Smart think­ing makes the UAE shine

Khaleej Times - - NATION - MO­haMMed Jalal al­rayssi Mo­hammed Jalal Al­rayssi is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Emi­rates News Agency KHALEEJ TIMES

There have been sev­eral im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments pre­ced­ing and fol­low­ing the re­cent sec­ond an­nual meet­ing of the UAE gov­ern­ment. It ex­am­ined a set of strate­gies and initiatives launched to en­rich UAE Vi­sion 2021 and Cen­ten­nial Plan 2071 with the aim of en­sur­ing that ob­jec­tives de­signed to main­tain the coun­try’s lead­ing stance in global rank­ings are reached.

These de­vel­op­ments mean that the geopo­lit­i­cal axis is of para­mount im­por­tance in the agenda of the gov­ern­ment meet­ings, which, in ac­cor­dance with the vi­sion of the wise lead­er­ship, try to an­swer the fol­low­ing two ques­tions. Where have we reached as a coun­try to­day? Where do we want to reach in the com­ing years? In the light of the in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic changes which mean that gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing the UAE gov­ern­ment, must com­pete for the world’s top po­si­tions, there is a need for se­ri­ous study, re­search and anal­y­sis.

The two-day UAE Gov­ern­ment meet­ing ad­dressed these ques­tions in de­tail, demon­strat­ing how pro­fes­sional geopol­i­tics form es­sen­tial part of the strate­gic plan­ning process in the UAE, whereby stud­ies are con­ducted on the fu­ture of all key sec­tors as part of the for­mu­la­tion of the ap­pro­pri­ate poli­cies and plans.

As Dr An­war bin Mo­hammed Gar­gash, Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs, noted dur­ing his com­ments at the meet­ing, the UAE and its wise lead­er­ship are aware of the size of the re­gional and global chal­lenges and the im­por­tance of build­ing a strong and ef­fec­tive Arab struc­ture ca­pa­ble of fac­ing all the chal­lenges.

In the first session of the Gov­ern­ment meet­ing, a work­shop on ‘Global Pol­icy Vari­ables’ ex­am­ined the strate­gic part­ner­ship agree­ments with In­dia and China. It noted that the early de­vel­op­ment of these agree­ments re­flected a recog­ni­tion of the fact that a process of ma­jor change is un­der way in favour of the new emerg­ing world economies, with the cen­tre of the global econ­omy turn­ing to­wards the East.

The de­sign and con­struc­tion of these strate­gic agree­ments, based on the same prin­ci­ples as the Vi­sions of 2021 and 2071, re­flect in­no­va­tive “out-of-the-box think­ing” and a con­stel­la­tion of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of re­sources and sec­toral part­ner­ships. These are prin­ci­ples that strengthen the cre­den­tials of the UAE’s econ­omy.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the global po­lit­i­cal vari­ables, and how the UAE ad­dresses them, it was shown how internal de­vel­op­ment suc­cesses are trans­formed into ex­ter­nal suc­cesses that en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of con­tin­ued im­prove­ment in the fields of com­pet­i­tive­ness, ef­fi­ciency and achieve­ment. Do­mes­tic poli­cies are ul­ti­mately also as­pects of for­eign pol­icy, ac­cord­ing to Dr Gar­gash, since suc­cess in the first, in sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, health, gov­ern­ment ser­vices, the pro­mo­tion of a cul­ture of tol­er­ance and com­bat­ing vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism, then have a positive ex­ter­nal im­pact on the expansion of in­ter­na­tional strate­gic part­ner­ships and the num­ber of coun­tries with for­eign in­vest­ments, through in­creas­ing con­fi­dence in the UAE in a range of fields, from agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity, to the man­age­ment of in­ter­na­tional port net­works and aerospace in­dus­tries.

In ex­plain­ing the mech­a­nisms and en­gines of the ge­o­graph­i­cal strat­egy of the UAE, and how they are part of the foun­da­tions of the Vi­sions of 2021 and 2071, the ex­pla­na­tions of the in­ter­de­pen­dence be­tween the internal and ex­ter­nal strengths of the state are clear and co­her­ent. They also show how internal de­vel­op­ment plans can con­trib­ute to the dis­sem­i­na­tion glob­ally of the UAE’s mes­sage, based on sovereignty, mod­er­a­tion and ra­tio­nal­ity, the fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism and the em­pow­er­ment of in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships.

With the same power of a fu­ture vi­sion based on “in­sti­tu­tion­alised geopol­i­tics”, it was also clear that in­ter­na­tional vari­ables and the chal­lenges aris­ing from it mean that the UAE must em­ploy its soft power and re­li­a­bil­ity and hu­man­i­tar­ian mes­sages to con­trib­ute to build­ing an ef­fec­tive Arab struc­ture, that will have a voice that will en­sure long-term sta­bil­ity with a proac­tive vi­sion. The hun­dreds of strate­gies, projects and initiatives that were launched dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual meet­ing of the UAE gov­ern­ment are con­tri­bu­tions to this process.

These are prin­ci­ples that strengthen the cre­den­tials of the UAE’s econ­omy and its mar­kets, recog­nised as a gate­way to the Mid­dle East


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