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Dialogue on future of innovation in government work looks at shift towards innovation-based services over next year

In line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the National Innovation Strategy, the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation organized a dialogue entitled ‘The future of innovation in government work’ to support the government’s efforts to shift towards innovation-based services over the next year.

The dialogue, at the headquarters of the center in Dubai, was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and a number of ministers and deputy ministers and about 200 dignitaries and government leaders.

The session was part of innovation dialogues organized by the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation to promote a culture of innovation and enable the public sector to achieve a radical shift in its functioning.

The session included a presentation by global expert Dr. Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), who explained the importance of innovation in future governments, citing a number of leading international experiences.

Dr. Mulgan commended the steps taken by the UAE to prepare future generations of young talents in the field of innovation by providing them the right tools and data as well as the necessary facilities.

He said: that “The UAE is qualified to be one of the best countries in the world in the field of innovation as it enjoys leadership and government support which are vital to development of innovation.” Dr. Mulgan added: “Currently, governments around the world are facing a series of challenges, particularly in terms of developing and adapting the best methods in the provision of innovative services to their citizens. Productivity is also a major challenge as governments struggle to provide better services.”

Huda Al Hashemi, Executive Director at Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation, said the dialogue embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the National Innovation Strategy. Al Hashemi added that the center has been organizing a series of training sessions, workshops and innovation labs to achieve the goals of the National Innovation Strategy and thereby support the public sector in transforming its service delivery mechanism.

Al Hashemi said: “The innovation dialogue focuses on making innovation as the driving force in government development and action, especially in the provision of services. The rapid technological developments highlight the importance of these meetings in developing a common national action on innovation.”

The innovation dialogue has organized periodic sessions based on two pillars; the first involving sessions hosting experts and speakers from across the globe focused on innovation in services, open data, future trends and provision of stimulating environment. These sessions also review aspects such as international best practices, the importance of human capital, the role of technology, nurturing of promising talent, and the importance of innovation in creating comprehensive and sustainable development.

The second pillar in the innovation dialogue includes a series of sessions organized periodically at the national level to stimulate innovation based on the National Innovation Strategy and in areas such as renewable energy, transport, health, education, technology, water and space. The sessions host top level experts and leaders at the national level to share their experiences and visions about future of government work based on innovation.