His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.

The Cabinet approved projects to expand the electricity and water network, as part of the second phase of the Al-Dur Power and Water Plant, at a cost of BD 615 million. This came after the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance, presented a memorandum including the project details and financing mechanisms. In this regard, HRH the Crown Prince instructed the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs to inspect the old transmission and distribution network for electricity and water, and to submit a plan to the Government Executive Committee.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, on the Ministry’s plan to implement the 2019 – 2022 Government Programme. The plan included details on the preparation of the national state budget in cooperation with the Kingdom’s ministries and authorities, bilateral agreements with various countries, as well as updates on the implementation of 36 initiatives of the third edition of the Government Priorities Framework.

In order to preserve the Kingdom’s ecosystem, wildlife and biodiversity, HRH the Crown Prince issued directives recognising Dive Bahrain as a marine protected area. The directives regulate oyster collection, fishing, recreational activities, scientific research and industrial activities such as the extraction of oil and gas.

The Cabinet discussed the incorporation of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also known as the Bonn Convention, in line with the recommendation of the Supreme Council for the Environment. The Cabinet decided to refer the matter to the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs.

The Cabinet discussed the operational review of the Tender Board, covering the period from January to September 2019, which included a summary of the Tender Board’s activities and development strategies. The information was presented by the Minister of Housing and Chairman of the Tender Board, who explained that 748 from 800 tenders have been awarded, amounting to BD 1.3 billion.

The Cabinet was then briefed by the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning on the results of the 35th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) held in Istanbul, Turkey.