
plan, four abstained and one voted against.
The revised plan includes mainly
amendments to the law on insurance
against unemployment and pension law
to ensure women’s right to voluntary and
early retirement, periodical review of salaries and pensions, construction of 25,000
housing units within four years, increasing pensioners’ monthly allowance, continuation of the anti-inflation allowance
and revising government’s fees to attract
investments.
n Pakistan ties boost
DEPUTY Premier Jawad Al
Arrayedh yesterday received
Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Saeed Khan and discussed
relations.
n Sickle cell death
A 21-YEAR-OLD Bahraini died
at Salmaniya Medical Complex
(SMC) yesterday from sickle cell
complications.
The Dair resident, Hussain Ali Al
Shoala, suffered chest pain and was
moved by family at first to the
King Hamad
University
Hospital and
later to SMC.
A female
pilgrim, Layla
Nemea, died in
Iraq on Saturday night also
from sickle cell
n Mr Al Shoala complications.
This brings
the number of deaths this year up to
four. Forty-six deaths of sickle cell
patients were registered last year.
n School targeted
THUGS broke into Al Diraz
Intermediate School for Boys and
stole a fire extinguisher from the
e-classroom. The ministry has
so far reported 401 attacks on
schools.
n BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed
Al Khalifa yesterday received Japanese Ambassador Kiyoshi
Asako and discussed growing relations. Marshal Shaikh
Khalifa separately met new Bangladeshi Ambassador Mominur
Rahman and discussed bilateral relations.
n His Majesty King Hamad received an invitation from Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to take part in Egypt Economic
Development Conference: “Egypt, the future” to be held in
Sharm El Sheikh from March 13 to 15. The invitation was received
by Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa from
Egyptian Ambassador Esam Saleh Wad. The minister affirmed
the importance of this timely conference which aims to push
forward the wheels of economic development in the brotherly
Arab country and attract investments from all over the world.
n Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday
received US Ambassador William Roebuck and discussed bilateral relations. Public Security
chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan attended.
n Industry and Commerce Minister Zayed Al Zayani yesterday received the US Ambassador
and stressed the positive impact of the Free Trade Agreement. The minister separately
received Korean Ambassador Joonha Yu and discussed ways of bolstering co-operation in
industrial and commercial sectors.