Leading LMRA and Tamkeen

TDT | Manama

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

In 2006, Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) and Labour Fund (Tamkeen), which fall under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, were established by royal decree.

The LMRA, which offers a number of services and facilities to Bahrain’s citizens, is part of the economic development initiative to advance a national plan for the labour market.

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is a gov- ernment body with a corporate identity that is endowed with full financial and administra- tive independence under the authority of a board of directors duly chaired by the Minister of Labour.

The Authority was established on May 31, 2006, based on a law issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The law has mandated LMRA with regulating and controlling work permits for expatriate employees and self-employed, in addition to issuing licences for manpower and recruitment agencies.

Further responsibilities of the LMRA are introducing Labour Market reforms and tackling all issues related to this sector by drafting a strategy and policy of employment of nationals and expatriate employees.

Additionally, the Authority is responsible for the collection and analysis of data, information and statistics on the economic situation in the Kingdom, especially with regards to the Labour Market.

These reports are published by appropriate means to allow the public to get acquainted with them.

Earlier this year, Tamkeen received The Best Governmental Agency of the Middle East Supporting Entrepreneurship award at the World Congress WBAF 2020 held in Turkey.

The award ceremony took place at the World Congress WBAF 2020 VIP Gala dinner where Tamkeen was selected amongst a group of participating organizations from the Middle East.

This award highlights Tam- keen’s role and efforts within the entrepreneurship sector since it provides various services and programs for entrepreneurs and contributes to the country’s social and economic status.

It’s one of the most prominent international awards hosted by the World Congress where more than 1,500 participants from all around the world attend this event to discuss the most important and recent topics around global economic developments in addition to investment opportunities and how to strengthen the development of sustainable global economies.

The Chairman of Tamkeen, Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa commented on the achievements Bahrain has attained with its strong presence within the region especially through its programs and services offered to entrepreneurs.

According to him, this represents a promising plan to develop the national economy, pointing out that this award also reflects the country’s vision of improving its economy and supporting the entrepreneurship sector.

Another key priority for HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister is the completion of significant housing, infrastructure, and social development projects being conducted un- der the GCC Development Programme.

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister continues to chair meetings of the Government’s Executive Committee and receive updates on the programme’s implementation that aims to provide a better quality of life for all Bahrainis.

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister also heads the High Urban Planning Committee, a committee responsible for upgrading Bahrain’s planning laws to ensure sustainable urban development.

In early 2014, the government’s Tawasul platform was launched under the supervision of the Government’s Executive Committee.

Tawasul, meaning, “to be connected”, enables citizens to anonymously lodge complaints about government services. Any government entity that has received a complaint is compelled to respond, and all required actions must be processed within a clearly defined schedule.

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