The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Sunday a major government restructuring for more “agile and quick” decision-making amid the coronavirus pandemic, the merger of government entities and the appointment of new ministers of the economy and Of the industry.
The head of Abu Dhabi’s national oil company, ADNOC, Sultan al-Jaber, has been appointed Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and Abdullah al-Marri has been appointed Minister of Economy.
The restructuring was announced by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on his official Twitter account.
“The goal… is a government that can more quickly make decisions and cope with change and more judiciously seize the opportunities to cope with this new stage in our history; a quick and agile government, ”said Sheikh Mohammed.
Our goal of structural change today is a government that is faster in decision making .. and more up to date with changes .. and better at seizing opportunities and facing the new stage in our history .. a flexible and fast government whose goal is to consolidate the achievements and the gains of the country ..
– SA Cheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) July 5, 2020
Translation: Our goal of structural change today is a government that is faster in decision making .. and is more up to date with changes .. and better at seizing opportunities and facing the new stage of our history .. a rapid government whose goal is to consolidate the gains and achievements of the country.
It has given him one year to achieve the country’s priority objectives, which is the hub for business, trade and tourism in the region.
The changes include the abolition of half of the government service centers and their conversion to digital platforms in two years, and the merger of approximately half of the federal agencies.
The energy and infrastructure ministries have been merged under a single portfolio headed by the current energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei.
An ADNOC spokesperson said that al-Jaber would retain his post as general manager of ADNOC.
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The Ministry of Economy has obtained two ministers of state – Ahmed Belhoul for businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises, and Thani al-Zeyoudi for foreign trade. Omar al-Olama has been appointed Minister of State for the Digital Economy and Artificial Intelligence.
Many senior officials have kept their jobs in the wake of the Cabinet. These include interior and foreign ministers from the ruling Al Nahyan family in Abu Dhabi, the federal capital which also controls the presidency.
“The future working environment in medicine, education and commerce will change radically and we aim to be at the forefront of these changes,” said Cheikh Mohammed.
A woman has been appointed to head the nascent Emirates Space Agency. Sarah al-Amiri is currently directing the UAE’s Hope Probe to Mars, which will be launched this month from Japan to provide a new perspective on the planet’s climate and atmosphere.
In addition, the ministries of culture and youth have been merged. The new ministry will oversee the country’s National Media Council which accredits all local and foreign journalists and oversees the media operating in the country. The ministry will be headed by Noura al-Kaabi, formerly Minister of Culture.
In June, the central bank predicted that the economy of the oil-exporting country would likely contract by 3.6% this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The non-oil private sector grew in June for the first time this year, after months of contraction with the lifting of restrictions on coronaviruses.
While hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Gulf, from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal and Egypt, have called on their embassies for return flights due to loss of income during the pandemic, UAE citizens – who number around 1.4 million – have many advantages to absorb economic blows.
Government provides UAE citizens with subsidized housing, free health care, free higher education and scholarships abroad, generous government wages and pensions, help with finding work and relief occasional debt.