His Excellency Doctor Raed Mohammed Bin Shams, the Director General of Bahrain Institute for Public Administrations (BIPA) affirmed that the Corona Pandemic and the challenges it carries in various fields and sectors like Education, Health, Economy and others, has also opened doors for new opportunities, by forcing humans to employ innovative processes to come up with new and innovative solutions and initiatives.
He further explained that conventional and virtual training and learning has today become the central and key element in the process of developing and upgrading government outputs. His comments came during the nineteenth (19TH) meeting of the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council Director Generals for Institutes for Public Administration.
His Excellency Dr. Bin Shams further explained that the General Secretariat of the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council, has worked since the beginning of the pandemic as a united Gulf system to develop the process of learning and training, especially virtual training and remote training, with the aim to raise the outputs and meet the national aspirations. He pointed out that the General Secretariat is currently working on formulating forward-looking futuristic Gulf policies for the future of Gulf wide training aligned with the needs of the current phase that we are facing with the continuation of the Corona pandemic (Covid 19) as well as the post pandemic recovery phase that will come after that.
Dr. Bin Shams stated that the meeting of the Director Generals of the Institutes for Public Administration for the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council region resulted in a number of fundamental recommendations in the field of institutional and individual capacity building, the most notable being the endorsement of the strategic plan put forth by the Kingdom of Bahrain for joint Gulf action. This strategic plan has formulated four strategic paths which are: partnership in creating a local and regional knowledge base based on global scientific development; supporting government innovation and joint promotion of the excellence culture and projects; adapt the best practices among the member states and the global community and bolster the cooperation to achieve regional and international representation and hold unified stances.
Also, during the meeting, the operational plan for the secretariat’s work was adopted, the plan included a number of Gulf initiatives aimed at upgrading the Gulf states government cadres and raising their skills to meet expectations, and contributes to the continuation of the development process in light of this pandemic and beyond.