A number of executive managers from Abu Dhabi government have graduated from a program for the governance of leaders organized by the University of Civil Service in Singapore, affiliated to the Singaporean Cabinet. 30 executive managers from 16 countries attended the program were selected from among at least a hundred leaders.
The program was held in coordination between the Center of Excellence of the Secretariat of the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi and the Singaporean university. Abu Dhabi government was represented by Dr. Adeeb Al-Afifi, Director of Foreign Trade and Export Support at the Department of Economic Development, and Mr. Ghobash Saqr Ghobash, Director of Executive Affairs of the Secretariat of the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi. Both were awarded a certificate from His Highness Mr. Teo Hean, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
Dr. Adeeb Al-Afifi stated that among the targets of the Leaders' Governance Program is to closely review the successful experience of the Singaporean government in operating policies and enforcing laws that contribute to the boom of the private sector, which is now performing a considerable role in the economic development of Singapore.
He indicated that the program enabled participants to be acquainted with the executive measures approved by the Singaporean government in order for Singapore to be promoted from an underdeveloped country in 1960 to an advanced country that today relies on technology industrial creativity.
Al-Afifi added that the program also incorporated discussions ideas where light was shed on possible solutions during the dialogues conducted between leaders from 16 underdeveloped advanced governments from various parts of the world. Having explored the successful development experiences of other counties, they came to significant conclusions results, highlighting a number of issues obstacles hindering the plans strategies of development.
For his part, Mr. Ghobash Saqr pointed out that those executive mangers were successful during the seven-day course in holding discussions with Singaporean state officials in an open dialogue for at least two hours. The dialogue centered on the most prominent promotion development measures undertaken by Singapore, in a bid to derive benefits from the successful experiences and compare them to the status-quo in Abu Dhabi.
He indicated that among the Singaporean state officials who participated in the program were His Highness Mr. Teo Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Security and Interior, His Highness Mr. Lam Long, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Justice, His Highness Mr. Lan Hean, Deputy Minister of Civil Service, His Highness Mr. Oung Hai, Assistant Deputy Minister of Social Development, His Highness Mr. Tan Haw, Deputy Minister of National Development, and His Highness Mr. Hang Haw, Assistant Deputy Minister of the International Association of Companies.
Gobash stated that such open dialogues have also touched upon present and future international economic social obstacles hindering the performance of governments as well as the private sector, highlighting proper realistic solutions to overcome them through the implementation of internationally acknowledged governance policies.
To let government leaders review major development projects carried out by the Singaporean government over the past four decades, field visits were paid to large projects that back economic social development in Singapore, most prominent of which were the Authority of Urban Planning, an authority responsible for selling lands to foreign investors, and the Land Transport Authority, an authority undertaking the development of infrastructure of roads, trains and buses, now becoming one of the latest and best means of international transportation. Visits were also paid to the GTC Authority, which undertakes the promotion supervision of the best five sectors attracting direct foreign investments in the sectors of aviation technology, space, logistics, and medical substances.