x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

FNC wants to monitor proposals' progress

Members of the FNC say they are left in the dark about progress of proposals made to ministers and federal authorities.

ABU DHABI // FNC members have asked for a formal procedure to keep them informed of progress with their recommendations.

Members had been told to ask ministers during questioning about the status of recommendations, but the council wants a clear system to be followed.

After months of research, investigation and questioning government bodies, the FNC's committees put together detailed reports that are passed to the appropriate minister. The recommendation can then be passed to the Cabinet if members are not satisfied.

"How do we follow these recommendations?" Dr Abdulrahim Al Shahin, a member from Ras Al Khaimah, asked at last week's session. "We spoke several times to the Government. We want a specific plan."

Most recently, members' proposals on the environment and policies by utilities authorities were agreed to by the Cabinet, but only after a long process.

Rashed Al Shuraiqi, also from RAK, agreed there is a need for clear guidelines.

Mr Al Shuraiqi, who has been in the FNC since 2006, said members researched internationally to ensure recommendations complied with best practices worldwide.

"We have noticed a lot of ministries do not implement recommendations into their strategy," he said. "We want to know if it will be enforced now or later, or if it will be customisation. Will it take a year, or two? These are all things we want to know."

Ali Jassim, of Umm Al Quwain, who has been in the council since 1991, made similar calls in previous sessions and in public.

The matter is being looked at by heads of committee and will go to the FNC for further discussion.

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