Bahrain to Make Full-Scale Bid to Create Jobs for Nationals
An all-out effort is being made to find job opportunities for Bahraini nationals and solve the problem of unemployment among citizens, reported the Gulf News on Monday.
The cabinet has approved a national program to train and employ Bahrainis.
In view of the seriousness of the problem, the weekly cabinet session on Sunday was entirely devoted to discuss the issue of unemployment, said the paper, adding that the cabinet meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa discussed ways to find them employment under a well defined plan.
Following the session, Sheikh Khalifa said the question of training and employing Bahrainis has always been of great importance.
"We allocated the entire session to discuss this issue to find jobs both in government and private sector establishments.
We also allocated 50 million dollars to implement plans for employment,” said the PM.
“At the same time, we also received a plan presented by Minister of Labor and Social Affairs involving employment and training programs. We look forward to receive cooperation from various sectors to find means which will help us achieve our goals."
Official unemployment among Bahraini nationals hit a record, exceeding 9,600 in April, said the paper.
The government has been trying to cope with rising unemployment. "The number of people seeking jobs increased to 9,670 by April 25, the highest in several years," Labor and Social Affairs Minister Abdel-Nabi Al Shula was quoted as saying.
This the highest official jobless number on record, he added -- Albawaba.com