Covid: Dubai to pick ‘best minister’ based on pandemic response

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on March 23, 2021


Criteria for nomination will have the foundation derived from a positive economic and social impacts.

The World Government Summit on Monday launched a special edition of the Best Minister Award in the world to honour leaders who have made distinguished achievements serving humanity in facing global challenges caused by the pandemic.

The award was launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Best Minister Award was launched at the fourth edition of the Summit in 2016 and awarded to four ministers from three continents in its previous chapters.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the World Government Summit organisation, said: “The pandemic has imposed unprecedented challenges on all governments around the world, forcing them to reshuffle their priorities, plans, and methods of work, and to take quick and timely decisions to keep pace with the changes and mitigate the risks and consequences of this global pandemic.”

“More than a year since the pandemic, governments cannot continue working in traditional ways. They will need to focus on enhancing their readiness for future challenges by adopting innovative concepts and being proactive in all work fields,” he added.

“The evaluation criteria for the award nomination will have the foundation derived from a positive economic and social impacts, achievements, and measurable results the nominee has achieved during his or her tenure, the level of innovation, creativity and leadership in the initiatives and programmes launched by the nominee,” explained Al Gergawi. UAE ministers, however, will be excluded from the nominations.

The evaluating committee will include a selection of experts from international organisations, academia and the private sector, with efforts led by the World Government Summits Knowledge Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Rami Nazer, global advisory government and public services leader at PwC, said: “In these unprecedented times, governments that have set a clear plan to navigate this crisis are better prepared to anticipate, respond, manage and recover from this and future crises. The World Government Summit provides a unique global platform for government and non-government leaders to openly engage and explore our common and very much interdependent future.”

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