Ministry of State for FNC Affairs Launches Initiatives to Spread Awareness, Promote ‘Culture of Political Participation’ in the UAE

Abu Dhabi, February6, 2020 – The Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) announced plans to participate in the activities of the UAE Innovation Month 2020 with a series of initiatives that drive the Ministry’s strategic goals to enhance the relation between the government and the FNC, and promote a ‘culture of political participation’ in the UAE.

The Ministry made the announcement at a workshop it had organised to launch its Month-of-Innovation initiatives at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by MFNCA Undersecretary His Excellency Tariq Hilal Lootah, and Assistant Under-Secretary for the Support Services Sector H.E. Sami bin Adi, along with officials, heads of several departments, and employees from the Ministry.

“UAE Innovation Month presents an ideal platform to channel our energies and resources towards new innovations that benefit the community,” H.E. Lootah said. “It is a national event that resonates with the UAE Government’s strategy to embed innovation into all solutions proposed to address challenges and offer best-in-class services. This, in turn, is set to achieve the objectives of the National Agenda and build a better future that meets the aspirations of both our leadership and our people, establishing the UAE as one of the best countries in the world by 2021, and propel it to the top spot on a global scale by 2071.”

“Innovation is a collaborative effort, not an individual responsibility that falls on one official or director,” H.E. continued. “It is a process that fuses expertise and skills from various sources to generate innovative ideas. We, at the Ministry of State for FNC Affairs prioritise innovation and creativity as we develop our work and pursue our objectives to enhance efficiency, collaboration, and coordination between the government and the Federal National Council, all while promoting a culture of political participation among citizens.”

“The Ministry is committed to supporting innovation in all departments,” H.E. Lootah asserted. “With that in mind, we launched a series of initiatives and activities for the UAE Month of Innovation in an effort to embed this culture in the workplace environment and contribute to building an advanced ecosystem where innovation is the basis for enhancing the UAE’s competitiveness in various sectors.”

The Ministry’s activities for UAE Innovation Month include several events organised in cooperation with government agencies and local institutions, in line with its strategy to build effective and sustainable partnerships that boost development in all sectors. These collaborations include taking part in Exhibition (50X) with the United Arab Emirates University, the Election Lab, and Dubai’s Youth Hub.

Additionally, the MFNCA will be organising several workshops during the Month of Innovation to help spark creativity among its employees. These include one session entitled ‘Organisational Innovation Management’, focusing on best practices that help create a sustainable innovative environment.

The Ministry will also be launching several training and awareness programmes, implementing advanced educational methods and modern technologies. These include a digital training programme on the culture of political participation, the map for e-voting centres, and the e-voting stage, in addition to the digital ideas management system.

The Election Lab event will also be organised in collaboration with the Dubai Youth Hub to enable young people to participate in the development of the electoral process in all its stages. It also contributes to spreading a culture of political participation, offering the youth a platform to present their opinions, proposals, and ideas for innovative mechanisms and advanced tools to develop the electoral process.

Furthermore, the Ministry’s participation in the Month of Innovation includes showcasing the initiative entitled ‘You in the Federal National Council’ – a process that simulates a visit to the Federal National Council while it is in session. Visitors can watch footage of FNC discussions and debates via virtual reality devices, with representatives from the government present.

Meanwhile, the virtual application initiative aims to educate all segments of the community about parliamentary life in the UAE, introducing them to the FNC’s processes and the efforts undertaken by of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs to enhance coordination between the legislative and executive branches of government, in order to benefit the country and its citizens.

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