Government of Dubai Media Office –16 February 2020: Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received today, in the presence of Dubai Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States of America, on the sidelines of Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020, being held from 16-17 February in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed hailed the strategic relationship between the UAE and the USA and the convergence of vision between the two countries under the leadership of the UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and US President Donald Trump. His Highness also highlighted the efforts of the US administration to support and empower women at all levels including governmental, economic and social. He said the alignment of US and UAE efforts in this domain opens the door for more collaboration to raise women’s contribution to the global economic development.
His Highness also praised the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the first whole-of-government effort to advance global women’s economic empowerment, which was launched by the White House in February 2019. The W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 through U.S. government activities, private-public partnerships, and a new, innovative fund. Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE is keen to share its experience in empowering and supporting women with all nations seeking to promote the role and contribution of women in building a better future.
Ivanka Trump thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for extending her an invitation to participate in GWFD 2020, She expressed her appreciation for the UAE’s efforts in granting women equal opportunities to contribute in the comprehensive development of the UAE. She also praised the key initiatives taken by the UAE government in this domain, mainly in terms of economic empowerment, supporting women entrepreneurs and developing laws that protect women and ensure their key role in society.
Ivanka Trump also praised the UAE’s efforts in supporting Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), as the UAE is one of the 14 founding members of the initiatives. She also said that this reflects growing awareness of the importance of involving women in the economic sector and enabling them to succeed. The UAE has become a role model for others countries in the region and the world who seek to raise women’s role to the next level, she said The meeting was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future HE Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi; Minister of State for Financial Affairs, HE Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer; Minister of State for International Cooperation HE Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy; and Chairperson of the Board and Managing Director of the Dubai Women Establishment HE Mona Al Marri.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 900,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, surpassing the private sector and major European and American utilities in efficiency and reliability. DEWA raised the efficiency of its energy production by using the latest technologies and adopting technological innovations, surpassing European and American utilities, by reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the US and Europe. DEWA also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe and was also able to reduce water network losses to 6.5% in 2018 compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world.