His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the Cabinet meeting held at Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. A number of initiatives and legislations aimed at further development of government work were approved within the agenda of the meeting.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Today I chaired a cabinet meeting, during which we approved the budget for housing loans of the Sheikh Zayed Program at a cost of 12 billion dirhams over the coming years. The goal is to speed up the completion of applications and finish all waiting lists during the coming period.”
His Highness added: “Today we approved the establishment of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development headed by Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The council’s goal is to develop plans, implement projects, and build private government partnerships to develop the UAE’s regions and villages in terms of tourism and development, providing opportunities for its citizens and a future for its children. Optimistic about Dhiyab bin Muhammad.. Optimistic with the energy of youth.
His Highness said: “Today we have adopted a new policy for classifying private sector establishments in a way that supports the objectives and plans of Emiratisation and provides additional incentives for companies supporting the employment of citizens… and consolidates the government’s partnership with the private sector in this field.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stressed: “The citizen will remain a priority.. housing, development.. and education.. and job and economic opportunities.. The citizen is the compass of the government and the role of the government is to establish a real balance between our rapid economic growth and the provision of a better and more generous life for our citizens.”
His Highness said: “We also approved today in the Council of Ministers a set of international economic, security and environmental agreements… and an institutional system to consolidate tolerance and coexistence.”
In detail, during its meeting, the Council of Ministers approved a new policy for housing loans, according to a mechanism that ensures coverage of all expected requests for the coming years, in order to support the goals associated with reducing the waiting period for requests.
The council adopted a new policy for classifying private sector establishments according to a mechanism that enhances the flexibility and competitiveness of the labor market and ensures ease of doing business, with the aim of enhancing the UAE’s competitiveness in global competitiveness reports and indicators and continuing to provide the necessary support to the country’s growing economic system.
The Council also approved a decision to update the conditions and controls for classifying the occupational levels of employment in the labor market according to the level of wages and the educational level in order to ensure the enhancement of the productivity and competitiveness of the labor market in the country.
The Council adopted a resolution regarding the provision of protection for labor rights in the labor market in the country, which ensures the development of an integrated system of alternatives to employment insurance, contributes to the preservation of labor rights, provides various and more feasible benefits for employment and reduces the financial burden on many establishments, in a way that supports the country’s global competitiveness in the protection of workers’ rights.
As part of the meeting’s agenda, the Cabinet approved a decision to form the Emirates Council for Balanced Development, headed by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. The Council will supervise the management of balanced development projects, their workflow, and coordination With relevant ministries and local authorities regarding development plans for villages and regions, implementation time plans, follow-up of projects and plans implementation, and approval of the proposed partnership areas with the private sector, especially national companies.
The council’s membership includes: Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, as Vice President, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Community Development, Hessa bint Issa Buhumaid, and Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs for the Government Coordination Sector, Rashid Saeed Al Ameri, Head of the UAE Government Media Office, Saeed Al Eter, Adviser to the Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, Saeed Rashid Al Zaabi, and CEO of the Emirates Foundation, Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, and CEO of Etihad Rail , Engineer Shadi Malak.
The balanced development projects will contribute to creating an economic tributary that supports the national economy, achieving social stability, adopting green environmental solutions, and integrating new technologies and methods of rationalizing energy and water consumption through these projects in the targeted regions and villages.
In legislative affairs, the Cabinet approved, during its session, a draft amendment to the federal law regarding medical products, the pharmacy profession, and pharmaceutical facilities, in the context of encouraging and attracting investment projects in the health sector and supporting its global competitiveness, and working to expand the scope and areas of work of pharmaceutical facilities in the UAE, including It complies with the Companies Law by allowing establishments and companies owned entirely by foreigners in the country to contribute to the development and investment in this sector.
The Cabinet also approved an Emirati system to promote the principles of tolerance and coexistence in work environments in all agencies and institutions, whether in the governmental, local, private or semi-governmental sectors. and take advantage of it.
During its session, the Council approved a set of Emirati technical regulations in a number of production and service sectors. The move aims to harmonize and standardize legislation and standards with the Arab Gulf countries, enhance Gulf economic integration and investment opportunities, facilitate trade exchange between the state and various countries around the world, and increase and support diversity in import sources. From global markets, supporting the growth of national industries for priority consumer products in the industrial sector and enhancing their competitiveness.
The Council approved the executive regulations of the federal law issued regarding rules and certificates of origin, which support the contribution of the industrial sector to the gross domestic product, by facilitating the access of Emirati products to global markets under preferential certificates of origin that grant the national product preferential treatment, and regulate the work of exporting industrial facilities. In addition to the governance of the origin of imported products by ensuring the authenticity of the origin.
The Council of Ministers also approved the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law on Trademarks to keep pace with local and international changes and developments, create an encouraging environment for conducting economic business, encourage investment and diversify economic activities, maintain a balance between effective protection of the rights of trademark owners and consumers and the public interest, and raise the state’s rank in Global Innovation Index.
On the other hand, the Council of Ministers, in its meeting, approved the amendment of the executive regulations of the federal law regarding the regulation of the auditor’s profession, which included specifying the types of auditors’ registration records, data, conditions and documents for registration in the auditors’ register for natural and legal persons practicing the profession, and other provisions complementing the law.
In regulatory affairs, the Council of Ministers, at its meeting, approved the draft annual budget of the Emirates Investment Authority for the fiscal year 2022, and also approved the request of the Federal National Council to discuss the topic of “government policy in the matter of water security.”
In international relations, the Council adopted the decision to establish a state embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek, to join the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, and the Global Methane Pledge.
The council ratified a number of agreements, which included an agreement between the government of the state and the government of the Republic of Iraq to encourage and protect investment, an agreement with the government of Jersey regarding the promotion and protection of investment, an agreement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to avoid double taxation and prevent financial evasion with regard to taxes on income, and an agreement with the Kingdom of Belgium regarding extradition.
The Council also approved the signing of an agreement between the government of the country and the government of the Netherlands regarding cooperation in the security field and combating terrorism, an agreement with the government of the Federal Republic of Brazil regarding cooperation in the security field and combating terrorism, and an agreement with the Republic of Albania regarding cooperation in the security field and combating terrorism.
• Formation of the “Emirates Council for Balanced Development” headed by Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed.
Vice President of the State:
• «The goal of establishing the Emirates Council for Balanced Development is to develop plans, implement projects and build government partnerships.. Optimistic about Diab bin Mohammed.. optimistic about youth energy».
• “The citizen is the compass of the government and the role of the government is to establish a real balance between our rapid economic growth and the provision of a better and more generous life for our citizens.”
• «The new policy for classifying private sector establishments supports Emiratisation goals and plans and provides additional incentives for companies supporting the employment of nationals».
In the context of the meeting agenda
■ Change the policy of housing loans to meet the housing needs of citizens.
■ Updating the labor policies related to the classification of private sector establishments, classifying the occupational levels of workers in the labor market, and providing protection for their rights.
■ Adoption of special Emirati standards for the application of tolerance and coexistence.
■ Adoption of Emirati technical regulations in various production and service sectors.
■ Supporting UAE products’ access to export markets through preferential certificates of origin.
■ Effective protection of the rights of trademark owners and consumers.
■ Support for copyright and the creation of an electronic database of works.
Copyright support and creation of an electronic database of works
The Council of Ministers has approved the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law on Copyright and Neighboring Rights, which allows any natural or legal person to practice an activity related to works in a manner that supports copyright rights and ensures maximizing the benefit of his output, organizes an electronic database of works and their importers and distributors at the state level, and secures documented and accurate data about their activities, and guarantees their rights.
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