UAE plans a comprehensive government reshuffle amidst COVID-19 pandemic

A comprehensive government reshuffle has been announced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on July 5 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the new reshuffle, the UAE has merged several Ministries and Departments, and has appointed new Economy and Industry Ministers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of UAE, took to his official Twitter account to announce the restructuring of the government.

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote, “Our goal from the structural changes is for a government quicker in its decision-making … an agile government, quick in solidifying the achievement of our nation.”

He also announced the creation of a Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, and named Sultan al-Jaber, head of Abu Dhabi’s national oil company ADNOC, as its Minister.

In the latest of the measures, the UAE has planned to abolish 50 percent of government service centres and convert them to digital platforms within two years. The UAE is paving way for a more agile government amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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