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Bahrain fuel prices to increase under new system

Starting January 2016, kerosene and diesel prices will rise under a new system introduced by Bahrain to match its GCC counterparts

Fuel prices are likely to increase in Bahrain starting January.
Fuel prices are likely to increase in Bahrain starting January.

Bahrain's cabinet approved a new pricing system for diesel and kerosene, set to take effect in January. 

The system is expected to gradually raise the cost of both fuels as Bahrain adjusts its prices to match similarly anticipated reforms in its neighbouring GCC states. 

According to state agency BNA, Bahrain's energy minister, Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, said: "The measure is based on the recommendations of the ministerial committee in charge of financial affairs and rationalised spending.

"The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) has conducted a comparative study of current and new prices in the GCC member states," he said, adding that Bahrain remains competitive compared with other GCC countries even after the price readjustment. 

The minister added the readjusted prices will both benefit Bahrain's national economy and play a crucial role in reducing the smuggling of diesel and kerosene in the country. 

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