The UAE's 2021 ministerial retreat concluded today (February 24) with a new edition of the national agenda and strategic projects to boost the country’s competitiveness and speed up development in the next 50 years.
The two-day retreat, chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, brought together ministers, government officials and dignitaries to lay out a strategic framework for the development vision for the country’s next phase.
Sheikh Mohammed said since its formation, the UAE has presented a unique success story in all sectors, thanks to the futuristic vision and noble principles established by the founding leaders, reported Wam.
"Over the past 50 years, we started from the desert of our land to the desert of Mars. Our dreams will be even bigger for the next 50 years," he noted.
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE presented an exceptional development model to the world that placed the human capital at the centre of all its development and economic plans.
"We have reached this far because the impossible does not exist in the UAE. We have the scientific, educational and economic resources to take the UAE to new frontiers in the next 50 years, and we have Mohamed bin Zayed to lead this journey," he added.
He pointed out that the UAE has become a land of opportunities, home to a stable economy, advanced infrastructure, and agile and business-friendly legislative framework that attract entrepreneurs, investors and young talents.
The diverse society of the UAE that lives in coexistence, tolerance and peace in a lifestyle that places the human wellbeing as a priority, he noted, is the most celebrated achievement that makes the UAE home to all residents and citizens.
"Mohamed bin Zayed’s participation in the retreat lays out a new and clear 50-year vision for the UAE," he added.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the UAE looks to the future, while proudly holding on to the memory of the founding leaders and working hard to sustain and advance the solid foundation they laid for the country.
He said: "The UAE has reached where it is today, thanks to the values of tolerance and coexistence that the founding leaders Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid established from the beginning of our journey. The last 50 years were filled with prosperity, development and success, and we will need to move at a greater speed to meet our growing ambitions for the next 50 years."
He noted that the high motivation and energy of all participants in the retreat reflects the determination of the people of the UAE to succeed in all sectors of life.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that the UAE government has the necessary capabilities, talents and resources to draw the roadmap of the next 50 years.
"Our government teams in the next phase will only welcome people who will exert 10 times more efforts and energy to achieve greater successes. Our vision is to make the UAE an attractive destination for talents, ideas and investment," he stated.
During the retreat, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed emphasised the trust and confidence in the federal government teams to continue shaping smart and flexible strategies that adapt to the rapidly-changing world.
As part of the ministerial retreat 2021, UAE leaders approved a new edition of the National Agenda as a framework that shapes the work models and performance of the federal government and ministries.
Strategic projects, under a new governance framework, will be launched with aims to boost competitiveness of the country’s vital sectors over the next phase.
The new agenda reflects the government’s long-term objectives to sustain economic stability across all sectors.
It represents the government’s new strategic direction to boost the concept of "Balanced Development" through developing programmes and plans aimed at establishing sustainable development across the country’s social and economic sectors, said the Wam report.
It also involves developing an advanced work plan to adopt new technologies that boost the UAE’s status in the global digital transformation, it added.