Dubai: The UAE delegation has been welcomed by Ms. Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, in an official visit to Belgrade facilitated by the Government Experience Exchange Program.
The discussions focused on the progress of bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Serbia in government modernization and development efforts.
The UAE delegation, led by Mr. Mohamed bin Taliah, Chief of Government Services of the UAE Government, included members from the Government Services Sector team and the Government Experience Exchange Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs.
Mr. Bin Taliah emphasized that the visit to Serbia was in line with the UAE government’s ongoing commitment to enhancing global partnerships in government modernization.
This commitment involves following the progress of collaborative efforts with friendly nations in projects aimed at enhancing services and fostering the adoption of innovation and advanced technology to elevate customer experiences.
The UAE delegation has engaged in a series of meetings with Serbian government officials during the visit. They also paid a visit to the smart police station in Serbia, which aimed to leverage the expertise in the sector. The delegation also met with Mr. Mihailo Jovanović, Minister of Information and Telecommunications, to discuss progress in work and preparations for launching an e-government service center in Belgrade.
Additionally, a meeting was held with Ms. Jelena Begović, Minister of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation, during which opportunities for boosting cooperation in various aspects of government modernization were explored.
Mr. Bin Taliah participated in a dialogue session within Serbia’s Biotech Future Forum, joined by Ms. Jelena Begović. The session, moderated by Mr. Walter Pasquarelli, Manager within the Tech & Society team at Economist Impact, explored UAE government strategies and best practices for advancing innovation in emerging technology.
The forum, organized by the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Serbia, was intended to create an environment supportive of biotechnology growth by offering a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and innovative ideas in the field.
Government Experience Exchange Program
In May 2022, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance oversaw the signing of the bilateral cooperation agreement in government modernization between the UAE and Serbia.
This agreement focuses on 13 key areas of cooperation to enhance readiness for the future and devise innovative solutions to challenges. These include smart and digital government services, digital economy, science and innovation, government capacity building, government accelerators, business incubators, creative industries, tourism, education, coding, artificial intelligence, government media, and the Expo 2020 experience.
Since its start, the partnership has seen the completion of approximately 138 workshops and meetings and the training of over 2,600 employees through more than 6,000 hours of practical training.
The Government Experience Exchange Program aims to establish a model for global cooperation in developing government work, identifying challenges faced by governments amidst rapid technological advancements, and creating new strategies to keep pace with them.
These efforts enable governments to leverage these advancements in shaping future opportunities and share the UAE’s wealth of successful experiences in government administration with countries worldwide.