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Mohammed sets sight on 2021 with National Charter

Stress on competitive economy and national resources. No cabinet reshuffle. (EB FILE)

By Wam

The Cabinet yesterday ended its marathon session in the Western Region.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, declared the UAE National Historic Charter for year 2021, with the theme 'we want to be one of the best countries in the world'.

In the presence of Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed specified four main components of the national charter – ambitious confident people who stick to their heritage; strong union with common destiny; competitive economy led by UAE nationals characterised with innovation and knowledge; and high-quality life endowed with sustainable environment.

He said the first refers to "the UAE nationals with ambition and high sense of responsibility, who are capable of drawing [the] future with confidence and participate effectively in sustainable socio-economic environment based on stability, solidarity, moderate Islamic values and original national heritage".

On the strong union, Sheikh Mohammed said: "It is a strong union with a common destiny that protects emiratis and advocates balanced development to make the UAE [an] effective power."

The third component, he continued, "is knowledge and the diverse flexible economy led by skilled professional emiratis".

Sheikh Mohammed said the fourth component talks about "prosperous UAE nationals who enjoy long life, good health, quality education and other distinguished services provided by the government".

He underscored the significance of the charter. "The union proceeds in the footsteps of the founding fathers in light of their strong determination and extrapolation," said Sheikh Mohammed, adding that UAE nationals are now reaping the fruits of "our speedy economic growth".

He warned that ambitious nations cannot rely on the past or current achievements, instead look forward to scoring more achievements by striving hard vigilantly to overcome challenges.

He noted that there will be no Cabinet reshuffle at the moment, saying that the performances of ministers determine that.


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