The Ministry of Finance held a successful "Women and Innovation" forum in Dubai on 27 August 2016. Guests at the event included Mariam Mohammad Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Management of Financial Resources, Fatima Yousef Al Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer of Innovation at MoF, Medeya Salem Al Roum, Director of Policies and Accounting Standard at MoF, Abeer Abdouly, Director of Fiscal Policy Coordination, and Samia Thani Al Hameli, Director of Financial Operations. The forum further targeted MoF’s new employees as well as students enrolled in the MoF’s scholarship programme.
The forum highlighted the UAE’s and the Ministry’s efforts to promote women’s empowerment across different fields, showcasing a session on the Ministry efforts to empower women which took participants on a journey of women’s leadership development and challenges at the Ministry. Participants also highlighted women’s success in managing the Ministry’s innovation projects, particularly the UAE Unified Financial Report, the Emirates Gate of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) reports and the Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG).
Speakers at the forum highlighted innovation and development in the federal government’s projects, and reviewed a number of rules, decisions and procedures adopted by the Ministry to regulate and manage government financial work through innovation, as well as to enhance sustainable economic development. The ‘Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation’, worth AED2 billion, is considered one of the most important government initiatives managed by MoF, facilitating funding for entrepreneurs’ innovative projects.
The forum also showcased MoF’s continuous social responsibility efforts and its continuous commitment to encourage young women, in line with its mission to achieve sustainable economic and social development. Through its Masaar scholarship programme, MoF has managed to attract a large number of Emirati students and sponsor their enrolment in finance and accounting course at prestigious, accredited universities across the country, and to further benefit from their expertise through job opportunities at the Ministry.
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