Decree of Establishment

Decree No (39) for the year 2005 for the establishment and Organization of Bahrain Institute for Political Development amended by Decree No (41) for the year 2008 and Decree No (81) for the year 2005 We, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Having perused the Constitution, And the Municipalities Law promulgated by Legislative Decree No. (35) of 2001, And Legislative Decree No. (3) of 2002 with respect to the Election Scheme of Municipal Council Members, And Legislative Decree No. (14) of 2002 with respect to the Exercise of Political Rights, And Legislative Decree No. (15) of 2002 with respect to the Shura Council and Council of Representatives, And Legislative Decree No. (54) of 2002 with respect to the Internal Regulations of the Council of Representatives, And Legislative Decree No. (55) of 2002 with respect to the Internal Regulations of the Shura Council, And upon the submission of the Prime Minister, have decreed the following:

Article 1

A specialised training institute under the name of “Bahrain Institute for Political Development” shall be established and to be affiliated with the Shura Council hereinafter referred to in this Decree as the “Institute”.

Article 2

The Institute aims, within the framework of the constitutional and legal rules and principles, to achieve the following objectives:

1. To promote the democratic culture, support and establish the principles of sound democratic concepts.

2. To provide training programmes, studies and researches related to the constitutional and legal fields for various categories of the people, particularly the following

a) Members of the Shura Council and Council of Representatives in cordination with both councils.

b) Members of the Municipal Councils and in coordination with such councils.

c) Employees of State Ministries, public & private institutions, and civil society organisations.

3. To spread and develop political awareness among the citizens in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and principles of the National Action Charter.

4. To support and develop scientific research in political systems and Constitutional Law fields.

5. To support the Parliamentary experience through the interpretation of its mechanisms, working methods and illustrating the control and legislative roles of the legal authorities.

6. To support the Municipal Councils experience and their role in serving the country and the citizens.

7. To establish the principle of legitimacy and sovereignty of law.

8. To provide programmes related to special studies on human rights in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the principles of the National Action Charter.

9. To support the centres and societies established to protect human rights.

10. To teach the rules, frameworks and principles of modern reform project of the Kingdom of Bahrain in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and principles of the National Action Charter.

11. To enhance and disseminate the culture of dialogue and exchange of opinions.

12. To prepare qualified persons to take part in political activities.

Article 3

The Institute shall carry out all the required duties and responsibilities to accomplish its objectives, particularly the
following:

1. To determine training programmes, studies and researches that are suitable for various categories of the people.

2. To organize training courses about democratic culture for various categories of the people.

3. To hold seminars and various meetings for various categories of the people in order to develop the participation awareness in various forms of the political life.

4. To compile, publish and preserve the constitutional documents, principles, researches, information etc…. which assist in spreading the democratic culture.

Article 4

A) The Institute shall have a Board of Trustees comprising a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and at least seven members from the qualified and experienced persons to be
appointed in accordance with a Royal Order.(1)

b) The term of office of the Board of Trustees shall be a fouryear renewable term for similar periods.

c) The Board of Trustees shall elect a deputy chairman at its first meeting, who shall replace the Chairman during his absence, or in case he is unable to carry out his duties or if
his office is vacated.

d) If the position of a member of the Board of Trustees becomes vacant for any reason, another person shall be appointed by the same tool and manner provided for in paragraph (a) of this Article. The term of office of the new member shall be until the expiry of his predecessor’s term.

e) A member of the Board of Trustees shall not be relieved from office before the end of his term except by a Royal Order and upon a recommendation from the Board of Trustees passed by a majority vote of its members if the member violates duties of his office or if he is unable to carry out such duties.

f) The remuneration of the Chairman and members of the Board of Trustees shall be determined in accordance with a Royal Order.

Article 5

a) The Institute’s Board of Trustees shall have the authority to supervise and control over the Institute’s Affairs and particularly be empowered to carry out the following:(2)

1. To draw up the general policy of the Institute and to follow up its execution.

2. To approve the general policies which ensure the implementation of the Institute’s objectives.

3. To approve the training, studies and research plans.

4. To supervise the extent of compliance with the provisions of this Decree and Resolutions issued for its implementation.

5. To accept conditional and unconditional grants and aid which do not conflict with the provisions of the law.

6. To approve the annual report of the Institute’s accomplishments and programmes.

7. To approve financial estimates prepared for the Institute’s revenues and expenditure.

8. To carry on other duties and responsibilities entrusted

there to according to the provisions of this Decree and Resolutions issued for its implementation.

b) The Board of Trustees may assign to a committee or more, to be formed from amongst its members, the Chairman of the Board, any of its members or the Executive Director to
carry out certain new duties.

Article 6

a) The Board of Trustees shall meet at least four times annually and the Chairman may, at any time, invite the Board to convene an extraordinary meeting.

The Chairman shall invite the Board to convene an extraordinary meeting within fifteen days from the date of receiving a substantiated written request from at least two of the Board members or from the Executive Director.

b) In all cases, the invitation shall include a statement indicating the reason for convening a meeting and shall also include its agenda.

c) The Executive Director shall attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees except for the cases determined by the Internal Regulation. The Board may invite experts and qualified people of concern to attend its meetings to discuss and listen to their views without having the right to vote.

d) The Board of Trustees shall appoint a secretary from amongst the Institute’s staff to undertake the preparation of the meetings’ agenda, record the minutes of its meetings, maintain all of its documents and records, and carry out other duties delegated to him by the Board within the scope of his duties.

Article 7

The meeting of the Board of trustees shall be considered valid if the majority of its members are present provided the Chairman or his deputy is present. The resolutions of the Board shall be considered valid if they are passed by the majority votes of members present except for other cases where this Decree or the Internal Regulation requires a special majority, and in case of equal votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

Article 8

a) The Institute shall have an Executive Director to be appointed by a resolution from the Board of Trustees for a four-year renewable term or terms.

b) If the position of the Executive Director becomes vacant for any reason, a replacement shall be appointed by the same tool.

Article 9 (3)

(a) The Executive Director shall be responsible for the Institute’s technical, administrative and financial affairs in accordance with the provisions of this Decree and the Resolutions issued for its implementation. He shall be responsible for the following:

1. To manage the Institute, run its affairs and supervise the running of its operations in accordance with the provisions of this Decree and the Internal Regulations issued for its implementation and whatever resolutions and recommendations issued by the Board of Trustees in this respect.

2. To follow up the operating system at the Institute.

3. To propose annual training, studies and researches plans.

4. To approve the examination results for passing training courses.

5. To approve the appointment, delegation and secondment of faculty, experts, researchers, technical supervisors and all employees of the Institute.

6. To approve the delegation of the Institute’s employees to attend conferences, conduct visits and scientific missions inside and outside the country.

7. To approve the enrollment of trainees from other countries in accordance with the standards drawn up by the Board of Trustees.

8. To prepare periodical and biannual reports and submit them before the Board of Trustees concerning the Institute’s activities, flow of business, work accomplished in accordance with the drafted plans and programmes, define performance impediments and propose solutions to overcome them.

9. To prepare an annual report about the Institute’s activities in view of the annual plans and objectives, and submit it to the Board of Trustees at the end of every fiscal year.

10. To carry out any other duties and administrative authorities in accordance with the provisions of this Decree or the Resolutions issued for its implementation.

(b) The Executive Director may, according to the principles determined by the Internal Regulations, delegate in writing one of the Institute’s employees to carry out some of his duties which ensure the proper accomplishment of the Institute’s business.

Article 10 (4)

a) The Board of Trustees shall submit to the Chairman of the Shura Council, annual reports about the Institute’s activities, running of its operations, work accomplished, define performance impediments and the approved solutions to overcome them. The Chairman of the Council may request the Institute to provide him with any details, information, resolutions, minutes, records or reports needed to carry out the control over the Institute’s business.

b) The Chairman of the Shura Council shall follow up the Institute’s compliance with the provisions of this Decree and the resolutions issued for its implementation.

Article 11

The Institute shall have a financial allocations in the State Budget.

Article 12

The Institute’s revenues shall consist of the following:

1. The financial allocations in the State Budget.

2. Grants, aid, donations and wills approved by the Board of Trustees.

3. Revenues from services rendered by the Institute to third parties.

Article 13

The Institute shall have an Internal Regulation to be issued by a Resolution of the Board of Directors which particularly includes the following:

1. To determine various departments of the Institute, training rules and programmes, and the studies therein.

2. The Institute’s organisational structure, organisation of personnel affairs in terms of procedures and rules of their appointment, promotions, transfers, fixing their wages and
remunerations, disciplinary procedures and provisions, termination of service, and other matters without observing the Civil Service regulations.

3. Organising the affairs of the faculty, training and researchers in the Institute.

4. The Institute’s financial and audit rules.

5. The services provided by the Institute for others against financial remuneration.

6. Determining the remuneration of members of the faculty, training and researchers in addition to the incentives given to the people entrusted with the Institute’s affairs.

Article 14

At the end of each training or academic course, a trainee shall be awarded a certificate which certifies the completion thereof in accordance with the forms designed for this purpose after passing the required examinations set by the Board of Trustees

Article 15

The Civil service regulations shall be applicable to the employees of the Institute who are not members of the faculty, training and researchers until the issue of the Institute’s
regulations.

Article 16

The Ministers, each in his respective capacity, shall implement this Decree which shall come into effect from the day following the date of its publication in the official Gazette.

Signed:

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister.

Issued at Rifa’a Palace
On: 29th Rabie Al Akher, 1426 Hijra,
Corresponding to: 6th June 2005 A.D.