Bahrain has a lot of talent and a very efficient and energetic manpower to excel in all walks of life. We should be proud of that and strive to use those talents and energies as a source of inspiration to prosper further and develop.
But in my view, we do not use this properly. The government appoints many of these people on the boards of directors of companies, institutions and local and international bodies, but we find that many of them are on the boards of more than one company or institution.
I feel there is an urgent need to set up a body to regulate all those who occupy leadership positions and who hold university qualifications and practical experience. These people should include retirees as well since they have accumulated years of administrative experience in their respective fields and could be an asset to the organisations where they are appointed.
The Civil Service Bureau, for instance, could be involved in this exercise and it could build a database from all those in several sectors, including the government, industry, banking and commercial who meet the conditions.
This will greatly speed up decision-making and enable those responsible take the best call, depending on the qualifications. This would also help fill vacant positions with professionalism and transparency.
We desperately need to diversify and rotate faces too. It is noticed that many of those recruited are in the same positions for several years and that is not healthy at all.
It is necessary to fix a term for everyone who is on the board of an institute or any other body. I believe the new members can then add a lot of new ideas that are in the interest of the institution.
I do not, however, fail to recognise the contributions of the outgoing members who have done their best during their tenure.
It is time to make this official and in that the role of the legislature, in consultation with the government, becomes critical.
I hope this proposal will be taken seriously in the public interest.