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Departments of Ministry of Economy

The Ministry of Economy consists of several sectors that cater to development, entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, regulation of commercial affairs, supervision and follow-up, support services, and foreign trade affairs. Within each of these sectors, there are several departments that work together to achieve the objectives of the economic plans. There are 24 departments in the Ministry of Economy that conduct their activities at the state level; each department is entrusted with detailed and specific functions. New departments have been added in the wake of the new Cabinet formation in order to meet the requirements of the UAE Centennial 2071 and economic plans that focus on SME development, entrepreneurship management, and investment and talent attraction management.

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The Minister's Office is responsible for providing support, administrative assistance, supervision, coordination and organisational follow-up to all matters presented to the Minister. It conducts various secretarial works and organises official communications and correspondence with various entities.

The Internal Audit Office implements internal auditing in accordance with the legal, financial, and administrative standards to verify the extent of organisational units’ commitment to applying financial and administrative and regulations enforced by the Ministry.

The Strategic and Future Department prepares the specific methodology for developing the strategic and operational plans, the priorities for their implementation and the mechanism for their measurement in the Ministry, in coordination with relevant authorities.

The Government Communication Department develops and implements an integrated strategy for internal and external communication in accordance with the federal government’s communication strategy, strategic directions, and national priorities.

The Chief Economist participates in the formulation of the Ministry's policies, the development of the economic plans, and the supervision of their implementation upon approval. It monitors global and local economic changes and their impact and develop the necessary economic strategies.

The Information and Economic Studies Department collects, classifies and analyses economic data, issues periodic reports, and provides them to the Ministry's leadership team to be utilised for planning at the national and international levels.

The Economic Policies and Legislation Department conducts analysis and designs economic policies as necessary to implement the plans of the Ministry and the State. The department proposes and prepares economic policies and legislation in support of all sectors in the Ministry.

The Office of the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises provides support, administrative assistance, supervision, coordination and regulatory follow-up for all matters presented to the Minister.

The Tourism Development Department monitors the policies and legislation for the tourism sector and submits proposals and projects for laws and legislation in support of the sector in coordination with the Department of Economic Policies and Legislations and the local tourism authorities.

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Department participates in the formulation of the national strategy for developing small and medium enterprises and proposes the necessary policies, legislation and laws to support these institutions at the State level.

The Entrepreneurship Department formulates the national strategies, policies and legislations for entrepreneurship to build an environment conducive to the growth and development of enterprises in the country.

The Innovation Development in Economy and Patents Department draws up the national strategy for innovation in the economic sector and proposes policies, legislation and laws to support innovation and develop a business-friendly environment in the state.

The Office of the Minister of State for Foreign Trade provides administrative support, supervision, coordination and regulatory follow-up for all matters presented to the Minister, and is in charge of organising official communications and correspondence with various entities.

The Commercial Offices and Attachés Department is responsible for coordinating international visits and ministerial meetings, concluding agreements and joint economic committees, and studying cooperation opportunities to enhance international relations in the field of economy, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Cabinet.

The Trade Negotiations and International Organisations Department is in charge of following up on the implementation of international trade policies in coordination with various federal or local government agencies and the business community.

The Trade Promotion Department prepares, develops and implements the strategy to strengthen the UAE's non-oil exports. It is involved in increasing the presence of Emirati products in target markets and coordinating the local governments' plans to participate in local and international trade fairs.

The Investment and Talents Attraction Department proposes policies and initiatives to attract world-class professionals and enhance retention rate in the country’s strategic sectors, in line with the state’s development goals to offer attractive incentives, and provide a conducive environment for them.

The Office of the Undersecretary provides support, administrative backing, supervision, coordination and regulatory follow-up on all matters presented to the Undersecretary of the Ministry.

The Commercial Registration and Certificates of Origin Department is mainly responsible for following up on the implementation and regulation of the work of commercial agencies and the affairs of commercial companies.

The Customer Happiness Channels Department provides services to all customers of the Ministry using innovative channels, ensuring excellent customer experience and bringing customer happiness.

The Cooperatives and Strategic Stocks Department is in charge of preparing and following up on the implementation of the Cooperative Societies Law and the implementation of procedures for the establishment, publication and registration of cooperatives.

The Trademarks and Intellectual Works Department implements federal legislation related to trademarks and protection of trademark owners, as well as the copyright, related rights and the protection of innovators.

The Auditors Department grants and renews licenses to practice the profession of accounting and auditing for auditing firms and their auditors. It is responsible for ensuring their compliance with legislation governing the profession of auditors, auditing and professional performance standards.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Department supervises the implementation of the general policy for consumer protection in cooperation with federal and local authorities and carries out activities related to the development of a competitive environment within the State's markets.

The Commercial Control Department monitors and follows up on the implementation of legislation, decisions and policies related to commercial control in cooperation with local authorities and preparing periodic reports on them.

The Anti-Injurious Practices Department coordinates with the governmental authorities and private sector in order to find appropriate measures to solve the issues faced by the concerned companies in the domestic market as well as overseas markets.

The Anti-Money Laundering Department carries out the control and supervision of all non-financial businesses and professions covered under the Federal Decree-Law No (20) of 2018 on Anti-Money Laundering And Combating The Financing Of Terrorism And Illegal Organisations.

The Human Resources and Administration Affairs Department executes human resources (HR) affairs procedures by relying on human resources policies and enforced legislation in the federal government. It also works to support, encourage and maintain the Ministry’s national competencies.

The Financial Affairs Department prepares the Ministry's budget and supervises it in light of the plans, objectives and activities in coordination with the organisational units in the Ministry and presents them to the higher management in the Ministry for approval.

The Information Technology Department is responsible for determining the needs of the technical programmes, developing them and enhancing the electronic linking operations in accordance with the requirements of the e-government and the Ministry’s strategy.

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