Revealed: who will run the UAE's new Ministry of Possibilities

Sheikh Mohammed says four ministers in the UAE government have been tasked with managing the Ministry of Possibilities
Revealed: who will run the UAE's new Ministry of Possibilities
The virtual ministry will address pressing national portfolios and build future government systems while also cutting waiting times for government services.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 25 Apr 2019 04:30 PM

Four ministers in the UAE government have been tasked with the initial managing the new Ministry of Possibilities, it was announced on Thursday.

Every minister will handle a portfolio within the ministry, according to a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Prime Minister, Vice President and Dubai Ruler.

They will be led by Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, who will be joined by Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs.‎

Sheikh Saif has been assigned the Ministry's Department of Behavioural Rewards; Al Tayer will be tasked with the Department of Government Procurement; Al Kaabi has been assigned the Department of UAE Talent and Al Roumi the Department of Anticipatory Services.

Other ministers will be asked to take roles in the future, Sheikh Mohammed added.

The UAE on Tuesday unveiled the new branch of government, a Ministry of Possibilities, with Sheikh Mohammed saying the "unconventional" ministry would function with input from the cabinet.

He said the virtual ministry will address pressing national portfolios and build future government systems while also cutting waiting times for government services.

Among their first responsibilities, the ministry will build an e-platform to facilitate government purchases, shortening the process from 60 days to 6 minutes and discover talent in UAE children.

The Ministry of Possibilities will oversee the Department of Behavioural Rewards in the first phase.

The department will bring together a team from different ministries and public entities to develop an approach for incentivising positive behavior through a point-based "rewards" system.

Individuals will be able to collect points that can be used in payments for government services.

The department will also develop a list of positive behaviours with a measurement system that will calculate points and rewards.

The Ministry's Department of UAE Talent will create a nurturing environment to empower Emiratis to be part of the country’s journey and contribute to designing the future.

The department will develop tools to identify talent of all ages and from all social segments and create innovative channels to enable citizens to develop their skills and talent for the service of their country.

It will create a framework for talent development and analysis, create an evaluation mechanism and collaborate with companies to provide necessary support.

The Department of Government Procurement aims to develop a radically new approach for government procurement that will make procurement faster and more accessible, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The department aims to create an easy-to-use government procurement platform based on the latest developments in digital markets that will help promote SMEs and improve government cost effectiveness.

In 2016, the UAE created ministries of happiness and tolerance.

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