ADGM Academy, ADDA and ADSG partner to drive Abu Dhabi digital transformation strategy

ADGM Academy, ADDA and ADSG partner to drive Abu Dhabi digital transformation strategy

·         MoU to reinforce ADGM, ADDA and ADSG commitment to advancing Abu Dhabi digital transformation strategy

·         Authorities to engage in various initiatives towards improving digital literacy through development programmes across the emirate

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 29 November 2020 – The Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy (ADGMA), the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) and the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the Abu Dhabi government’s digital transformation agenda and progress the emirate’s digital literacy strategy through curated development programmes. The MoU was signed by H.E. Mohamed AbdelHameed Al Askar, Director General of the ADDA, Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei, COO of ADGM and Managing Director of the ADGM Academy, and Dr. Nama Salmeen Al Ameri, Acting General Director of the ADSG, during the fourth edition of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival. The signing ceremony was witnessed by H. E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of ADGM, and H.E Ali Rashed Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support.

Through the agreement, the ADGMA, the ADDA and the ADSG will curate and execute a series of certified digital skills programmes, in accordance with Abu Dhabi’s digital literacy strategy. The authorities will also work closely together to deliver upon Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation vision through the provision of comprehensive skillset journeys that will aim to bridge digital proficiency gaps in the market. 

H.E. Engineer Mohamed AbdelHameed Al-Askar, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, said: “As a government entity leading the digital transformation of the Abu Dhabi Government, we are pleased to be part of this agreement that aims to empower Abu Dhabi government entities employees and develop their digital skillsets.

“At ADDA, we strongly believe that delivering on our mission requires building trained human capital that are capable of absorbing and keeping pace with rapid technological developments, harnessing their digital skills, and leveraging them to provide innovative solutions that support Abu Dhabi’s digital agenda. Hence our participation in this initiative was motivated not only because of its direct benefits for the government entities’ employees, but also due to its positive implications that foster a vibrant digital society in Abu Dhabi, and sustain operational excellence to ensure the delivery of impactful results”. 

Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei, COO of ADGM and Managing Director of the ADGM Academy, said: “Our partnership with the ADDA and the ADSG is only further testament to ADGM’s unwavering commitment to foster Abu Dhabi’s digital capabilities and talent calibre. As a leading provider of financial research, training, education and literacy for Abu Dhabi and the MENA region, the ADGMA aims to serve as a catalyst for transformation in the realm of education and strives to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s ambitious digital transformation vision. Through this agreement, we look to enrich the minds of eager professionals and facilitate an exchange of knowledge on progressive subjects in service of Abu Dhabi’s progression. We are confident that the outcomes of this partnership will aid in shaping an increasingly digitally-savvy and technologically-privy generation of professionals, ultimately enabling the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to realise an agile and resilient digital future.” 

Dr Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government, said: “We are delighted to be working with ADDA and ADGM Academy, with whom we share numerous synergies, to support digital transformation within the Abu Dhabi Government. This partnership is a path to achieving the vision of our wise leadership, and a reflection of the collaborative spirit shared by Abu Dhabi Government entities who are collectively working to enhance institutional performance and prepare a capable and qualified workforce.”

“ADSG is committed to developing empowered and skilled government employees capable of navigating the challenges and opportunities of the future. Ensuring that all public sector employees are equipped with the necessary knowledge of the latest digital concepts and strategies is essential to realizing our vision and mission, as well as supporting Abu Dhabi’s transition to knowledge-based economy and society,” added Dr Alameri.

As part of the agreement, the authorities will define skillset requirements as per Abu Dhabi’s digital literacy strategy and perform a skills gap analysis to construct individual development plans and digital skills training programmes for UAE nationals. The agreement also entails the development of programme KPIs and targets, as well as the issuance of certifications and qualifications for UAE nationals who have completed skillset journeys.

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