SLC discusses future plans and major achievements in first 2019 meeting
The General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) has achieved remarkable progress in enhancing its performance and in boosting the level of general satisfaction of government entities. In a latest review of the SLC major achievements of 2018, the general satisfaction level stood at 87.1 per cent, with a huge increase in the number of pieces of local and federal legislation finalised in 2018, totaling 67 and 26, respectively.
The SLC achievements were discussed during the SLC’s first meeting of 2019, chaired by Issa Abdul Fattah Kazem, SLC Vice Chairman, in the presence of Ahmad bin Meshar, SLC Secretary General, and SLC members Yusuf Hassan Al Mutawa, Abdul Qader Musa Mohammed, Abdullah Kleib Al Tuniji, Khalid Hassan Mubasheri, Mohammed Saif Al-Mabbali, and Omar Al Fejeer Al Muhairi.
The meeting discussed the SLC’s agenda and action plan for the upcoming period. It also reviewed the SLC performance in 2018, which included signing a total of 79 agreements, treaties, and memoranda of understanding, completing the review and audit of 165 pieces of legislation, translating 135 pieces of legislation, processing 49 requests for legal advice and opinion, and distributing 8,767 copies of the Official Gazette in hard and electronic format. The number of government entities audited during the past year by the SLC reached 15. This involved a major smart transformation development through the launch of a series of qualitative initiatives, including the paperless office movement, smart attendance, e-support system, legislative audit system, and the launch of the new Dubai Legislative Portal.
H.E. Ahmed bin Meshar, SLC Secretary General, said: “We are proud of our continuous achievements which encourage us to maintain our coordination and cooperation with government entities and to develop the legislative and legal systems to help the government achieve its objective of ensuring a prosperous and tolerant environment, highly educated generations, and equal economic opportunities for all. This is in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said: ‘The government of the UAE is the government of achievements, and the more our achievements, the higher the ceiling of our ambitions. Our strong performance places a huge responsibility on us to continue launching pioneering projects and initiatives that will pave the way for a promising legislative future that places Dubai in a leading global position as a city of the future.”
Bin Meshar stressed that the first meeting of the SLC was an opportunity to highlight 2018 achievements, which reflects the high level of confidence of government entities in the SLC. He noted that the SLC remarkable performance and positive results were the outcome of ongoing efforts to create an advanced legislative system in line with Dubai’s strategic vision to become a leading city of the future, and to promote sustainable and balanced government legislation that supports the emirate’s ambitious development plans.
He also pointed out the importance of planning, developing, and implementing significant projects that lead to the development of the legislative processes and the legal system based on the concepts of excellence, innovation, and transparency, with a view to ensuring the proper application of legislation and establishing the rule of law as a founding principle in Dubai and the UAE.
SLC members were also briefed on achievements in the area of enhancing knowledge and legislative training through a series of meetings, workshops, and training programmes for the support and development of qualified human resources. These activities support the vision of the SLC to issue legislation that addresses and anticipates present and future needs. The activities included an introductory meeting with government entities titled ‘Compliance with Legislation – a Government Objective’; a workshop titled ‘Standards of Legislative Audit and Publication of Regulatory Resolutions in the Official Gazette’; an introductory workshop for the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children; a training workshop on trade tax for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Finance employees; and participation in the ‘Future Trip Program 2018’.
The meeting highlighted the legislation that the SLC has prepared and issued in coordination with concerned government entities, including the ‘Law Concerning Management of the Human Resources of Local Paramilitary Personnel of the Emirate of Dubai” issued in cooperation with the Dubai Paramilitary Human Resources Committee; and the ‘Government of Dubai Human Resources Management Law” published in Braille in collaboration with Tamkeen Centre of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai. The meeting also shed light on the ‘Leadership in Legislative Work’ function; the ‘10X Programme’; and the ‘Legislative Plan’.