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Government to shoulder Bahrainis’ salaries in COVID-19 impacted sectors

In line with the Royal Directives to launch a financial and economic stimulus package designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and preserve the Kingdom’s sustainable development, Bahrain develops solutions to support the mostly impacted sectors.

A number of support initiatives within the existing financial and economic package will be extended for an additional 3 months from June 2021 to August 2021, set out as follows:

  • The salaries of insured Bahraini private sector employees working in impacted sectors will be paid through the Unemployment Insurance Fund for a period of 3 months, 100% for the first month and 50% for the second and third months.
  • Exempting companies impacted by COVID-19 from paying municipal fees for a period of 3 months.
  • Exempting tourist establishments and facilities from paying tourism fees for a period of 3 months.
  • Extension of the Tamkeen Labor Fund Business Continuity Support program for companies impacted by COVID-19 for a period of 3 months.
  • Exempting tenants of government properties including government-owned companies from the payment of rent for a period of 3 months.
  • Exempting companies impacted by COVID-19 from paying the commercial registration renewal fees for the year 2021.
  • Re-opening of applications to the liquidity fund, with a focus on small and medium-sized companies.

This is in addition to the already announced extension of the option to defer loan repayments for a period of six months.

These measures are to be introduced following the review of a memorandum by the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance.



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