UAE President adopts UAE’s Higher Policy for Science, Technology and Innovation – Final add

ABU DHABI, 21st November, 2015 (WAM) — xxxx. Universities. Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, pointed out that the Ministry’s role in stimulating and fostering an environment for innovation, science and technology through the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks.
This involves legislation in line with international best practice, support for inventors and innovators, the ongoing modernisation of financial legislation and support for funding scientific research, R D and support for SME’s in the innovation space.
Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and member of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee stated that the Ministry will play a vital role in curricular development focusing on the development of analytical skills and defining a central role for innovation throughout the UAE’s academic institutions and policy forums. Defined areas, such as robotics sciences, would be the subject of particular focus.
Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and a member of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee stressed that the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy places the health sector as a key priority, with a focus on the development of intellectual property through innovation and partnerships with other global players in the sector.
He also emphasised a renewed focus on the development of technologies in healthcare such as stem cell research and bio-technology and outlined a number of initiatives to provide international industry leaders incentives to establish points of presence and invest in building R D resources in the UAE.
For his part, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy said that the Ministry’s initiatives related to supporting the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy include investment in a number of fields, including Masdar’s desalination programmes, innovations in cloud seeding and in water resource preservation, network management and re-use.
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, pointed out that applying the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy requires launching a group of initiatives and establishing innovative incubators to support the growth of clean energy sector in the UAE.
He stated, “We will expand Masdar’s solar energy centre and will establish and develop energy storage complexes, as well as establish incubators for clean energy technology complexes. Additionally, we are working on legislation to organise, facilitate and expand sustainable systems and apply green buildings standards as well as defining power consumption, efficiency and sustainability standards for a range of electronic appliances.
Mohammed Ahmed Al Qamzi, Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority confirmed the Authority will support the Science Technology and Innovation Policy through developing technological infrastructure, secure services management, developing the UAE’s information networks and the national customer relations management system, as well as single sign-in and big data research projects.
He said, “Some of the Authority’s initiatives in this field are supporting students studying technology and communications and investing in incubators at Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, Zayed University and Khalifa University.”
Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency confirmed the Agency will play a key role in the implementation and success of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
Al Rumaithi said, “In the space sector a set of projects and initiatives will be launched including introducing degrees in space sciences and engineering at national universities at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, introducing teaching training specialising in building awareness and focus on space sciences across the curriculum. Research projects carried out at the International Space Station (ISS) and the launch of the Space Innovation and Research Center at UAE University form a part of our comprehensive plan for the development of the UAE’s space sector.”