Bahrain is keen on a genuine partnership with the UN to promote sustainable and comprehensive development, said a top Foreign Ministry official.
“We also want to make sure that the partnership is in line with national plans and policies, and aims to achieve sustainable development, implement projects and reach ideal utilisation of the allotted budgets,” said Under-Secretary for International Affairs Dr Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa as he chaired a meeting of the committee which follows up on the implementation of projects and initiatives launched in co-operation with UN agencies and organisations.
UN Resident Co-ordinator in Bahrain Amin El Sharkawi, committee members and representatives of the government as well as UN regional agencies attended.
Dr Shaikh Abdulla said the government formed the committee taking into account citizens’ needs and in accordance with the highest international standards, which reflects the pioneering role of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad.
He thanked His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for establishing the committee.
Dr Shaikh Abdulla said the strategic partnership framework followed a year-round organised mechanism to ensure the best partnership between the government and 16 international agencies is in place in addition to allowing accurate monitoring of the progress of the existing projects.
Bahrain’s focus is on building a map of new investments, entrepreneurship and renewable energy resources, in addition to strengthening the statistical and informatics capabilities, offering advanced training programmes on human development and emerging projects, he added.