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The UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may Allah protect him, attaches great importance to developing government work as part of its keenness on upgrading the services provided to nationals in all fields. In this context, the “First Government Summit”, scheduled to be held in the UAE in February 2013 with the participation of leaders from both the federal and local sectors and representatives from a range of international organizations and bodies as well as international experts, will come with a distinctive initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may Allah save him, which will have a positive effect on developing government work due to the fact that it will allow experiences to be exchanged and the best practices to be discussed together with the modern experiences and tendencies of government work and the means of creativity and innovation in developing government services in all sectors.

HH Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of organizing this summit to be an ideal platform for exchanging expertise and polishing skills in order to achieve excellent government services under the UAE strategic role and prominent status in all fields. This clearly reflects the philosophy of development adopted by the UAE to develop government work and aimed at upgrading the services provided to individuals of the society as embodied in the many initiatives and programs that were launched over the past few days and served this objectives including “Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program”, which seeks to enable the government sector in the UAE to excel in its systems, performance, services and results through applying a world-class excellence model and continuing to launch a diverse array of development initiatives aimed at enhancing the culture of creativity, loyalty and excellence among all government sector employees. Another example is the Emirates Award for Distinguished Government Performance, which effectively contributes to empowering the federal government employees and streamlining their role to enable them to shoulder the different responsibilities of government work, not to mention its importance in consolidating the culture of excellence and creativity in the minds of employees to enable them to do their best to serve their country and achieve the hopes and aspirations of the UAE people and leadership. Add to this, the UAE pays considerable attention to developing human resources and upgrading the aptitudes of the employees working in government authorities and organizations with the aim of reinforcing the infrastructure of the entire federal body and supporting its readiness to take more improvement initiatives and speed up the march towards excellence and taking the lead based on the belief that the human element is the mainstay for developing government work.

The government’s strategy for the years (2011-2013) included some strategic objectives that set the general framework of government work, the most outstanding of which lie in enhancing actual co-ordination and integration between the federal government and local government in the UAE on one hand and the federal entities themselves on the other. Other objectives include the provision of excellent government services; investment in building national human capabilities and energies and preparing and developing young leaders; efficient management of government resources; adoption of the culture of excellence and concentration on the methodologies of strategic planning and continuous development of performance; and finally consolidation of the transparency concept and governance systems in the federal entities. These objectives constitute the practical bases of the UAE Vision 2021, which is aimed at upgrading the UAE position and rendering it one of the best countries of the world at all levels.

Taken from “Akhbar Al-Sa'ah”, issued by The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
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