LSDA launches a five-year plan indicating its new strategic direction

LSDA launches a five-year plan indicating its new strategic direction

Published Date : Jan 27, 2019

The Labour Standards Development Authority in Sharjah launched on January 27, 2019, its five-year strategic plan (2019-2023). Prepared with the help of a reputable strategic planning company, the plan aimed at boosting the Authority’s efforts to improve the quality of the work environment in the Emirate of Sharjah. The five-year plan represents a new strategic direction for the authority, its vision, mission, goals, and the important initiatives that may benefit the labour market. It also aimed at improving the relationship between workers and employers and stressing the commitment of all partners to improve the standards of this important sector.

The five-year plan was launched in line with the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and direct follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council. They have both instructed the LSDA to contribute to building a harmonious society that meets the aspirations of nationals, residents, investors, workers, and employers. The LSDA has been keenly interested to raise the level of institutional performance, reach the highest levels of excellence, and strive to become a model in developing the work sector.

The LSDA strategic plan includes 13 objectives and 11 initiatives. It is developed in harmony with the aspirations of the Authority and its partners in the public and private sectors in boosting the quality of the labor sector, thus raising the emirate's competitiveness in this sector. The new strategy will enhance LSDA’s transparency and improve the quality of its work environment, and help it achieve its goals, as well as provide it with new ideas to improving the work environment in Sharjah.

The authority has conducted a comprehensive review of the five-year plan’s output, its strategic initiatives to empower workers and employers, to develop fruitful partnerships in the labor sector, and to improve the level and quality of relationships between workers and employers. The initiatives also aimed to increase innovative labor services, to improve labour policies and regulations to boost workers’ qualifications, and the culture of innovation and productivity, and to increase reliance on partners' resources.

The authority has begun to design, develop and implement its strategic and operational initiatives and programs within an integrated system of objectives that together constitute an integrated picture of the road map and the basic reference for its staff. This will enable LSDA to keep in pace with the rapid growth in the emirate and the country, and the consequent development in the finance and business sectors. The plan aimed to gain further confidence and support of the authority’s strategic partners, deepen its customers’ loyalty, and strengthen its place in the hearts and minds of the nationals and residents of the Emirate of Sharjah, especially workers and employers, to provide more growth and prosperity for our community. The authority’s commitment to implementing the strategic plan will enhance its presence and contribute to its development.

The authority presented details of its five-year strategic plan at a forum for its strategic partners, attended by officials of 33 relevant establishments of the government and private sectors in Sharjah.

First stage of the strategic plan

Earlier last year, the authority held the first dialogue session for its strategic partners, to brief them on the completion of the first phase of the plan. The session analyzed and identified the needs of those concerned with the performance of the authority, measured the effects of the external environment on the performance of the authority, and had a comprehensive evaluation of the SWAT analysis of the authority as well as developed its institutional work model.

Among those who attended the session and carried out a comprehensive review of the plan’s output were representatives of the Sharjah Police, Department of Economic Development, Sharjah Transportation and Roads Authority, Sharjah City Municipality, Sharjah Court, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah Civil Defense Department, Sharjah Free Zones, and Ports and Customs Authority.

The first phase of the plan aimed to identify the points that need to be strengthened and to meet the needs of the groups concerned with the Authority to ensure efficient performance for the next five years. This stage was concluded with several basic outcomes that formed the backbone of the five-year strategic plan.

Training workshops for the Authority’s staff on implement the strategic plan

Once the strategic plan was launched, the authority began organizing workshops at its offices for all its employees, in the presence of the president of the authority. The workshops aimed to familiarize the Authority’s staff with the plan and to train and qualify them to implement it. The training courses were conducted by the reputable strategic planning company that contributed to preparing it. The workshops reviewed the Authority’s new strategic direction, its vision, mission, goals, and important initiatives that could benefit the labor market.