The Ministerial Development Council meeting was held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi on Monday chaired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.
The meeting discussed a lot of agendas including the policies for strengthening the cybersecurity systems in different sectors. As part of the larger developmental initiative, the meeting went over the legislations, policies and initiatives that needed to be put into place for taking the administration to the next phase of development.
Ministerial Development Council meeting, held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi
The foreign investment policy and the economic register were reviewed together with the review of services offered by the Federal Tax Authority.
The council then discussed the outcomes of the council’s participation in the 38th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the 15th meeting of the UAE-Japan Friendship Committee for Women’s Career Development and the 77th session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs.
One of the main agendas of the council meeting was to take measures in reducing the emissions from International aviation in the UAE.
This was part of the sustainability and green energy initiatives taken by the UAE government to realign the emirates as a sustainable and environment-friendly economy.
The meeting also made note of multiple government reports and legislations.
The ministerial development council is a core part of the UAE cabinet that keeps track of the various changes at the ministerial level and which charts out a blueprint for the various government programmes and initiatives aimed at developmental leaps in the different economic sectors.
The council is also responsible for deriving multiple strategies in promoting the UAE’s ambitions globally and locally.
The following are some of the major responsibilities of the Ministerial Development Council.
- To create performance reports on various ministries and authorities, and also to review the commitment to the general policy of the administration.
- To connect with contacts that are important to the area of development for the UAE and the mutual connections between the nations.
- To review and follow up on the development plans and objectives of the UAE government to make sure that the authorities are on track and if needed, submit recommendations to the ministerial cabinet.
- To oversee the implementation of laws and regulations on the matters that have been recommended to the council by the President, the Prime Minister or the cabinet.
- To review the cases referred by the President to the Council, the Prime Minister or the cabinet issuing necessary recommendations to take decisions on matters.
- To help the administration take the right decision in terms of different services that are given to the UAE nationals. These include important services like education, health, transport, housing, water, roads and communication.
- To oversee the appointment of various federal staff and study the recommendations for the promotions, re-employment, transfer, secondment, selection and termination of the federal staff.
- To review the audit bureau reports and make necessary recommendations.
- To efficiently study the various general policies of the government and their implementations providing necessary instructions within the active framework of its jurisdiction.
- To study the different reports submitted by the ministries, administrative authorities, and government institutions regarding their participation in official meetings, overseas or local visits, and conferences.
- To look at requests for managing funds, federal returns, imposing fees, and other financial expenditures. Also to study these requests and submit necessary recommendations to the ministerial cabinet.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court heads the ministerial development council with the active support of other members like the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Minister of Education etc. In 2021, the UAE administration started a long-term economic development plan by launching the Operation 300bn plan.
The main aim of this plan was to double the investment of the industrial sector in the UAE by creating an economic output of Dh 300 billion by the year 2031 from the existing Dh 133 billion in 2021. As a continuation of these efforts, the ministerial development council met in June 2022 to review and expand on the different government ecosystems, strengthening its existing goals for 2031.
The 2022 council meeting discussed the regulations created regarding the work policy of domestic workers and also reviewed the legislation around General pension, social security authority etc. The federal legislation regarding the transfer and transplantation of human organs and tissue was also reviewed so that these can match up to global standards.
One of the chief decisions of Operation 300bn was to provide assistance to around 13,500 small and medium business enterprises in the coming ten years.
Cybersecurity was a point of deliberation even in the last year’s council meeting and the UAE administration formed a council in 2020 to create a detailed cybersecurity strategy that will help design a safer cyberinfrastructure in the UAE. The same topic was taken up for review at this year’s council meeting too and this signifies the importance given to the implementation of a properly prudent cybersecurity structure.
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