His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday chaired the first Cabinet meeting of 2023. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the first UAE Cabinet meeting of the new year at Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The meeting was held in the presence of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance; Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “The UAE Cabinet will always be the engine of developing policies and strategies to achieve the vision of my brother, the UAE President [Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan] and the aspirations of our people in building the best economic, social and developmental environment.”

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He added: “Today, I chaired the new year’s first meeting of the UAE Cabinet. We reviewed the outcomes of 2022, where the Cabinet has approved and developed more than 900 decisions, 22 government policies, 68 federal laws, 113 national regulations and 71 international agreements.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid continued: “In the previous year, the government formed more than 120 teams from 110 federal and local entities and 50 private sector entities to work on updating more than 100 social, economic, educational and regulatory federal law. Thanks to these teams’ efforts, today we became the most adaptable and responsive government in the world.”

The Vice President noted that the UAE was among the best five countries in the world in 339 development, economic and social indicators in 2022.

“Today, we approved five government priorities of 2023 establishing the national identity, enhancing environment’s sustainability, developing the educational system, accelerating the Emiratisation process and expanding our international economic partnerships.”

National Strategy for Desertification

The UAE Cabinet approved the National Strategy for Desertification, which includes 33 major initiatives and a national action agenda until the year 2030. The Strategy is based on five axes, with the aim of preserving ecosystems, improving the condition of arid and drylands, and mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change on ecosystems affected by desertification.

Space Sector

The Cabinet approved the issuance of a decision to regulating permits for space activities and space-related activities, in the framework of strengthening and supporting the space sector in the country, stimulating its investments and attracting investors from all over the world.

The Cabinet approved the issuance of a decision to ensure compensation for damage caused to third parties during space activities. The meeting also approved the issuance of the decision to regulate space resource activities in line with the objectives of the national space policy.

Financing education

During the meeting, the Cabinet approved the system for financing the current federal education institutions as the reference for financing these institutions, and instructing the Ministry of Education to take the necessary measures and issue guidelines for implementing the system, in coordination with all concerned authorities.

Customer satisfaction

The Cabinet approved the Government Services Observatory, which constitutes an interactive digital platform that displays customer satisfaction in real time with government services and their impressions of the various available channels, such as websites, smart applications, and service delivery centres.

The Cabinet approved the re-formation of the Emirates Council for Food Security. Also, the meeting also approved the unified financial procedures guide for donations and financial transfers outside the country.

The Cabinet also approved the issuance of a federal decree ratifying an agreement with the Government of the Independent State of Samoa, the Government of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, cooperation agreements with the Republic of Serbia, and an agreement with the Government of the Italian Republic.