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Reem Al Hashemi: Accurate Data Boosts UAE’s Competitiveness

Image: H.E. Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation Affairs and Chairman of the National C

Image: H.E. Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation Affairs and Chairman of the National Committee on the Sustainable Development

The Higher Committee for Coordination of Statistical Work held its first meeting for 2020 with the participation of the National Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals.


H.E. Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation Affairs and Chairman of the National Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals expressed her pleasure to meet the members of the Higher Committee for Coordination Statistical Work. 


H.E. Reem Al Hashemi emphasized the importance of consolidating all the efforts to provide accurate and up-to-date data that contribute to boosting the UAE’s competitiveness in sustainable development dossiers. 


“The statistical work system necessitates realizing integration in all aspects of the statistical work and data collection. It is highly important to have a common understanding of the work mechanism to be implemented in the next stage, to achieve the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership in the field of sustainable development, and to proceed with a steady pace towards achieving the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071,” Al Hashmi said.  


She added: “It is a must that we exert more efforts in the field of providing data, enhancing and boosting partnerships between the government and local entities and the private sector. We have to have a mutual benefit of the immense volume of data, knowledge, and experience in the manner that serves the best interests of the important initiatives and projects designed to support statistical work and to pave the way to realize SDGs in UAE.” 


H.E. Reem Al Hashemi took the opportunity to extend her appreciation to the national statistics centers for the dedicated efforts they exerted to provide data and boost up the UAE’s competitiveness in various global competitiveness reports. 


“Today, UAE becomes a role model for developing strategies to achieve SDGs. We are looking forward, through this meeting, to unifying the efforts of all statistics entities to identify solutions to the challenges we have and to turn them into realistic development opportunities.” 


H.E. Reem Al Hashemi concluded her statement by stressing out that everyone should spare no effort to contribute to placing UAE among the developed countries and providing a better future for present and future generations.


Advocating Initiatives


Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Dubai Statistics Center, put an accent on the importance of holding the meeting. He stated: “It is necessary to realize integration in all aspects of the statistical work system. We also should ensure flawless data flow and have a mutual understanding of the work mechanism through cooperation among all the UAE statistics entities.” 


He added that holding such a meeting with the participation of the members of the National Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals reflects the interest of the UAE wise leadership attaches to promoting initiatives and partnerships that serve the best interests of SDGs. “This meeting sheds a spotlight on the importance of joint action, harnessing innovative solutions, and taking advantage of data revolution with sights always set to achieve the SDGs Agenda 2030.” 


On his part, Abdullah Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Acting Director-General of the Statistics Center - Abu Dhabi affirmed SCAD is committed to implementing SDGs. 


He stated: “This meeting has substantial importance as a weighty opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss best practices in the field of sustainability. Also, it is a chance to highlight the vital role of statistical data in supporting the journey of sustainability, to identify the best means of taking advantage of statistical data, as well as to improve its quality, facilitate access to such data, and to direct them to contributes to the progress and prosperity of the UAE and the world as a whole.”


Al Suwaidi added: “The United Nations, along with the countries endorsed the Global Sustainability Agenda 2030, has recognized the importance of providing data and statistics of development indicators, such as the unified criterion on identifying efforts exerted to achieve SGDs. Therefore, all countries that strive to achieve their development goals are committed to provide and ensure accessibility to the most recent sustainability figures and data.” 




Dr. Hajar Al Hubaishi, Executive Director of the Ajman Statistics and Competitiveness Center, stated that the meetings of the Higher Committee for Coordination of Joint Statistical Work are held as part of the general framework of the process of developing and implementing statistical work mechanisms in UAE. 


She went on to say: “This could be achieved through coordination and integration among all official statistics entities, government authorities and private sector institutions bearing in mind ensuring the smooth flow of data effectively and consistently.” 




In his turn, Humaid Rashid Al Shamesi, Secretary-General of Umm Al Quwain Executive Council, emphasized that the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain is committed to coordinate and collaborate with the national statistics entities. 


He stated: “We are committed to supporting all statistics entities to ensure the optimal use of data and the best methods of collecting and analyzing them while focusing on supporting the statistical work system in UAE. It is also important to implement the best practices in this vital sector and to take advantage of methodologies designed to support sustainable development to achieve the directions of the UAE government.” 




Najwa Yaqoob, Executive Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Center for Statistics and Studies, indicated that there is a need to establish partnerships in the field of statistical work to serve the ultimate goal of supporting the implementation of SDGs. 


She said: “This meeting is one of the effective channels of communication with strategic partners to contribute to the pursuit of achieving SDGs. Additionally, it is important to develop the appropriate statistical mechanisms to harness innovation for achieving sustainable development, which is a catalyst for achieving growth in many other vital sectors.” 




Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Director of the Fujairah Statistics Center, stated: “This meeting gained additional importance as it is held to boost up the position of statistics in the journey of implementing sustainable development.” 


He went on to say that the UAE wise leadership shows an immense interest and care for the statistical sector due to the significant and active role it plays in designing policies, decision-making processes, and contributing to the progress of development projects. 




Abdullah Naser Lootah, Director-General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and Vice-Chairman of the National Commission on Sustainable Development Goals said: “Our work in the Higher Committee for Coordination of Statistical Work and the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals focuses on highlighting the importance of data and statistics in achieving the indicators of the UAE National Agenda that contribute to achieving SDGs 2030. We also strive hard to boost up achievements and adopt innovation as a work style to realize the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071.”