UAE’s Ajman Department of Economic Development (Ajman DED) has launched two initiatives named “Let’s Learn Foresight” and “The Future of My Work”, as part of its Future Foresight Strategy.
These initiatives aim to create excellence in institutional processes, to establish forward-looking practices, and to raise awareness of potential foresight among individuals. They also intend to prepare a report on the “Future of Jobs” and to create training plans focused on future skills and to establish permanent DED readiness for future jobs.
H.E. Abdullah Ahmed Al Hamrani, the Director-General of the Ajman DED, said, “The “Let’s Learn Foresight” initiative aims to raise awareness and competence of employees in future foresight, and their ability to understand foresight tools and scientific methods whose effectiveness has been proven. The initiative focuses on the three most important tools to the Department’s objectives, which are Scenario Planning, Horizon Scan, and the Global Business Network methodology. It also builds on the concept of case studies, and learning using real-life examples.”
“The initiative “The Future of My Work” contributes to defining global trends for the future of all positions within the Department, modernizing the current positions to be more suitable for the future, and draws up a plan to develop workers’ skills and provide them with new skills, to raise future readiness for the next fifty years. The initiative also focuses on the future changes that will occur in the nature of work and jobs and takes into account several factors, including technology, by which we mean Industry 4.0 technology, namely Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, and the changing Demographic factors.”
“The great changes in the external environment impose the need to work on raising the readiness of Ajman DED and develop its work environment to be “pre-ready” to deal with the developments imposed by the Industry 4.0 on the future of economic and social development,” further added Mr. Al Hamrani.