IT was a proud moment when His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister, said Bahrainis are very innovative and show a tremendous love for work.
This is, in fact, very true since we Bahrainis have always been known to be hard-working since time immemorial.
We must always be confident of ourselves because God Almighty has blessed us. We are proud of being Bahrainis wherever we are and we are well-respected around the world.
The successful stories we hear of Bahrainis at home and abroad are a source of pride for each one of us. Bahrainis have proven they have a great deal of creativity and excel in all fields in spite of the modest circumstances and capabilities in many professions and disciplines. We are especially good at volunteer work, whether in the social, sports or other fields.
The Almighty has endowed us with a precious blessing – that we are loyal and distinguished as workers – and belong to a country that has a wise leadership.
Difficult economic conditions we have faced are a reason for this because it is only in such circumstances that one learns many lessons and faces challenges with determination.
Many of our talents remain buried and these include mastery in drawing, music, cooking, singing, fashion, sports and other hobbies and talents that have, and become, sources of livelihood.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a very negative effect on young people and in all professions and businesses and it is also the reason for a scarcity in jobs.
We have all seen these unprecedented challenges and every day we witness new, wonderful and creative business initiatives and ideas to exploit the situation and diversify sources of income.
Bahrainis do not hesitate to join any professions and jobs available in the market, or to find self-employment for themselves. It is, however, necessary to adopt a clear policy or a serious direction from the rational government.
More plans should be made to Bahrainise jobs, which I think is very possible, and reduce dependence on unnecessary foreign workers who do not add anything to the national economy. On the contrary, they are sometimes a burden on Bahraini society. I am very surprised at so many foreigners in jobs, and I am confident that it is easy to replace them with national workers in many professions if we are serious.
I also think it is necessary and within the framework of implementing the principle of work ethics that institutions, banks, companies as well as official bodies communicate with Bahrainis who have social media accounts and support them by purchasing their products as part of their social responsibility.
This, of course, is a modest suggestion out of a keenness to support these young people and encourage them because they are competing with commercial institutions.
This will lead to diversification of sources of purchase and create fair competition in business, which will not be limited to large institutions.