U.A.E. marks 42nd National Day as Union getting more stronger, competitive and dynamic

Abu Dhabi, 30th Nov. 2013 (WAM) – On 2nd December 2013, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrates its 42nd National Day and over the years since its founding, it has accomplished, on the local level, high rates of sustainable development and achieved happiness, satisfaction and welfare for its citizens.

At regional and international levels, the U.A.E. occupies a prominent pioneer status on the map of the most progressive, prosperous and stable countries in the world, according to indicators from the Global Competitiveness Report for the World Economic Forum (Davos), for the year 2013-2014.

The great construction phase of the Emirates’ renaissance began like a miracle led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of its regeneration, with wisdom, patience, professionalism and generosity in giving, dedication and sincerity in work, who dedicated himself and all the means available to achieve progress for the country, and to provide a decent life and pride for its citizens, with sincere cooperation and strong determination from his brothers, the founding pioneers.

That initial phase was launched almost from scratch, and it included the implementation of development programmes and projects affecting all walks of life. It was represented by different infrastructure projects and basic service supplies such as electricity, water, roads, hospitals, schools, airports, ports, transportation, housing construction and many other projects which have supported the march of progress and prosperity across the U.A.E.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, recalled in his speech on the 41st anniversary of National Day on the 2nd of December 2012, of whom he said, “They laid down the foundations of a state, which we are proud to belonging to and defend.” Sheikh Khalifa re-affirmed his keenness to follow the legacy of the founding fathers, stressing that this approach is based on justice, which itself is the basis of governance, and the rule of law. Human dignity, achieving social justice and providing a decent life are the pillars of society and fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution and protected by an independent and fair judiciary.

The President called for more effort to strengthen the Federal march, stressing that the protection of the Union is a national aim required from all of us, with an awareness of unity and coherence to keep our country strong among peoples and nations.

The Federal march has continued under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, who, with his wise vision and leadership experience, launched an empowerment stage to accomplish more gains and achievements and develop performance mechanisms in accordance with modern scientific principles and strategies reaching to excellence, leadership and creativity in achieving even more gains in various areas and attain more prosperity for the homeland and its citizens.

The Political system The United Arab Emirates is one of the most successful union experiments, establishing its roots over more than four decades, and its system is characterised by its political, economic and social stability, as a natural result of harmony between the political leadership, and the cohesion and mutual trust and loyalty between them and their citizens.

The political system in the U.A.E. consists of a set of Federal institutions. At the top of them, there is the Supreme Council of the Union, which represents the supreme authority in the country and consists of Their Highnesses the Rulers of the seven Emirates. This is followed by the Cabinet, which represents the executive authority, the Federal National Council (FNC), that represents legislative and regulatory authority, and the judiciary, which has full independence in accordance with the Constitution.

Within the framework of its commitment to meet the challenges and requirements of the new millennium, the United Arab Emirates adopted a new approach to executive performance based on specific work strategies with clear goals and objectives.

In this context, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched new strategies to enhance plans and programmes of political empowerment, particularly future strategy, setting its goals in the mobilisation of resources and energies, its approach of cooperation and coordination between all that is federal and local, as well as updating the decision-making mechanisms and raising the efficiency of government entities and their effectiveness.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled the second round of federal government strategy from 2011 till 2013.

This strategy consists of seven general principles and seven priorities, with strategic potentials focusing on key areas of government.

The strategy’s top priority is to provide the highest levels of prosperity and a decent life for citizens. This is to be achieved by up-grading the education and health-care systems, focusing on social development, and the improvement of government services so as to enhance the U.A.E.’s stature worldwide.

In 2007, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the first strategy of the U.A.E.’s government, which documents, for the first time, institutional government action, and is working to develop and improve executive performance on a scientific basis. The strategy identified its objectives to achieve sustainable and balanced development and to ensure prosperity for citizens, and the establishment of a new phase of government action kept pace with economic changes, focusing on the best practices in order to achieve prosperity for the nation on one hand, and reinforce the status of the state, regionally and globally, on the other.

The strategy also aims to consolidate the Federal march and give a strong push for federal action among the emirates of the state, working to improve the social development sector, which includes education, health, housing, social welfare, culture and youth, population and workforce and community development.

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced the U.A.E.’s National Historic Charter for the year 2021, coinciding with the country’s golden jubilee anniversary, under the theme: “We want to be one of the best countries in the world.” Sheikh Mohammed specified four main components of the national charter: firstly, ambitious confident people, who stick to their heritage, secondly, a strong union with a common destiny, thirdly, a competitive economy led by U.A.E. nationals characterised with innovation and knowledge, and fourthly, high quality of life endowed with a sustainable environment.

The U.A.E. Government in its approach and its executive performance, made an absolute priority of improving education, health and housing services, human resources development and the development of remote areas across the country.

He underlined the significance of the charter, which embodies the U.A.E.’s future vision until the year 2021, in which the country will celebrate the golden jubilee of the union. “The union proceeds in the footsteps of its founding fathers in the light of their strong determination and extrapolation”, Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that U.A.E. nationals are now “reaping the fruits of our speedy economic growth.” On 11 September 2011, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid addressed the Cabinet stating that education and Emiratisation are two key priorities in the work of the government. They also represent a national responsibility that calls for synergizing and integrating all national initiatives for achieving the aspirations of the people of the U.A.E. and ensuring their welfare and a decent life.

The cabinet approved the U.A.E.’s education agenda until 2020 along with the three-year strategy of the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (TANMIA) for 2011-2013.

Achievements of the Cabinet During 2012, the decisions and deliberations of the cabinet reflected the strategic visions of the government’s policies and their quest for the U.A.E. to be (number one) in global competitiveness.

More than 500 Cabinet decisions were taken during the year 2012, including those in 13 key sectors such as economic development, infrastructure and urban development, government development, policies, legislation and conventions, environment and energy, justice and security, media, foreign policies and other, with an average of 18 decisions made in each session.

The Cabinet, during its session, reviewed the most important decisions that were issued in the year 2012, these concerned the most important federal agencies which refer their legislation to the, in addition to important government policies approved by the council and the decisions associated with them.

In this regard, the Cabinet discussed a set of analytical results for the performance report, to contributing to the development and upgrading the efficiency of performance in the year 2013.

On February 27th, 2012, the Cabinet also approved the Federal e-government plan for the year 2014, aiming at raising the level of electronic transformation in government services and establishing an advanced electronic infrastructure, necessitating the provision of appropriate legislative, organisational and legal infrastructure to provide advanced electronic services.

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