By Andrew Sambidge
Private sector employers encouraged to share Emiratisation experience.
A forum will take place in Abu Dhabi on Monday aimed at promoting the employment of Emiratis in the private sector.
The Emiratisation Employer Forum takes place at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar, Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research.
Presented by the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC) and organised by the Abu Dhabi University, the forum is seeking to encourage employers from the private sector to share their Emiratisation experiences and help shape public policy on issues "that will strengthen Emirati employment in the country", according to a statement.
Forum organisers said they hope to "provide a platform for private employers and government representatives to discuss successful implementation of Emiratisation policies", adding that it would give officials the chance to meet the human resource requirements of the private sector.
Forum speakers include Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki, general manager of ADTC, and Mohammed Omar Abdullah, undersecretary, Department of Economic Development (DED).
It is the latest move by the UAE to improve efforts to integrate more Emiratis into the private sector. Last year, UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the establishment of the Emirates National Competitiveness Council (ECC), under the chairmanship of Mohammed al-Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs.
The ECC's tasks include special projects to improve the education sector, infrastructure and human capital as well as initiatives relating to the integration of Emiratis into the private sector workforce.
It will be interesting to see how this forum presents the recent 70% pay increase for Emirati only government employees, backdated to February 2009. I wonder how this will stimulate the Emirati's to abandon Government jobs in favour of the private sector. How will this move make the Emirati population more affordable for private sector companies to employ them.
Can you please share with us the happenings at the forum and the inferences that came out from the discussions.