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UAE and Saudi Arabia strengthen their cooperation in the development of government work

Tuesday May 21, 2019

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) received an official delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, representing several ministries and government agencies in the Kingdom, and visiting the Authority to review its most important initiatives, projects as well as efforts to develop the institutional work system at the Federal Government level, and enhance the efficiency of human resources in the ministries and federal entities.

The delegation included 20 officials representing several Saudi ministries and institutions, and were welcomed by HE Dr. Abdulrahman Abdul Manan Al Awar, Director General of the Authority, HE Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of Programs and Human Resources Planning Sector, HE Ibrahim Fikri, Executive Director of Support Services Sector, and a number of sector and department directors.


HE Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, stressed the importance of the visit in strengthening  the existing cooperation between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the field of developing government work, indicating that it is part of a series of previous visits by Saudis to the country, within the framework of coordination and cooperation between the two brotherly countries, and the strategic partnership between the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources on one hand, and the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service and a number of bodies concerned with the human capital development in the Kingdom.


He said: “These meetings focus primarily on exchanging the best practices and successful experiences between the two countries in the field of developing and empowering government human resources. The Authority has briefed the Saudi delegations on the best human resources practices applied at the Federal Government level including policies, legislation, and initiatives aimed at enhancing productivity, and providing government environments conducive to talent attraction and retention.”


He praised the strong partnership between the two countries, indicating UAE’s readiness  to share its distinguished experiences and practices with various brotherly countries, especially with regard to human capital development.


Shaimaa Al Awadhi, Director of HR Information System reviewed the most important achievements of the Authority and its strategic projects under the umbrella of the Federal Government's HR Management Information System "BAYANATI", which is operated in partnership with the Ministry of Finance. She stressed the importance of BAYANATI as a vital strategic project in the country, which helps automate all human resources procedures and systems including payroll for Federal Government employees and is an important source of reference for all human resources in the Federal Government.


She also shed light on the e-Employment System, which was launched by the  Authority in 2015 as part of BAYANATI System, in order to upgrade the efficiency level and  recruitment process in the ministries and federal bodies, as well as reduce the cost. The  e-Employment System, according to Al Awadhi, has contributed to creation of an integrated network system for recruitment cycle in the ministries and federal entities through BAYANATI System, by automating all stages of the recruitment process in those entities”.


She indicated that the e-Employment System allows human resources departments in federal ministries and entities to manage the recruitment process through a network browser and simple self-service online pages, and saves much time and effort for human resources departments employees, as applicants can enter their personal data on their own.


Shaimaa Al Awadhi explained that the e-Employment System provides an integrated set of features for users such as managers and employment officials in the federal ministries and entities; employees of these entities; employment agencies, and visitors to the employment website. The most notable of such features include the ability to match employment applications, provide assessment rates for applicants, search for suitable candidates, create and manage job vacancies, advertise for vacancies, and review, invite and manage candidates, search for work, quick registration, nomination of suitable individuals for vacant jobs, apply for vacant posts, and timely communication with employment officials.


She briefed the visiting delegation on the organizational structures system launched last year by the Authority, a system that allows users to view organizational structures in their workplaces, and enables supervisors to view a diagrams showing the distribution of employees to divisions, departments and organizational units, along with their personal data and data related to performance management system.


“Organizational structures system also provides human resources departments in the ministries and federal bodies the opportunity to modify organizational structures in accordance with the issued decisions and necessary evidence, with the results directly reflected on the system”, she noted.


Lulwa Al Marzouqi, Director of Human Resources Planning Department gave a presentation on the performance management system and training & development system for the Federal Government employees and the most important training initiatives launched by the Authority. She also reviewed the Smart Goals Bank Initiative launched in 2015.


She explained that the Smart Goals Bank benefits the ministries and federal agencies operating BAYANATI System, because it acts as a package of individual performance documents for key functions at the Federal Government level which include these well-defined goals. The bank also helps to improve and standardize the formulation of goals for all support jobs, and insures the measurability of these goals.


Lulwa pointed out that Smart Goals Bank integrates with performance management system for Federal Government employees, and contributes to the establishment of a unified database for support jobs in the ministries and federal bodies.


For his part, Ali Ahli, Director of Human Resources and Services Department, CEO of Happiness and Positivity, highlighted the Authority,s experience in achieving happiness to its employees and enhancing their job satisfaction and workplace loyalty,  adding that the Authority “is well aware of the importance of providing an ideal work environment for employees, based on happiness, positivity and motivation”, as evidenced by launching several incentive initiatives to empower and delight them, increase their productivity, and develop their creativity and innovation.

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