Promoting Empowerment of Citizens A National Endeavor
- 13 November 2013
Since its formation in 1971, the UAE has focused on citizens as the measure of comprehensive development by enhancing their skills so that they are able to contribute to the national endeavor. This was explicitly stated in the speech of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) at the opening of the third ordinary session of the 15th legislative chapter of the Federal National Council (FNC) at the FNC Headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The speech was delivered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on behalf of His Highness the UAE President. It stressed that it is essential for all citizens to contribute to building a modern state under whose benign care they live. Thus, it expressed the wise UAE leadership’s appreciation of and confidence in the citizens’ ability to take responsibility of national progress and development.
The participation of citizens in the national endeavor is a major constituent of the wise leadership’s comprehensive vision of development, a fact which has been underscored by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) on various occasions. It is a message sent out to UAE human resources in all factors of production. the message is that the door of the UAE leadership is open to all who serve the country and take part in the UAE’s progress and development. The message is based on the firm belief of Presidnet His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), “a land, however prosperous, without its people is meaningless”.
The contribution of citizens to the national endeavor is the main goal of the Empowerment Stage, which was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May God protect him) and which seeks to energize the role of citizens in carrying out the government’s development plan. Empowerment is based on a subtle, in-depth vision to provide a creativity-driven environment to maximize the contribution of citizens to the social and political spheres as well as production and knowledge-based life.
The UAE leadership’s appreciation of, and work for, the citizens’ contribution to the national endeavor explains their deep sense of satisfaction, happiness and security about their present and future, as they realize that their development plans are aimed at their well-being, and hence should be sustained. This was clearly enunciated by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) on 41st anniversary of the National Day: “The UAE’s stability is the fruit of the resolve of its people and the leadership who visualize the Federation as a source of inspiration to carry out a comprehensive plan that relies on security, knowledge and diligence for building a just and satisfaction-oriented governance –whose responsibility is shared by all the citizens.”