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Al Tayer announces details of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award
posted on 04/02/2016

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, yesterday announced details of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and is worth one million dollars.
The award is presented by the UAE Water Aid Foundation, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to find sustainable solutions to the issue of water scarcity, using solar energy to purify and desalinate water.
In June 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed launched the UAE Water Aid initiative to provide clean water to approximately five million people worldwide. Suqia, the UAE Water Aid's campaign, raised Dh180 million to provide clean drinking water to seven million people around the world.
The details were announced in a press conference which was attended by Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Brigadier Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansoori, Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation at DEWA, Waleed Ali Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, and Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of UAE Water Aid.
Al Tayer said, "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the global award, worth one million Dollars, to find sustainable solutions to address international water shortages, and fulfil our country's ambition to build a knowledge-based economy, with a focus on technology, research, development, and innovation. The UAE Water Aid Foundation encourages leading organisations, research centres, and innovators from around the world, to compete to find sustainable and innovative solutions to water shortages using solar energy."
He quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who observed, "Water is the spirit of life and providing it for the needy means reviving millions of people. The UAE Water Aid Foundation will not differentiate between one person and another, so are all of our humanitarian works; such is the UAE humanitarian mission that lies in helping the afflicted, the needy and disadvantaged people all over the world without any distinction."
"The National Innovation Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to make the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world, focuses on seven national sectors to stimulate innovation. These include encouraging innovative solutions to the challenge of water scarcity. This award will help to achieve this objective by driving the search for sustainable solutions to address water scarcity around the world. The UAE Water Aid Foundation promoted the award at various international events such as COP21 in Paris, activities and meetings that coincided with the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Solar Decathlon in California, USA, and the Carbon Ambassadors Programme, in Dubai, UAE," he explained.
Al Tayer noted that the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award comprises three categories: Innovative Projects Award, Small and Large projects, Innovative Research and Development Award, National and International institutions, and the Innovative Youth Award. The award is given to innovative projects and organisations that find sustainable solutions to the issue of water scarcity, using solar energy to purify and desalinate water.
"His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's launch of UAE Water Aid Foundation underlines the commitment by the UAE leadership to support international humanitarian efforts. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a figure of benevolence to the world, as are his sons, who are always keen to tend to the needs of the less fortunate. In the short time since its launch, the UAE Water Aid Foundation has become one of the most distinguished organisations for providing aid to the needy and distressed around the world. It has contributed to the UAE's ever-growing global reputation for philanthropy, in addition to supporting sustainable development. The enthusiasm of the people, government, and private organisations in the UAE to contribute to the foundation's initiatives and extend helping hands for all, reflects the key role of the UAE in humanitarian areas. The UAE will always be a hub for doing good deeds and the hearts of its people will always be open to extend their helping hands for everyone," concluded Al Tayer.
Mohammed Abdul Kareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, noted that the Innovative Projects category is for organisations that succeed in innovating distinguished projects to produce, desalinate, or purify water using solar power. This category consists of two sub categories: the Small Projects category is for projects by for-profit or non-profit companies, and government or non-government organisations. Projects must have a capital expenditure of up to US$ 10 million. The Large Projects category is for projects by for-profit or non-profit companies, and government or non-government organisations which must have a capital expenditure exceeding US$ 10 million.
Applicants for the Innovative Research and Development category must submit innovative technologies or a prototypes for using solar energy to produce, desalinate, purify, or effectively manage water resources. This has two sub-categories: The National Institutions category is for educational or non-profit institutions and research centres in the UAE. The International Institutions category is for educational or non-profit institutions and research centres outside the UAE.
Applicants for the Innovative Youth Award must present innovative technological solutions to address water scarcity exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water. Applicants must be younger than 40. The project must be developed and implemented by individuals, not groups. The UAE Water Aid Foundation will start accepting applications on 22nd March 2016, coinciding with World Water Day.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is overseen by the UAE Water Aid Foundation, also known as Suqia, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, one of the largest development and community foundations in the Middle East. It consolidates the work of 28 organisations and targets over 130 million people over the coming years.
The primary goals of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives include four main sectors: Fighting Poverty, Dissemination of Knowledge, Community Empowerment, and Innovation for the Future. Suqia works to provide drinking water to people in Somalia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, and Benin, to help 60,000 people in 10 different projects. Suqia provides relief assistance to Yemen in cooperation with the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation, helping 1,087,500 people, according to the Ministry. In the UAE, a number of campaigns were launched to distribute water to Ramadan tents and mosques in collaboration with nine local associations and charities in the UAE. 100,000 people benefited from this during the Holy Month of Ramadan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291107283.html

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ADFD signs Dh55 million loan agreement with St. Vincent and Grenadines to support renewable energy project
posted on 03/02/2016

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has signed an Dh55 million (US$15 million) loan agreement with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to set up a geothermal power station in the country.
The agreement was signed by Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD and Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The project is being funded as part of the Dh1.285 billion (US$350 million) ADFD/IRENA project facility, set up in 2012 to provide concessional financing for renewable energy projects in developing countries affiliated to International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA.
One of the five projects selected for funding as part of the second loan cycle facility, the power plant aims to utilise naturally occurring geothermal energy to plug the power shortage in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In the long term, the project will help drive the wider energy sector and accelerate sustainable economic development across the country's 32 islands.
Commending the UAE's efforts to promote stronger international development relations with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, said, "The proposed geothermal power plant will give a strong boost to the energy sector in our country, supporting its economic growth and development programmes."
"ADFD plays an active role in financing development projects that translate into significant economic and social impact in beneficiary countries. My government is keen to leverage our collaboration with the fund to push ahead with more development projects that deliver key sustainable development goals and benefit the overall economy."
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said, "ADFD has paid particular attention to the renewable energy sector, given the essential role of the sustainable energy in meeting the growing needs of developing countries, and supporting their social and economic development. Evidence suggests that despite the enormous potential of renewable energy in acting as a key enabler of sustainable development across the world, there remain challenges and gaps in the ease of accessing global funds to support these projects so we are delighted to be able to support this project by providing essential finance."
He added, "The renewable energy projects financed by the fund since 1974 have contributed to delivering clean energy for millions of people in more than 24 developing countries around the globe. These projects have generated thousands of megawatts of renewable energy, and stimulated economic growth in the receiving countries."
The geothermal power plant in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with a capacity of almost 15MW, will enhance the electricity grid in the island by utilising its natural renewable sources, while cutting the cost of electricity generation by 25 percent. In addition, the associated construction, operation and maintenance of the plant, the conversion station and 40km of transmission lines to connect the plant to the grid, is anticipated to create job opportunities for the local population. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291045088.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi inducted as member of the International Committee of Financing Global Education
posted on 31/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, confirmed that providing education opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities has become a key requirement in light of the recently-adopted 2030 Agenda and its accompanying Sustainable Development Goals. As a tool to overcome challenges and cultivate knowledge-based economies, education has become fundamental to achieving sustainable development.
This came as part of Sheikha Lubna's statement during her participation in the second meeting of the International Committee of Financing for Global Education, held yesterday in London, where she was official inducted as a member of the Committee in honor of the UAE's leadership in foreign assistance. The Committee highlighted the UAE's efforts in the education sector as a major part of the campaign to achieve both the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and the newly-established Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
The meeting been attended by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, and Peter Mutharika, Malawi President.
The Committee discusses the mechanisms necessary to create educational opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities, as well as the millions of children who drop out of school annually around the world. It also addresses the educational needs of refugees and displaced persons, and develops scenarios to help catalyse education efforts to further promote economic growth and stability. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290900507.html

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UAE Water Aid initiative reflects UAE’s efforts to find solutions to water challenges - report
posted on 31/01/2016

The availability of water in Arab countries is steadily dwindling due to the rapid increase in population and there is a real need to sign new international agreements on the conservation of water supply, conduct research, and find viable solutions to this issue, according to a report issued by UAE Water Aid Foundation.
The UAE has paid close attention to this growing concern, and has worked diligently to take all the necessary steps to rationalise water usage for both irrigation and drinking purposes. The country has taken critical steps towards finding alternative ways of compensating for the growing lack of water in the country, specifically through means of desalination and sewage treatment for the purpose of irrigation.
The UAE's ongoing efforts to provide millions around the world with clean water falls in line with the wise words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said, "Water in our land is a great blessing, and our ancestors knew its precious value because they were deprived of it. We are also well aware of its value because a considerable portion of our financial resources are allocated to provide water. We have to thank God for this blessing by preserving it and helping those who are in need around the world."
In June 2014, HH Sheikh Mohammed launched the UAE Water Aid initiative to provide clean water to approximately five million people worldwide. Suqia, the UAE Water Aid campaign, was launched in co-operation with the Emirates Red Crescent and has raised AED180 million in 18 days to provide clean drinking water to seven million people across the world.
On 3rd February, 2015, HH Sheikh Mohammed issued Law Number (3) of 2015, establishing the UAE Water Aid Foundation as a non-profit organisation. The foundation is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
The foundation aims to promote the UAE's position globally and participate in initiatives and humanitarian aid to improve the living conditions of the poor and affected communities in various countries, as well as help achieve sustainable development for all mankind by supporting international communities and providing clean water solutions, conducting research and studies to support the production of clean water using solar energy, forging international partnerships, and achieving the major goal of providing clean drinking water.
The Suqia initiative is unique because it focusses on research and development, and makes use of solar energy to desalinate seawater in co-operation with universities and other research and development centres. The initiative has been allocated US$1 million towards the success of the project.
Based on the decree by HH Sheikh Mohammed, the board of trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation was formed. The board is chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and includes a representative from each of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Emirates Red Crescent, UAE University, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, and two representatives from DEWA as members. The tenure of the trustees is for three years with the possibility of extension. Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi was assigned as Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation. Since its establishment, the Foundation has become a distinguished organisation that provides humanitarian aid to the needy and distressed around the world.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer has noted that the UAE Water Aid Foundation provides clean water to the needy, conducts studies and research to support the treatment of water using solar power, contributes to financing and supporting water-technology projects to combat drought, and supervises a million-dollar annual award for research on the development of new technologies and mechanisms for treating water using solar power.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives: In October 2015, HH Sheikh Mohammed, launched one of the largest development and community foundations in the Middle East region – the "Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives." The new foundation consolidates the work of 28 organisations focussing on fighting poverty and illness; spreading knowledge and culture; empowering the community; and driving innovation. All combined, the foundation's initiatives will implement 1,400 human development programmes in 116 countries around the world.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives will target 130 million people over the coming years, focusing its programmes on the Arab world. It will also launch the largest and most comprehensive development programme in region, focussing on human development in an integrated manner starting with providing basic human needs from health, fighting illiteracy and poverty through to providing knowledge, the dissemination of culture and the development of education. It will work in parallel with developing a new generation of young Arab leaders, supporting governance in the region, and providing the largest incubator for Arab innovators, scientists and researchers.
The primary goals of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives focus on four main sectors: Fighting Poverty; Dissemination of Knowledge; Community Empowerment; and Innovation for the Future.
The Suqia Initiative, will conduct research on the UAE's water supply until 2025, in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed's vision of addressing all water challenges in the region as one of the country's top priorities within the next few years.
Suqia Research and Development: In co-operation with DEWA, the Suqia Initiative's research and development projects include reverse osmosis of seawater and a photovoltaic desalination plant, in addition to water purification via solar technology with the capacity of storing 7 hours of electricity at 50 cubic meters per day, located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The Suqia Initiative's humanitarian projects: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment and the UAE Water Aid Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to effectively enhance their strategic partnership. The MoU enhances co-operation between the two sides in helping developing and needy countries, and facilitating collaboration to implement joint humanitarian initiatives and projects that serve the strategies and objectives of both organisations. This enhances their social roles within an established framework and set methodologies. The MoU also helps both organisations to effectively utilise their potential and existing resources to address water scarcity and pollution issues.
After the MoU was signed, the sides worked together to provide drinking water to people in Somalia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Yemen, and Benin for the benefit 60,000 persons, through 10 different projects.
The UAE Water Aid Foundation has recently launched a number of campaigns to distribute water to Ramadan tents and mosques in collaboration with associations and charities in the UAE, in addition to providing relief assistance to Yemen in co-operation with the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. The number of beneficiaries was 1,087,500 (according to the Ministry). In the UAE, a number of campaigns were launched to distribute water to Ramadan tents and mosques in collaboration with nine local associations and charities in the UAE. Some 100,000 people benefited from this distribution campaign during the holy month of Ramadan.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award: HH Sheikh Mohammed launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. The initiative has allocated US$1 million to finding sustainable solutions to help address water shortages internationally, particularly through the use of solar energy for desalination and purification process. The prize consists of three categories, which includes Innovative Projects for Companies, Innovative Studies and Research and Young Innovators. The Innovative Projects for Companies Prize is awarded to companies that rationalise water use with solar energy.
Applicants of the award must be able to show clear evidence of measurable results pertaining to the desalination and purification of seawater and a decrease in wastage. The Innovative Studies and Research Prize, is awarded to applicants who contribute towards addressing water shortage through either a new innovative technology or through a process that makes use of solar technology in the desalination and purification of water.
Projects submitted for the award should already have been in execution for a period of no less than one year, prior to submission. For national institutions, applications must be submitted by either a UAE national or on behalf of a UAE national educational or non-profit institution within the UAE. For non-national institutions, applications must be submitted on behalf of an international educational or non-profit institution. For the Young Innovators Prize, applicants must present an innovative technological solution to address the issue of water scarcity using solar energy.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award awareness campaign: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award was promoted at international events such as COP21 in Paris, the Solar Decathlon in California, the USA, and at the Carbon Ambassador Programme, in Dubai. Suqia UAE also organised a host of activities and meetings, to coincide with the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the USA.
Suqia at COP21 in Paris: Dubai's latest projects gained international attention during its recent participation in COP21, which ran from 30th November to 11th December, 2015. More than 190 countries worked cohesively to come to an agreement, and to discuss what was needed to be done until 2020, to successfully limit climate change.
Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi took part in the delegation, which was headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
DEWA's stand, along with the Suqia initiative, received a high level of interest from crowds, and visitors at the conference's exhibition, and information regarding DEWA's recent achievements was presented on smart technology. The last day of the exhibition saw the attendance of Ahmed bin Amir Humaidi, Qatar's Minister of the Environment, as well as a delegation from The French Ministry of Foreign affairs, a delegation from Energy and Climate Change department of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary for UAE Ministry of Energy, Abbas Ali Al Naqi, Secretary-General.
The Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), a regional Arab organisation of an international character that specialises in the affairs of oil, also attended, along with a delegation from Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), a delegation from the Energy, Mineral Resources, Water and Environment Ministry of Estonia, a delegation from the Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Water, and a delegation from the African Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS), organised by The African Union. DEWA was invited to join the summit by the ACRIS delegation and also received invitations from other German, Swiss, and Dutch companies.
Solar Decathlon: Al Shamsi also participated in an official delegation that visited the US after receiving an official invitation from the US Department of Energy to participate in the Solar Decathlon organised by the Department in Irvine, California, from 14th 18th October, 2015. DEWA conducted its Dubai-USA Briefing in California in collaboration with the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), the organisation that promotes and supports US-Arab business and economic co-operation. The US Department of Energy (DoE), the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, US Commercial Services, and the US-UAE Business Council also supported the event. Mohammed Abdulkarim Al Shamsi gave a presentation about UAE Water Aid. He urged US companies to participate in the international US$1 million prize launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to find permanent solutions to the problem of water scarcity around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290915240.html

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UAE completes programme supporting work of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt
posted on 29/01/2016

CAIRO: The UAE Office for Social Development and Infrastructure Projects in Egypt has announced the delivery of its Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church Programme.
Comprising four projects, the programme aims to provide the Coptic Church much needed social, cultural and medical assistance. Attending the launch ceremony were Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, along with Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, of Egypt.
The projects were completed in collaboration with the Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo and include the construction of an Egyptian Coptic Heritage and Arts Centre, the Shifa Hospital in Salam City in Cairo, the Coptic Orthodox School, and the refurbishment of a Coptic orphanage.
Speaking at the Cathedral, Pope Tawadros II said, "The Egyptian people have admired and appreciated the fact that the UAE has stood with Egypt. We thank them for supporting us, especially now. The efforts of the UAE reflect the history of honour and respect shown by the sons of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who loved Egypt and its people. The UAE projects in Egypt focus on social and economic returns for the Egyptian citizen, and it is evident that these projects are not just promises, as we are quickly seeing them turn into reality today. These worthy initiatives that include healthcare and access to education for the needy, and the preservation of our heritage, demonstrate the UAE's sincere support for all factions of Egyptian society. We could not be more thankful for such sustained effort and commitment."
For his part, Dr Al Jaber said, "The cooperation between the UAE and Egypt is deeply rooted in a rich history of reciprocal respect and appreciation. It is a reflection of the longstanding and strong relationship established by our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The UAE leadership is fully committed to peace, prosperity and tolerance both within its borders and beyond them. As such, it was only natural to direct part of the ongoing support for Egypt toward the Coptic Church."
Al Jaber added, "The UAE believes in constructive dialogue, cooperation and working towards positive change and development. Hence, we are committed to completing all our development projects in Egypt. As with all our projects, ranging from education to healthcare, we look forward to witnessing, first hand, the positive impact that this one will have on the daily lives of Egyptian citizens.
Commending the UAE for its unstinting support for Egypt, Minister Sahar Nasr, said, "The United Arab Emirates' stand with Egypt firmly reflects the strong bonds of brotherhood between our two countries. Our cooperation, which dates back to the efforts and far-sighted vision of the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is an example of the continuous and constant support extended by the UAE for the wider Arab world."
She added, "I extend my gratitude and appreciation to the UAE leadership and its citizens."
The Pope and Al Jaber toured a photo exhibition of the 3 remaining projects, including the Coptic Orthodox School that includes 14 classrooms for boys and girls, accommodating about 560 students in the kindergarten, primary and secondary levels. A model of the Shifa Hospital was also reviewed. Built on an area of 3,210 square meters, the Shifa Hospital offers healthcare to more than 10,000 citizens living in Zakat and its vicinity.
Later in the day, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber along with a delegation from the Orthodox Coptic Church, paid a visit to and inaugurated the Coptic Heritage and Arts Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290854060.html

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UAE Social Development and Infrastructure office in Egypt upgrades Vacsera’s vaccination, insulin and antidote lines
posted on 29/01/2016

GIZA, EGYPT, 28th January, 2016 (WAM) -- The UAE Social and Infrastructure Development Office in Egypt, has inaugurated the newly refurbished and re-equipped vaccination, insulin and antidote lines at Vacsera, Egypt's holding company for biological products and vaccines.
Attending the launch were Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Head of the UAE Social Development and Infrastructure Office, Dr. Ahmed Emad, Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, and Khalifa Saif Al Tunaiji, Deputy Head of Mission of the UAE Embassy in Cairo.
The programme includes five projects comprising the refurbishment of the insulin production, packaging and biotechnology building, the Polio vaccination and packing line for children, the Serum/Anti-venom bottling and production line, the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccination line, and a project to increase quality control through modern equipment.
Conveying the greetings of the UAE leadership to Egypt's government and its people, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said, "I am delighted to celebrate yesterday the completion and delivery of this cutting-edge and critical project that will significantly enhance the healthcare sector in Egypt. These pioneering projects will meet Egypt's demand for serums, vaccines, antidotes and crucial medication, transforming healthcare services for patients in need."
He added, "I commend the close cooperation between the UAE and Egyptian teams that have resulted in the timely delivery and completion of these landmark projects in keeping with best-in-class international standards."
Al Jaber went on to say, "The UAE supports all such humanitarian initiatives worldwide. The country prioritises the healthcare sector due to its essential role in caring for human capital – the greatest asset of any nation. We opted to implement these projects as part of our continued endeavours in Egypt to ensure sustainable development in this country."
The Egyptian Minister of Health and Population said, "I applaud the UAE's leadership and its people for their continued support for Egyptian citizens. This ongoing synergy demonstrates the strong relations between both countries as envisioned by the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Through its healthcare programme, the UAE has built and delivered 78 schools in 23 governorates and, today, a world class vaccination line; offering ordinary Egyptians much needed healthcare."
He added, "These projects support Egypt's healthcare programs that seek to prevent and manage diseases and conditions such as polio, hepatitis C, tetanus, diphtheria, whopping cough, cholera, scorpion stings, and snakebites. They also provide the necessary vaccines for the mandatory vaccination programme to protect newborn babies and school children from contagious diseases."
Commenting on the role of the projects implemented by the UAE in many vital sectors, especially the healthcare, Dr. Sahar Nasr said, "These projects have upgraded many production lines at Vacsera and provided control plants to increase the capacity for vaccine and serum production and to preserve their safety and validity. They also help Egypt achieve self-sufficiency in producing insulin, serums and vaccines to meet the needs of its people. The projects will go a long way in accelerating the healthcare services offered to Egyptians who are the key priority of Egypt's development efforts."
She added, "These projects will offer important positive social impact through improving the health of Egyptians and providing essential vaccines to millions of children annually. They will also have a positive economic impact as they offer high-quality local products that minimise the need for importing these life-saving drugs while opening up new export markets."
As part of the launch, the prominent visitors toured Vacsera's headquarters to learn more about the development works implemented in five zones, where they were briefed on the state-of-the-art equipment including the cell-sorting devices, storage tanks, pure steam line, and the new water treatment plant.
Vacsera's production-line development projects for insulin, serums and vaccines are an important step towards boosting the healthcare services offered to Egyptians. They help meet 100% of the Egyptian Ministry of Health's needs for insulin and preventive serums and vaccines, including DPT vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus and whopping cough), vaccines for polio, and cholera, and 18 serums for scorpion, snake and some bacterial poisons.
The projects will increase production capacity for basic locally-produced vaccines from 15% to 80%. These vaccines are used by the Ministry of Health in the expanded vaccination programme. The projects will also raise the annual production serums, vaccines and insulin to 10 million units, of which three million units meet the Ministry's demands while the rest is exported.
In addition, the development projects will increase insulin production to three million bottles annually, up from the earlier count of 590,000 bottles. The increase will help meet the needs of diabetic patients, given the fact that Egypt imports 74% of its requirements. Local companies provide 26%, of which 9% is produced by Vacsera.
Furthermore, 80 million oral polio vaccines will be produced annually. This is in addition to providing five million doses of double meningitis vaccines after their production stopped for six years. The meningitis vaccine is one of Egypt's most essential medicines as it is administered to 18 million school children and around five million newborn babies for free through the initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Population. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290852368.html

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UAE and Kiribati counter "disappearing islands" threat
posted on 25/01/2016

A UAE delegation arrived last week in the remote Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to aid the country's struggle against rising sea levels and extreme weather.
Organised by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State, in partnership with Kiribati's President, Anote Tong, the delegation will scope the first holistic assessment of physical options – from seawall design to land reclamation – to mitigate what the country considers an existential threat.
"Kiribati and other island countries do not have the luxury of time," said President Tong. "We are on the frontline of climate change, and need to be ready for all scenarios. The UAE has stepped forward quickly with world-class technical skill, and that is a critical and much-appreciated contribution to our ability to cope with change."
Kiribati is one of the world's most disaster-exposed countries. Almost the entirety of the land is less than 2 meters above sea level, many forecasts indicate high risks of flooding or submersion if sea levels continue to rise, and the government already reports harsher weather, as well as changes in erosion patterns that threaten key pieces of fixed infrastructure.
"How new environmental conditions will play out in Kiribati and other small islands is uncertain, but what it is certain that all countries must support the most vulnerable among us," said Al Hashimy. "The scale of risk is beyond what any small country can manage alone."
The joint project will identify and evaluate physical interventions that can reduce Kiribati's exposure to damage from the ocean. It will outline both the technical and economic feasibility of different options, as well as their potential environmental impacts. To date, Kiribati has largely relied on construction of ever-higher seawalls, which require regular replacement.
The project builds on UAE-Kiribati cooperation in renewable energy. In October 2015, the UAE's Masdar commissioned Kiribati's largest-ever solar installation, which saves the country $0.3 million annually by avoiding diesel imports. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
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MICAD's report on UAE foreign aid: Dh173b,178 countries, 44 years
posted on 24/01/2016

The United Arab Emirates continued to offer humanitarian and development aid in various regions around the world during 2015, with the total number of beneficiary countries reaching 178 since the establishment of the UAE in 1971.
Statistical data released by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) show that the development and humanitarian and charitable aid provided by the UAE during the past 44 years reached Dh173 billion to 21 sectors.
These statistics were announced by the MICAD in a special report launched on the 44th UAE National Day to highlight the country's efforts in the field of international aid, and the initiatives of its wise leadership provided through donor institutions to improve the lives of millions of people. Through these efforts, the UAE won the title of "the most generous country in the world" in 2013 and 2014.
The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) last week released its final report on official development assistance data, previously announced in April 2015. According to the released data, the UAE ranked first globally as the largest international donor of official development aid for the second year in a row, with a total of 18.36 billion Dh of development aid in 2014, accounting for 1.26% of gross national income.
According to the final results published by the committee, Sweden came second with its development aid accounting for 1.09% of its national income, followed by the Luxembourg with 1.06%, then Norway in fourth place with 1%.
Occupying this position for the second year in a row reaffirms the UAE's commitment to its humanitarian mission, and the principles on which it was established. It also enhances its position as a humanitarian hub and a source of relief and aid for all friendly nations.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development said this achievement is also a testimony to the generous policies adopted by the UAE's wise leadership. These policies, she continued, were established by the late founder of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and carried forward by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
: Asia largest beneficiary According to the latest information released by the ministry, Asia was the main beneficiary of support and aid money provided during the past 44 years, with a total of Dh79.4 billion, followed by the Africa with Dh75.4 billion, pumped into development projects such as housing complexes, roads, bridges, power generation plants and others.
Released records show that the largest percentage of the UAE aid is concentrated in the government and civil society sector which received Dh80.6 billion, followed by the public programs support sector with a total of Dh 22.5 billion in aid. The value of humanitarian and relief aid in emergency situations accounted for about Dh7.7 billion.
In a related context, the combined statistics for the past 44 years show that government aid accounted for 74% of the total value of aid and grants provided by donors in the country, collectively worth Dh129 billion. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development came in second place with contributions worth Dh30.5 billion, followed by the Emirates Red Crescent with Dh 5.7 billion, and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation with charities worth Dh2.9 billion.
The value of development projects and support provided by UAE donor institutions to children over the past 44 years amounted to about Dh2 billion, which were distributed among the health and education sectors, as well as relief programs and infrastructure.
::Dh1.6 billion in aid to Yemen In the framework of ongoing humanitarian development in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates played a pivotal role in responding to humanitarian crises on the ground in Yemen, thus becoming the second largest donor of humanitarian aid in Yemen globally, according to data released by the UN Financial Tracking Service (FTS).
The total UAE foreign aid granted to Yemen until the end of 2015 amounted to about Dh 1.6 billion, dedicated to infrastructure rehabilitation projects to be implemented in Yemen.
The process of sending UAE humanitarian aid to Yemen was carried out over four stages aimed at the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Aden and the neighbouring provinces, with a focus on electricity, food, health, water, sanitation, fuel, and transport, as well as coordination and support. The aid was distributed to the provinces of Aden, Lahj, Al Dhali, Abyan, Marib, Shabwa, Hadramout, Al Mahr, and Socotra island.
It is worth mentioning that the total value of UAE aid to Yemen from 1971 to 2015 amounted to Dh6.65 billion.
:: Dh 2.2 billion for the Syrian crisis In a similar context, Syria has had a large share of UAE aid and support, totalling Dh2.2 billion until the end of 2015.The UAE was at the forefront of countries which came to the aid of the brothers in Syria since 2012.
The UAE's response to the crisis was implemented in Syria and in countries hosting Syrian refugees like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt, including Palestinian refugees in Syria, to benefit up to 1.5 million refugees and displaced people.
This approach is consistent with the humanitarian approach of the UAE's wise leaders who issued directives to provide all forms of assistance and support for refugees in various countries of the world, and make an urgent response delivering relief aid.
The UAE's contribution was made through the UN Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan inside Syria, and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries like Jordan. At the first, second, and third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria held in Kuwait, the UAE pledged the provision of US$460 million.
In order to implement these projects, the UAE collaborated with international partners to provide humanitarian assistance inside Syria and in neighbouring countries aimed at meeting basic humanitarian needs, namely food security and addressing malnutrition suffered by women and children. These international organisations include the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
The UAE also opened the UAE-Jordanian Mrajib Al Fhood refugee camp and the UAE-funded field hospital in Jordan, and collaborated with a number of countries, including the United Kingdom and Norway, to implement aid projects. The UAE also set up the Emirati Red Crescent camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq.
In this context, the UAE granted around 100,000 visas for Syrians since the start of the crisis in Syria in 2011. About 242,000 Syrians currently reside in the UAE, and most were accommodated in schools and universities and found jobs.
:: Dh736 million pledged for reconstruction of Gaza During the meetings of the Cairo International Conference on Palestine, held in October 2014, the UAE announced a pledge to donate about Dh736 million (US$200.4 million) for the reconstruction of Gaza.
The UAE continues to provide in-kind and financial assistance to support the Palestinian people and strengthen Palestinian institutions in the occupied territories, out of the commitment of the wise leadership to assert its absolute support for the reconstruction of Gaza and improving living conditions in the strip, and in Palestine in general.
According to the ministry's report, the UAE has disbursed and allocated about US$76.34 million of the total pledge of US$200 million, while the remaining US$123.56 million has been distributed according to the commitments agreed upon with the UAE donor institutions and sides, the largest part of which is managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation.
The UAE funds allocated for the reconstruction of Gaza were divided over a period of three years, starting from 2015 until 2017, under a plan submitted by United Nations organisations and the Islamic Development Bank, and in line with the national plan for early recovery presented by the Palestinian government to the donor conference in Cairo.
:: Dh29 billion in aid to Egypt The ministry's report said that the overall UAE development aid provided to Egypt during the years 2013 and 2014 amounted to Dh29 billion, exceeding the total amount of Dh24 billion previously pledged by the UAE in support of economic development and stability in Egypt.
The ministry's report said that the UAE ‘s position in support of Egypt is in line with the philosophy and wise guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, who was committed to the UAE's support for the security and stability of Egypt, out of love and appreciation for the brotherly Egypt, its position, and its culture, as well as its valuable human and development potentials and historical achievements.
The report noted that UAE assistance to Egypt is not new as support of the Egyptian people is present and ongoing. The report added that large projects have been developed and funded by the United Arab Emirates over decades and carry its name, reflecting the strong and solid relationship between the two brotherly countries consistent with the UAE's commitment to provide all aspects of support and assistance aimed at improving the standards of life and living conditions of the genuine Egyptian people.
It is worth mentioning that the total value of UAE's to Egypt, between the founding of the Federation of the UAE in 1971 and 2014, in all areas of humanitarian and development nearly, reached Dh47.3 billion.
:: Dh1.1 billion in aid to Pakistan The UAE benevolence also extended to Pakistan, where the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan implemented development and humanitarian projects at a cost of Dh 1billion (US$272million) to aftermath of the devastating floods that struck the country in 2010, reconstruct the infrastructure, and provide humanitarian aid. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation financed the bulk of the cost of these projects.
A second important initiative was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to vaccinate millions of Pakistani children under the theme "Health for All Better Future." The management of the Project to Assist Pakistan said that 86 million polio vaccinations were administered to the children of Pakistan in 53 areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the tribal Fateh Jang region, the province of Baluchistan, and the Sindh region.
For his part, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched an initiative to provide US$120 million to support of the global effort to eradicate polio by 2018, with a special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2011, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership that provided a total of US$100 million, divided equally between the two parties, for the purchase and delivery of vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
:: Foreign aid sector Recognising the importance of focusing on the UAE foreign aid institutions, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, directed the organisation of this sector through the establishment and launch of a system of institutions that provide development, humanitarian, and charity assistance to many countries in the world, with the aim of strengthening the impact of foreign aid to beneficiary countries.
Sheikh Zayed established many donor, humanitarian, and charitable institutions during his reign. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development was the first institution to lead the path of benevolence and goodwill. It was created in 1971 with the aim of providing assistance to brotherly and friendly developing countries, and supporting their efforts to achieve economic and social development. The fund has become the UAE's development arm outside the country.
Through the establishment of the Fund, the UAE was able to institutionalise its policies designed to help developing countries, through the provision of development aid in an efficient and organised fashion, thus maximising the benefits of recipient countries.
The Emirates Red Crescent was established in 1983 and later became the state's arm for the delivery of relief aid. It has provided aid in a large number of affected countries during emergency situations, and has responded to emergency calls by international organisations.
The humanitarian and development scene in the country was further enhanced with the establishment of a large number of UAE donor institutions and charities, including the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Foundation for charitable and humanitarian work and other institutions. Today, this number has exceeded 45 donor institutions working on the provision of foreign humanitarian aid.
In 2008, the UAE Foreign Aid Coordination Office was founded to regulate the UAE foreign aid sector and enhance the stature of the UAE as a main donor on the international arena. The office and its functions were integrated into the system of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) established in March 2013.
These bodies helped provide humanitarian, development, and charitable aid to many countries. These institutions advanced toward specialisation in their work, in accordance with the foundations laid by the founder father of the UAE, which made the UAE today one of the world's major donors.
:: Emirati pledge at the UN The UAE continues to play a leading role in international meetings and forums to highlight its contributions in the field of foreign aid, the most recent being the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, as part of the UAE's participation in the summit meetings on the sidelines of the 70th regular session of the General Assembly concluded in October.
During this global event, the UAE made a formal pledge to "not ignore any state that lags behind in the development process, and to help the world to move toward a path that supports sustainability and flexibility", as part of its tireless efforts toward the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and achieving the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched by the United Nations General Assembly.
In this context, the UAE announced that its aid supported a number of key areas in the 2030 development agenda, including infrastructure development, fighting poverty and hunger, the provision of aid for healthcare, education, and renewable energy, in addition to the support and empowerment of women. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290645776.html

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MICAD continues to strengthen UAE's humanitarian approach, global presence: report
posted on 24/01/2016

In 2015, the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) made a qualitative leap in its efforts to establish and strengthen the global presence of the UAE as the world's most generous country, by taking advantage of official efforts and coordinating with UAE donors and international missions to shape the humanitarian and honourable image of the UAE among nations.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Chairman of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, said the successes, achieved in 2015 were a prelude to building an integrated sector, based on strategies and policies developed to maintain the country's leading humanitarian role.
She said the achievements are part of a humanitarian approach focussed on supporting the aspirations of peoples and extending a helping hand to the needy.
"This approach is a pillar of the UAE's foreign policy under the guidance of its wise leadership namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It arises from the philosophy of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan."
Sheikha Lubna added that the ministry has worked to consolidate its mission, which seeks to achieve development at the global level by directing the country's public policies in this field; managing development and international assistance programmes and maximising their impact in various fields of development; and strengthening cooperation with local, regional, and international organisations and donors.
These efforts are based on the UAE's vision to be a leader in development and international cooperation at the regional and international level.
MICAD's achievements in 2015 fall under the umbrella of its regulatory framework and are in line with the directives of the country's leadership and the UAE Vision 2021. In the area of UAE foreign aid, the ministry is involved in boosting international relations, and the establishing regional and global partnerships in various developmental fields.
::Foreign aid policy and strategy In the context of the UAE's leading role in humanitarian and development aid, and in consultation with its strategic partners, the ministry has developed a policy and a strategy for the country's foreign aid programme.
In the next phase, UAE donors will focus on a number of priorities in terms of foreign aid, including regions that require priority aid and target sectors, and building effective partnerships in this area.
The UAE foreign aid policy, will help develop a comprehensive vision about the nature of the country's foreign aid during the next 10 years, along with the first draft of the foreign aid strategy and the communication strategy for the next five years.
::UAE foreign aid reports The annual UAE foreign report, released in June 2010, includes details on development, humanitarian, and charitable activities by the state, and is considered as the main reference for decision-makers, Emirati and international donor institutions, and researchers in the field of foreign aid. It also contributes towards enhancing transparency and credibility, in addition to enhancing the stature of the state as a major international donor.
In 2015, the ministry prepared more than 100 specialised reports for strategic partners and stakeholders, as well as 45 statistical reports about the state's response to humanitarian crises, including the Syrian and Yemeni crises.
:: Documenting foreign aid In support of the strategic priorities set by the UAE, the UAE Office For Coordination of Foreign Aid, whose functions have been incorporated into the MICAD system, has begun the documentation of foreign aid provided by the UAE since 2009 with the committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Financial Tracking Service (FTS) provided by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), based on internationally-recognised standards adopted by the two sides. The documentation contributed towards facilitating access to the UAE's foreign aid data allowing comparison with other international donors.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) calculates the percentage of official development assistance compared with the gross national income each year and determines the UAE's rank as one of the world's most generous. According to the DAC, the UAE is the first non-member donor in the committee to conduct comprehensive documentation of foreign assistance.
::Excellence and innovation 2015 also saw the launch of the first MICAD Excellence Awards, which honoured outstanding employees from the ministry's various departments and sectors. The event was part of the ministry's efforts that encourage the adoption of the concept of excellence as an effective tool and means to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the UAE, and to meet the country's aspirations in implementing the highest standards of quality and excellence.
The MICAD also launched in 2015 the UAE Innovation in Foreign Aid Award, which is aimed at expanding the scope of the implementation of innovative development and humanitarian response solutions, and encouraging all donors, as well as Emirati development, humanitarian and charitable institutions to present effective contributions to increase the impact of aid on the lives of beneficiaries, by providing innovative solutions that lead to the consolidation and unification of efforts in the relevant fields, while maintaining quality and efficiency at work. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290642903.html

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UAE continues to promote international development: Minister of Int'l Cooperation and Development
posted on 23/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and President of Zayed University, stressed that that the UAE's foreign relations with the world continue to be instrumental in promoting development in all developing countries and poor communities, and strengthening the ability of influential states and humanitarian and relief organisations to effectively respond to all humanitarian crises and disasters.
She was speaking during a meeting at Zayed University with visiting French Minister of State for Development and Francophony, Annick Girardin.
This approach, Al Qasimi noted, is in line with the UAE's efforts toward enhancing its positive participation in finding solutions to current challenges, including climate change and the spread of infectious and dangerous diseases, that threaten the future of humanity.
During the meeting, the pair discussed ways of strengthening the UAE-French partnership in all areas of humanitarian action and international development.
Minister Al Qasimi said relations between the UAE and France in all spheres are strong and historic and reflect their agreement on the need for supporting and improving international development efforts as well as strengthening their humanitarian agencies' effective response to many humanitarian crises, in Syria in particular.
They also discussed the UAE's effective response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and the resulting progress made in the country thanks to the UAE wise leadership, namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Minister Al Qasimi noted that the UAE is the world's largest donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen, and that more than 1.8 million Yemenis benefited from her country's aid.
In 2015, the UAE granted more than Dh1.6 billion in aid to Yemen, and restored infrastructure in many Yemeni governorates, she said.
Al Qasimi and the French minister also discussed the positive impact of the Paris climate change agreement, concluded last month by the world leaders, and the ensuing international efforts to promote the use of clean energy and renewable energy, in developing countries in particular.
The French Minister of State for Development and Francophony praised the UAE's efforts to promote international development and support developing countries and poor communities, as well as its response to humanitarian crises.
She also commended the progress of relations with the UAE in all spheres and the UAE's ambitious plans to promote economic diversification and focus on renewable energy projects. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290626833.html


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Lubna Al Qasimi highlights UAE's humanitarian efforts in Yemen
posted on 22/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has highlighted the UAE's efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which included the provision of various types of aid, benefiting over 1.8 million Yemeni people.
She reaffirmed that the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen poses a serious challenge to the international community, especially in light of the increasing numbers of affected individuals, as well as the widespread damage to infrastructure in many cities of the war-struck country, as a result of attacks perpetrated by Houthis and rebel groups.
She also called for strong collaboration among various stakeholders and international humanitarian institutions, to provide the required aid to the Yemeni people.
During her meeting with Desmond Swayne, UK Minister of State for International Development, and the accompanying delegation, at MICAD's headquarters, Sheikha Lubna noted the vital and active role played by the humanitarian institutions in the UAE, and the urgent response launched by these institutions to provide various kinds of aid and support, despite the challenging situation in the country.
At the meeting the parties discussed ways to strengthen partnership in all fields of international humanitarian action and development between the UAE and Britain.
Sheikha Lubna explained that the UAE offered a sum of Dh 1.64 billion ($447 million) in 2015 as humanitarian aid, with a special focus on infrastructure rehabilitation efforts in the Yemeni governorates of Aden, Taez, Lahj, Dalea, Shabwa, Abyan, Hadramaut, Mahara, and Marib, in addition to the island of Socotra.
The UAE also helped in the rehabilitation of Aden airport and seaport, as well as many of the power stations, a total of 11 hospitals, and a medical centre. The UAE also helped in the maintenance and rehabilitation of 154 schools, with 123 schools already handed over to the Yemeni government in time for the school term. Al Qasimi also highlighted that the UAE assisted in various other developmental projects, while continuing the provision of food aid.
Sheikha Lubna also discussed with British Minister for International Development means of strengthening relations and enhancing consultations between the two parties on key developments in the international development arena, praising the levels of cooperation between the UAE and Britain in providing qualitative humanitarian support to Syrian refugees, in accordance with the agreements concluded between the two parties, especially in education and other vital sectors.
The British Minister of International Development, praised the efforts of the UAE in the field of international development and humanitarian response, under the guidance of its wise leadership, commending in particular the efforts of UAE humanitarian institutions towards the Yemeni humanitarian crisis. He also stressed the importance of concerted international efforts to resolve the crisis, and provide urgent relief aid to the people affected by it.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also met with Sean Jones, Ambassador of New Zealand for Economic Development to the Pacific region, at the headquarters of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. They discussed means of enhancing joint cooperation between the UAE and New Zealand, and the rest of the Pacific region, especially in the field of renewable energy projects, and enhancing developmental capabilities of the countries of the Pacific region.
Sheikha Lubna confirmed that the outstanding efforts made by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, supports various prospects of cooperation between the Arab countries and the Pacific region, stressing the importance of strengthening cooperation and exchange of views between the UAE and New Zealand, aiming at promoting international development in the countries of the Pacific region. She also noted that renewable energy projects have become a fundamental pillar for achieving sustainable development goals for 2030.
The New Zealand Ambassador praised the leading role played by the UAE at the regional level in the Middle East, which aims at enhancing cooperation between the Arab world and the Pacific region, and supporting developmental projects in these countries in order to achieve prosperity for their peoples.
The two meetings were attended by Mohammed Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Development at MICAD, and Najla Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290598170.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi says UAE is steadfast supporter of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
posted on 21/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has said that the UAE is a steadfast supporter of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September last year.
"These goals will be achieved under the direction of the wise leadership of UAE, represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; entrenched the UAE position as a leader in international development, in particular through supporting international community's growing efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals according to this significant agreement that world leaders adopted last year," she said during her meeting with Mogens Lykketoft, president of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and his delegation at the Ministry's offices in Abu Dhabi.
She said that this agreement emphasises mutual responsibilities to end poverty, hunger and using best practices to achieve sustainable development, despite the challenges and obstacles facing less developed countries and impoverished communities.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also confirmed that the contributions submitted by humanitarian institutions and UAE donors, through comprehensive plans and programmes, effects strongly the achieving process goals which aims to improve livelihoods to real outcome in several regions and countries all over the world.
"The UAE's efforts and response to the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where, in 2015, the country presented aid worth approximately Dh 1.64 billion (US $ 447 million), and that the state's efforts focused on the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision humanitarian relief in the Yemeni governorates of Aden, Taiz, Lahj, Dalea, Shabwa and Abyan and Hadramaut and Mahara and Marib, in addition to the island of Socotra.
"The UAE is focused on rebuilding the country's main airport, the port of Aden, electrical stations, along with eleven hospitals, and a medical centre. The UAE is maintaining and rebuilding 154 schools, and has delivered 123 schools to date to the Yemeni government. Along with other development projects and the continued provision of food aid, which benefited more than 1.8 million Yemeni people," she added.
The meeting included discussions on potential areas of enhanced mutual cooperation and partnership between the UAE and the UN, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This aims to uplift the efficiency and outcome of development and aid programmes, and to create more ways to achieve this, such as involving all government and private organisations in the concerned countries, to mobilise more resources.
Sheikha Lubna said that the UAE gives great attention and prioritises refugee issues around the world. "Refugee issues demands strengthened effort with all involved international bodies that are related to humanitarian relief to assist those affected with conflicts and natural disasters," she said.
She also reviewed means of collaboration between the UAE and the UN's humanitarian and developmental bodies, by which humanitarian aid can be supplied. "Mutual agreements have been conducted to deliver aid to Syrian refugees inside and outside Syria, in addition in Yemen. The UAE also offers various aid packages to Palestinian refugees across multiple agreements with the UN to rescue and employ Palestinian refugees to the UNRWA," she said.
Mogens Lykketoft praised the effective role of the UAE in supporting the SDGs, as well as its leadership in the regional efforts during discussions related to setting those goals. He also praised the UAE's leading position in the international development scene, given its leading foreign aid internationally compared to its national income during 2013 and 2014.
Lykketoft also expressed the UN's appreciation for the UAE's efforts in responding to different humanitarian issues and crises, calling for further communication between both parties.
The meeting was attended by Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Deputy Minister, and Najila Al Kaabi, assistant deputy for International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290552752.html

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Sudanese President opens UAE- Sudanese agricultural project
posted on 21/01/2016

KHARTOUM: Sudanese President, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Beshir, has opened an agricultural project, a joint UAE-Sudanese venture.
The UAE's Janan Investment Company owns 60 per cent of the project, while the Sudanese government owns 40 per cent.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Hamad Mohammed Humaid Al Junaibi, the UAE Ambassador to Sudan, Mohammed Rashid Al Otaiba, Board Chairman of Janan Investment Company, and the board members Ahmed Al Falasi and Mattar Al Ameri.
The Sudanese president unveiled the commemorative plaque of the project, which is spread over an area of 130, 000 acres in the Northern State, Sudan. He toured the first phase of the project, which is 20, 000 acres.
Al-Beshir expressed his admiration for the project and the rain irrigation technology introduced by the Janan Company in Sudan. He ordered facilitation of all obstacles facing the project, calling on officials in the agricultural and investment sector in Sudan to benefit from the UAE's experience in this respect.
The Sudanese president was accompanied during the tour by a number of senior officials. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290562901.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi stresses the importance of international dialogue in fighting humanitarian crises
posted on 20/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has called on the urgent need to establish an international forum, stressing the importance of developing and engaging in dialogue for a better tomorrow by addressing humanitarian crises.
"We aim to develop and formulate direct solutions to respond effectively against all human rights abuses before they escalate," she said.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also stressed that the situation of the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and lack of a comprehensive solution, after five years, draws attention to the seriousness of this unprecedented global humanitarian disaster.
"The current situation for host countries of Syrian refugees and of displaced Syrians inside the country, especially the terrible conditions that Madaya residents are suffering from, have obliged us to harness all possibilities to reach effective and practical solutions from all international humanitarian donors and countries," she said.
Sheikha Lubna's announcement came during the visit of Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. O Brien and Sheikha Lubna held discussions at the Ministry's headquarters in Abu Dhabi. They discussed methods of enhancing bilateral relations between the UAE and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to support the United Nations efforts to respond to humanitarian crises. They also discussed arrangements for the UAE s participation in the upcoming humanitarian summit to be hosted by Turkey in May, and the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, to be held in London in February.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also confirmed the UAE s desire to support and strengthen its relations with various international institutions involved in humanitarian work, specifically UN institutions and organisations, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and other specialised UN organisations.
During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna also highlighted the UAE s response to the Syrian crisis, for which it has presented, through various donor institutions, humanitarian aid worth Dh2.2 billion (US$ 597 million), as of December 2015, which exceeded the total value of US$ 460 million committed by the UAE through International Donor Conferences for Syria over the last three years.
These donations included founding the joint Emirati-Jordanian Camp to accommodate Syrian refugees, as well as the UAE Jordanian Hospital. The humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees includes the provision of support, including food aid, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education and coordination. Aid will reach the Syrian refugees either in the neighbouring countries hosting them, or those displaced inside Syria.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi showcased the UAE s efforts and response to the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where, in 2015, the UAE presented aid worth approximately Dh1.64 billion (US$ 447 million), and that the state's efforts focused on the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision of humanitarian relief in the Yemeni governorates of Aden, Taez, Lahj, Dalea, Shabwa, Abyan, Hadramaut, Mahara and Marib, in addition to the island of Socotra.
The UAE, she said, is focused on rebuilding the airport, the port of Aden, electrical stations and sub-stations, eleven hospitals, and a medical centre. The UAE is maintaining and rebuilding 154 schools, and has delivered 123 schools to date for the Yemeni government, along with other development projects and the continued provision of food aid, which has benefited more than 1.8 million Yemeni people.
O Brien stressed the UN s desire to strengthen relations with the UAE, and to improve the mechanisms of the international response to various humanitarian crises across the world. He also reviewed the efforts and role of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The meeting was attended by Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Development, and Najla Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290512215.html

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UAE provides US$46 million in loans for renewable energy projects in Africa and The Caribbean
posted on 18/01/2016

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, yesterday announced US$46 million in concessional loans for four renewable energy projects in developing countries, in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA.
The loans are the 3rd cycle of funds ADFD provided to bolster sustainable energy projects in the developing world.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the activities of the assembly of the sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoFA, congratulated award recipients and reiterated the UAE's determination and commitment to continuing its support for efforts both locally and international towards a more sustainable energy future.
"The UAE is extremely proud to support these projects that will help foster sustainable energy transition locally and globally. In addition to these projects, the UAE has committed over US$340 million for sustainable efforts in developing countries. I am very proud to see that we play an integral part in boosting international development strategies," he said.
The IRENA and ADFD loans will fund a wind and solar project in Antigua and Barbuda, a solar project in Burkina Faso, a solar and wind project in Cabo Verde and a solar project in Senegal. The four projects will result in nearly 12 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, reduce emissions, create jobs, and electrify rural communities without access to modern energy services.
Also commenting on the occasion, IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin who said that accelerating the energy transition to renewables requires all countries to take action to develop their own local renewable energy sources.
"While renewable energy resources are abundant in many developing countries, adequate finance can still be a barrier to deployment. IRENA and ADFD's pioneering partnership contributes to overcoming this challenge, by selecting innovative projects for concessional funding," he said.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ADFD, said that increased availability of clean, affordable and reliable energy is an important priority for ADFD to drive sustainable development and positive societal changes across developing countries.
"Our collaboration with IRENA has significantly contributed to narrowing the energy divide that has long hindered development projects in developing countries due to the lack of reliable power infrastructure. Through this collaboration, we have ensured the availability of necessary financial resources to move the sustainable development agenda forward. At ADFD, we are committed to continuing to collaborate with international agencies to spur economic growth, ensure environmental protection and create jobs across the developing world," he said.
Applications for the 4th cycle will be accepted until February, 2016. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290401111.html

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The Big Heart Foundation and KHCF join hands to provide cancer care to patients
posted on 11/01/2016

The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, has signed an agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, KHCF, in Jordan, a leading Jordanian and Arab institution in the fight against cancer, to provide essential medical care for eight Syrian Refugees and Palestinian cancer patients, with TBHF covering the cost of treatment provided by The King Hussein Cancer Centre, the Foundation's medical arm.
The King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan provides state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer care to the people of Jordan and the Middle East region. The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Centre also offers education, training and public awareness initiatives aimed at early detection and prevention of cancer. Cancer-related research is also carried at KHCC to decrease mortality rates and alleviate suffering from cancer.
HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director-General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, said, "I am very proud of our partnership with the Big Heart Foundation and the great relationship between Jordan and the UAE. This is reflected through their invaluable efforts to support our fight against cancer. With this generous donation we will be able to continue to cover the treatment of unprivileged patients in our centre and continue our joint humanitarian mission of supporting patients in need."
Mariam al Hammadi, Director of "Salam Ya Seghar", a TBHF initiative said, "We are very pleased to undertake this initiative and to collaborate with an eminent medical care provider like the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Centre. We are sure that the Foundation and Centre will give the patients the best care needed. Under the directions of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, TBHF seeks to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients by offering help, support and most importantly, hope. It is Her Highness' greatest wish to ensure all those who need cancer care and treatment, are able to receive it."
In May 2015, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi launched the International Childhood Cancer Fund to support children with cancer worldwide and donated US$1 million towards this cause. The fund aims to help save the lives of 30,000 children in poor and middle-income countries and was launched in cooperation with the UICC's International Childhood Cancer Fund, through the "Salam Ya Seghar" campaign, an affiliate of the Big Heart Foundation.
Mariam al Hammadi added, "H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi believes that equitable access to treatment and care is a fundamental right of all people and despite the difficult times people living in countries such as Palestine and Syria endure, they have a right to decent healthcare, which is a human rights and social justice issue." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290107836.html

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Emirati-Jordanian Field Hospital expansions opened
posted on 09/01/2016

AL MAFRAQ, JORDAN: The expansions of the Emirati-Jordanian Field Hospital, carried out through a generous contribution by H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, were opened yesterday in the Jordanian city of Al Mafraq.
The expansions were opened on behalf of Sheikh Humaid by Hamad bin Ghlaita Al Ghafli, Member of the Federal National Council, in presence of the UAE Ambassador to Jordan Bilal Rabee Al Bodour.
Al Ghafli said the field hospital, which is part of the UAE contributions to alleviate suffering of needy people, provides services to more than 1,000 patients a day.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Shamsi, the Emirati relief team leader and director of the Emirati-Jordanian Camp, said the hospital was built to help the Syrian refugees and to support the efforts made by Jordan in hosting to help them.
He added that the hospital expansion works started after a visit made by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi to the hospital, during which, he issued his directives to construct a section for surgeries, in addition to eye and ENT clinics. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290067707.html

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UAE Embassy in Khartoum provides computer equipment to National Library of Sudan
posted on 08/01/2016

KHARTOUM: The UAE Ambassador to Sudan, Hamad Mohammed Humaid Al Junaibi, has presented the National Library of Sudan, NLS, with integrated units of computer equipment and related accessories, including printers, scanners and power-saving high-tech equipment, in the presence of the Sudanese Minister of State for Culture.
In a speech on the occasion, the Sudanese Minister, Sayed Ali Haroun, thanked the UAE leadership, government and its people, and praised the brotherly relations between the two countries and the two peoples, saying that the gift represented a major boost for the electronic library at NLS.
The UAE Ambassador commended the depth of brotherly relations between the two countries and expressed his pleasure at providing support for the library, pointing out that such acts are part of various initiatives launched by the UAE to enhance human development which is an integral objective of its goals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290026563.html

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ADFD discusses enhancing bilateral cooperation with Ethiopia
posted on 03/01/2016

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), welcomed a high-level government delegation from the Republic of Ethiopia at the Fund's headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The two sides discussed ways of further enhancing bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Ethiopia in multiple fields.
The Ethiopian delegation comprised Sufian Ahmed, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Ato Wondimu Tekle, Minister of Water and Electricity, Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, and Abdul Qader Rasqwa, Ethiopian Ambassador to the UAE.
As part of its core agenda, the meeting explored avenues of support for development projects in Ethiopia through collaboration between ADFD and the Government of Ethiopia particularly in the agriculture and mining sectors. Discussions also focused on the projects financed by ADFD in Ethiopia as well as the funding requests submitted to former for further study.
Al Suwaidi thanked the delegation for its visit and keenness in promoting stronger synergies between the UAE and Ethiopia. He hoped that the delegation's visit would further cement the excellent ties between both countries. He added that ADFD was committed to funding more development projects in Ethiopia provided such projects were aligned with the strategic objectives of ADFD.
Established in 1971, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is an independent national entity affiliated to the Abu Dhabi government. To help emerging countries achieve sustainable development, the Fund offers concessionary loans, manages government grants through the direct supervision of such aid in project implementation and makes long-term investments and direct contributions. Since inception, ADFD has overseen the provision and management of Dh65 billion towards financing 442 development projects in 76 countries around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395289845606.html

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Emirates Red Crescent delivers 50 water pumps to Aden Governorate
posted on 31/12/2015

ADEN: The Emirates Red Crescent has delivered 50 water pumps to Yemen's Governorate of Aden to enable the city's municipality to provide drinking waters to the population after water wells were destroyed in the war.
Governor of Aden, Brigadier Aidarous Al Zubaiai, and other Yemeni officials took delivery of the donated pumps .
In a press release, the Emirates Red Crescent said it is carrying out similar projects in other Yemeni governorates to meet demand for clean water.
The humanitarian agency noted that it will continue to support Yemeni local authorities to provide basic services for citizens.
Director of Water and Sewerage Establishment, Najib Mohammed, said the pumps will be installed at 50 water wells to restore 95 per cent of the lost capacity in Aden.
He thanked the UAE for playing a humanitarian role in Yemen and supporting development in the country's sectors. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289796646.html

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Khalifa Foundation launches vital infrastructure in Serbia at cost of Dh30 million
posted on 30/12/2015

In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has officially launched its critical infrastructure renovation in the city of Novi Pazar in Serbia, at a cost of Dh30 million.
In a speech on the occasion, the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucicr, expressed his thanks to the UAE and its leadership, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, for the humanitarian efforts, saying that the programme will enhance the success of the health and education sectors in his country, adding that the facilities had been built to a five-star level and designed using the latest engineering and technical methods.
An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that work on these vital facilities was carried out in record time since beginning in April. The buildings were completed in just eight months and based on the highest engineering and technical standards. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395289754877.html

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ADFD extends loan of Dh77 million for construction of Metolong Dam Project in Lesotho
posted on 28/12/2015

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has extended Dh77 million (US$21 million) in concessionary loans towards the construction of the Metolong Dam in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a land-locked nation surrounded by South Africa. Construction of the dam, which provides 71,000 cubic meters of drinking water daily, was recently completed by the government of Lesotho.
ADFD's loan was used to finance construction work of the concrete dam and its outbuildings, as well as for pumping and purifying plants and distribution pipelines.
Built at a total cost of Dh700 million (US$189 million), the dam project aims to support Lesotho's economy by enhancing the country's water infrastructure, and augmenting existing drinking water sources in the capital Maseru, as well as in the arterial towns of Roma, Mazenod, Teyateyaneng and the surrounding villages. The dam is expected to meet the population's water demands until 2025.
The project includes the construction of a dam, with the capacity of 53 million cubic meters on the Strait of Phuthiatsana River to store and distribute the river's water. It also comprises tanks and a plant to purify and store water, four pumping plants for the four cities, 89 kms of distribution pipelines, and complete civil and electro-mechanical construction works, as well as technical and advisory services.
Muhammad Seif Al Suwaidi, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, said that the UAE, under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is keen to support and develop strong relationships with African nations that would ensure significant benefits for all concerned.
Speaking of the UAE's contributory loan offered via the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to Lesotho, he said, "ADFD remains committed to financing new infrastructure development projects that are a priority for the government of Lesotho and other developing countries in Africa.
"The ADFD contributory loan of US$21 million has helped finance the construction of the Metolong Dam, one of the most important dams in the country that meets a significant need for drinking water in several cities in Lesotho, in addition to developing the country's water and irrigation infrastructure. We are confident the project will help Lesotho achieve sustainable development in the country."
The government of Lesotho expressed appreciation to the UAE for its collaboration and support in achieving sustainable development across different sectors of the country's economy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289664563.html

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ERC begins 1st phase of educational institutions' maintenance project in Yemen
posted on 28/12/2015

ABU DHABI, 28th December, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has begun the first phase of its project to renovate and repair 154 schools and educational institutions in Yemen.
During this phase around 123 education institutions will be repaired as part of the ERC's continuing efforts to promote services in the educational sector, which has badly hit by the ongoing strife in Yemen.
The renovation work is currently underway in another 31 schools, as part of the second phase of the rehabilitation of schools, which are expected to open soon.
The educational authorities in Yemen have expressed their appreciation to the ERC for supporting the educational sector. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289674996.html

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UAE, Egypt discuss stronger cooperation on development
posted on 23/12/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Sahar Nasr, Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation, yesterday met to discuss ways of bolstering cooperation between the two countries.
Minister Al Qasimi, who also chairs the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, said the UAE's aid to Egypt in 2014 stood at Dh11.7 billion, accounting for 52 per cent of all UAE's foreign aid.
In the past five years (2010-2014), the UAE's aid to Egypt stood at a little more than Dh29 billion, accounting for 48.6 per cent of the total UAE's foreign aid, she said, noting that the aid to the Arab country went mainly to its development projects.
The UAE minister praised the UAE leadership, namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for supporting strong relations between the UAE and Egypt and promoting international development efforts.
She also praised Egypt for facilitating access of UAE's aid into Gasa Strip via the Rafah border crossing, into Libya via the Salloum border crossing well as UAE's humanitarian aid shipments to Yemen via the port of Alexandria.
For her part, the Egyptian minister of international development reiterated her country's interest in stronger ties with the UAE, in particular in the wake of the 23 July revolution in Egypt. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289539360.html

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UAE-Egyptian mobile volunteer hospital established in Cairo
posted on 16/12/2015

CAIRO: A UAE-Egyptian mobile volunteer hospital has been established in Cairo to bring medical care to thousands of children and elderly heart patients in various remote areas of the country.
Under the supervision of volunteering senior doctors and surgeons, patients in various Egyptian governorates will gain access to diagnosis and treatment for heart disease.
The mobile hospital was established as a joint humanitarian initiative by the Zayed Giving Initiative, Saudi-German Hospital, Dar Al Ber Society, Ain Shams University, Egyptian Volunteer Society and Emirates Volunteer Association, as part of the 'Heart to Heart' campaign to provide free diagnosis and treatment to under-privileged heart patients.
The mobile volunteer hospital, which was launched in 2002, provides the latest diagnostic and therapeutic services, including surgeries, at a fraction of the conventional cost. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289254871.html

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