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Information Minister stresses media role in boosting development

Manama, Oct. 24: Information Affairs Minister, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD), Ali bin Mohammed Al Romaihi, welcomed holding the third Government Forum 2018 under the patronage of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at the initiative of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, which is an impetus for the administrative modernization and comprehensive sustainable development.

The minister stressed the national media keenness to highlight the high-level government event that reflects the government’s determination to continue its programmes and initiatives based on a modern vision for improving public services and promoting construction, economic and social progress on the bases of sustainability, competitiveness and justice in line with the economic vision 2030.

He attached great significance to this year’s government forum for coinciding with the national preparations for conducting the parliamentary and municipal elections in its fifth version.

The minister explained that the media plan for the government forum comprises the preparation of press reports and interviews by the Bahrain News Agency, in addition to broadcasting specialized radio and television programmes and news with the participation of decision makers and executives, as well as posting the forum news via social media to inform the public of the key subjects, development programmes and future challenges and objectives.

He said the Information Ministry implements its media duties as a key partner in protecting development and civilizational gains, supporting public sector’s development initiatives, improving the quality of government services, developing legislative and regulatory frameworks and facilitating government procedures to complement the achievements made at the level of improving the standard of living of citizens who are the focus of the comprehensive development process.

The minister hailed the national achievement in the fields of oil, gas, housing, health, education, infrastructure, social development and legislation. He also praised the outcomes of the previous sessions of the government forum in terms of coordination between the legislative and executive branches in partnership with private sector based on strategic and development plans that contributed to the development of the government action system, raising performance and productivity, improving government services and implementing policy of economic diversification toward attaining financial sustainability.

He took pride in the international recognition of the Information Ministry’s achievements at the level of human development, economic openness, information and communication technology, e-government and empowerment of women and youth.

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