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WGS launches new report on ‘Improving Public Service as a Career of Choice’



DUBAI, 19th December, 2021 (WAM) — The World Government Summit (WGS) has launched a new report titled "Public Service Workforce Disrupted: Evidence for Improving Public Service as a Career of Choice Around the World", in collaboration with Accenture.

According to the report, global public services are at a pivotal moment, and the pandemic has highlighted areas where public services did well and where rapid improvements are needed. On the one hand, public agencies and departments were tested to deliver on the public mission of eradicating and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, they struggle with an increasing lack of talent availability and accessibility. What comes after the pandemic will be a crucial opportunity for fast-tracking innovations in human capital and how to enhance government employers talents.

The report indicated that governments need to address improving jobs within three main areas; employer brand, employee experience, and future skills. Governments need to be prepared for the upcoming challenges and fulfill the gaps of employee skills and the labor force in government.

The report stated that government sector needs to attract new skills from around the world and build employees capacities, which would enable governments to develop and cope with the challenges that the pandemic has brought forth. In addition, many societies globally view government as a less attractive and a slower-paced sector; studies showed that government is the lowest recommended sector by employees. This hinders the amount of highly qualified individuals applying for government offers.

Furthermore, governments have responded to the pandemic by adapting modern methods in the workforce. For example, they have used virtual work while applying flexible policies to meet the needs of government services.

The report further addressed the persistent challenges and pressures on public service employers, such as increasing citizens’ demands, the growing skills gap, and the low attractiveness of the public sector. It also highlighted how governments can enhance the employer and employee experiences and why it will be a crucial priority for governments in the coming years.

Moreover, the report discussed various studies, primarily the Accenture study measuring 14 industries on main motivations in the workplace along six dimensions. The six dimensions were emotional and mental, relational, physical, financial, purposeful, and employable dimensions. Public Service ranked low in every dimension across industry peers.

Mohammed Yousef Al Sharhan, Deputy Managing Director of the WGS Organisation, said, "Improving the level of performance and government work, through strategies and sharing best practices is a key priority for governments. Sharing experiences and cross-collaboration will motivate governments to develop practices that meet requirements of the future. The World Government Summit promotes the showcase of government practices to encourage and enable this collaborative learning experience."

On his part, Gianmario Pisanu, Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting at Accenture in the Middle East, said, "As governments move toward the next stage in the pandemic recovery, public service employees are trying to meet their mission with limited tools and resources." He added, "According to research, government sector is the least recommended employer among 16 industries evaluated, and yet the public sector role in supporting society and economy has never been more important. Civil servants need to reconnect with their purpose, embrace flexible ways of working, augment their capabilities with the use of technology. Now is the time for a bold transformation to improve government as a career of choice by enhancing employer brand, employee experience, and future skill-sets."

The report concludes with recommendations that the public sector should consider and lists various government-wide policies to help increase the attractiveness of working in government post-pandemic.

To view the full report, please visit the following link

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Ministry of Health authorises new ECG app with 95% accurate, instant results



DUBAI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) –The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in cooperation with ProCardio Medical Equipment Company, is showcasing at the Arab Health 2022 the latest ECG interpretation and analysis smart app, with 95% accurate and instant results.

This comes as part of the ministry's efforts to help healthcare providers and patients to use the latest innovations in reading and diagnosing the electrocardiogram (ECG) results accurately and instantly, leading to a better and faster diagnosis, especially for critical cases.

The app is now available for use in the UAE after having been licensed by the ministry's Health Regulatory Sector. The app can accurately and quickly read, analyze, and diagnose the patient's condition, which would be particularly important in dealing with critical cases, such as cardiac arrhythmia "an irregular heartbeat".

Using artificial intelligence technology, the ECG can be read and data analyzed by the paramedic teams within 10-30 seconds, whether during road accidents or at home. It can transfer the real image of the ECG reality to the hospital after analyzing it with an accuracy of up to 95%, which contributes to reducing time and effort and saving patients' lives.

The application has the ability to diagnose (45) heart diseases in less than 10 seconds, including cardiac arrhythmia, conduction disorders, myocardial infarction, ventricular and atrial hypertrophy, pericarditis, angina pectoris.

"The new project comes in line with the ministry’s efforts to attract, license, and register innovative medical products and advanced applications that support and facilitate the work of health care providers and members of society," said Dr. Amin Hussein Al-Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Health Regulation Sector. "We are also keen to promote the use of modern technology which plays a major role in producing medical and digital equipment and supplies.

Al Amiri asserted that the trend towards the use of cutting-edge technology would help enhance the country’s competitiveness by creating a legislative and investment environment keeping pace with international best practices, thus cementing the UAE's status as a global destination to attract global and digital medical companies and motivate them to open branches in the UAE.

Thanks to the UAE's success in preserving the intellectual property rights of manufacturing medical equipment and innovative medicines, the ministry seeks to encourage hundreds of international companies to choose the UAE as a regional headquarters for its logistical stock of medical and pharmaceutical products and items.

This would help support patients, the treatment system, and the medical tourism program, to attract patients from across the region to get their treatment in the UAE, Al Amiri said in conclusion.

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Crown Prince of Fujairah visits sculpture placed between the sunset and sunrise of Al Haniyah desert



FUJAIRAH, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, stressed the importance of creative arts in depicting human history and its development, building bridges of communication and tolerance between people and shaping their culture.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed paid the visit to Al Haniya desert of the Emirate of Fujairah with his children, to view the art of Italian sculptor "Jago" entitled "Look here", which was recently moved to Al Haniya desert in Fujairah.

He listened to statements about the art piece, it’s idea, and the journey of moving it from Italy to the UAE with the support of Fujairah Government. The artist conveyed his gratification the great media and society interest that the sculpture received after it was transferred from Naples, where it was exhibited previously for six months. It finally moved to its new tranquil home on the unique sands of Al Haniyah.

His Highness commended the efforts made to transfer the art installation to Al Haniyah desert in Fujairah, as this step constitutes the artistic and touristic importance of the emirate, and enhances the region’s aesthetic and biodiversity value. The sculpture also led to capturing innovative and creative expressions by the people who settled, took the time to search for it and document it through social media and art.

The sculpture, which is in the shape of the infant, attracted the attention of visitors and artists from all over the UAE. Citizens, expatriates and tourists flocked to experience the art through photography, picnics and painting workshops, which made Al Haniyah desert a trending and unique tourist destination. This unique terrain that combines mountains and desert had a new element of beauty added to it through the concept of human art expression and merging of different cultures.

The art project was launched late November of last year as a unique and innovative tourism and art experience to unveil the hidden desert of Fujairah that little was known of. The sculpture was intentionally placed at the meeting point of mountains and desert anonymously. This led to it being discovered by tourists and visitors turning it to a first of its kind tourism experience that has art, experimentation and exploration at its core. Tourists posted and tagged the newly launched official tourism social media platform @discoverFujairah.

Italian artist Jago thanked His Highness the Crown Prince of Fujairah for his support to art and artists, and for facilitating the execution of this art project and adding it to the rich culture of Fujairah. Jago expressed his happiness with the great interaction and interest the art sculpture has received from the UAE community and looks forward to future collaborations.

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COVID-19 media briefing: UAE a distinguished model of containing COVID variants



ABU DHABI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokesperson for the UAE Health Sector, said the UAE is a distinguished model of containing coronavirus (COVID-19) and its variants, thanks to the directives of its leadership.

During the UAE Government media briefing on the pandemic, she said the UAE has utilised artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse information and continue its proactive measures, which include performing extensive testing nationwide.

"The health sector is continuing its efforts to achieve community immunity, by providing vaccines to eligible categories," she added, noting 100 percent of the population have received the first dose of the vaccine while 93.73 percent are fully vaccinated.

She stressed that people's health and safety is a national priority, noting the UAE has been keen to provide vaccines and booster shots, to protect the population from the virus and its variants.

World Health Organisation (WHO) studies and research have proven those who have received COVID-19 booster shots are unlikely to get a severe infection, Dr. Al Hosani explained, urging members of the community to get the vaccine to achieve collective immunity.

She then pointed out the health sector is keen to raise the public's awareness about the pandemic and provide it with accurate and transparent information via official platforms.

"The medical sector is stressing the importance of the cooperation between all sectors and the public's adherence to adopted health protocols and precautionary measures," she said.

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