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Non-oil sectors' share in GDP reaches 64%

posted on 29/11/2006: 870 views

New York - UAE Cabinet Minister has said that contribution of the non-oil sectors to UAE's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has now touched 64 per cent.

Speaking at an informal debate of the UN General Assembly on: "Partnerships towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Taking Stock, Moving Forward", held here on Monday, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Governmental Sector Development, said thanks to a wise and sensible exploitation of oil resources, and the development of the basic infrastructure necessary to launch other sectors of economy especially industry, trade, agriculture and services which contribute 64% of gross national income.

He pointed out that the concrete progress made by the UAE, in a short period of time of no more than 35 years, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, is credited to the wisdom of the leadership of the country, which, he added, has created a climate of political stability and security that helped the process of development to move smoothly towards its goals.

The UAE, he told the forum, used the oil revenues to meet the requirement of human development by providing basic services, such as education for all stages of learning, health and social care. Al Mansouri said his country has succeeded in lowering the percentage of people with less than a dollar per day income to zero %, meanwhile, income per capita continues to rise, compared to that in developed countries.

"The percentage of under-weight children under the age of five, has reached one of the lowest rates according to international standards. Food is available for every one and the percentage, of people suffering from mal nutrition is zero. The rate of total enrolment in elementary schools has reached 97%, while the rate of literacy among 15-24 age groups grew to 95%.

"The ratio of females in all grade schools especially elementary schools where it reached 97%. Continuous increase in the participation of women in the work market where women constitute 22.4% of total work force in the country and occupy 66% of jobs in the public sector among which 30% are high executive positions of decision making power." The Minister boasted that the UAE now has two women ministers, one for the economy and planning and the other for social affairs.

Women, he opined, are now playing an effective role in consultative and representative councils and they represent an increasing number among the legislative bodies in the country such as deputy ministers and managers.

He said the rate of childhood mortality among children under five has been reduced by 60%, higher than half as recommended by the Millennium Declaration. "Further, infantile mortality was reduced to 7.8% from 8.12% and the percentage of children immunized against measles in their first year is 94%.

"Post natal mortality has been reduced by 86% (higher than recommended percentage which is 75%), and we achieved a 100% rate of births under skilful trained health officials. He confirmed that the UAE had succeeded in maintaining one of the lowest rates of AIDS cases in the world and in eliminating Malaria and polio.

"The UAE attached great importance to adding environmental dimensions to all its national plans through the National Environment Strategy and the National Environment Plan of Action of 2000 as part of its commitment to build a diversified economy while conserving the environment within the frame work of the 21st Agenda which was adopted in the Earth Summit." The UAE official revealed that his country pays 4% of its Gross National product in external development assistance in addition to its contributions in the international partnership for development through ratifying multinational and regional treaties and conventions on development. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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