ABU DHABI, -- While debating on the issue of international reports about the UAE on Tuesday, the Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) stressed the need for setting up a national higher committee to debunk allegations by international institutions about the UAE and compile accurate, objective reports about the UAE's compliance with and commitment to, international conventions.

The FNC said there should be government plans and programmes to follow up and measure progress in indices whereby the UAE maintained top rankings and address reasons behind the UAE's low positions in some global reports.

The house called for establishing a national data base for documenting and evaluating UAE's foreign aid and reviewing mechanisms that connect these assistance to the state's strategic interests regionally and globally.

The FNC recommendations also called for creating a national data base to gather and document information, data and statistics regarding international conventions and reports, launching programmes to promote the culture of competitiveness and setting up units for analyses of international reports to deepen understanding of indices and future foresight.

''There is a need for innovative tools and programmes to better serve the state's strategic interest regionally and globally and to highlight the state's standing as a regional and global leader of excellence in many indices including happiness, security and stability, and prosperity,'' according to a recommendation by the house committee on defence, internal and foreign affairs.

In replying to the recommendations put forward by the house committee, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Chairperson of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), said :''To deliver new results, we need to take well-considered and studied measures towards the UAE Vison 2021, a strategic roadmap for the state policy.'' She outlined the role of the FCSA along with other partners in drawing policies and charting the course of sustainable development.

''The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is closely working with major international organisations. A foreign aid strategy for the period 2017 - 2021 was launched, which identified countries and sectors that are in need of assistance. The strategy engaged the private sector for the first time. We also created a new unit for technical assistance,''she said.

She noted that the UAE provided foreign aid data to international organisations and topped the official development assistance reports in 2014 and 2014.

''We are monitoring about 17 international reports, mostly on economy and respect for women,'' she added.

The minister said the media plan to promote the UAE humanitarian assistance should be improved.

Speaking about documentation of foreign aid, she stated a book on this issue was published and distributed within the UAE and abroad.

Source: Emirates News Agency