VIDEO: New legislations push to protect nation from Covid-19

Bahrain’s government is set to push ahead with urgent priority legislations that protect the country and people during the National Assembly’s five-month recess.

Parliament and Shura Council Affairs Minister Ghanim Al Buainain said in a Press conference held remotely that the government was sorting through urgent matters that would be sent to His Majesty King Hamad for ratification.

He added that the goal was the fight against Covid-19, while ensuring set projects and schemes under the four-year Government Action Plan (2019-2022) were ‘not hurdled or hindered’ while continuing on track to achieve Vision 2030.


“We are much focused on combating Covid-19 and that is taking all of the Cabinet’s attention,” said Mr Al Buainain. “The current circumstances – locally, regionally or globally – require that we get urgent legislations approved. “There is commitment from the government and support from the legislators to take any necessary legislative moves to protect the nation and citizens from the pandemic’s impact.

“There is a beehive of activity within the Cabinet that is seeing us prioritising action or supporting legislations and pushing forward with the most vital ones for immediate ratification and without any delay.

Time in this situation is a major factor and it requires us to quicken up the pace.”

He added that a new three-way special committee – with senior Parliament, Shura Council and government representatives – would also be set up to redirect social welfare to those most in need.

“The Shura Council and Parliament have named their high profile representation and we have a rough idea on who will be representing us, but the issue is that we are focused on Covid-19,” said Mr Al Buainain.

“The government’s work is continuous and it is evident with 84 legislations approved by both legislative chambers last term.” He said MPs have presented 389 proposals since December 2018 of which 167 were made during the past term.

“During the final legislative term, which starts in October, we remain committed to get even more achievements and there are legislations in the pipeline that are being finalised for presentation.”

The Economic Vision 2030, which was launched in October 2008 by His Majesty King Hamad, is a comprehensive economic vision for Bahrain, providing a clear direction for the continued development of the kingdom’s economy and, at its heart, is a shared goal of building a better life for every Bahraini.




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