Members of the new UAE Cabinet were encouraged to come up with a 100-day work plan to expedite progress in a first meeting on Sunday, presided over by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Shaikh Mohammad said the UAE government, under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had made progress in all fields and has started a new phase of government work after endorsing the new Cabinet of the UAE Federal Government to shape the future.
“The Emirati is at the core of our daily work and the end goal of improving government sector is to serve Emiratis,” said Shaikh Mohammad.
After opening the meeting, Shaikh Mohammad welcomed new ministers and praised former ministers for their efforts.
“In the past decade, the performance of the UAE government has been a source of pride and full of achievements. The coming decade will need doubling of efforts and achieving more progress in services and development,” he said, underscoring that the coming phase will have different national priorities. “We have a number of national priorities to address such as youth, knowledge development, community development, climate change, future trends, post-oil phase.
“We will develop new innovative mechanisms to address them. Our real success will be measured by people’s satisfaction and make their lives easier because the post is a responsibility in front of Allah and the people. And every one is responsible.”
Shaikh Mohammad urged ministers: “I would like you all to present a 100-day work plan, especially for the new ministries and those which had many changes. Our goal is to expedite progress. Today, countries and governments are measured not by size but by their speed. I want you to be in the field with the people, addressing challenges and hammering out solutions and make a real change in government work.”
The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace and was attended by Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The Cabinet, meanwhile, endorsed decrees to restructure the Ministerial Council for Services and rename it the Ministerial Development Council (MDC), set up new government foundations and councils reporting to the Cabinet, following the recently announced Cabinet changes. They include Education and Human Resources Council, Emirates Youth Council, Emirates Scientists Council, Emirates Health Services Corporation and Emirates School Education Corporation.
Shaikh Mohammad said that “the new corporations and councils will be a vital contribution to the government to achieve our national aspirations”.
The Ministerial Development Council
The UAE Cabinet endorsed restructuring the Ministerial Development Council (MDC), chaired by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the following members:
1. Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Deputy Chairperson
2. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy
3. Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention
4. Saqr Bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation
5. Suhail Bin Mohammad Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy
6. Dr Abdullah Bin Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development
7. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice
8. Hussain Bin Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education
9. Najla Mohammad Al Awar, Minister of Community Development
10. Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment
11. Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
12. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs
13. Jameela Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education
14. Dr Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education; and
15. Noora Mohammad Al Kaabi, Minister of Federal National Council Affairs
Education and Human Resources Council
The Cabinet endorsed setting up the Education and Human Resources Council to be chaired by Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Council will align education and human resources policies in the UAE to ensure education outputs are suited to market demands and future trends. It will also provide advice on draft laws and policies related to education and local human resources.
The Education and Human Resources Council will have the following members: Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation; Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Najla Mohammad Al Awar, Minister of Community Development; Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education; Dr Ahmad Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education; and Shamma Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth.
Emirates Youth Council
The Cabinet endorsed setting up the Emirates Youth Council to be chaired by Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth. The Council will develop youth-related strategies that are aligned with future trends in the UAE, identify challenges facing youth and provide solutions. It will also develop programmes that ensure positive participation of young people in the community in various sectors and learn about young people’s views about related issues and ensure their contribution in boosting national identify and good citizenship among young people.
The council members are: Meera Hesham Al Muhairi, Maryam Saleem Al Bastaki, Fatima Mohammad Al Joker, Meera Faisal Marzouqi, Shorooq Ali Al Dhanhani, Abdullah Bel houl, Kaltham Yousuf Al Ali, Mohammad Ebrahim Al Hajeri, Ali Ebrahim Al Nuaimi, Mohammad Abdullah Al Kendi, Saeed Mohammad Al Nazari, Mohammad Najeeb Eisa, Mohammad Sagheer Al Daheri.
Emirates Scientists Council
The UAE Cabinet endorsed setting up the Emirates Scientists Council to be chaired by Sara Al Ameri, Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead at UAE Mars Mission at The Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre. The Council will provide recommendations to the Cabinet related to future scientific trends. It will foster cooperation among research and scientific entities in government and the private sector. It will also develop partnerships with local and international entities to share knowledge and expertise.
The council members are Ahmad Al Harthi, Dr Ahmad Murad Al Raisi, Dr Faisal Abdullah Al Marzouqi, Dr Ali Hilal Al Naqbi, Mohammad Mattar Al Shamsi, Galeb Ali Al Breiki, Dr Habiba Al Safar, Mohammad Abdul Aziz Sultan Al Olama, Amani Al Hosani, Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi.
Emirates Health Services Corporation
The Cabinet endorsed setting up the Emirates Health Services Corporation to operate and manage federal hospitals, centres and health facilities. It will set criteria and standards to ensure quality performance among health facilities, ensure accreditation.
The Emirates Health Services Corporation aims to leverage the competitiveness of government health services. Under its umbrella, The corporation will have all health facilities currently run by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The Corporation will have a board, director-general appointed by a Cabinet Decree.
Emirates School Education Corporation
The Cabinet also endorsed setting up The Emirates School Education Corporation to operate federal schools and kindergarten as per the policy set by the Ministry of Education. It supervises operating all federal schools across the UAE, develop strategies to regulate its operation and performance monitoring and evaluation.
The Corporation will provide training to education cadres to improve the sector across the UAE by tailoring and implementing education training progammes and initiatives to improve education quality in schools and kindergarten. It will also set up a unified student database and manage its records. Under its umbrella, the corporation will have all federal schools currently run by the Ministry of Education. It will have a board, a director-general to be appointed by a Cabinet decree.