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Regular, weekly Cabinet meeting held today.

Manama: Jan. 15 -- (BNA) His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister praised the detailed content and steps included in the noble speech of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Monarch of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His Majesty's speech heralded a brighter future for the Kingdom of Bahrain citizens where democratic practices and popular participation are ensured through the objectives highlighted in the speech of His Majesty the King the most significant of which is the proposed amending of the Constitution in order to prove once again that reforms in the Kingdom of Bahrain are an ongoing process under the prosperous reign of His Majesty the King which ensures constant commitment to supporting the people's aspirations as illustrated in the views of national dialogue in order to carry on with process of building the nation on sure and solid foundations and this is represented by the people's unanimous voting in favor of the national action charter.

His Royal Highness the Prime Minister hailed the speech of His Majesty the King which paved the way for a new phase of development of national work and democratic transformation which contributes into furthering the Kingdom's socio-economic and political development. These remarks came during the regular, weekly Cabinet meeting convened today presided over by His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister today in Qudaibiya Palace. Cabinet Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed stated after the cabinet meeting that the cabinet confirmed the government's support and assistance to Bahraini artists and government commitment to paving the way for further enrichment of their contributions and creativity in all walks of life.

The cabinet lauded the 38th yearly fine arts show organized under the kind auspices of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister recently for the good preparations and organization. The cabinet also praised the Bahrain International Airshow in supporting government efforts in attracting international festivals and events and its role in boosting the Kingdom of Bahrain's position in this sphere. The cabinet welcomed the Kingdom of Bahrain's guests participating in the Airshow. The cabinet stressed the need to devote all potentials and efforts from the government in order to portray this international event as befits the Kingdom of Bahrain's position in the domain of exhibitions industry. The cabinet hailed the Kingdom of Bahrain's attaining the first position in the Arab world and the twelfth internationally in terms of economic freedom. The cabinet asserted that these laudable, good results reflect the successful economic policies and plans applicable in the Kingdom of Bahrain and its sound policy as regards trade and economic policies which boost the Kingdom's capability in creating appropriate environment for economic growth and development and ensures the Kingdom's economic freedom. On another aspect, the cabinet emphasized the Kingdom of Bahrain's supporting of all efforts which consolidate national reconciliation in the sisterly Republic of Yemen in order to preserve its security, stability and national unity. His Royal Highness the Prime Minister informed the cabinet, in this regard, about the outcome of talks conducted by His Royal Highness the Prime Minister with the Yemeni Premier Mohammed Salim Basunduwa and its role in boosting and supporting the excellent fraternal bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries and consolidating cooperation and coordination in various fields. The cabinet meeting deliberated on the memoranda included in its business agenda and made the following: First: In implementation of the views of national consensus dialogue pertaining to the economic theme, the cabinet has endorsed and referred to the legislative authority a bill of law for issuance of property lease law which aims to achieve balance and harmony between both parties of a lease contractual relationship (tenant vis-Ea-vis lessor). The bill of law defines the obligations of both landlord and leaseholder and subleasing and assignation of title to a lease property, termination/expiration and registration of lease contracts. The cabinet tasked the competent bodies to take the necessary constitutional, legal actions for this purpose. Second: In line with the cabinet commitment to workflow in development projects in the light of accomplishments made by ministerial committees in this respect, the cabinet reviewed a report submitted by the Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Services and Infrastructures which included the topics tackled by the committee and the decisions, actions and coordination follow up made in this regard last year (2011) during 18 meetings held by the prime committee and 43 follow up meetings held with government ministers and executives regarding projects and utility infrastructures related to housing, health, education, municipalities, urban planning affairs, culture, etc. Third: The cabinet also discussed accumulation of trucks in long queues on the Bahraini side of King Fahd Causeway. In this respect, the cabinet followed up, through a memorandum submitted by Minister of Interior, the coordination efforts with the concerned authorities in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and praised the efforts exerted by the competent bodies in both countries in order to contribute in facilitating and easing the movement of passengers and commodities. The cabinet considered the futuristic development plans for the short- and long-term in order to remove obstacles facing the movement of trucks. Fourth: The cabinet followed up actions taken by the Ministry of Education in implementing 20 views of the national consensus dialogue related to education sector. The cabinet, in this respect, reviewed a memorandum submitted by Minister of Education regarding the steps taken by the Ministry of Education in order to implement these views practically through decisions, programs, activities and services which contribute entirely in improving education sector and quality of output as well as developing curricula and consecration of the values of citizenship and human rights. These views are currently being implemented through the schools improvement plan and the charter and controls applicable to education providers and preparing appropriate curricula for people with special needs and their active assimilation into schools as well agreeing with relevant international organizations to development human rights curricula and re-design the educational ladder in order to give sufficient weight to vocational apprenticeship and to provide labor market needs and boost programs for youth and higher education programs and improvement of education output under a national strategy connected with the labor market in addition to developing legislative structures for higher education and educational and training institutions in order to step up control over them. Fifth: The cabinet took notice of a memorandum submitted by Minister of Education regarding accomplishments made in the area of overall enrolment in basic and secondary education, which, according to UNESCO's global report on education for everybody, and according to the Education-for-Everybody Index, the Kingdom of Bahrain has attained almost 100% enrolment ratio in primary education and 97% in secondary education which is considered the topmost in the Arab countries in addition to intake of 1000 students with special needs. Bahrain has advanced four ranks above its previous year's record according to the Education-for-All Report. Sixth: The cabinet referred, to the ministerial committee for services and infrastructures, a memorandum submitted by Minister of Culture, regarding boosting pottery industry and approval of building controls in regions surrounded by archaeological installations. Seventh: The cabinet reviewed a report submitted by the Minister of Works regarding tenders awarded and tenders on offer. The report showed that the total number of tenders awarded last year (2011) reached 81 in number in consideration for a total amount of BD 112 million that is with an increase of 33% above the preceding year (2010). Meanwhile, 104 tenders were put on offer in consideration for a total amount of BD 110 million that is with an increase of 40% from the preceding year. (IY) EIGHTH: The cabinet endorsed final signing of two agreements: the first agreement signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain's government and the government of the Republic of Germany regarding the avoidance of dual taxation pertaining to income and capital tax applicable to air transportation. The second agreement signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain's government and the government of the Republic of India regarding avoidance of double taxation pertaining to income tax for air transportation operations.

The cabinet tasked the Minister of finance to sign both agreements on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain's government.

NINTH: The cabinet endorsed and referred to the legislative authority two bills of law: the first bill of law regarding ratification of protocol for amending agreement pertaining to avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain's government and the government of the Republic of Singapore. The second bill of law regarding ratification of agreement for encouraging and exchanging of protection for investment(s) signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Spain. The cabinet tasked the competent authorities to take the necessary legal and constitutional actions. (IY)

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