While taking countless efforts to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, UAE is also planning for a future free from it. In a virtual cabinet meeting chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the ministers came together to discuss a national post-Covid-19 strategy.
This comprehensive development plan will serve short-term as well as long-term in boosting the country’s overall economic activity and aiding the medical sector to prepare for a future without the coronavirus. “Our national priorities need to be reviewed to cope with the post-Covid-19 world,” said Sheikh Mohammed on Sunday, May 3. “Our financial and human resources need to be redirected to strengthen our medical, food and economic security through new programmes and projects.”
Adding: “Preparation for the post-Covid-19 is the preparation for a new future that no one expected just months ago.”
In line with this strategy, Sheikh Mohammed ordered an emergency plan to be put in place, as part of which the cabinet has formed a new task force under the Ministry of Economy to look after the “productivity and competitiveness” of the UAE’s medical sector. “New teams are required to work faster, more thoroughly and more responsively to the fast-changing daily developments,” Sheikh Mohammed said of the task force. It will also be expected to observe the effect of the pandemic on various other sectors and draft plans to help them overcome the crisis and meet the challenges of the future. Intensive government meetings will be held regularly in order to discuss these new changes and asses the development goals and agendas for the upcoming period. “A whole new world is waiting for us and this new world needs new tools and new priorities. Our country will be ready and we will recover very soon,” added Sheikh Mohammed.
While this strategy takes care mainly of the economic and medical sectors, a national security draft law is set to develop the modern agriculture sector in our country. Recently approved by the UAE cabinet chaired by Sheikh Mohammed, a team headed by the UAE’s minister of state for food security and members of the public and private sector will use technology to expand UAE’s food production.