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DUBAI, 28th September, 2022 (WAM) -- The Governments of the UAE and Spain explored ways to boost bilateral partnership, strengthen collaboration, and share successful experiences in governmental work in a virtual meeting titled "Cooperation between UAE and Spain in Areas of Government Experiences Exchange".

The meeting was attended by Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and the Government Experience Exchange Programme Team on behalf of the UAE Government, and the Government of Spain was represented by Francisco Martin Aguirre, Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Government of Spain, and Inigo de Palacio Espana, Ambassador of Spain to the UAE.

The meeting, held as part of the efforts of the two governments to activate the MOU of cooperation and strategic partnership signed last February, aimed at sharing leading experiences in government work, exchanging and advancing experiences and development-oriented ideas, and discovering more opportunities in light of the shared aspirations of the leaderships of the two countries to promote the UAE-Spanish Partnership, and leverage the combined unique capabilities and expertise of the two states.

Lootah reiterated the UAE government's keenness to strengthen its global partnerships and share its successful experiences, reflecting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to empower governments and improve their future readiness.

"The UAE Government pursues a knowledge- and leadership-exchange strategy to improve government operations. We look forward to enhancing bilateral collaboration with Spain and building on the memorandum of cooperation and partnership between the two governments to boost efforts to exchange ideas and development-related insights. Our aim is to enhance performance and support efforts to shape the future, which would positively impact government activity in the two states and support initiatives to better the lives of citizens," Lootah added.

For his part, Aguirre said, "In February, President Sanchez travelled to the UAE to attend the opening of the Spanish Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai. It was the first time a Spanish president visited the United Arab Emirates since 2011. This visit was crucial to strengthen the ties between our two countries and I believe the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed is a step forward to consolidate the strategic partnership between UAE and Spain."

He added, "Accountability and government performance are key objectives to both our governments and so this seminar underlines the relevant position it has in our structures, by being located in the centres of government at the top of the decision-making system. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to discuss and share our experiences."

"I am proud to share with the UAE our experience with Cumpliendo, 'Meeting our commitments'. It is a ground-breaking, peer-reviewed methodology that includes tracking of commitments and open data, and the first national-level, systematic, approach to accountability of the Government of Spain. Our commitment to transparency and accountability is long lasting, therefore this forum is an outstanding opportunity our work to become known," Aguirre concluded.

The MoU signed by the UAE and Kingdom of Spain governments under the "Government Experience Exchange Programme" scope includes five major areas, management, decision-making, transparency, women empowerment, and accountability mechanisms.

The meeting touched upon the importance of fostering collaboration and exchanging knowledge and best practices in government work by identifying work experiences, models, and best government practices developed by the two countries, learning more ways to boost performance and productivity, and achieving sustainable development in the vital fields to provide the best services and shape a better future.

The UAE government representatives highlighted the Spanish Government's significant experience in national priorities and increasing openness. The UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071 were also discussed, besides sharing the UAE's initiatives and projects, the country's experience in government development, the UAE government performance management ecosystem, and the journey of government accelerators.

In February 2022, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain, signed several agreements and MoUs to strengthen bilateral collaboration in several priority areas. The agreements signed included an MoU on cooperation between the two states, signed by Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future, and Jose Albares Bueno, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, and Cooperation.

Launched by the UAE Government, the Government Experience Exchange Programme aims to strengthen international collaborations for the exchange of knowledge and effective practices in government work, to shape the future and devise proactive solutions to tackle future challenges.

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