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Under Slogan “Future Economy Accelerators... Knowledge... Innovation.. and Developing Human Cadres”

UAE Economic Planning Forum Fifth Session Launches Today


Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, with a strategic support from the Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Economic Development Department, the first day of UAE Economic Planning Forum “UAE EPF” in its fifth session launches today under the slogan “Future Economy Accelerators... Knowledge... Innovation.. and Developing Human Cadres”.

The two-day Forum that is held in Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre includes four sessions. The first session discuss achievements towards the vision of the UAE 2021 is participated by Noura Mohammed Almarzouqi, Assistant Undersecretary of Policies and Strategy at the  Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation, and  Mohammed Abdul hameed Al Askar, Director of Government Affairs and Partner Management Sector at Abu Dhabi Digital Government. Also, it includes the contribution of Hind Al Youha, Director of the Investment Department at the Ministry of Economy, and Hind Al Shamsi, Researcher at Competitiveness Strategies Department in the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority.

The second session discusses the future economic accelerators in UAE, which argues strategies of government accelerators in applying intellectual property. This session includes the participation of H.E. Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razak Al Obaidly, Chairman of the Emirates Intellectual Property Association's (EIPA) Board of Directors. Also, HE Ohoud Ali Shuhail, Executive Director of Ajman E-Government, gave a speech about the road to success and digital transformation in Ajman. Likely, HE Saeed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Future Platforms at Dubai Future Foundation, discusses the topic related Dubai experience in the area of future accelerators. Likewise, Mr. Salem Abdullah bin Shabib, Consultant for Innovation and Patents in Abu Dhabi DED, talks about “Takamul” program in supporting innovations and patents. At the end of the second session, Eng. Mohamed Al Khamis, Manager of UAE Smart Government at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority “TRA” discussed run your business within 15 minutes.

The third session carries the topic of foreseeing future sectors that is contributed by Dr. Humaid Al Nuaimi, Director of the University of Sharjah, whom talks about UOS future and education in 100 years. In addition, Dr. Amer Mohammad Jaser, Vice President of Al Ain University for Science and Technology, talks about university education and foreseeing future.

Furthermore, Moza Suwaidan, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Dubai Smart Government, discourses the topic of Dubai paperless strategy, whereas Dr. Asma Al Manai, Director of Health Care Quality Department at Abu Dhabi Department of Health, talks about future of health under the technology revolution "TIP Project”. On the other hand, Eng. Maitha Mohammed Al Shammari, Project Manager at Artificial Intelligence Office in Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, discusses UAE artificial intelligence strategy.

From his side, Abdelaziz Omar Al Midfa, Deputy Director of Government Communication Department at SEDD and the Head of the Organizing Committee of the Forum, said that such Forum represents a true embodiment of the national efforts to enhance integration, cooperation and coordination in advancing the mechanisms of economic planning. He added that such things go in line with the aspirations to build productive knowledge-based economy.

In addition, Al Midfa illustrated that such panel discussions are ideal opportunities to exchange experiences and visions with the Ministry of Economy, other economic departments, decision makers, experts and officials from various areas. Such a thing is done in order to develop clear economic planning frameworks to meet the requirements of comprehensive and sustainable development in UAE.

Moreover, Al Midfa stated that the Forum plays a crucial role in strengthening communication and coordination between different concerned parties in the area of economic planning at the local and federal level. Also, it should be noted that it is committed to the implementation of best practices that will create a competitive environment to attract investment in Sharjah, thus to attain sustainable economic growth and build a productive economy. All of this go in line with the concerted efforts between the public and private sectors, in addition to reviewing the developments of the national economy and its development prospects during the next stage. In addition, it considers discussing development plans and future initiatives in light of UAE 2021 vision and the county’s objectives.