Dubai: Government of the United Arab Emirates Reflection Retreat, held at the direction of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, today attended several interactive and discussion sessions attended by ministers and senior officials federal and local.
Aiming to outline the country’s development dynamics for the next fifty years, the first day of the retreat included 10 panel discussions involving specialized government working groups, on ways to boost the UAE’s global competitiveness in vital sectors and mechanisms for implementing the country’s priorities in the areas of trade. , development, media, infrastructure and advanced sciences. The sessions also addressed future developments and ways to generate proactive solutions to relevant challenges.
The participating federal and local ministers and officials discussed several ideas and future directions aimed at developing plans, strategies and projects to boost the competitiveness of the national economy and create a future economic model based on knowledge and l ‘innovation.
Participants also shared visions and ideas to design a future business environment, encourage entrepreneurship, foreign trade and partnerships, attract investment, talent and skilled human resources, train national executives to lead the future economy and focus on key economic sectors, including digitization. , green growth and sustainable development, food security and productivity.
Participants discussed the challenges facing the UAE and the global economy, future developments that will affect economic activities, and ways to create proactive solutions to the associated challenges.
They also discussed the deliverables of the national working groups formed by the planning committee for the next fifty years and presented several ideas from community members who participated in the ‘Designing the next 50 years’ project, which was launched. by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
The sessions discussed how to strengthen the country’s competitiveness in the health sector and ensure future health care and medical services, to prepare for related changes and developments.
The participants highlighted the means of strengthening the health sector in times of crisis, faced with the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), by modernizing infrastructures, by drafting scenarios to strengthen the capacities of health establishments, by supporting national executives in the medical and nursing sectors and attracting talented physicians, academics and innovators from around the world.
The sessions discussed competitiveness and ways to strengthen the country’s competitiveness in the areas of flexibility, adaptability, proactivity, leadership, tolerance, gifts and innovation indices.
The participants also discussed strengthening cultural values, national cohesion, patriotism and establishing a set of principles and values derived from the ideas and journey of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which focus on positive citizenship, tolerance, investment in human capital and the strengthening of the values of the Union, namely national and ecological collective responsibility.
Government action groups discussed the mechanisms needed to develop the scientific research sector, motivate academic and specialist participation, and ways to keep abreast of global changes and trends to develop methodologies of scientific and academic institutions. . They also discussed building and developing national capacities and providing them with the skills required for the labor market.
During brainstorming sessions, participants discussed ways to strengthen government partnership with the community to develop new ideas and visions on the next generation of government action.
During the discussions, the UAE Competitiveness Working Group discussed strengthening the country’s leadership, strengthening its infrastructure, and performing in global environmental sustainability indices. Participants exchanged views and ideas to develop the areas of infrastructure, housing, energy and digital transformation and explore new opportunities that support the country’s future directions to strengthen food security and sustainability. .
The Government Action Group discussed ways to ensure sustainable supplies of water and food, which are key pillars of comprehensive development, including improving local agricultural and animal production, reducing waste food and water and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity.
Participants presented several national initiatives and plans that support efforts to improve infrastructure sectors and environmental sustainability in the country.
In the same framework, the UAE Competitiveness Working Group discussed ways to strengthen the country’s leadership in the areas of security and justice and develop a legal and legislative environment to deal with the changes.
Participants also discussed the role of the media in promoting the success of the UAE and its soft power at local, regional and global levels.