Bahrain tells ministers to cut down overseas travel

June 20, 2010

Bahrain has told its ministers to reduce the frequency of their travels abroad to avoid wasting people’s time and hurting their interests.

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa has instructed all ministers to limit their official visits abroad and to reduce the number of delegation members taking trips, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Atiyatallah Al Khalifa, the minister of cabinet affairs, said on Sunday afternoon after the weekly session.

“The decision is to ensure that the interests of people are not stalled or delayed. The Prime Minister said that the minister and his top assistants cannot be out of the ministry at the same time to ensure the permanent presence of decision makers,” he said. 

Bahrain last year called for a more rational approach towards official travels and suggested videoconferencing as an alternative for Gulf Cooperation Council meetings of junior officials, saying that the technology could be used to save time and cut costs.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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