Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Resolution No 6 of 2017 establishing the Higher National Committee for the Year of Zayed under the chairmanship of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The committee is tasked with giving prominence to the significant role played by Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the UAE’s progress, commemorating his legacy, achievements, and highlighting his standing among Emiratis.

Pursuant to the presidential resolution, Shaikh Mansour issued another resolution on the committee’s formation and competencies.

Its members include Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; and Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth. They will be joined by representatives from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Dubai Executive Council, and a representative of the Executive Affairs Authority in his capacity as the committee secretary-general.

The committee will chart a general strategy to achieve the broad objectives of the Year of Zayed initiative. It will also be in charge of approving the initiative’s official logo and the announcement of key plans and programmes.

Local ad hoc committees shall be formed nationwide in coordination with local authorities to ensure alignment of all federal and government efforts in consolidation of the initiative’s objectives.

These local committees shall coordinate efforts with all departments concerned nationwide to launch relevant initiatives at the level of each emirate in alignment with the Year of Zayed strategy, and evaluate any other initiatives by the private and public sectors and ensure their conformity to the strategy.

The committees shall also be tasked with developing regular reports in this respect and provide all needed direction to ensure full success for the Initiative.

2018 has been declared the Year of Zayed by Shaikh Khalifa to mark 100 years since the birth of the country’s founding father.