New fee structure likely for Bahrain manpower agencies
Manama, March 17, 2014
A new fee structure for employment agencies could be drawn up.
The Cabinet initially approved a memorandum presented by Labour Minister and Labour Market Regulatory Authority chairman Jameel Humaidan yesterday, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It determines fees payable by manpower suppliers and recruitment offices, outlines permits for foreign employers operating in Bahrain and sets out work permits for domestic workers.
The proposed fees, which will be studied by the ministerial committee concerned, have been agreed to by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bahrain's two labour federations.
Government bodies have been ordered to co-operate better to improve public services and speed up infrastructure projects.
The Cabinet issued the directive yesterday, while His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa directed all ministers to implement agreements concerning parliamentary proposals, Cabinet secretary-general Dr Yaser bin Essa Al Naser said.
The Cabinet also approved restructuring of the National Committee for Standardisation and Metrology. The committee sets national policy for standardisation and metrology in co-ordination with the GCC.
The Cabinet condemned a statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, in which he accused Saudi Arabia of terrorism.
Civil servants could face at least five years in jail for misusing their authority or taking bribes under a government-drafted amendment to the Penal Code.
The Cabinet yesterday gave initial approval to the proposal, which has been referred for further review.
Bahrain will soon open a diplomatic mission in Indonesia.
The Cabinet approved the move, which follows the opening of the Indonesian Embassy in Bahrain in 2010.
It aims to boost ties and support trade, which was valued at BD53.205 million ($137.9) in non-oil products in 2011. - TradeArabia News Service