Ministry of Works announces achievements in 2009
The Ministry of Works highlighted its massive progress in infrastructure projects across the Kingdom as it launched its 2009 annual report at the Gulf Hotel today.
With a project budget of BD 128.3 million and despite the global economic crisis, the ministry announced that, in 2009, it finalised 651 contracts valued at BD47.3 million and managed projects for client ministries worth BD 61.3 million as part of its remit to create world-class infrastructure in the Kingdom in alignment with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.
H.E. Fahmi Bin Ali Al Jowder, Minister of Works, noted during the launch that the Ministry’s achievements were attributable to the highest international standards applied in MOW projects and the allocation of additional funds for infrastructure projects, reflecting the government’s commitment to the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.
“As a pioneering supporter of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, the Ministry of Works plays a prominent and leading role in achieving its goals as the main contributor to the Kingdom’s infrastructure. The ministry spares no effort in cooperating with its partners in public and private sectors with the aim of providing the people of Bahrain with high-quality services, better living standards and improved quality of life. Despite the challenges and difficulties in 2009, the ministry made remarkable progress in all sectors, thanks to its professional performance, its strategies and project management capabilities, and the application of the latest advanced technologies.”
The Ministry of Works (MOW) forged ahead with developments in road and sewage networks. Despite the difficult economic conditions, the original budget for the roads sector of BD55 million was increased and the total roads sector expenditure reached BD95.7 million. This was fully utilised to complete projects under the Strategic Roads Master Plan 2021 that aims to achieve a quality surge in road network performance, facilitate future developments, ease and solve traffic congestions, ensure roads safety and attract new investment opportunities.
Accomplished strategic roads projects include completion of the Bahrain Map Flyover, Bahrain City Centre Mall Flyover, Zallaq Bridge into Bahrain University Entrance and the completion of the Hamad Town Underpasses on Khalifa Bin Salman Highway.
The sanitary sector continued its progress to ensure the sanitary networks and systems meet the Kingdom’s needs, linking 91% of the population to the sanitary network. In 2009, a total of 41 tenders worth BD106 million were prepared, 43 contracts worth BD95 million were initiated, 8 contracts worth BD9.5 million were completed and 18 contracts worth BD61 million are on-going. In addition, the sector continued to update and further develop its overall National Master Plan and the Sanitary Services Privatisation Project.
The Ministry continued its diligent efforts and contributions to Bahrain’s economic, social and cultural development. Important highlights included the completion of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, a BD136.3 million project handed over to the General Organisation of Sea Ports in April, the BD9.2 million Shaikh Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, handed over to the General Organization of Youth and Sports, and the Sakhir-based Bahrain Monument, which was completed on schedule.
The Ministry won awards in four areas of excellence throughout the year including the prestigious Hall of Fame award for executing business strategy and the Award of the Asian Council for Human Resources Development acknowledging the Ministry’s leading Human Resources initiatives which have contributed to its aim of being a leading professional organisation delivering quality services.
During the event, H.E the minister predicted the main outlook for 2010 to be positive with improvements in macro-economic conditions, mainly due to expected higher oil prices, which would trickle down to corporate activity.
Commenting on 2010 outlook, H.E Fahmi Al Jowder said: “Among the utmost of objectives for 2010 are the rehabilitation of the old sewage networks and creation of storm water drainage networks in critical areas, as well as decentralisation and privatisation of sewage plants and the establishment of the roads and highways act to create a solid legal basis for and fully realise the responsibility for roads planning and development. We will continue on the path of privatisation and move the government away from being solely a service provider to becoming a regulator and facilitator.”
“We will keep providing our staff with meaningful and challenging goals, resources and encouragement to achieve the ambitions of 2010 in line with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, which has been the catalyst for the country’s remarkable progress in the past 10 years in five key areas – banking and finance, telecommunications, infrastructure development, education and training,” concluded Mr. Al Jowder.
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