Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi ADDED hosted the second scientific session for "TABADUL" Program which is implemented under the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. In order to strengthened communication between Government's entities by presenting best practices, programs and initiatives, to help achieve efficient partnership among all national departments in the Emirate.
During the session and before 100 individuals representing (15) Government entities, ADDED presented 5 strategic initiative & projects that the department has implemented recently. In terms of "Tajer" Abu Dhabi license, "the Observatory" system, E-linkage for trade license system, in addition to the experiences of "knowledge management" & institutional innovation, and self-censorship program within industry sector aiming to create a safe industrial society.
H.E. Ghanim Mohammed Al Fandi Al Mazroui, Executive Director of support services' sector in DED, in the opening speech of the session, welcomed participants of the scientific session for "TABADUL" Program aims at and adopting best practices and initiatives which contribute to accomplish development, advancement and progress for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at all levels.
He expressed his hope that the session would fulfill its objectives in the introduction to the most important and prominent initiatives, practices and projects that DED has implemented recently, and had an impact in the achievement of positive outcomes upon the Abu Dhabi society.
He stated "we in the Department of Economic Development are committed to reinforcing our partnership with Government & semi-government entities at the level at the level of Abu Dhabi and nation-wide in General. This represents one of its strategic objectives directed at achieving sustainable economic development within all economic sectors".
Furthermore, H.E. Ghanim Mohammed Al Fandi Al Mazroui in his statement, underlined that the accomplishments made by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development recently, including the initiatives presented during the scientific session of TABADUL program, represent the outcome of the fruitful cooperation between the Department and its strategic partners. This reflects the objectives of the enlightened Abu Dhabi Government in build a civilized and advanced society that realizes the highest degree of competitiveness in various areas.
The session started with a presentation made by Mr. Ahmad Abdulrahman Al Barkani, Director of the Department for Institutional Development affiliated with DED, addressing the integrated approach of knowledge management followed the department, which is associated with the DED's strategy, intended to advance the capacity of information systems to support decision making. Thus contributing to the creation of an innovative environment based on enabling internal and external stakeholders to access knowledge easily and efficiently.
He indicated that the approach aims to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and encourage a culture of sharing this knowledge among employees, to preserve the institutional memory and its and optimization, and to support knowledge- management capabilities in building an accessible and manageable knowledge base, in addition to promote innovation & creativity environment of the department.
In his presentation, Al Barkani highlighted the general policy of knowledge and information governance that has been approved at the level of all sectors, bureaus and centers affiliated with the DED. In this regard, he referred to a range of internal activities DED implements which support this policy in terms of knowledge forum, Morning coffee program, Mayles (Majles) of knowledge, a sit-down with an author and book club.
Moreover, he states that there are many knowledge-building enablers in the department, of which the key ones are the internal knowledge portal which covers all information & data related to the sectors and departments of the DED and its various activities. Further, The DED library which undertakes several intellectual activities, and assumes a noticeable role in promoting the importance of reading at the internal level, and participating in the economic databases available to it from universally recognized International research sources.
The DED's second presentation made by Fatima Al Marzouqi, Head of Institutional Innovation Group, covered the theme of innovation & future shaping in the DED. That relies on key inputs which are the national strategy of innovation, Government innovation's framework, innovation specification, and Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance.
She indicated that there are central elements of DED's innovation model, which involves the qualification of innovation ambassadors, raising awareness of innovation, identifying institutional challenges, proposing creative solutions, assessing, classifying the proposals and measuring its impact, the library of proposals and innovative publications.
In turn, Mr. Hamad Al Zaabi, Director of IT department, presented "the observatory" initiative, the smart information panel which provides accurate instantaneous data & indicators, at the level of macroeconomics and institutional performance, characterized by accuracy and transparency of all data & information required for all groups.
He explained that "the observatory" offers an informational window which would give the clients access to indicators of business centers and activity of trade licenses. Thereby enabling them to make sound economic decisions for business expansion capture investment opportunities as per the promising economic sectors and attractive geographical areas.
Al Zaabi added that "the observatory" extends beyond the aspiration of only providing data & information, but also helps to effective economic planning, coordination and secures and integration among the contributors to achieving economic development in the Emirate. Its stages include E-linkage with all entities affiliated with economic development theme, specialized areas and a number of entities under other themes which have an impact on economic development, supporting the efforts of Integrative planning so as to meet macroeconomics objectives of Abu Dhabi.
In turn, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Mara, Director of trade licenses department of the DED, presented the Gold package for "Tajer Abu Dhabi" license, which is characterized by the expansion of the economic activities of the "Tajer Abu Dhabi" license to reach more than 1035 economic activities, under which diverse advantages were granted to investors. Of which the most important one is to extend the range of beneficiaries to include to the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and foreign investors in addition to UAE nationals.
He explained that DED has exempted investors who were granted the "Tajer Abu Dhabi" license the Gold package, from the requirement to provide a physical location to the establishment for 2 year. And extended the legally permissible forms of licenses which are: "an individual establishment" & Sole Proprietorship Company L.L.C." for UAE nationals and citizens of GCC, and "Limited Liability Company" for residents as partners with UAE nationals.
He also stated that such important initiative forms a part of the economic package recently announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Executive Council, for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. With the aim of facilitating doing businesses in the emirate and supporting entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises and the private sector in general.
For his part, Mr. Ali Fahed Al Nuaimi, Director of Trade Relations at DED, made a presentation regarding E-linkage for trade licenses system, intended to advance the ranking of Abu Dhabi within global competitiveness for the ease of doing business. Through the establishment of the unified licensing and control system, improvement of the procedures related to economic licenses and coordination with all parties involved to integrate the interfaces of clients to a single interface.
He indicated that DED has finalized the E-linkage with 43 local & Federal Government entities with competence to approve economic licenses transactions at the level of Abu Dhabi. Making a reference to a number of achievements realized within the project, including activating the automatic renewal of economic licenses and merging the membership of the Abu Dhabi Chamber with the license of one certificate, and merging the certificate of the General Administration of Civil Defence with the license and online follow up the delivery of transactions 100%.
Ali Al Nuaimi also explained that E-linkage project has contributed to consolidate and ensure the quality of services delivered to investors and facilitated doing business efficiently in Abu Dhabi, created an attractive environment for the business to thrive and provided multiple channels to deliver services to investors and centralization of payment of government fees.
Lastly, Mr. Nabeel Al Awlaqi, Director of Occupational Health & Environment Department, of the Industrial Development Bureau, affiliated with DED made a presentation on the system of self-censorship system within industrial sector, in order to create a safe and attentive industrial society for industrial establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He pointed out the most prominent achievements of the industrial sector in the field of occupational safety and health, and the contributions of the Industrial Development Bureau in building and enhancing the culture of occupational safety aiming promote the concept self-censorship in the industrial sector.
He added that the program addresses the gaps in figuring out local and national requirements by industrial activities and the varying degrees of awareness among industrial investors. in light of a variety of industries, including large, medium and small factories, having a different level of risk associated with occupational safety and health, as well as lack of reliable statistics related to occupational safety and health and private data of the industrial sector.
Besides, Al Awlaqi clarified that Industrial Development Bureau through this program is committed to developing management regulations of the occupational safety and health system, which have established mechanisms to develop and implement safe workplace requirements by providing technical assessments & reviews of the systems being prepared. in addition to advancing the capacities of the occupational health and safety team through holding focused training courses and raising awareness of the rules of Occupational Health and Safety System between industrial establishments, through convening meetings, workshops and training courses on regular basis. And finally, identifying and classifying industries in terms of risk between low, medium and high risk, depending on the level of risk of its operations.
At the conclusion of the second scientific session of TABADUL program, an interactive discussion was organized with participants in order to respond to the audience queries & questions. To enrich the session with further information covering initiatives presented, thus contributing to promote the targets of the session represented in Sharing experiences and practices between ADDED AND OTHER Government entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.