His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the Cabinet meeting held at Qasr Al Watan in the capital, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “At Qasr Al Watan in the capital, Abu Dhabi, I chaired the first meeting of the Council of Ministers. At the beginning, we reviewed our competitive and development indicators. Our indicators today are stronger than our indicators before the pandemic, our economic growth is faster than before the pandemic, and our commercial and development sectors are larger than before the pandemic.”
His Highness affirmed: “The UAE, under the leadership of my brother, Mohammed bin Zayed, was the fastest in overcoming the effects of the largest pandemic that passed on humanity, and was the most balanced between human health and economic interests.”
His Highness added: “Many countries in the east and west of the world are still suffering from the effects of the pandemic. Global trade has not yet regained its strength, but the UAE has become a model and a global exception in the speed and strength of growth after the pandemic.”
His Highness said, “Our development indicators today have achieved first place globally in 156 indicators, compared to 121 indicators before the pandemic… and 432 indicators are among the top 10 globally, compared to 314 before the pandemic… We are the first globally in attracting talent, infrastructure, flexibility of laws and our ability to adaptation, and so on.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stated that “our foreign trade for the first six months of this year exceeded one trillion dirhams, compared to 840 billion dirhams before the pandemic. Our economic growth exceeded 22% this year.”
His Highness added that “our tourism sector’s revenues exceeded 19 billion dirhams during the first half of this year, and the total hotel guests reached 12 million, achieving a growth of 42%. Expectations are for a strong tourism revival with the upcoming winter season.”
His Highness said: “During the cabinet meeting, we decided to issue a new law for partnership between the public and private sectors. Our goal is to create opportunities, encourage the private sector to engage in development, economic and social projects, and develop partnerships that improve the quality of public services.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added: “We have approved in the Council of Ministers the temporary license for the first cargo plane in the region that operates completely with clean electric energy, and without any emissions…an important step that may contribute to changing the future of the shipping sector and its environmental impacts.”
His Highness also said, “We have approved a number of international agreements, including a comprehensive partnership agreement with the Republic of Indonesia, an agreement with the Kingdom of Spain for cooperation in the fight against crime, an agreement with the International Red Cross to establish an office for them in the country, and other agreements to avoid double taxation with a number of countries.” .
During its session, the Cabinet reviewed the results and indicators of the UAE’s competitiveness at the global level, as the country achieved distinguished results in a number of indicators, amounting to 156 indicators in the first place globally for the current year, compared to 121 indicators in 2020, while the number of indicators in which centers were achieved The first five are 288 indicators, compared to 189 indicators in 2020, and 432 indicators are among the top 10 globally for the current year, compared to 314 indicators in 2020.
On the economic side, the UAE has achieved great progress in economic and trade indicators, as the rate of GDP growth at constant prices for the first quarter of this year reached 8.4%, with a total of 399 billion dirhams, compared to 368 billion dirhams in the first quarter of 2021, and foreign trade recorded The UAE has made a historic leap, exceeding 50%, with a total of 1.060 trillion dirhams during the first half of this year, compared to 702 billion dirhams in the first half of 2020.
During the session, the Cabinet was briefed on the results and achievements of the tourism sector in the country since the beginning of this year, as the sector succeeded in achieving rates that exceeded before the Corona pandemic, and the results and indicators showed achievements during the first half of 2022, which included an increase in the contribution of tourism to the national economy. By 12%, and the growth rate of hotel guests in the country increased by 42%, with a total of 12 million guests, compared to 6.2% before the pandemic, while the tourism sector achieved revenues of 19 billion dirhams during the first half of this year.
In legislative affairs, the Council approved the issuance of a federal law regulating the partnership between the federal public sector and the private sector in the country, aimed at regulating partnership projects between the federal authorities and the private sector in the country, encouraging the private sector to participate in development and strategic projects, and increasing investment in projects with The economic, social and service value, and enabling the government to implement its strategic projects efficiently and effectively, in addition to benefiting from the financial, administrative, organizational, technical and technological capabilities and expertise available in the private sector, enabling community members to obtain the best services, in a manner that achieves the best value for money, increasing productivity and improving The quality of public services, while ensuring effective management for the development of those services, transferring knowledge and experience from the private sector to the federal entities, training and qualifying the employees of the federal entities in the country to manage and operate projects, and shifting the management of some infrastructure projects and public services from implementation, operation and direct management to forms of Others from implementation in accordance with approved policies and controls to achieve quality And stimulate the competitiveness of projects in the local, regional and global markets.
The Council agreed to prepare a federal draft law regarding the Central Bank and the regulation of financial facilities and activities, aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the measures taken by the Central Bank regarding the facilities granted to natural persons, reducing the rate of default among customers, and ensuring that banks deal responsibly towards society and customers, in order to achieve a balance between rights And duties in the banking sector, where the law aims to protect clients of financial institutions licensed by banks and financial institutions that grant individuals loans that are not commensurate with their income, and to ensure their compliance with the instructions, directives and decisions of the Central Bank for their protection, and to reduce the phenomenon of defaulters as a result of burdening them with installments that are not commensurate with their income levels. And lead to social, economic and other consequences.
During its session, the Council of Ministers approved the amendment of the provisions of the Federal Law regarding private health facilities, as the most important amendments include the gradation in the administrative and financial penalties applied to violating facilities, as the new law keeps pace with the remarkable development witnessed by private health facilities, and what it calls for creating a legal framework compatible with the needs of The health sector, and the penalties prescribed in the law deter the violating facilities or their employees, and at the same time maintain the continuity of activity, not affecting the services provided and disrupting the interests of community members who receive those services.
The Council approved the issuance of a federal law regarding the practice of the veterinary profession, as the most important provisions of the law include the requirements of the license applicant to practice the profession, and the establishment of a public registry in the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to register veterinarians and those working in the veterinary paramedical professions in the state, who are licensed in the state, in coordination with the concerned authorities. .
The Council agreed to add all specialties of the medical and health sector in the country within the initiatives and programs of the competitiveness of Emirati cadres (Nafis).
• Ratification of 4 agreements between the government of the country and a number of governments of friendly countries and international institutions.
• Re-formation of the Emirates Youth Council headed by Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei.
Mohamed Ben Rached:
• Our indicators today are stronger than our indicators before the pandemic, and our economic growth is faster than it before the pandemic, and our commercial and development sectors are larger than before the pandemic.
• Many countries in the east and west of the world are still suffering from the effects of the pandemic.. global trade has not regained its strength yet..but the UAE has become a model and a global exception in the speed and strength of growth after the pandemic.
• Our development indicators achieved first place in the world in 156 indicators.. We are the first in the world in attracting talent, infrastructure, flexibility of laws and our ability to adapt… and others.
• Our foreign trade for the first six months of this year exceeded one trillion dirhams, compared to 840 billion dirhams before the pandemic.. Our economic growth exceeded 22% during 2022.
The Cabinet agreed to update the second edition of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report, and assigned the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to complete the national strategy for climate neutrality 2050, and to submit the Nationally Determined Contributions report within six months, as the state will submit the developments report to its nationally determined contributions to raise its goal in reducing Emissions in all economic sectors to a higher level of ambition, bringing the rate of reduction of greenhouse gases to 31%, compared to business as usual by year.
New cargo planes
The Cabinet approved temporary licensing procedures for operating a new type of cargo aircraft, within the projects of the Legislation Laboratory in the General Secretariat of the Council, where the new aircraft operate with electric power and without emissions, which contributes to consolidating the advanced regulatory environment in the country and its commitment to climate neutrality (2050).
The temporary license to operate the cargo plane allows the implementation of an innovative project in the United Arab Emirates, for the first time in the region, as the project aims to achieve the efficiency of logistics and shipping services at the local levels within the country and regionally for neighboring countries, with clean energy, in a manner that achieves the requirements of alternative energy and a green environment, and is reflected in It reduces shipping costs for both the supplier and the consumer.
Emirates Youth Council
The Cabinet approved a resolution approving the restructuring of the Emirates Youth Council, headed by Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, whereby the Emirates Youth Council, among its tasks and responsibilities, will review the proposed strategies and policies related to youth affairs in the country, and conduct research and studies related to the youth category, with the aim of identifying their views on the most important issues related to them, identifying the challenges they face, proposing solutions, initiatives and programs appropriate to them, proposing the necessary solutions to activate the positive participation of young people in society in various sectors in the country, and contributing to the promotion of national identity and good citizenship among young people, in addition to coordinating the development of reports and pamphlets that contribute to raising Youth awareness of the most important issues and topics related to them, and participation in representing UAE youth in national events, international forums and official state delegations, as assigned.