By Neil King
Tamkeen hosts consultation workshop over issues and challenges facing Bahrain’s private sector
A series of consultation workshops aimed at developing Bahrain’s private sector has drawn to a close with an event dedicated to the issues faced by business owners and individuals.
The fourth and final session of the series was hosted by Tamkeen – an initiative funded by and for the private sector to help foster the creation of businesses, and provide support for their productivity and growth.
The workshops, help in Manama, involved in-depth discussions about the challenges businesses in Bahrain face, followed by presentations recommending solutions.
Among the issues highlighted during the events were the level of basic soft skills – particularly of graduates, the shortage of young Bahrainis in the technical and vocational fields, matching academic learning and job market needs, and underdeveloped career guidance in schools.
Solutions put forward by the attendees included the need to steamline processes and provide more online application and tracking facilities, as well as recommending more youth-orientated initiatives, internship opportunities, and soft skills training.
Various sectors attended the workshops, including training and education, finance and business, manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture, real estate, construction, hospitality, and ICT.
Tamkeen organises a number of programmes and initiatives aimed at driving Bahrain’s economic development, and the 2014 operational plan will be presented at a separate event before the end of the year.