SLC and MBRSG launch “Legislative Process in Dubai”
UAE, October 3, 2016 - In coordination with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), the Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC), the entity regulating the drafting and review of legislation in the Emirate of Dubai, will conduct a training programme entitled ‘The Legislative Process in Dubai: Principles and Practices.’ The programme aims to develop the legislative process at the level of Dubai Government entities; ensure sound understanding by local Government entities of the Dubai laws and other legislation and how they promote the strategies and policies of the Emirate, and raise awareness of the SLC’s role in this regard. The programme, which will be conducted four times over two years, starting this year, is particularly designed for legal professionals involved in preparing and drafting legislation at 50 local Government entities.
The first edition of the programme will be held from October 4 to 6, 2016 at the MBRSG headquarters under the supervision of the SLC legal experts and advisors. This programme is in implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the MBRSG and the SLC. The objective of the MoU is to provide integrated training programmes with a view of achieving the SLC’s ultimate goal of increasing awareness of the importance of the rule of law in the development of nations.
The objectives of the SLC training programme include the preparation and implementation of integrated workshops to assist Government entities in drafting more efficient and effective local legislation through standardising the legislation-drafting processes, based on research and best practices, that further the Emirate’s development policies and strategies. The programme covers a wide range of topics, from the requirements of filing legislation proposals to the actual drafting processes, including principles of legal drafting and practical drafting exercises.
To help drive Dubai’s development process through adopting the international legislative best practices, the programme, based on a comprehensive study, has been designed to introduce participants to the recognised methods and techniques for preparing and drafting legislation in line with the Emirate’s policies and strategies. The programme will also cover topics related to the actual legislative practices in Dubai focusing on ways of developing the legislative processes and standardising legislation-drafting rules and procedures with a view to issuing legislation that is consistent with the Dubai development plans.
H.E. Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, SLC’s Secretary General, said: “This training programme is part of a series of training programmes designed to establish the rule of law as a pillar of our nation’s development. Such programmes are aimed to enhance the capabilities of the Dubai Government employees involved in the legislative processes. This programme underscores our role as an active partner and contributor to the development plans of the Emirate. We aim to reach 100 legal professionals from 50 local Government entities, making sure that all relevant topics, including the standards, principles, and rules for drafting legislation are aligned with the Government’s development strategies and policies. We are happy to be collaborating with the MBRSG to develop the Dubai’s legislative process.”
On his part, H.E. Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of the MBRSG’s, said: “We, at the MBRSG, consistently strive to forge new strategic partnerships with various public and private entities in support of the UAE’s shift to knowledge-based economy and efforts to modernise government services. Based on our achievements in terms of human capacity building with our partner institutions, we are confident that our alliance with the SLC will positively affect all participants in the new training program, especially with regard to promoting the basic concepts of leadership and how to implement such concepts in their respective entities.”
“Our MoU with SLC aims to further improve government sector performance and public administration in the UAE and the rest of the Arab World. The MBRSG seeks to prepare the country’s future leaders in line with our commitment to governance and public policy to achieve the UAE’s vision for sustainable development,” H.E. Al Marri added.
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The programme participants are expected to obtain the relevant professional skills and competencies, including effective legislation drafting strategies, avoiding common mistakes in the preparation of legislation proposals, as well as in-depth understanding of the role of legislation in promoting Government strategies and policies.