Housing sector

Bahrain invests BD 3.3 billion in social housing sector | THE DAILY TRIBUNE

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Government initiatives and investments in the social housing sector are valued at 3.3 billion Bahraini dinars, the housing minister said yesterday. This information came as Housing Minister Basem Al Hamer was speaking at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting held at the UN headquarters in New York. In his speech, the minister indicated that the royal directive of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to provide 40,000 housing units, and its implementation by the government under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

The Minister of Housing reviewed the most important results of the implementation of the new urban plan and the sustainable development objectives for 2030 contained in the second voluntary report on the implementation of the new urban plan. planning submitted by Bahrain in November 2021. He pointed out that the estimated government has launched financial packages worth more than 4.5 billion Bahraini dinars to support the economy.

Mr. Al Hamer added that Bahrain, since it started implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, has made a lot of progress, including being ranked 42nd out of 189 countries in the Development Index. human in 2020, and its classification among the countries with “development”, as well as to achieve the percentage of the population that They live below the international poverty line at the national urban level of zero percent, and the average Bahraini family income increased by 47% between 2008 and 2016.

Mr. Al Hamer also referred to the great efforts made by the government to cover the drinking water networks and the proportion of the population connected to the sewage network by 100%, and its efforts to increase the proportion of women’s contribution. in the workforce to reach 42.8% in 2020, highlighting the increased contributions of Bahraini women as a result of Tamkeen’s efforts, women occupy various public, educational, executive, professional, judicial and diplomatic positions.

The gains from the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals also included many areas, taking into account balance and equality among all groups of society, as legislation, laws and regulations worked to improve opportunities and provide them to all citizens without discrimination based on race, religion, society or gender, in addition to increasing the participation of all groups Society is the one of the opportunities available in the field of entrepreneurship, improving the distribution of income between different social groups, improving the quality of life and ensuring social security.

Bahrain was also keen to launch innovative initiatives to encourage and support young people through quality training and education programs. The Minister also pointed out that in terms of infrastructure, the government’s efforts have been successful in providing decent and affordable housing to all sections of society, establishing a high quality road network, with easy access to all basic services, in addition to the company’s remarkable efforts in the area of ​​increasing the use of clean energy.

And renewable and tackle climate change early through a number of actions and measures. The Minister of Housing pointed out that the government is currently working on the establishment of a “national urban observatory” in cooperation with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, to be an urban data center and to calculate its various indicators. , so that the observatory helps to speed up the monitoring process, measure performance and monitor policies and programs.

Mr. Al Hamer expressed Bahrain’s pride in being one of the leading countries in the commitment to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as Bahrain ranks first in the Gulf and fourth in the Arab world by presenting the national report on “the progress made in the implementation of the new urban plan”, which made Bahrain one of the distinguished countries to emulate. In the submission of voluntary national reports on urban plans. He added that the Sustainable Goals Implementation Plan involves all government agencies, in cooperation with the private sector and civil society, in implementing a series of procedures, plans and programs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 11, which states to make cities and human settlements inclusive of all, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Minister also affirmed Bahrain’s willingness to cooperate and enter into a strategic partnership with the United Nations Program to strengthen efforts to implement the new urban plan and development goals, the main one being to work towards making inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements, in the context of the accession of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Program “UN-Habitat”, and in accordance with the national policies of the Bahrain 2030 Agenda.