Due to the constructive role played by journalism in the development of the national economy, BBK in collaboration with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) launched a specialised training programme to hone the economic knowledge and skills of journalists and correspondents of Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA). This initiative is designed to cover all financial aspects to ensure journalistic excellence in the field of finance and banking; the training spectrum covers areas such as Conventional Banking, Islamic Banking, Insurance and Takaful, Capital and Money Markets, and Digital Transformation, which play a pivotal role in today’s Bahrain economy.
On this occasion, BBK Group Chief Executive, Dr. AbdulRahman Saif extended his appreciation to the journalism community for its unlimited support to all the sectors in Bahrain and expressed his pleasure in supporting the journalists through this training programme, which aims at enhancing their economic and financial acumen, enabling them to contribute further to the local economy in general. He added: we thank BIBF and look forward to a fruitful cooperation with the institute; we are all confident in its capabilities to lead, train and direct the programme, and achieve the common goal, which is to support the various development initiatives in the Kingdom of Bahrain. ”
Dr. Saif also expressed his thanks and appreciation for the efforts of the press in supporting the progress of BBK and keeping pace with its developments during the past five decades.
He also added, “The participants will also gain experiential learning through field visits to BBK, in addition to hosting key speakers from BBK to share their views and actual BBK case studies.”
BIBF Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh, hailed the pioneering role of the national press as a strong pillar of social cohesion and national unity. He commended cooperation with the Bahrain Journalists Association and BBK to enhance the journalism ecosystem in Bahrain, by providing specialised training opportunities to boost the skills of local economic journalists.
He also lauded the immense efforts made by the media and press community in Bahrain during the coronavirus pandemic that hit the world, pointing out that they have showed a great level of responsibility by raising awareness of internal and external challenges and ways of overcoming them wisely and effectively.
On her part, the president of the Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) Ms. Ahdeya Ahmed said, “The initiative will empower the new generations of journalists and help them keep abreast with the rapid changes and fast developments happening around the world.”
“In such conditions, we need to make sure our journalists are endowed with all the necessary skills, provided with the required tools and armed with elevated professional standards in order to rise up to the challenges, both in the present and in the future, and deal with them professionally and effectively,” she added.
Ms. Ahdeya also commended the initiative of the BIBF and BBK to enhance business and analytical skills for Bahraini journalists, and emphasized the importance of supporting journalism in the Kingdom.