Manama: May 2 –(BNA)– Tamkeen’s CEO, Mr. Mahmoud Hashim Al-Kooheji, stated that Tamkeen was able to inject an additional sum of BD 50 million into its portfolio, thus the total amount of portfolio fund reaches BD 199.5 million t pointing out that more than BD 14.3 million was defrayed as establishments’ support last year (2012) in favor of more than 2500 fiscally-stumbling establishments.
Tamkeen’s CEO told Al-Bilad daily newspaper today that Tamkeen was able to provide support to more than 610 private sector establishments in the Kingdom of Bahrain through various support programs. More than 1000 establishments were able to participate in local and international events through (Tarweej) program and more than 1000 newly-incorporated establishments were supported through the “easy-terms” financing programs.
He added that more than 4700 Bahraini individuals benefited from Tamkeen’s human resources’ development programs last year (2012), including the vocational training certification programs in various sectors. 24 new projects were launched and more than 15000 beneficiaries were training and vocationally development, thus the total number of beneficiaries reaches more than 56,000 beneficiaries that is with an increase of 32% and satisfaction of employment requirements by supplying the need of employers with more than 1000 Bahraini employees within one year. And regarding collection of LMRA labor charges, Tamkeen hopes that the collection of LMRA monthly labor charges will be resumed in order to enable Tamkeen to serve the largest number of Bahraini individuals and establishments through various programs. LMRA labor charges collected last year (2012) dropped by 34% compared with (BD 29 million) in 2011.
Mr. Al-Kooheji concluded by saying that Tamkeen increased its support to Bahraini citizens and establishments in the Kingdom of Bahrain last year alone by 87% attaining BD 46 million and the total number of beneficiaries reached more than 75,000 beneficiaries. (IY)
BNA 0817 GMT 2013/05/02