Protecting fishermen: A week in Parliament

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14 - 20 May

Much of the 19 May weekly parliamentary session was taken up with an open discussion about the state of Bahrain’s fishing industry. However, a bill proposing that within five years all public sector employees would be Bahraini proved controversial.

Meanwhile, the Financial Committee continues to study the 2015-16 State Budget and various Government departments have already received requests for a large number of clarifications.

Protecting the fishing industry

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Introducing the MPs from the 2014 Parliament

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The below work is based on Citizens for Bahrain research about the activity of the elected Chamber of Representatives. Data on each of the MPs can be found via this link.

2014 Parliament

There are many unique factors about Bahrain’s 2014 Parliament, which came together following the November 2014 elections.

Seventy-five percent of MPs are brand new to the Parliament, with 30 out of 40 former MPs not regaining their seats at the last elections. Ninety percent of parliamentarians (36 out of 40) are independents with no formal political affiliations after political societies performed disastrously at the polls.

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How Bahrain is investing to boost its economy

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In the context of the current plunge in oil revenues, it is a surprise to discover that the Bahraini economy continues to grow, reinforced by a strong and expanding private sector.

Oil represents just 20% of Bahrain’s GDP. The economy averaged around 4.5% growth during 2014. Although this is predicted to slow to below 4% during 2015, the non-oil sector is expected to continue growing at around 4.5%, with strong levels of growth anticipated in the hospitality and construction sectors.

Part of this growth is the result of massive investment programmes focused on specific sectors of the economy with the objective of stimulating future economic growth. In this report we look at some of the key sectors where this investment has been concentrated and evaluate the expected results of these efforts.

Tourism & hospitality

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MPs’ benefits controversy: A week in Parliament

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7 - 13 May

This week marks the beginning of the period for Parliament studying the newly-submitted annual Budget.

After extensive discussion two important issues have been delayed for future Parliament sessions: Proposals for simplifying the procedure for the interrogation of ministers; and controversial proposals for increasing retirement benefits for MPs

Budget submitted to Parliament

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