The cabinet has approved the change.

“The ministry should be more of a policy maker,” Sheikha Lubna told MEED on 24 December. “I’m spinning off organisations that are more operational.”

The ministry has assumed responsibility for making policy on intellectual property rights (IPR) and is reviewing current legislation.

“We are analysing whether we need to upgrade [legislation]. If you are part of an emerging market IPR is a critical issue,” says Sheikha Lubna.

The ministry of economy oversees a IPR department that that is the result of a merger of three existing government entities involved with the issue, including the ministry of information.