Sheikh Mohammed marks 10 years being Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE
- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum marked 10 years of being the vice president and prime minister of the UAE
- 52 national key performance indicators should be met by 2021
- Achievements currently stand at 62 per cent, 38 per cent of the indicators have not been effectively achieved yet
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has completed ten years of being the vice president and prime minister of the country.
Marking the occasion, he addressed the government and the nation, highlighting the some of the achievements reached, in different sectors, by the country’s numerous teams and departments.
Here are the highlights, in Sheikh Mohammed’s own words.
Our economy has doubled in the past 10 years, from a GDP of AED663 billion to AED1,360 billion.
Our non-oil petroleum exports have increased from AED113 billion when I assumed Office to AED603 billion (including free zone trade) in the past year.
The economic contribution of the non-petroleum sector has increased from 66 per cent to some 77 per cent today.
Public sector contribution
The public sector’s contribution to GDP has grown from AED23 billion ten years ago to AED86 billion currently.
We have seen a major growth in our competitiveness, from being the world’s 32nd most competitive economy to the 16th.
Foreign direct investment has seen a sharp increase from AED179 billion to AED410 billion in the past ten years, while our banks’ total assets has increased from AED859.6 billion to AED2,478.2 billion.
Our expenditure on the health sector has increased from AED1.18 billion when I first assumed office to more than AED3.82 billion currently. The number of doctors has increased from 10,000 to more than 17,000.
In education, we have increased public sector expenditure by 57% to reach AED9.75 billion annually.
The number of accredited programs in UAE universities has grown from 206 to 862.
The rate of kindergarten enrolment has grown to 93%, making UAE among the highest globally.
The rate of high school graduation has also reached 93%, which also makes us among the highest globally as well.
Throughout the past ten years, the UAE launched systems to track and improve the performance of services, inaugurated new government agencies, started strategic planning and government service improvement programmes, and focused on electronic and Smart government initiatives.
It also installed Indicators for the UAE’s National Agenda: 52 national key performance indicators in education, health, housing, society, infrastructure, economy, environment, security, justice and safety, among others. All of these are aimed at being achieved by 2021, which marks the 50th anniversary of the union of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed said that a report handed to him on the achievements of these indicators reveals that they stand at 62 per cent, “which means 38 per cent of the indicators have not been effectively achieved. We only have five years remaining, a very short period in the life of a nation,” he commented.
At the mark of the ten-years anniversary, His Highness issued directives to form government teams called The National Agenda Execution Teams. These comprise 550 members of government across different departments, which will be given the responsibility of fulfilling the indicators under His Highness’s direct supervision.