Putting innovation into action

Public and private sector leaders tell .GOV how they are putting innovation into the government transformation agenda

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Putting innovation into action
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 27, 2015

With the UAE hosting its first ever nationwide Innovation Week last month, innovation is firmly at the top of the region’s government transformation agenda. But how can government organisations ensure that they create the right environment for innovation and creativity, and what are the benefits of innovation programs? .GOV spoke to government and technology leaders to find out how they put innovation into action.

How are you marking UAE Innovation Week?

HE Ahmad bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Supreme Legislation Committee:
The Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) is joining the whole nation in celebration of National Innovation Week, which is part of the country’s strategy towards adopting innovation. In line with this, we will be organising workshops, seminars and innovation laboratories that are aimed towards the generation of new ideas and a re-evaluation of how innovative and creative initiatives, programs and concepts can be implemented across operational facets of different government agencies, institutions and departments.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD and CEO, DEWA: At DEWA we are hosting our very own ‘DEWA’s Innovation Week’, which will run concurrently with the wider UAE Innovation Week. including a week-long Innovation Exhibition, an innovation conference featuring international experts on the topic, a series of intensive workshops and ‘Future Dome’ talks, a Government Innovation Lab, a series of Design Thinking Labs, and a children’s robotics competition.

HE Saeed Rashid Al Yateem, Assistant Undersecretary of Budget and Revenue at Ministry of Finance: Our participation in ‘UAE Innovation Week’ aims to support contributions from business owners in both the private and government sector as well as ensuring that customers are benefiting from government services, in order to guarantee the participation of all parties in the innovation process. This is key in achieving growth in different avenues across the UAE. MoF stands will be placed in Yas Mall -Abu Dhabi, and Mirdif City Centre in Dubai, displaying innovative tools, including games that encourage young people to use their imagination and to participate in innovation initiatives across different sectors listed by the National Innovation Strategy.

Eng. Essa Al Hashmi, Chief Innovation Officer and Chairman of the Innovation Executive Committee, Ministry of Environment and Water:
The Ministry of Environment and Water is participating in UAE’s Innovation week with robust initiatives that cover all components of the ecosystem. The events are diverse and range from presenting prototypes of innovative products that will help to protect the environment, to exhibitions and technical workshops presenting innovative ideas and discussing them with international experts.

HE Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director General, Dubai Courts: Dubai Courts has come up with creative ideas and launched relevant initiatives in support of the UAE Innovation Week. We implemented the ‘Innovative Department’ initiative that is aligned with the innovation trends within the government sector. There are several programs under this initiative, including the ‘Innovation Stock Exchange,’ ‘Club Innovators,’ Laboratories For Innovation’ and ‘Meetings Innovation,’ the ‘Dialogue Of Innovation,’ and ‘Partner’s Innovators.’

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