Gargash launches MoFA strategy, Foreign Minister Excellence Award

WAM ABU DHABI, 14th November, 2013 (WAM)–Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, today launched the strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for the next three years.

Gargash also launched the Foreign Minister Excellence Award during the first quality and excellence gathering, organised by the MoFA. The event was attended by international and local excellence experts as well as senior officials of the MoFA and heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in the UAE.

He welcomed the audience and thanked them for their cooperation with the MoFA, noting that the gathering will be one of the excellent forums through which the Ministry acquires local, regional and international experiences so to implement the best practices and achieve U.A.E. vision 2012.

“We are aware that our leadership had adopted the excellence model in late 1990s and made it the basis of institutional government work to upgrade performance at the local and federal institutions, and to ensure coordination among them, build youth leaders who could further develop the government work through innovative and creative ideas in line with the directives by the leadership to implement the smart government,” Gargash said.

He added that the MoFA strategy from 2014- 2016 is an extension to the strategy of 2011- 2013, whose objectives have been achieved, thanks to the concerted efforts of all officials of the Ministry, noting that the MoFA is looking forward to making the next strategy successful so as to help better implementation of the objectives of the state’s foreign policy at the regional and international levels.

Gargash thanked all the officials and employees at the MoFA for preparing the strategy. He also thanked the partners who contributed to developing the strategy.

He also launched the UAE Foreign Minister Excellence Award with the aim to honour the organisational units, work teams, and employees who effectively contributed to achieving the objectives of the MoFA. The award also aims to honour talented employees, partners and clients in appreciation to their distinguished ideas and development of the Ministry’s work.

Gargash said he was proud about the cadres of the MoFA who exert their efforts in the service of the country, urging them to continue coordination with the partners to achieve the excellence.

The ceremony opened with the playing of national anthem followed by screening of film on the history of MoFA and its main achievements.

Talal Mohammed Al Tunaiji, Director of the Department of Strategic Planning and Institutional Excellence at the MoFA, demonstrated the strategy of the MoFA for the next three years. He noted that the new strategy complements the previous one. Al Tunaiji said that the strategy comes in line with the vision of leadership to sustain the economic and political interests of the UAE through effective diplomacy that ensures security, stability, sustainable development, rendering of better services and care for Emiratis abroad.

Regarding the values of the MoFA, he said, “Our values are allegiance, sincerity and distinguished leadership, collective work, excellent partnership, education and continuous improvement.” WAM/MN

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