Thursday, April 2, 2009

DM launches partnership manual

The Partnership Department at Dubai Municipality has issued a partnership manual. The move is part of the Municipality's keenness to lay foundations and methods for the partnership systems it follow with various types of partners.
Ahmed Al Shehhi, Director of the Partnership Department in the Municipality said that the civic body is one of the leading establishments in its work and activities at the local, regional and global level. "Due to its keenness to strengthen its internal and external relations, the Municipality has adopted a partnership and twinning approach on the basis of fruitful and constructive cooperation with the Internal and external bodies to enhance development with the government and the private sector through the signing of strategic, operational, service and logistic partnership agreements and working to participate in the resources to reach common objectives," he said.
He explained that the issuance of this manual was aimed at determining and organizing partnerships to serve all sectors and organizational units in the Municipality through the development of standards for the identification and classification of partners and identify priorities for the partnership, with a lot of points that will contribute to raise the thinking power and brainstorming with officials and staff in the selection and identification of their partners.
Al Shehhi pointed out that the manual is designed to identify levels, types, steps and stages of the partnership, and develop a general framework and a road map for the establishment of the partnership as well as identifying the success factors of partnership.
He said the achievement of successful partnership depends on a combination of factors, most notably good planning, mutual trust, anticipating oppositions, harmony of cultures and values, balancing, integration, flexibility as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the partnership.
The manual contains a set of chapters, including the definition of partnership, their standards and types, stages of planning for the partnership and the process of gathering information, negotiation, signing the partnership, the factors and causes for its success.

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