The cabinet approved the formation of the UAE National Committee for the World Energy Council
The UAE's national events are an annual occasion for all of us to teach our young generations to love the UAE and to be dedicated to their country and its prosperity, affirmed His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, while he presided over a Cabinet meeting during which he added tolerance as a fifth key pillar to a five-year strategic plan for national identity.
"Under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, we continue with our mission, abiding by the values of hard work and loyalty," Shaikh Mohammed continued, lauding the President's efforts to ensure the continued development of the UAE and prosperity of its people.
The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace just ahead of UAE Commemoration Day and the 45th UAE National Day celebrations.
During the meeting, the Cabinet reviewed the Strategic Plan 2016-2021 for National Identity, which seeks to preserve the structure, cohesion and cultural heritage of the Emirati society. The strategy reiterates the values of patriotism and loyalty to the country's leadership.
The plan comprises four key pillars, as well as 26 initiatives to achieve them. The first of the four pillars seeks to enforce the nation's value system, while the second doubles down on the values of patriotism and national belonging. The third pillar underlines the UAE's shared cultural identity, and the fourth and final pillar evokes the country's heritage and national symbols.
Shaikh Mohammed gave directions to add the fifth pillar on tolerance so the pillars in general resonate with the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE "one of the best countries in the world" by 2021 and eyes a "cohesive society and preserved identity".
Agreement with India gets nod
The cabinet also ratified a strategic partnership agreement between the UAE and India to promote mutual dialogue on issues of common concern. The agreement fosters dialogue around major regional and international issues, in an effort to come up with a number of joint initiatives, long and medium-term policies, and joint Investment programmes between the two countries.
The cabinet approved the formation of the UAE National Committee for the World Energy Council, which will be preparing for the Abu Dhabi Energy Conference in 2019. This makes the UAE the first member of Opec to host this high-profile event that attracts top-tier government and private-sector delegations from all around the world.
In regulatory affairs, the Cabinet approved a proposal to form the UAE Council for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be headed by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
The council aims to provide counsel and support to the government as it seeks to implement Fourth-Industrial-Revolution technologies within strategic sectors, in addition to identifying the challenges brought about by these technological advancements.
The Cabinet also issued a decision to train medical school graduates, as well as other medical practitioners, in public and private medical institutions. The Cabinet also gave approval to the formation of a committee to implement Federal Law No. 18 for the Year 2016 in connection with the National Reading Plan.