under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the support of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister,
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He added that the Ministry of Labour and Social Development is also working on motivating the youth to engage in the field of entrepreneurship as this approach has proven the feasibility of the kingdom’s initiatives to tackle unemployment and ensure the ability of the labour market to generate more employment opportunities.
The Minister of Labour and Social Development was speaking in a special statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA) marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty which is observed on October 17.
He highlighted the measures taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain to boost citizens’ welfare, including provision of a comprehensive social protection system as well as direct and indirect financial support like social allowances for the needy people with low or no income, the high living cost allowance, the pensioners’ allowance, the housing allowance, the allowance for lifting meat subsidy and Ramadan donation. He also cast light on other procedures adopted by the kingdom to alleviate the living cost on citizens, including a reduction in the electricity and water bill for families and individuals who are eligible for social security assistance, and the unemployment allowance.
Regarding the government’s indirect support, the minister pointed out 15 indirect programmes, including educational, health, electricity and water services, foodstuff, social insurance, a monthly salary support for Bahraini employees in the private sector when recruited through the National Employment Programme housing, oil by-products, and care for the elderly. He noted that the government raised the total annual subsidization amount by 7% bringing it up from BD 385 million in 2018 to BD 435 million in 2019.
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