Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington praises important human measures in pioneering experience of Kingdom of Bahrain in containing (COVID-19)
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, praised the important human measures that the wise leadership placed in its early and serious handling of confronting and containing the (Covid-19) pandemic, in the belief that it is in harmony with respect for human rights and the preservation of its dignity, this was devoted to the reform approach of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, which came during the virtual meeting in which the Ambassador was hosted by the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, the intellectual center specialized in the affairs of the Cooperation Council for the Arab states of the Gulf, where 30 individuals participated from officials, experts and people interested in regional affairs.
During the dialogue held by the President of the Institute, former Ambassador Douglas Suleiman, the Ambassador talked about the great efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain to successfully confront the (Covid-19) pandemic, due to the policies and measures taken by the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain from an early date, which has been keen to place it in a solid framework of respect for human rights and a commitment to transparency and clarity. He also clarified that the pandemic put under test the ability of governments around the world to move and withstand them, and that although governments possess many variables that define the ways in which they can contain the spread of the pandemic, there are many common practices that have proven effective in that in the forefront of it is the policy of social distance.
The Ambassador stated that the Kingdom of Bahrain dealt with the spread of the pandemic in all transparency and seriousness, that the recovery rate reached 50% of cases to date. Adding that the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, from the beginning of the outbreak of the pandemic, formed a national task force addressed under the leadership of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in February before registering any case of (covid-19) in the Kingdom, the precautionary examination policy implemented by the task force resulted in placing the Kingdom of Bahrain among the developed countries in examining its citizens, where the proportion of the population examined reached 5% and is one of the highest in the world.
Regarding the humanitarian initiatives taken by the Kingdom, the Ambassador praised the human gesture from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to exempt hundreds of prisoners, and directed the adoption of a number of important economic measures, in the forefront of BHD 4.3 billion economic stimulus package to support the country’s citizens and private sector.
He also praised the initiative launched by the Representative of HM the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to support national efforts to tackle the Coronavirus, which managed to collect over 55 million Dollars from donations from individuals and companies.
As for migrant workers, the Ambassador clarified that the Kingdom of Bahrain was keen to continue safeguarding the dignity and rights of expatriate workers, foremost of which are the royal directives to treat the citizen and the expatriate equally, and to ensure the treatment of migrants who were infected with the coronavirus, as well as the decisions issued by the Labor Market Regulatory Authority, such as the grace period extended to the end of the year, to exempt bulk employment without imposing any fines on them if they decide to correct their conditions or return to their home countries.