The strategy, announced yesterday, has been put across as a comprehensive roadmap designed to take the nation to the next era of development.
The long term strategy, created to provide direction to the nation’s transformational growth, was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The new development strategy is the result of a comprehensive exercise that was aimed at identifying the needs and challenges of the future,. It addresses each of the challenges through impactful long-term plans, and keeps in focus the maximum advantage of newer opportunities for all-round development.
Launching the strategy for the future, Sheikh Mohammad said that, “As a nation, we have always been forward-looking and planning for the future, which has been a key driver of our success.The UAE Strategy for the Future is our new approach to planning for the future by predicting, analysing and implementing highly effective action plans that accelerate development.”
Further, Sheikh Mohammad said: “The strategy serves as the referral point for governmental departments to adopt proactive future planning to usher in an even more prosperous tomorrow for our current and future generations. To achieve its goals, we must work together and share responsibilities. With our future planning model, we will serve as a model for the world.”
Referring to the citizens he said “The citizens of the UAE are our most important resource in building our future. To nurture their skills, we will strengthen education and training initiatives.”
Sheikh Mohammad laid emphasis on the fact that the world is rapidly evolving and to keep pace with it government departments must abandon typical thought-processes that are now obsolete or irrelevant. “We need a new mindset that is focused on the future,” he observed.
Sheikh Mohammed said he will personally monitor the government departments to evaluate their commitment to the new strategy, adding: “We will shape the future of the UAE through this forward-looking strategy.”
Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, asserted that the new strategy reflects the vision of Sheikh Mohammed to form a unique model for the Government of the Future in the UAE, with clear and strategic short-, medium-, and long-term goals.
“The short-term is the future we’re living today as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and the course of the next five years,” he continued.
“The medium term strategy will focus on planning for the period between 2021 and 2026; by then, led by the success of the short-term future planning, the government would be even more responsive and adaptable to future changes.
“The long-term strategy goes beyond 2026, and we will commence work now to both foresee and build the future of the nation.”
“The UAE Strategy for the Future will serve the government in addressing any shifts in global trends efficiently, and in identifying the challenges and opportunities.
“This will be followed-up with scientific planning to evaluate the future scenarios, and implementing appropriate policies and action plans,” he added.
Along with the ruler, the others present on the occasion were Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Bin Rashid Al Maktaum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of interior, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and the Future.