Revealed: UAE Cabinet's 10 resolutions to spur Emiratisation

HH Sheikh Mohammed-led Cabinet session sees approval of 10 resolutions to promote Emiratisation across strategic sectors

Sheikh Mohammed chaired the UAE Cabinet session.
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Sheikh Mohammed chaired the UAE Cabinet session.

The UAE Cabinet, during a session chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, adopted 10 resolutions to support Emiratisation, with the resolutions coming as part of the outcomes of the committee, chaired by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to implement the 'Letter of the New Season', issued by Sheikh Mohammed on the occasion of the Islamic New Year. 

The Cabinet meeting was attended by HH Lt Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: "The UAE will keep attracting global talents, the key driving force to our economy.

"We will support the private sector to achieve balance in our job market and our fast-growing economy will keep providing millions of opportunities for Emiratis and residents.

"Human capital is the fuel of nations. Uniting efforts of our national cadres and foreign talents will accelerate our journey towards the future," Sheikh Mohammed added.

During the meeting, the cabinet also approved the amendment of the Federal Bankruptcy Law and approved hosting the World Conference on Creative Economy as part of Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to the UAE Cabinet, the 10 resolutions that support Emiratisation in ministries, federal entities, federal and local government, and semi-government organisations include issuing regulations and setting new targets to provide 20,000 job opportunities for Emiratis in sectors such as civil aviation, telecommunications, banking, insurance, and real estate over the next three years, with an average of 6,700 jobs annually.

Emirati employees shall be integrated in positions that meet their skills and expertise in vital sectors.

The second resolution includes the allocation of a $81.7m (AED300m) fund to create specialised training programmes that prepare Emirati jobseekers with theoretical and applied skills to enhance performance in all sectors and add value to the private sector.

Approved by the UAE Cabinet, the third resolution will see a system created to train 8,000 Emirati graduates annually in government, semi-government, and private-sector entities for six to 12 months with a salary of $2,722 (AED10,000), 40% of which will be covered by the government.

The fourth resolution will see the UAE Cabinet launch special dipolomas across Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE to train and develop 18,000 Emiratis over the next three years, whilst the fifth mandate includes the allocation of federal- and local-level value-added tax (VAT) revenues to create graduate development programmes. 

As part of the sixth resolution approved for Emiratisation by the UAE Cabinet, job opportunities will be opened for Emiratis in administrative and supervisory roles across ministries and federal entities, whilst the seventh mandate will see labour and pension laws amended to equalise pensions and benefits for Emirati employees in the government, semi-government, and private sectors.

The amendment will unify the mechanism in calculating pensions, benefits, and previous service additions in government and the private sector to encourage Emirati employees to expand their career options in the private sector and gain new skills.

As part of the eighth resolution, a committee including the UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, General Pension and Social Security Authority, and Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund, will be created to develop mechanisms to encourage and monitor nationals' employment in UAE companies. 

The penultimate resolution approved by the UAE Cabinet will see entities and companies in the strategic sectors selected by the government that have a "low number of Emirati employees [...] encouraged to support national skill development programmes".

Approved by the UAE Cabinet, the final resolution includes the establishment of an annual index to measure Emiratisation across all sectors, with the government expected to "provide exceptional incentives to entities that facilitate job opportunities for nationals", and the Cabinet set to host an annual ceremony to reward chief executive officers and entrepreneurs that support Emiratisation.

The Cabinet has assigned the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation the task to implement the 10 resolutions, in coordination with the executive councils.

The Cabinet will receive quarterly reports to follow up the progress, UAE state news agency, Wam, reported.

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