DUBAI, 28th July, 2018 (WAM) — The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority,FCSA, has signed a memorandum of understanding,MoU, with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, to build a strategic relationship to support the United Nations 2018 World Data Forum, to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in October 2018. More than 1,500 leaders, decision makers, experts and specialists in the field of data and statistics from around the world will attend the event.
The MoU was signed by Abdullah Nasser Lootah, FCSA Director General, and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the UN World Data Forum 2018, and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, in the presence of senior officials of both organisations.
Abdullah Lootah said: “Energy sustainability and efficiency improvement is one of the key sustainable development goals. Underlining its visionary leadership, the UAE has adopted a long-term strategy to promote this goal and reduce that nation’s dependence on traditional energy sources. Our nation has taken concerted initiatives to diversify energy sources and increase the contribution of clean energy to the overall mix to ensure sustainability for our future generations. The availability of accurate statistical data and information will support the development of future scientific and knowledge plans that will drive the efforts of national institutions in this field.”
“The MoU signed with DEWA will integrate the efforts of national institutions to contribute international expertise and best practices in building national capacities in statistical fields. This will help provide data that serve the objectives of the national development agenda and highlight the UAE’s leading position as one of the best countries in the world in the use of data and information to achieve sustainable development in all fields and sectors,” he added.
“We are pleased to be the strategic partner of the UN World Data Forum, organised by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority. This underlines the position of the UAE as an ideal platform for hosting the biggest and most important conferences and forums, thanks to its robust infrastructure and capabilities to organise major events. The Forum will be an opportunity to discuss the growing importance of data for governments around the world and the need to develop ways for collecting and processing data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. We are sponsoring this international forum because we believe in the important role data and statistics play in building smart cities and promoting the transformation towards a knowledge-based economy by encouraging creativity and innovation. This is achieved by utilising data to develop innovative solutions, smart applications, and value-added services. Through Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, we are redefining the concept of a utility to create a new digital future for Dubai,”said Saeed Al Tayer.
”DEWA will disrupt the entire business of public utilities by becoming the world’s first digital utility using autonomous systems for renewable energy and its storage, expansion in Artificial Intelligence adoption, and digital services. Dubai will be the first city to provide AI-based electricity and water services. DEWA will launch a futuristic digital platform, a data hub named MORO, to improve the UAE’s digital capabilities to develop smart cities, provide state-of-the-art innovative solutions, and a successful model for Dubai and the world,” he stated.
The MoU provides for DEWA to share resources and expertise to contribute to the organising this important global gathering, which examines the impact of data and its role in achieving the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, in a way that is commensurate with the distinctive position of the UAE and its role in stimulating international cooperation to achieve development goals at global levels. The two entities will review the UAE’s leading global experience in drawing on data to shape future policies and plans in many areas, including the energy sector. They will also highlight the most prominent national projects and achievements achieved by the nation to support the global commitment to promote energy sustainability.
The two organisations will also leverage the discussions and recommendations of the forum and benefit from international expertise to build the competencies of national talent, improve their skills and develop their expertise in statistical fields to deploy them in the development of plans, visions and common policies that serve the achievement of development goals at the local level, including the objectives of the National Agenda for Vision 2021 and the UAE Plan 2071.
The MoU will leverage the activities of the global forum, which is hosted by the UAE to consolidate its position and leading role in building bridges of cooperation and establishing effective partnerships for data exchange and promoting its optimal use to achieve the goals of sustainable development 2030.
The UN World Data Forum 2018 will provide an opportunity to network with organisations, companies, institutions, universities, as well as experts, specialists, and data workers from around the world.
The forum will be attended by leaders of data, and a large number of officials from government and business sectors, who will take part in specialized discussion sessions in establishing a scientific environment to enhance the contribution of data and statistics to achieving the goals of sustainable development 2030.