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Eighth Goal: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Eighth Goal:  Decent Work and Economic Growth




Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. 
Responsible Entities to Achieve the Goal and Monitor Achievement Levels:
Learn more about ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth ’ as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Eighth Goal Statistics

  • -1.64% annual growth rate of real GDP per capita
  • 4.3% unemployment rate
  • 0.52 ATMs per 1,000 adults

Policies and Strategies Supporting the Eight Goal

Job Fairs

In 2016, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development  had adopted a new policy in the recruitment process through the organization of specialized job fairs, which aims at providing quality job opportunities and job opportunities of good quality and added value with a substantial financial return to achieve the stability of the jobs for the Bahraini worker. The job fairs provide a suitable opportunity for the owners of similar organizations to compete with each other to present the required vacancies in one place and to benefit from the organizational services and the support programs provided by the Ministry. The job fairs also offer the opportunity for matching directly between the vacancies offered and the job seekers according to their specializations, providing an opportunity for the job seeker and the employer to choose what fits them. All of "The Job Fair in the Automotive Sector", "The Job Fair in the Administrative and Supervisory Sector", "The Job Fair for People with Disabilities" and "The Job Fair in the Educational Sector" have been organized. These Job fairs are considered as one of the most important activities that provide the suitable job opportunities for the citizens through the direct meeting between the representatives of the institutions of the private sector and the job seekers.

Training Programmes

The joint cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and the Labour Fund "Tamkeen ", especially after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties in February 2017, has contributed to the establishment of a new phase of integration of joint work and efforts. This has led to supporting and encouraging the provision of quality training and job opportunities for the Bahrainis in the private sector, and led to make the job seekers benefit from the wage and financial incentives support programs and the implementation of joint programs in the fields of training and human resource development in order to promote the recruitment processes and raise the competitiveness of the Bahraini worker by raising their efficiency and reducing their costs compared to the expatriate workers.

National Employment Program

Bahrain launched the National Employment Program in 2019  to help Bahraini citizens improve their chances of being the top choice for employment in the labor market, while maintaining the labor market’s ability to attract talent. The program employs Bahrainis and qualify them for long-term employment and equal opportunities, based on the needs of the labor market.

For more information about employment, please visit http://www.bahrain.bh/employment

For more information on decent work for all visit the Ministry of Labour and Social Development  website.

Page Last Updated: 17 Nov, 2020