Bahrain’s delegation to the ninth World Urban Forum, being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, continued its participation in plenary sessions.
The sessions focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in October 2016 at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador.
The delegation is led by Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamer.
The minister asserted that Bahrain has, for six decades, allocated special interest to social housing for low-income citizens, and succeeded in providing housing units for thousands of Bahraini families by building large housing cities, providing financial and social support through housing units, land lots and housing allowances.
The kingdom, guided by His Majesty King Hamad’s directives, continues attaining housing gains by building 40,000 units, 25,000 of which will be completed by 2018, and 15,000 in the coming years, noting that most units in the new housing cities include all facilities and services required for any sustainable urban area, he said.
The minister added that the Housing Ministry had launched, in co-operation with the private sector, a new programmme, “Mazaya”, under which social housing is provided for citizens who are listed on the ministry’s waiting lists. People on the waiting list are assisted in purchasing houses by arranging financing from a participating bank, in addition to government financial support.
The minister stressed Bahrain’s resolve to carry on its efforts to implement programmes to improve the living standards for everyone, while providing facilities to the private sector to play a greater role in the process.