The Joint Committee of the Small and Medium Enterprises at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and Tamkeen has extended sincere thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for his close follow-up of the concerns of the old Manama Souq's merchants and sound directives to address them in order to revitalize the market.
During a meeting of the joint committee, in the presence of the Manama Souq Committee, SMEs Committee Chairman and BCCI Board Member Khalaf Hujair called upon the concerned sides from the public and private sectors to do what is necessary in order to restore the trade activity in the market whose merchants have been negatively affected because of the reluctance of customers and tourists as a result of the lack of basic services such as parks and sanitary facilities.
He also praised HRH Premier's personal care which, he said, will revitalize the market and develop it in the near future.
He also thanked Tamkeen for its supportive outstanding programmes and plans towards traders, in particular, and the private sector, in general, which will boost the national economy.
He also called for the need to intensify coordination between Tamkeen and the Souq's Committee in order to identify the merchants' needs so as to be included in Tamkeen's programmes.
Participants at the meeting also highlighted the importance of providing banking facilities for the souq traders and holding various functions at the Souq so as to attract a great number of visitors.
On his part, Tamkeen's CEO Mahmoud Hashim Al Kohaji reiterated Tamkeen's commitment to supporting the private sector, in line with its adherence to principles outlined by the Economic Vision for Bahrain, 2030.