His Excellency Hani Al Hamli, DEC Secretary General stated that the critical initiative launched recently by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan entitled ‘2017 as the 'Year of Giving'’ is a paradigm shift in the existing giving practices and concept in the UAE. He also said that the initiative set to promote the culture of giving back to the community and enhance the spirit of volunteering and loyalty to one’s country.
Mr. Hani said that ‘The Year of Giving’ focuses on three main pillars: the first of which aims at creating a sense of community responsibility in the private sectors to fulfil their role in serving the community and contribute in the developmental march of the country. The second pillar focuses on enhancing the spirit of volunteering and encouraging specialized volunteer programs that will effectively assist in social development and community services. The third pillar aims at instilling loyalty and commitment in the next generation to serve their country, a trait that is characteristic of Emiratis who were raised to love and serve their country.
In implementation of the directives of the UAE President, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum directed to outline a comprehensive framework to implement the Year of Giving and set out targets, draft federal and local initiatives as well as coordinate volunteer works and promote a culture of social responsibility so that individuals and institutions from the public and private sectors, be effective partners in the developmental process of the UAE.
The Secretary General pointed out that UAE is very well known for its philanthropic activities and helping the less fortunate worldwide while the people of the UAE follow in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the world-renowned philanthropist, hence, designating the year 2017 as the Year of Giving mirrors the method adopted by the UAE ever since its formation, a method based on helping others without expecting anything in return.
Concerning the public-private partnership (PPP) that the new initiative calls for, Mr. Hani said that UAE has embraced the paradigm of partnership since many years ago. He argued that PPP concept is not confined to the arrangement and collaboration between the two sectors, instead it is cited on synergies of the two sectors in the direction that improve the quality and efficiency of public services provision and hence the well-being of citizens.
The Secretary General stressed that the said initiative would open a new era in social responsibility and volunteering work, and that 2017 and the years that follow will witness a new phase of economic and social development for the welfare of Emiratis.
Mr. Hani unveiled some elements of DEC Operational Plan 2017. He said it includes a number of projects and initiatives that keep pace with the directives of the UAE wise leadership particularly in terms of PPP and social responsibility.