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UAE government ahead of regional peers

By Waheed Abbas

The UAE government is ahead of the curve when it comes to governance among its regional peers, thanks to the leadership of the UAE, said Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD.

Addressing The Government Summit in Dubai on Tuesday, she hailed the role of the government in order to stay ahead of the domain by investing in the capacity of individuals and organizations to better shape the change.

“This reflects the clear strategic goal and commitment of the UAE government at all levels to have check and balances, clear road of administration and joint efforts at different levels that need to work together,” she said, adding that “this cannot happen without the wise leadership of the UAE.”

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a forum where the governments of 34 countries work with each other, as well as with more than 70 non-member economies to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development.

Kiviniemi hailed the active role played by the UAE government in OECD.

Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, Vice President of Innovation at technology giant IBM, also praised the major role played by the Emirates government to promote innovation and adoption of new technology.

“Tremendous leadership shown by the UAE leadership with clear focus on innovation is exceptional,” he added.

In OECD, Kiviniemi said, only 40 per cent trust in government that they carry the burden of governance difficulty and civil society demands more actions from the governments.

She said: “We are living in a complex and interconnected world facing regional challenges and dealing with legacies of slow growth. OECD places great importance on restoring trust in government institutions and the government.”