24/03/2010

Sheikh Khalifa Lauds Federal Government Achievements

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, credited the achievements made by the federal government and the initiatives and programmes it launched and implemented in all walks of life during the 2006-2009.

In a statement after receiving a new report "Four Years of Achievements," raised to him by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the President appreciated efforts made by the federal government for upgrading performance so as to deliver welfare to citizens, maintain prosperity and stability of the nation and provide decent living to the next generations.

He affirmed that what had been achieved highlights the spirit of persistence, clarity of vision and sound planning. These achievements, he indicated, were a fruit of the comprehensive strategy adopted by the government as a framework and benchmark for its policies and programmes.

Sheikh Khalifa valued Sheikh Mohammed's command of the team and his high professionalism in setting its tune in order to ensure integration and harmony of all stakeholders of national action.

The President gave special tribute to the federal government for its policy on socioeconomic development and expansion of the umbrella of services to far-flung areas.

"These efforts deepen the government commitment towards human being, the most precious of our assets," the President added.

Sheikh Khalifa noted that the scientific method the federal government adopted in planning and execution of its programmes, had been very instrumental in reaching this high standard of performance and remarkable achievements.

Sheikh Khalifa also referred to the revered standing the UAE has made at international scene and the success of the UAE dynamic diplomacy in attracting broad international support for the UAE bid to host the seat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi and sealing of a series of cooperation agreements on peaceful use of nuclear energy.

"This achievement forms a qualitative progress in the UAE foreign relations, strengthens its network of interests with the world and contributes to national efforts to conserve a clean environment," the President affirmed.

Sheikh Khalifa also highlighted the progress made in the security and defence systems in terms of armament, preparedness, tactics and systems. Such a development, he said, would further entrench security and stability "our country is enjoying" and contribute to creating an encouraging climate that maintains the UAE's prominent standing regionally and internationally.

Speaking about the labour market, Sheikh Khalifa indicated the government efforts towards labour market stability serve the UAE interest locally and abroad. The government persistent drive to rectify the imbalance in the demographic structure, one of the major national concerns, has also drawn praise from the President.

The President paid tribute to Sheikh Mohammed for his initiative of presenting the report of his government achievements over the last four years. This move, he stressed, underpins the government commitment to transparency and clarity and confirms a health interaction between the government action and aspirations of the citizens.

Praising the team working in the government, the President urged the Ministers to go ahead with the same collective and collaborative spirit in the coming period and expressed his confidence in the government ability to pursue the drive of giving and achieve more gains for the benefit of the UAE and its citizens.

-WAM