A top scholarship programme aims at developing leaders of the future for Bahrain, the Crown Prince said yesterday.

Equipping these young Bahrainis with leadership and analytical skills will enable them to contribute to increasing the proficiency of the national workforce and government employees, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, said.

He was speaking as he met the successful candidates of the second intake of the First Deputy Prime Minister’s (FDPM) fellowship programme, at Gudaibiya Palace.

He stressed that continuing to invest in Bahraini citizens is a strategic goal underpinned by the kingdom’s national programmes, adding that Bahrainis are the cornerstone of the nation’s sustainable development, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad.

During the meeting, he welcomed the new fellows and highlighted the success of the first intake of the programme.

He noted the significant level of skills and expertise they had developed and consequently brought back to their work places upon completing the programme.

In this regard, the Crown Prince emphasised the importance of supporting Bahrain’s youth, who are at the heart of its prosperity and future.

He expressed his hope that the fellows would capitalise on the many opportunities facilitated by the programme and boost their skill sets and expertise to help achieve their personal goals and ambitions.

The opportunity would enhance the candidates’ performance once they return to their posts after completing the training programme, he added.

The Crown Prince highlighted the importance of improving the leadership and analytical skills of the fellows and that they would greatly benefit from the conducive environment offered by the programme.

He stressed that this would give them the abilities needed to become future leaders and contribute to increasing the proficiency of the national workforce and government employees.

He went on to extend his appreciation to the fellowship’s administrators and staff on their continuous efforts to achieve the programme’s objectives.

The Crown Prince underlined the importance of supporting programmes and initiatives that further bolster youth skills across the government.

The fellows thanked the Crown Prince for the opportunity to meet him, and for his commitment to developing the national workforce.

They also thanked the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minster in light of the support they received.