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Government Action Plan Achievements

The Government Action Plan (2019-2022)

The Government Action Plan (2019-2022)  will focus on the achievements of the Kingdom and its people in the light of the Fiscal Balance program  that aims at creating balance between public expenditure and revenues to achieve economic growth, financial stability, and sustainable development. The Government Action Plan was developed in line with main pillars, policies, and initiatives desired to be achieved during the coming four years to maintain security and stability, and to provide necessary services to the citizen. This will be reached through building on the current gains, avoiding any future burdens on citizens, and improving living conditions to enhance citizen-driven development.

Bahrain is looking forward to achieving the following general objectives by the Government Action Plan:

  • Invest in citizens by enhancing, improving and sustaining government services in education, health, and other sectors.
  • Create a safe and stable society. 
  • Enhance sustainable development to achieve fiscal balance and maintain economic growth. 
  • Support the private sector to drive the national development and create opportunities for citizens and investors.
  • Optimize the use of resources and ensure its sustainability for the next generations. 
  • Sustain social and economic development by adopting legislation and initiatives supporting family stability and achieving gender equity. 
  • Continue to finance the development projects and infrastructure that enhance growth and serve citizens.
  • Redefine the role of the public sector from operator to regulator and partner 
  • Support creativity, excellence, and highlight the role of woman, youth, and sports in all government programs and initiatives.

The Government Action Plan 2019 – 2022 Strategic priorities:

  1. Upholding the values of the State and Society 
  2. Financial sustainability and Economic Development
  3. Supporting an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development

Government Action plan (2015-2018)

The Government Action Plan  reflects the strategic priorities of the Bahraini government with a focus on delivering sustainable change in line with the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. Built upon the principles of Sustainability, Transparency, Justice, and Competitiveness, the Government Action Plan aim at  capitalizing on the Kingdom’s resources and capabilities to meet the needs of all Bahrainis.

Bahrain’s Council of Representatives  has been granted the full authority to review and approve the four-year plan including the overall development agenda, fiscal budget, and yearly closing accounts. Although the governance system in Bahrain is remarked with the separation of legislative, executive and judicial authorities, the Kingdom is blessed with cooperative relationship between the legislative and executive branches to build a better future for Bahrain. The full authority given to the Council of Representative is one of the main outcomes of the National Dialogue and the Constitutional Amendments in 2012.

The Council  suggested 52 recommendations, which have been approved by the Bahrain government subsequently and incorporated into the Government Action Plan.

The Government Action Plan's (2015-2018) strategic priorities focused on six pillars:

Sovereignty

  • Strengthening security and stability
  • Enhancing the democratic system institutions
  • Building strong external relations with countries

Economy and Finance

  • Establishing diverse and robust economy
  • Maintaining stable financial and monetary system
  • Planning strategic programs
  • Allocating resources efficiently

Human Development and Social Services

  • Delivery of high-quality services that ensure decent living standards for all Bahrainis and enabling them to participate in the Kingdom's development agenda
  • Sustaining long-term efforts to support the advancement of education, healthcare, housing, social welfare, and labor market regulation

Infrastructure

  • Meeting the current and future needs of all Bahrainis by providing high quality and safe infrastructure that helps achieve sustainable economic growth

Environment and Urban Development

  • Ensuring the sustainable management of strategic resources in line with international standards to maintain a healthy environment for all.

Government performance

  • Enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of Government performance
  • Enhancing communication to increase the productivity of the public sector

The achievements of the Government Action plan (2015 – 2018) have been highlighted through the National Contact Center's Instagram .

Government Forum

The Government Forum  is an annual gathering platform between the leadership, government’s top management, senior officials and members of the parliament to discuss public sector’s role in the national development agenda in line with reform directions of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, which has placed the citizen at the heart of all development plans.

The forum is organized with inauguration of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, and led by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister.  

The Government Forum  aims at re-boosting the role of government and delivering a modern and dynamic public sector that can facilitate long-term prosperity, meet citizens’ needs and aspirations, achieve sustainable development. The Government Forum outcomes is a main pillar to the Government Action plan that will serve the country for the coming years.

As highlighted by HRH The Crown Prince, the Government Forum  has facilitated interaction and exchange of new ideas across all levels within the government, as well as supporting the Government Action plan. 

For more information about the Forum, please visit www.governmentforum.bh , or follow their social media channels: Twitter , and Instagram .

Government Forum 2018

In its third edition, HRH the Crown Prince gave a wide-ranging presentation on Bahrain’s progress and plans for the future at the Bahrain Government Forum 2018. He began by noting that Bahrain’s Vision 2030 , launched in 2008, has been pursued in line with its three founding principles: sustainability, competitiveness, and fairness.

Despite challenges faced over the past decade, the Vision, based on strong economic fundamentals, has helped ensure Bahrain’s development, with non-oil sector growth standing at 5 percent in 2017, and FDI forecast to be $650 million in 2018, up from $65 million in 2008. Over the last 12 months, the government has made significant progress in delivering the Vision’s core priorities by supporting private sector growth as the main engine of economic development, encouraging greater innovation, and enhancing citizens’ standard of living. As part of the Government Action Plan , a range of new laws have been passed in the Parliament last year, including measures regulating bankruptcy and real estate development.

The Crown Prince also detailed the government’s recently announced Fiscal Balance Program, which aims to align government revenues with economic growth and eliminate Bahrain’s budget deficit by 2022. The Program is supported by the $10 billion Financial Support Agreement signed between Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait. He also emphasized that similarly as with previous challenges faced by the Kingdom; the united efforts of Team Bahrain will ensure all obstacles are overcome now and in the future.

HRH went on to outline key socioeconomic reforms that are underway, including a government housing program to deliver 25,000 new housing units – of which 20,000 have been allocated, and announced during his presentation that the government would allocate an additional 5,000 housing units by the end of this year. He also discussed the Kingdom's new pioneering health insurance law, which will ensure health insurance coverage for all citizens and residents.

The government’s regulatory reforms encourage innovation and private sector growth in the Kingdom. HRH also announced the launch of Sijilat  2.0, an update to the successful online Commercial Registration service launched in May 2016. The Crown Prince noted that the success of Sijilat  had opened doors to similar streamlined processes in other sectors. In this regard, HRH announced the launch of Binayat , a simplified method for issuing building permits within five days.

HRH the Crown Prince then provided an update on the Kingdom’s far-reaching infrastructure program and the enhancement of Bahrain’s logistics offering, with strategic projects including the expansion of Bahrain International Airport , the launch of strategic road network projects, and the construction of King Hamad Causeway. He also spoke about the progress that Bahrain’s Labor Market Regulatory Authority  has made.  

His Royal Highness noted the Kingdom’s recognition as an international leader in migrant worker protections and combating human trafficking, becoming the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to be granted Tier 1 status in the US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report. The Kingdom has also taken steps to increase employment of Bahraini nationals and received global recognition for its introduction of Flexible Working Permits, which grant expatriates the opportunity to work for more than a single employer at a time.

In conclusion, His Royal Highness emphasized the government's absolute commitment to improving government services continuously. With the launch of Taqyeem (Government Service Centre Evaluation) last year, the government now tracks the Key Performance Indicators (PKIs) for all 89 government service centers. The Crown Prince announced that in the first yearly evaluation, ten centers received a ‘Gold classification’ under the Taqyeem system and that results will now be made available to the public on an annual basis.  

eGovernment Forum 2017

During the Forum’s second edition, HRH the Prime Minister issued a statement, instructing government officials to build on the achievements delivered under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad, and emphasizing the government’s commitment to overcoming challenges and driving forward further accomplishments.

The Prime Minister stressed on the importance of continuing to evaluate the performance and accountability of government to ensure the best use of its capabilities, resources, and potential, and to be responsive and adaptive to the development needs of the Kingdom’s citizens.

HRH stressed that the Government Forum represents a vital platform to ensure that Bahrain’s citizens remain at the heart of the Kingdom’s development efforts. His Royal Highness noted that the core themes of the 2017 Forum – enhancing government collaboration and improving public services – are central elements of the Kingdom’s vision for a sustainable economy, which supports the aspirations of Bahrain’s citizens. HRH also highlighted that government programs and initiatives are underpinned by Bahrain’s Vision 2030 ; the Kingdom’s roadmap for a diversified economy led by His Majesty King Hamad. HRH noted that the government’s programs are generating tangible results, maximizing productivity, and ensuring high standards of public services. He also outlined three economic and socio-economic priorities that are being pursued across the government, comprising an increased role for the private sector in driving economic growth; supporting greater innovation and competitiveness; and enhancing citizens’ living standards.

The Crown Prince detailed the government's delivery of priority programs while highlighting Bahrain’s Vision 2030  principles of sustainability, competitiveness, and fairness must continue to be in line with every aspect of the nation's development. Moreover, through continuous collaboration with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the Kingdom has seen an increase in investment of 158% between 2016 – 2017.

The following government initiatives were outlined during the Forum: the launch of a National Strategy for Tourism; this sector has seen a 12.8% increase in visitors in the past year. The adoption of a national plan to revive Bahrain’s traditional pearl industry, and the implementation of the National Renewable Energy Plan, which aims to provide 5% of the country’s electricity from renewables by 2025. As well as the development of a highly modernized power plant and the construction of a 100MW solar power plant.

The reforms also include regulatory changes in the Kingdom’s healthcare and housing systems; which led to the introduction of the National Strategy for Healthcare designed to transform the role of the Ministry of Health from an operator to the main regulator of the sector. Providing a countrywide 25,000 housing unit program, which has already delivered 15,655 units across Bahrain in close collaboration with the private sector.

In addition, a far-reaching program of $32 billion infrastructure projects is already seeing significant progress and driving growth across the country’s oil and gas, logistics, manufacturing, ICT, financial services, and tourism sectors.

HRH concluded by reaffirming the government’s commitment to delivering policies that contribute to the Kingdom’s development program, turning challenges into opportunities, and supporting a modern, progressive economy, which meets the aspirations of the Kingdom’s citizens

eGovernment Forum 2016

During the first Forum in 2016, the topics discussed included: Bahrain’s Vision 2030  Achievements, Private Sector Role in Driving Growth, Sustainability & Advancing Infrastructure, Enhancing Public Services, and Government Priorities & Bahrain’s Next Phase of Development.

HRH the Crown Prince started off with emphasizing that Bahrain’s Vision 2030 , established the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness as the framework for the development of the economy, and that these principles will continue to underpin efforts to enhance government performance and to translate development goals into tangible results that benefit Bahrain’s citizens.

His Royal Highness also outlined the achievements made that have supported Bahrain’s economic, governmental, and social development. This included continued diversification efforts that have resulted in non-oil sectors now accounting for 80% of GDP, an impressive 28 percent growth in the size of the economy, a threefold increase in international investments into the Kingdom from 2009 to 2014, and a 47 percent increase in the average income of Bahraini families.

Furthermore, concerning government achievements, HRH highlighted the role new regulatory bodies have played in improving the quality of public services provided to citizens, remarking that Bahrain is considered 1st among Arab countries in eGovernment readiness, and has maintained this rank for four consecutive years. Moreover, the decisive steps the government has taken to increase competitiveness and liberalize the telecommunications sector was noted, which has grown to become the leading sector in terms of providing employment opportunities for Bahrainis (67%).

With regards to social development, HRH stressed that the development of five major social housing projects, which have already begun construction that will create the largest number of housing units in Bahrain’s history. Furthermore, HRH emphasized the support provided to Bahrain’s youth and sports sectors, mentioning that 125 sports facilities have been established across the Kingdom, and the successful hosting of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, are other milestones in the country’s youth and sports development.

Three key goals were highlighted by HRH for the country going forward, including:

  • To strengthen efforts of redefining the role of the public sector from the primary engine of economic growth into a private sector enabler and regulator – particularly across the tourism, logistics, manufacturing, ICT, and financial services sectors.
  • To facilitate innovation and increase competitiveness.
  • To continue to invest in citizens and further improve their living standards.

With regards to specific government actions that will help achieve these goals, the Crown Prince welcomed the introduction of four tools:

  • Enhancing public services, mainly housing, healthcare, and education services, and the transformation of government services into state-of-the-art eServices
  • Enhancing legislative and regulatory frameworks in order to strengthen Bahrain’s international competitiveness
  • The simplification of government procedures
  • And the continued investment in substantial infrastructure, which has been allocated in excess of BHD 32.5 billion and will be injected into social infrastructure (BHD 7.5 billion), industrial infrastructure (BHD 10 billion), and private sector investments (BHD 15 million). His Royal Highness also noted that this would be complemented by the Urban Development Strategy and industrial zones that provide added benefits for foreign investors.


Page Last Updated: 17 Jul, 2019