National Policies

The Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the first countries to adopt  the development process, as the government has adopted many policies and strategies to diversify the economy, raising the standard of living of citizens, and strike a balance between economic, social and environmental aspects. Since the Kingdom of Bahrain adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, the Government Action Plan 2015-2018 has been linked to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, with 78% of the SDGs found to have been included in the plan. The Cabinet has also assigned each ministry and government body to harmonize its objectives, plans and policies in the current Government Action Plan 2019-2022 with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Economic Vision 2030 which was launched in October 2008 by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is a comprehensive economic vision for Bahrain, providing a clear direction for the continued development of the Kingdom’s economy and, at its heart, is a shared goal of building a better life for every Bahraini.

The Government Action plan (2019-2022) will focus on the achievements of the Kingdom and its people in the light of the Fiscal Balance Program that aims at creating a balance between public expenditure and revenues to achieve economic growth, financial stability, and sustainable development. The Government Action Plan was developed in line with main pillars, policies, and initiatives desired to be achieved during the coming four years to maintain security and stability and to provide necessary services to the citizen. This will be reached through building on the current gains, avoiding any future burdens on citizens, and improving living conditions to enhance citizen-driven development.

The Government Action Plan reflects the strategic priorities of the Bahraini government with a focus on delivering sustainable change in line with the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. Built upon the principles of Sustainability, Transparency, Justice, and Competitiveness, the Government Action Plan aimed at capitalizing on the Kingdom’s resources and capabilities to meet the needs of all Bahrainis.

Bahrain’s Council of Representatives has been granted the full authority to review and approve the four-year plan including the overall development agenda, fiscal budget, and yearly closing accounts. Although the governance system in Bahrain is remarked with the separation of legislative, executive and judicial authorities, the Kingdom is blessed with the cooperative relationship between the legislative and executive branches to build a better future for Bahrain. The full authority given to the Council of Representative is one of the main outcomes of the National Dialogue and the Constitutional Amendments in 2012.

The Council suggested 52 recommendations, which have been approved by the Bahrain Government Subsequently and incorporated into the Government Action Plan.

The SDGs are implemented through the Government Plan of Action. The current program (2019-2022) includes 3 strategic axes that intersect with the main areas of sustainable development goals.

The Government Forum is a vital platform that brings together all segments of the government to exchange views on public policies and programs to continue improving the efficiency of the public sector. These initiatives are aimed at enhancing government efficiency in line with the reform directions issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain.
The Government Forum aimed at delivering a modern and dynamic public sector that can facilitate long-term prosperity, meet citizens’ needs and aspirations, and achieve sustainable development. Government Forum outcomes are the main pillars of the Government Action plan, which will serve the country for the coming years.
The forum is held under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

Page Last Updated: 10 February, 2020