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Sheikh Mohammed unveils six-sector federal government strategy

posted on 18/04/2007: 745 views

In the presence of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled today the UAE Government Strategy, the core message of which is to ensure sustainable development and a high quality of life for all UAE nationals.

Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the emirates, Cabinet Ministers, members of the Federal National Council and over 1,000 senior government officials attended the announcement at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The strategy marks a new beginning for government sector performance in the UAE. It is in line with major economic developments taking place in the UAE and focuses on implementing best practices in all government sectors to achieve prosperity on one hand and promote the UAE's regional and international status on the other.

The UAE government strategy embodies key principles, most important of which is enhancing the level of government provided services to UAE nationals and expatriates, and in unifying efforts within a common framework that focuses on the people of this nation.

In his speech, HH Sheikh Mohammed said: "The strategy has been developed in line with the vision of H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the National Programme he launched in December 2005. Therefore, the strategy's objectives concur with those of the National Programme that focus on achieving sustainable and balanced development and a high quality of life for all UAE nationals".

"As we present this strategy, which sets the foundations for a new era of public administration, we remember the devotion with which our founding fathers built this nation and aimed to give its people a better life. This compels us to pursue those endeavours with great responsibility, continue to build on their efforts and conquer the challenges in order to promote the leading position that our country has achieved in all different areas.

Sheikh Mohammed explained: "The changing times and the nature of the challenges prompt us to think in a different way and to adopt international best practices in the area of public administration. Hence this strategy, that unifies efforts within a strategic framework with clear objectives based on detailed studies, clearly identifies and integrates federal and local efforts".

The UAE government strategy which is comprised of 21 topics under six major sectors follows a number of general principles: " Maintain continuous cooperation between federal and local authorities " Revitalize the regulatory and policy making role of the ministries, and improve decision-making mechanisms " Increase the efficiency of governmental bodies, and upgrade the level of services based on customer needs " Develop civil service regulations and human resources, focusing on competence, effective Emiratisation and leadership training " Empower Ministries to manage their activities inline with public and joint policies " Review and upgrade legislations and regulations.

Those principles will be underlined by developing coordinated strategies for all federal ministries, building effective government performance systems and implementing the subsequent initiatives within the six major sectors of the UAE government strategy: social development, economic development, public sector development, justice and safety, infrastructure and rural development.

HH Sheikh Mohammed said: "We realise that the current disposition of each of the six sectors is confused, lacks strategic planning and proper policy making and suffers from deficiencies in the legislative and regulatory framework".

"I believe that the reason for this situation is the dimension and speed of change that has dominated the international arena during the past few years. The slow pace by which federal institutions, in all parts of the world, responded to this change has not made it any better, primarily due to the nature and complexity of the federal state where the process of decision making goes through a longer path than in simple mono-provincial states".

"I am confident that by bringing in change to federal government processes will not only improve the efficiency of the government, but will also enhance and improve the mechanism of cooperation between the federal and the local governments." HH Sheikh Mohammed added: "Creating synergy between the federal and the local governments is one of the most important and vital elements of development underlined in this strategy.

"The federal government specialises in all legislations pertaining economic, trade, labour, education and healthcare regulations. The Federal government should be attuned to all changes and developments as the local governments are responsible for implementing most activities that support the development of the country. Wherever both fail to establish a sound platform for collaboration, gaps is certain to be found." (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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