Significance of the New Ministerial Formation

  • 19 February 2009

The formation of the new cabinet—that was presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and was accepted by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan—has several facets that accord with the vision of growth envisaged by the UAE leadership, its ambitions on the future of the country and its position at the regional and international levels.

The first significance relates to its main facet, which is the constant evaluation of performance based on clear and transparent criteria. The changes made are in accordance with these criteria. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum clarified this matter when he established a link between the ministerial changes and the strategy of the union. He pointed out that this change is a result of the process that aims to consolidate flexibility of the government and its swiftness in progress and development.

The second significance lies in the constant pursuit for enhanced performance that adapts to the contiguous changes and deals with them effectively. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum referring to this aspect said: “We want a modern government and a new and effective administration which works transparently and as one team to increase productivity, a government of high capabilities and vitality in order to manage various sectors of the country.”

The third important aspect of the latest ministerial reshuffle relates to empowerment of the UAE woman and the enhancement of her contribution in the sphere of public work and leadership. In the previous council of ministers, there were two women ministers, whereas the new cabinet has four women ministers. This fact points to the important and central position of women in a leadership role of the UAE, which is considered the second country in the Arab world (after Morocco) over their representation in council of ministers, and stands first in the Arab world on the percentage of her representation in the council.

The fourth important aspect is the recognition for all those who have worked for the betterment of the homeland. This aspect is evident in the gesture of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who thanked ministers who are not part of the new cabinet for the role they played in the service of the UAE, during their tenure in the council of ministers.