A high-level delegation from Singapore's Civil Service College (CSC) Saturday visited the offices of the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia) to exchange experiences in the implementation of job nationalization programmes. The delegation was
received by Matar H. Al Tayer, UAE's Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Chairman of Tanmia's Board of Trustees.
The delegation was led by Mr. Teo Chang Seng Eddie, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office and Chairman of CSC. Other members of the delegation were Mr. Yam Ah Mee, Deputy Secretary, Public Service Division (PMO) and
Dean & CEO of CSC; Ms Yeoh Chee Yan Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Community Development and Sports; Mr Veluthevar Kanaga Rajan Former Ambassador to Egypt, UAE and Jordan; Mr. Tan Tian Hong Deputy Director, CSCI and Mr. Neo Poh Ling Manager, CSCI.
Welcoming the delegation, Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Director General, Tanmia, said: "This visit has high significance for Tanmia because Singapore passed through a similar experience in labour imbalance that the UAE is facing
today. The Singapore Government adopted a model that has become highly successful in bringing about an equilibrium in the labour market through carefully planned and aggressively implemented strategies."
"Tanmia faces the challenge of implementing Emiratisation programmes without disrupting the tempo of economic development in the UAE. This needs a cautious but firm approach. We feel the Singapore experience can provide us with proven solutions which we can then tailor to meet our requirements," added Dr. Al Awar. "We are very pleased to welcome the officials from CSC and look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship between us."
Mr. Teo Chang Seng Eddie, leader of the delegation, said: "Managing and rationalising the job market has become a tough mission for emerging economies. While liberal business environment helps bring in fresh investment, it
does not always provide job opportunities for the local inhabitants. The UAE is going through such a phase where the nationals are faced with unemployment. We would be more than happy to share the Singapore experience with Tanmia
to enable it to achieve its goals of providing employment to UAE nationals."
The visit of the CSC assumes high significance because among the measures suggested by Tanmia for increasing job opportunities for UAE nationals is setting up of a national productivity organization based on the Asian
model. A Tanmia study has revealed that between 1985 and 1995 labour productivity in the UAE declined by 34.6 per cent, implying that the employment increase of 619,753 persons in the non-oil sector did not produce proportionate
growth in the value added to the output.
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