Hawkamah Institute Signs Agreement to Boost Government Competitiveness in Dubai

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Published February 14th, 2018 - 07:24 GMT
The agreement facilitates cooperation between the two parties in launching initiatives, projects and plans to promote governance in the UAE.
The agreement facilitates cooperation between the two parties in launching initiatives, projects and plans to promote governance in the UAE.

The Emirates Center for Government Knowledge (ECGK), an affiliate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), has signed an agreement with the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance – part of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – to boost cooperation on knowledge and management consultancy to upgrade performance across various UAE Government entities.

The agreement facilitates cooperation between the two parties in launching initiatives, projects and plans to promote governance in the UAE, raise the competitiveness of public-sector entities and institutions, and upgrade the knowledge and expertise that fall within the framework of management consulting services.

MBRSG’s Executive President His Excellency Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri said: “The Emirates Center for Government Knowledge is a source for insight and a hub for government best practices in the UAE. This agreement represents another step forward towards embedding good governance into the very fabric of government systems, in close cooperation with the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance.”

Meanwhile, ECGK Director Sarah Talib said: “Working together with the Hawkamah Institute, the Center is committed to promoting governance across various government entities, all the while ensuring these institutions are fully equipped and prepared for it in accordance with international best practice. We are looking to develop the role of management consulting and specialised training in improving institutional performance, in addition to addressing any and all obstacles that may arise in the future.”

For his part, Dr Ashraf Gamal El Din, CEO of Hawkamah, said: “Since 2006, the Hawkamah Institute has been working to improve governance practices in Arab countries, working with regulators, companies, and banks to design governance frameworks that are in line with international best practices. Through its collaboration with the Emirates Center for Government Knowledge, the Hawkamah Institute aims to improve governance by training team leaders and working with government institutions to properly implement sound practices in their respective departments.”

As per the agreement, the two parties will work to provide management consultancy services to government entities and institutions based on international best practice, in order to train human resources and exchange expertise in several areas, including administration, strategy and performance management, human resources and organisational development.

Background Information

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in May 2007, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation has since led and implemented pioneering programmes aimed at establishing Dubai and the UAE as the centre for knowledge and research.

MBRF aims to empower future generations and enable them to devise sustainable solutions to facilitate the process of knowledge and research in the Arab World. The Foundation is committed to create knowledge-based societies throughout the region by funding research projects, activities, and initiatives. It nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars which are education, entrepreneurship, and research & development.

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