UAE people deserve the best: Shaikh Mohammed.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the renewal of confidence by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the new government represented a call for all to maximise their efforts to address important national issues and key developmental and social priorities to realise the aspirations of citizens for a decent life.
Speaking at the first meeting of the new Cabinet at the Presidential Palace on Sunday, Shaikh Mohammed welcomed the new ministers on board, telling the Cabinet as a whole that "expectations are great, trust in you is high, the priorities are crystal clear and the people of UAE deserve the best".
Shaikh Mohammed chairs the Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. -- Wam
Shaikh Mohammed instructed the ministers to work as one team, setting the improvement of government services as the number one priority in agenda of their ministries. "We work with the spirit of one team with a common vision, one president... and development of services provided to citizens will be the top priority," the Vice-President affirmed.
During the meeting, the first of the UAE's 10th cabinet, Shaikh Mohammed stressed the need to address and overcome national challenges.
"The success of the government will be measured by the society and satisfaction of people is an end that can be realised ....... the homeland will only make progress when tremendous challenges have been addressed and met."
VP leads UAE delegation to Arab Summit
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will leave for Doha today leading the UAE delegation at the two-day 24th Arab Summit, which starts on Tuesday. A high-level delegation is accompanying Shaikh Mohammed to the summit. -- Wam
Before the meeting, Shaikh Mohammed met former minister of energy Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili and thanked him for the distinguished efforts he made in the service of his nation as an active member of the cabinet.
"The homeland will never forget dedication of its loyal children nor the marks they left on its development drive. The expertise that accumulated over the years will be a reliable asset for the nation which can be used in the service of the nation through new fields and roles," Shaikh Mohammed added.
He wished Al Hamili success in his life and future career in serving his homeland.
During the session, the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Ministerial Council of Services under the presidency of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Among the line up of appointments and changes in federal entities, the Cabinet approved the appointing of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, as Chairman of General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and head of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities.
From right to left: Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development; Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher education and Scientific research; and obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs at the cabinet meeting. -- Wam
Minister of Public Works Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi was confirmed as chairman of the Shaikh Zayed Housing Programme and of the National Transport Authority.
The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Minister of Energy Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Fares Al Mazrouie as chairman of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa). Minister of State Abdullah bin Mohammed Ghobash was named chairman of the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia).
The Cabinet approved formation of a temporary committee headed by Ahmed Al Humairi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, to devise a comprehensive strategy for development of the telecommunications sector within one year. The committee will report to the Cabinet.
The committee was set up to keep abreast of the fast changes in the vital sector and rapid growth rates which need more investment and developments. The resolution also calls for aligning the telecommunications sector strategy to the UAE Vision 2021.
The Cabinet also passed a federal draft law presented by the Ministry of Social Affairs on regulations regarding government and private nurseries. The legislation will set occupational health, environment and safety requirements and standards to ensure social care for toddlers. The federal draft law will also define standards of these nurseries and qualifications of staff. The private sector has 354 nurseries against 21 in the government sector.
During the session, the Cabinet also approved a draft federal bill on prevention of communicable diseases. The existing law dates back to 1981.
The proposed legislation introduces updates that fit the present situation in terms of mechanisms and methods of prevention of communicable diseases that could pose threats to public health. The law envisages the establishment of new specialised health clinics at border checkpoints, quarantine and isolation centres and mandatory treatment centres. The law also defines measures for closure of educational and entertainment facilities, like cinemas, in case of health emergencies.
The Cabinet also approved additional allocations to the federal budget for the fiscal year 2013. Eleven federal entities asked for additional financial funds, totalling Dh431.32 million.
Acting upon recommendations from the GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee, the Cabinet exempted some commodities and materials concerning people with special needs from customs duties. The exempted list includes eight commodities for private and personal use if they are imported from out of GCC member states, including five customised brands of vehicles and motorbikes, electronic devices for the deaf and blind and special sticks.
For the health safety of consumers and protection of the environment, the Cabinet approved mandatory standards for a number of electric appliances. Under the new specifications, retail outlets will be obliged to provide environmentally-friendly and energy efficiently options for consumers.
In regards to international conventions, the Cabinet gave its approval for the UAE's accession to the Bali Process on people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime (Bali Process). The Bali Process is a multilateral initiative launched in 2002 aimed at combating people smuggling, trafficking and related transnational crime in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions.
The Cabinet agreed to a proposal submitted by the Federal Customs Authority on signing the agreement on the UAE's accession to the Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO) of the World Customs Organisation. As information and intelligence exchange is one of the pillars of the WCO's enforcement strategy, the Organisation has set up a global network of Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILOs).
The RILO is a regional centre for collecting, analysing and supplementing data as well as disseminating information on trends, modus operandi, routes and significant cases of fraud.
Four agreements on air transport with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Laos and the Ivory Coast were also approved during the session as well as agreements on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with Palestine, Fiji and Serbia.
The 10-year UAE-Argentina agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy was also ratified.
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