Bahrain Dialogue to host expat session on Monday
Manama, July 22, 2011
Bahrain's National Dialogue will hold a separate session to discuss all subjects submitted by expat associations and clubs on Monday, said Dialogue spokesman Isa Abdulrahman.
Other remaining issues in the Dialogue are expected to be finalised in Sunday's session, he said last night.
After the two sessions are finalised, all recommendations on which consensus had been reached as well as those points on which agreement had not been obtained will be submitted to His Majesty King Hamad.
"The expat session will only look at issues relating to them, we have included them to have a comprehensive Dialogue, as they represent 54 per cent of the population," said Abdulrahman at a Press conference at the Isa Culture Centre, Juffair.
"Whatever will be received will be given to the head of the Dialogue for submission to His Majesty.
"After the National Dialogue finishes on Sunday, followed by the session for expats on Monday, we expect the final recommendations to be presented to His Majesty within days.
"Efforts must be exerted to gather all opinions and visions of participants and all remarks not agreed on will also be submitted."
A total of 266 participants attended the human rights, political and economic sessions at the National Dialogue last night. The social session concluded talks on Tuesday.
Abdulrahman said in the political session participants had reached a consensus on allowing Bahraini women married to foreigners to give their citizenship to their children, with certain conditions.
However, he said, no consensus was reached on providing citizenship to investors or on allowing citizens to hold dual nationality with other countries that allow it.
Participants reviewed electoral constituencies to achieve fairness and agreed to review them based on comments received, he said.
In the economic session participants achieved consensus on increasing government subsidises for needy citizens.
Consensus was also reached on developing a mechanism for government entities to reduce expenditure but without affecting the salaries of government employees.
"They reached consensus on further diversifying the income of Bahrain, especially in non-oil sectors such as tourism, manufacturing and real estate investment," said Abdulrahman.
"There was consensus on having a study to look at decreasing indirect taxation, especially on companies' income not individual, but they must make it compatible with GCC countries.
"There was consensus on restructuring government companies that have major importance in Bahrain and to reduce subsidies and support them.
"They reached consensus to have a study to clearly define those families who need help and who are more eligible for government support."
Abdulrahman said that in the human rights session participants reached consensus on having a commission for justice, fairness and equity and to support more national programmes to increase human rights principles in society.
"There was also consensus to secure conditions that prevent rights activists from being politicised," he said. - TradeArabia News Service
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