Providing Support For Local Ministries
UNDP is currently assisting the UAE Ministry of Economy in the areas of capacity development. The assistance is in the form of high-level advisory services, and an intensive capacity building programme which targets 40 federal ministries and autonomous agencies, and up to 800 federal government staff.
Following the government’s request, the project timeline was extended in order to double UNDP capability through the recruitment of a number of experts and employees who specialise in economics, statistics, surveys, and financial analysis.
The project also provided technical assistance to the Federal National Council in the area of capacity building for members and staff in order to support parliamentary development within the country.
The project should succeed in increasing knowledge and awareness within the area of Foreign Trade and on the effectiveness of international standards regarding aid effectiveness. It aims to comply with UNDP's corporate mandate to build, and promote national capacities for sustainable development.
Training on substantive and procedural issues as well as skills such as public speaking, dealing with the media, debating and codes of conduct have also been provided to FNC members. UNDP’s assistance to the FNC has also focused on activities to strengthen the parliamentary library and research services.
The presence of nine women members of the FNC constitutes a valuable entry point for the inclusion of gender sensitive aspects within the ongoing technical cooperation programme between FNC and UNDP UAE.
The support of this project has led to the creation of the Economic Policy Unit (EPU) of the Executive Office of Dubai, to whom UNDP UAE has provided technical assistance (since 2005) for the development of an economic data set, and modelling tools as well as staff training in economic analysis and forecasting.
It is worth noting that UNDP UAE contributed to the drafting of the Dubai Economic Development Plan (EDP) 2005-2015. The initiatives include strengthening the strategic budgeting process and introducing performance-based budgeting across the federal government, modernising the accounting and information systems used in government financial management, and improving efficiency in cash management.
More recently, a scoping mission was conducted for the establishment of the Dubai Statistics Centre.
• UNDP assistance is in the form of high-level advisory services, and an intensive capacity-building programme which targets 40 federal ministries and autonomous agencies, and up to 800 federal government staff.
• The aim of the asistance is to comply with UNDP's mandate to build, and promote national capacity regarding sustainable development.
• The inclusion of nine female FNC members has helped create a valuable entry point for the inclusion of gender as a core value of the programme.
• The initiatives included in the plan have strengthened the strategic budgeting process and introduced performance-based budgeting across the range of federal government services.