The National Labour Market Plan
With the advent of the twenty first century, the Kingdom of Bahrain witnessed radical political, economical and social changes brought by the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, May Allah Protect Him. His Majesty's project is a pioneer project that allowed the Bahraini citizens to contribute positively, effectively and regularly in the process of social development. The Bahrainis are proud of their country, which enjoys an esteemed position in the Arab and Gulf Regions. The reform project was manifested in a host of complementary reforms in the economic, political and social spheres, which opened new horizons and released the latent creative energy of the citizens of Bahrain, specially the youth factions. Due to the importance of the labour market and the various future challenges, which influence the efficiency of the Bahraini economy, the project of the reformation of the labour market has seen the light under the patronage of H.E the Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, May Allah Protect Him. Other measures were taken, under his Majesty the King directives, to activate the role of Bahraini citizens in development e.g. National Employment Programme, Unemployment Insurance Act. It is impossible to achieve these goals without the productive employee who simultaneously contributes in building a progressive prosperous society and earns his livelihood in dignity. We are delighted with the quality and quantity of the achievements of the past few years. This is, in itself, is a satisfactory proof of the correctness of the reform path. However, this should not be deterring or be used as justification for cessation of more modernization and development of policies and programs for the inexhaustible human resources of the Bahraini people whether they are employers or employees. The present and coming challenges are enormous and diversified due to the impact of globalisation. The challenges were sudden and contradictory, yet they are pregnant with opportunities. The respond to such challenges demand a great deal of wisdom and responsibility. There should be continuous revision and evaluation to the policies of the labour market. The programs should be modernized to cope with the rapid variations of the market and competition on all levels, locally, regionally and internationally. Initially, a directive compass is necessary to indicate the exact point where all the interests of the effective labour market parties meet. Constructive dialogue and balanced economic development are the basis for sound social justice and political stability. In this context the Labour Market Regulation Authority and the Labour Fund were established. Both establishments, institutionalize, back up and support effective social dialogue. Services rendered to citizens shall be improved on the basis of specialization, professionalism, partnership and corroboration to the vital role of the Ministry of Labour- within its jurisdiction- in different aspects of the administration of the labour market. The interdependent institutionalized cooperation between the Ministry of Labour, Labour Market Regulatory Authority and Labour Fund is the key to success and efficiency in the administration of the labour market. A clear plan with specific goals in the short and long run is indispensable as a matter of guidance. There should be coordination and harmony between the policies and programs of employment of Bahrainis, the administration of foreign labour and training & rehabilitatation of Bahraini manpower. To achieve all these goals, an agreement on the principles that govern and integrate the different policies is a prerequisite presumption. Consequently, a national plan for the labour market is vital and essential to reflect the new trends in decision making based on facts and objectives. The national plan represents a comprehensive work programme covering the four areas of the administration of the labour market, mainly conditions of work, employment & training policies, labour relations and research & information about the labour market. In other words, the national plan is a creative accumulation of all past experiences as well as a promising future vision.
Last Update: Tuesday 11 December 2007