High Level Committee for Competitiveness Holds its First Meeting in 2019  

7/22/2019

Abdullah Lootah: Local Government Entities Play a Key Role in Supporting the National Strategy for Global Competitiveness

Dubai, 22 July 2019

The High Level Committee for Competitiveness, a specialized committee to monitor competitiveness at the federal and local levels in the UAE, held its first meeting for 2019 at the head office of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) in Dubai. The meeting was attended by members of the committee, including the Ministry of Interior, the Abu Dhabi Competitiveness Office in the Department of Economic Development- Abu Dhabi, Dubai Competitiveness Office, Ajman Statistics and Competitiveness Center, Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development, the Executive Council of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah and the Municipality of Dibba Al Fujairah.

H.E. Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director-General of FCSA and Chairman of the High Level Committee for Competitiveness, chaired the meeting. He welcomed the members of the committee and emphasized on the vital role played by local entities in supporting the UAE's competitiveness strategy. He also highlighted their essential role in raising awareness among the employees of the federal and local authorities on the concept of competitiveness.

"Our experience in working on the global competitiveness strategy which the UAE had launched in the last ten years proved that continuous cooperation among all federal and local government entities along with the private sector is essential to further improve the performance of the UAE on the global competitiveness indices," Lootah said.

He highlighted: "Through this committee, we will constantly cooperate with all our local partners to spread the culture of competitiveness as a way of thinking, and as a means of promoting the outstanding performance of the government to provide government services to individuals and institutions efficiently and according to the highest global standards."

In the meeting, the UAE's competitiveness strategy was thoroughly reviewed, with much focus laid on the most important milestones achieved during the last ten years. . Attendees also tackled the details of several current and future projects and initiatives. The meeting highlighted the initiatives of "Ease of Doing Business in Local Emirates" in (Abu Dhabi and Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah), developed in coordination between the World Bank, FCSA and the relevant authorities in the three emirates.

In the meeting, the UAE's competitiveness strategy was thoroughly reviewed, with much focus laid on the most important milestones achieved during the last ten years. . Attendees also tackled the details of several current and future projects and initiatives. The meeting highlighted the initiatives of "Ease of Doing Business in Local Emirates" in (Abu Dhabi and Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah), developed in coordination between the World Bank, FCSA and the relevant authorities in the three emirates.

Members of the committee emphasized the need to develop a shared vision for improving the UAE's performance in several high-priority indicators in vital sectors. They also underlined the need to remain updated on the latest competitiveness reports, as well as the most recent laws and procedures that will serve the best interest of all emirates in their current and future competitiveness projects.


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