Board of Trustees Chairman of Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat), Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has announced the centre’s launching of an initiative for research and intellectual solidarity and cooperation between think tanks in the world.
The initiative, themed “One Intellectual and Humanitarian Community”, aims to interconnect those centres and institutions to exchange data and visions as well as transfer experiences remotely in order to handle the economic, social and strategic repercussions resulting from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was speaking in the opening session of the 3rd edition of Derasat Annual Forum which kicked off remotely today under the theme “The Role of Think Tanks in Supporting National Efforts: Countering the Coronavirus Pandemic and Implications”. The forum attracted opinion leaders, experts and representatives of well-reputed think-tanks from the Gulf and Arab countries.
The Board of Trustees Chairman of Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies said the initiative derives its importance and goal from the inspirational vision and wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa regarding the importance of global solidarity in facing the pandemic. He stressed the need for the think tanks to contribute to that by supporting the process of making decisions or raising awareness of the ongoing developments to promote the exchange of knowledge, build capabilities and anticipate the features of the upcoming phase.
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa stressed that the Kingdom of Bahrain has provided a civilised model in managing the global pandemic crisis, under the wise leadership of His Majesty the King. He noted that the kingdom directed to take all precautionary measures and proactive action to contain the potential repercussions, adding that the national taskforce for combating the pandemic, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, was able to manage the crisis effectively and successfully, by all standards, by adopting transparency and taking the initiative as an approach for work. He also pointed out the adoption of practical and innovative mechanisms for control and awareness without discriminating between citizens and residents in health care.
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa noted that the crisis of COVID-19 outbreak has brought all humanity to a catastrophic situation, which can be called “the globalization of the pandemic”. He added that the pandemic resulted in many human tragedies and material damage, given that our world is facing an unprecedented difficult and complex crisis, whether in its magnitude or impact. A crisis that crossed all borders and races, and left painful repercussions on the global economy.
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa pointed out that the “globalization of the pandemic” has reaffirmed that the world is a small village, but at the same time shaken the bet on the effectiveness of international cooperation at the time of adversity after many countries in the world had turned into quasi-isolation and lockdown in confrontation of the pandemic. He commended, in this context, the call of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, during the G20 Summit, to work on creating the conditions that allow access to vaccines in a fair and affordable cost to provide them to all peoples without exception.
The Board of Trustees Chairman of Derasat expressed pride in the key role played by the centre in backing efforts to address the pandemic by organising intellectual dialogues and seminars to increase community awareness without intimidation or underestimation. He pointed out the issuance of a variety of reports and qualitative articles that dealt with the crisis in all its aspects. The center, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, conducted a survey study on the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Kingdom of Bahrain, in addition to another study on the impact of the pandemic and the application of a remote work system on drawing future strategic plans for the human resources sector.