Executive Council of Dubai Launches Dubai Public-Private Partnership Agenda

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The First Session of the Dialogue Platform for Industry Specific Recommendations Dedicated to Tourism
Dubai, 29 September 2010 – Under the patronage and support of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Executive Council, the first session of Dubai Partnership Agenda (DPA) was held today to produce policy recommendations to further the sustainable growth of Dubai tourism sector. DPA is lead and facilitated by the General Secretariat of the Executive CouncilGeneral Secretariat of the Executive Council.

The panel which assembled the Emirate’s key public and private stakeholders in the tourism industry discussed the legislative and regulatory environment and the current state of the sector, with a view to boost demand and identify challenges restraining development. The first session was attended by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee; Abdulla Al Shaibani, the Secretary General of the Executive Council; Gerald Lawless, the Executive Chairman of the Jumeirah Group; Hans Haensel, the Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates Airlines Destination and Leisure Management; Majid Saif Al Ghurair, the Chairman of Shopping Malls Group; Peter Payet, the Vice President of Arabian Adventure; Dr. BelEid Ratab, the Head of Economic Studies and Sustainable Development Business of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Khalid Bin Sulayem, the Director General, of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Matar Al Tayer, the Chairman and Director General of Roads and Transport Authority; Sami Al Qamzi, the Director General of Department of Economic Development and Major General Mohamed Al Marri, the Director, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. The discussion was moderated by the Tarik Yousef, the Dean of Dubai School of Government. A summary report that would include discussion’s insights and specific recommendations of the panelists will be written according to Chatham House rules within one week and presented to the Executive Council.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Executive Council, commenting on the initiative, stated that the Government of Dubai welcomed consultative policy recommendations that would support the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and the UAE Vision 2021, and open dialogue between public and private sectors would support the sustainable growth and increase the competitiveness of the nation and Dubai. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Dubai Partnership Agenda DPA is a national creative initiative supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and the Ruler of Dubai. With his encouragement, we are proud to launch this interaction platform and we have complete trust in the capability of public and private sectors to have open and constructive dialogue tor the develeopment of different sectors. We are looking forward to the first outcomes of DPA on tourism industry. We will review and initiate action on appropriate recommendations.”

The Dubai Partnership Agenda is a strategic government initiative to facilitate collaboration and increase synergy between public and private sectors. It aims to provide a structured channel to support formulation and implementation of public policy by producing innovative recommendations for the review of the Dubai leadership. It is carried out through regular series of round table discussions each of which is dedicated to a specific sector and to which the top executives of the leading sector relevant private and public entities are invited. Following each round table, a post report on the discussion topic insights and recommendations is developed and presented to the Executive Council for review and direction as seen appropriate. The discussion sessions are organized by the General Secretariat of the Executive CouncilGeneral Secretariat of the Executive Council, under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Executive Council.

The General Secretariat of the Executive CouncilThe General Secretariat of the Executive Council which leads and facilitates DPA, will oversee that the approved recommendations are implemented by concerned government entities. Abdulla Al Shaibani, the Secretary General of the General Secretariat, stated in his opening remarks that the mission of the General Secretariat was to provide strategic support to the Executive Council in policy development, public administration improvement, and performance management. He emphasized that DPA will prove to be a valuable initiative that would not only contribute to the growth of the sectors that Dubai wanted to have competitive advantage, but would also play an important role for the General Secretariat in fulfilling its mission. Abdulla Al Shaibani said: “We are proud to organize the first session of DPA under the patronage of our visionary leaders. Private sector is our key stakeholder; we work together with shared ambitions and towards shared goals. DPA will foster collaborative interaction, encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and build consensus by exchange of knowledge and expertise. As such, DPA is not just a discussion exercise between public and private sectors; it is a results-oriented program that would generate concrete recommendations for our leadership to review and facilitate action.”

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About Dubai Government Partnership Agenda:
Organized by the General Secretariat of the Executive CouncilGeneral Secretariat of the Executive Council, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Executive Council and Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai Partnership Agenda (DPA) is a strategic government initiative meant to facilitate collaboration and increase synergy between the public and private sectors. It is an open dialogue and an interactive platform whose purpose is to ultimately produce policy recommendations that can support the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

About the Executive Council:
The Executive Council of the Government of Dubai, formed by Law # 3 in 2003, is the supreme decision-making body that directs and ensures the implementation of the Emirate’s policies as set out in the Dubai Strategic Plan (DSP) and for all other major policy decisions. The Council, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, consists of the Director Generals and the CEOs of government authorities and agencies. The Council drafts and submits public policies, laws and decrees, and oversees the implementation of local and federal laws. It advices the establishment of local government entities and reviews projects. It supervises the performance of the entities and leads the ongoing process of improvement to effectively transform government entities into accountable, high-performing, audience-focused organizations.

About the General Secretariat of Executive Council:
The General Secretariat (TEC) of the Executive Council provides professional strategic support to the Council through reviews and recommendations in public policy development, public administration improvement, government’s organizational structure, and performance management. It also facilitates and coordinates the activities of Council and Sector Committees.

For images please refer to: http://www.tec.gov.ae/DPA/

For further inquiries:
Ms. Budoor Ali
Budoor.Ali@tec.gov.ae
+971 4 4399 323
Government Communications
The Executive Council

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