UAE sets up top-level committee to drive innovation strategy

Sheikh Mohammed issues directive to form body that will oversee country's seven-year vision

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UAE sets up top-level committee to drive innovation strategy His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. (Getty Images)
By  Andy Sambidge Published  November 3, 2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday directed the formation of the National Innovation Committee (NIC), which will oversee the UAE's efforts to become one of the world's most innovative countries within seven years.

The UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai said the committee will include a number of federal government entities to monitor the implementation of the national innovation strategy launched last month.

The committee will also co-ordinate with other public and private stakeholders to steer the innovation drive in the future, news agency WAM reported.

The establishment of the committee comes as the UAE "has taken long strides along the path of progress and gained a distinct international stature", said Sheikh Mohammed.

"We in the UAE enjoy an open, diverse, cosmopolitan community. We are living in a rapidly changing world where our requirements and ambitions are frequently changing and this requires us to innovate in order to ensure that our country continues to enjoy its eminent standing and ranks among the best countries in the world," he said in comments published by WAM.

He added: "Innovation is the only way to be the best, therefore it must be a key feature and tool in all our efforts and work if we want to preserve our nation's hard-won gains."

His comments were made while chairing the Federal Cabinet meeting on Sunday at the Presidential Palace.

"We don't only satisfy ourselves by launching strategies, but also follow up and implement these as expeditiously as possible," Sheikh Mohammed stressed.

The NIC will be chaired by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and will have committee members including Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy; and Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State.

The UAE's national innovation strategy seeks to stimulate innovation in seven sectors - renewable and clean energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

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