UAE government annual meetings to start on TuesdayFocus on UAE Centennial 2071, development of long-term work plans for the next five decades of development for the UAEImage Credit: WAMShaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed will chair the annual meetings of the UAE Government in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and Wednesday.Published: 15:26 September 23, 2017 Staff report SMALLMEDIUMLARGEAbu Dhabi: The annual meetings for the UAE government will be held in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Over 400 of the nation’s leading government officials will be present, including the Crown Princes of UAE, and members of the Executive Council.The annual meetings will take place over two days, and will focus on reviewing two key national development plans: UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Centennial 2071. The goals and progress of UAE Vision 2021 will be assessed, including outlining a plan for the next three years. The meetings will also set out to complete a solid foundation for UAE Centennial 2071.During the meetings, five long-term strategies and 120 national initiatives will be launched in over 30 federal and local sectors. The meetings will also review the global geopolitical climate, and discuss the UAE’s objectives over the coming three years.The meetings will focus on aligning national objectives and setting a clear infrastructure for the country’s future by introducing policies and services that seek to meet national goals. The meetings will also discuss strategies related to soft power, higher education and water security in the state, as well as creating a road map toward the Fourth Industrial Revolution.“Our development as a country is achieved through cohesion and the integration of all government sectors and entities – one cannot thrive without the other. The goal of our meetings is to align together, and achieve developmental leaps for all sectors across all of the UAE,” said Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid. “The UAE Government annual meetings will mark the first steps our nation takes toward its 100th anniversary; we will look for creative ideas that can set the agenda for a prosperous future for our nation. Our goal is to ensure the wealth of many more generations to come,” he continued.Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed expressed his confidence in the success of the annual meetings, and their important role in promoting the UAE’s renaissance and citizen’s happiness. “We are taking yet another step toward realising the aspirations and hopes of our people and solidifying their futures for many generations to come,” he said.Stressing on the importance of seizing the initiative and working hard in order to remain competitive and pioneer the future in a rapidly changing world, Shaikh Mohammad elaborated, “We must work together as a cohesive and effective team in order to prepare for tomorrow with ambition and a vision that looks far ahead into the future.”He added that the UAE government exists to make its people happy, and this mission is supported by UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the vision of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, who seek to create a positive present and future for the country.He concluded “The UAE has developed quickly and significantly during the past 5 decades; we hope for further developments as UAE Vision 2021 approaches, and we are so positive on the coming 5 decades that will lead us to the UAE Centennial 2071.”Five long-term strategies and 120 national initiativesThe UAE Government annual meetings will be held on September 26 and 27, in the presence of over 400 dignitaries, including executive board members of the seven Emirates, ministers, heads of official federal and local government bodies and more. At the meetings, 120 national initiatives in 11 vital areas will be launched, including national programmes, laws, legislation, services, database information, strategic plans and local reports and studies.Long-term national strategies will also be launched, including the UAE Soft Power Strategy, the Emirates Higher Education Strategy, the UAE Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy and the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036.The meetings will also cover over 30 subjects including economics, infrastructure and housing, health and prevention services, youth, resettlement, the environment, energy, higher education and science research, media smart services, technology and innovation, and gender balance. There will also be various workshops and specialised lectures that will dissect the most relevant anticipated challenges for the next five decades, with a focus on how to develop plans in preparation for them.Between UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Centennial 2071The UAE Government annual meetings will address the objectives and results achieved so far within the UAE Vision 2021 framework, including the goal of establishing the UAE among the best countries in the world in various fields and in accordance with international indicators. To achieve these goals, a National Agenda was established and divided the objectives into six national axes representing main government sectors: education, health, economy, police and security, housing and infrastructure, and government services.The annual meetings aim to provide the largest and most comprehensive platform for federal and local governments to discuss the challenges facing the UAE’s development process and government priorities in various sectors, and to introduce appropriate strategies and policies. The meetings also seek to harmonise federal and local government strategies. The meetings mark the start of planning for UAE Centennial 2071, including a comprehensive and extensive government programme with long-term strategies to establish the UAE’s reputation in the region, a system of values for future generations, increasing productivity in the national economy and enhancing social solidarity and cohesion.In June, the UAE Cabinet approved the UAE Government annual meetings, which aim to align government work at both the federal and local levels. Annual development challenges are discussed with representatives from all levels of government and in the presence of all officials. UAE Centennial 2071, which is based on the historic lecture by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, will be discussed annually as well.