The Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) will this year celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Since its incorporation in 2006, BIPA has been endeavouring to improve government performance in areas of policies, strategies, resource management, change and development of government services. This is done through improvement of skills and behaviours by means of learning and training and by participating in decision making, consultations, problem solving, scientific research, and by building capabilities through assessment and coaching. BIPA also works to disseminate awareness and government performance culture through strategic communications.
On this occasion, His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Civil Service Council, has expressed his great pleasure for what BIPA has already achieved. He emphasized that BIPA has already grown up and established its own foundations within a relatively short period of time. “This is due to proper planning, clear vision and perfect implementation”, Shaikh Khalid said. “BIPA has now become a well-established organization and has over the past ten years proved to be responsive to public sector requirements by means of sustainable changes through ongoing training for civil servants and improvement of government performance”, His Excellency Shaikh Khalid added.
On his Part Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity & Water and former Minister of Energy, said, “BIPA has been establish to meet Bahrain’s sustainable development requirements. It properly responds to government services through a package of training and development programs”. He pointed out that the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) was one of the beneficiaries of such programs. “It contributed to improving and enhancing both management and technical skills of participants”, Dr. Mirza said.
The Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications, His Excellency Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said that BIPA, since incorporation, has been an added value and contributed to management training and development of civil servants. Apart from providing appropriate development training, BIPA has properly set vision, objectives and policies and precisely selected training contents, in addition to maintaining the high standard of trainers. “As a result, BIPA has contributed to reducing the gap between current and targeted performance in the public sector”, the Minister commented.
Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, has emphasized the role of BIPA over a full decade in establishing principles and concepts aimed at promoting performance in the Bahrain Government. “The leading role of BIPA is not only to develop Bahraini civil servants, but also to ensure integration of activities that aim at establishing Bahrain as an excellent regional economic, touristic and cultural destination”, Shaikha Mai said.
His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Labour Fund (TAMKEEN), said: “It is a matter of pride that TAMKEEN is a partner and supporter of BIPA and its national efforts to develop public administration and training in the State’s ministries and organizations. We highly appreciate the importance of vocational training and development in promoting the economy. BIPA plays a significant role, and a large number of TAMKEEN’s staff members have benefited from the qualitative training provided by this national landmark”.
His Excellency Ahmed Al-Zayed, President of the Civil Service Bureau, has emphasized that BIPA is the backbone of government business, and it is the main source for meeting training requirements for civil servants. “BIPA’s role in research, consultation and evaluation is of a high value at local, regional and global domains”, Mr. Al-Zayed said.
Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Qaed, the Chief Executive Officer of Central Informatics and e-Government, said that the current cooperation between BIPA and Central Informatics has resulted in mutual e-services that have contributed to enhancing e-training and to building capabilities of a number of civil servants. “This has contributed tremendously to promoting the e-services”, Mr. Al-Qaed concluded.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Jawaheri, the Chief Executive Officer of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), says that BIPA has contributed to a number of activities related to human resources development. “GPIC’s close relationship with BIPA is a role model of partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve Government’s future vision. “The national capabilities of BIPA work diligently as a single team for the development of the abilities and efficiencies of the public sector and for promoting the performance of civil servants”, Dr. Jawaheri concluded.