Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bahrain 'set to develop sustainable housing, land sector'

Bahrain is set to revise its housing policy as part of the government's efforts to develop an effective, efficient and sustainable housing and land sector in line with new economic realities, said a report citing the kingdom's housing minister.

Bassim Bin Yacub Al Hamar was speaking after a meeting with a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN-Habitat, reported BNA.

The meeting is the first-of-its-kind since the signing of the “Bahrain Housing Policy Revision” Project between the duo and housing ministry.

The project is within the Housing Ministry’s keenness to revise its plans and programmes to cope with current housing developments and challenges, it stated.

Al Hamar highlighted the work plan and timetable for the implementation of the project, which is expected to provide an evidence-based national housing policy based on short, medium, and long-term action plans, stressing that the issuance of a new housing policy is one of the priorities of the 2015-2018 Government Action Plan.

The minister commended the efforts exerted by the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister during the preparation of the documents until its official signing, as well as their follow-up during the period of conducting studies and reviews to update the housing policy.

He underlined the unlimited support of the leadership and the government for the housing issue in the kingdom, highlighting the housing ministry’s plans to achieve long-term sustainability of the housing file, as well as its initiatives in partnership with the private sector, said the BNA report.

Al Hamar asserted that the ministry had provided multiple housing services that benefited many social sectors, adding that co-operation with the private sector has yielded urban achievements that covered towns and villages across the kingdom, in line with the directives of the leadership to provide decent housing for the citizens.

The housing ministry also presented its strategic housing plan and shed light on the housing services provided for low-income citizens, as well as its policies and plans to implement housing projects.

After the presentation, the delegation visited a number of housing projects, such as the “Northern City”, the “Halat Bu Mahar” and the “Muharraq” projects, in addition to projects implemented in partnership with the private sector, such as the “ Deerat Al Oyoun” project.

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