Bahrain plans to raise retirement age to 65
Bahrain is seriously studying raising the retirement age to 65 instead of the current 60 for the public and private sectors.
The rules for those opting for an early retirement such as in case of sickness will not be affected in the new proposed draft law.
According to the Bahrain-based Al Wattan newspaper, a daft law in this regard will be referred soon to the parliament to be approved within the first year of this legislative term.
The move is seen as an attempt by the government to deal with the BD5 million deficit of the General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI) and to meet international standards to increase the retirement age.
Saudi Arabia has already increased the retirement age to 65.
The GOSI have been complaining of its low investment revenues because of pensions as most of their subscribers live an average life touching seventy, while after their deaths the pensions continue for their wives and unmarried and unemployed children.
The draft law also aims a bringing down the rate of pension which is being offered at 5 to 17 per cent at present.
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