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Khalifa Foundation discusses support for development projects in Kazakhstan
posted on 12/12/2013
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has discussed prospects of supporting development projects in Kazakhstan.
This came during a meeting between Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and Kairat Lama Sharif, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UAE
The two sides discussed a number of ideas and proposals aimed at increasing cooperation between Kazakhstan and Khalifa Foundation along with the implementation of some development projects in the future.
Sharif commended the charitable and humanitarian activities of Zayed Foundation for alleviating human sufferings and provision of relief to people facing wars, calamities and natural disasters. He also noted the humanitarian and development projects carried out by the Foundation in many countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE donates US$ 2 mn to OIC's Islamic Solidarity Fund
posted on 12/12/2013
Conakry: The UAE on Wednesday donated US$ 2 million to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Islamic Solidarity Fund (Isf) and its Waqf to enable it play its rope properly.
The UAE donation was announced by Abdullah bin Mohammed Saeed Ghobash, UAE Minister of State, during his address to the 40th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation which concluded yesterday in Conakry, Guinea.
The Jeddah-based Islamic Solidarity Fund, a subsidiary organ of the OIC, was established to take all possible steps to raise the intellectual and moral levels of the Muslims in the world; provide required material relief in case of emergencies such as natural catastrophes and man-made disasters, that may befall the Islamic States; and to grant assistance to Muslim minorities and communities so as to improve their religious, social and cultural standards.
'The UAE, under the guidance of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is closely monitoring conditions of the Islamic people and communities so as to deliver humanitarian and development aid to many of Islamic countries,' the UAE minister said.
The donation, he added, was in consistence with the UAE's established foreign policy principles and commitment to its Gulf, Arab and Islamic loyalty and belonging.
'Our foreign policy derives its principles from the Charter of the United Nations and the provisions of international law, especially those calling for peaceful coexistence, confidence-building, good neighbourliness, mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of the State, and pursuing peaceful means in resolving conflicts and disputes.' 'On the basis of these principles, and commitment to security and stability in the Gulf region, my Government expresses, once again, its regret regarding the continued Iranian occupation of our three islands: Abu Musa, and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, and demands the restoration of the UAE's full sovereignty over these islands. We emphasise that all actions and measures taken by the Iranian occupation authorities are null and void, and are contrary to international law and to all norms and common human values. Therefore, we urge Iran to respond to the repeated peaceful, sincere calls of the United Arab Emirates for a just settlement of this issue, either through direct, serious negotiations or by referral to the International Court of Justice to settle this dispute in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and the provisions of international law,' he said.
The UAE minister also touched in his address on the situations in Syria and Egypt. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Khalifa Foundation helps Syrian students in Lebanon
posted on 10/12/2013
Beirut: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has paid the school expenses for a group of Syrian refugee students in Lebanon.
Families of the beneficiary students thanked the UAE and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the unwavering support for the needy across the world.
They noted that the UAE pursues the humanitarian approach of its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The humanitarian aid operation of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in Lebanon also provides medicine for Syrian refugee patients with chronic diseases in Bekaa Valley and Wadi Khaled town in Akkar area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Lubna, Kyrgyzstan's Minister of Economy and Antimonopoly discuss ways of strengthening UAE-Kyrgyz relations
posted on 08/12/2013
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Development and International Co-operation, and Kyrgystan's Minister of Economy '&' Anti-monopoly Policies, Temir Sariev, have discussed ways of strengthening cooperation between their countries, advancing the efficiency of their partnership in all development, economic and cultural spheres, as well as exchanging visits by tourism and trade delegations.
Sheikha Lubna, in remarks at the meeting with the Kyrgyz minister who leads a delegation of Kyrgyz government officials and members of the parliament on a current visit to the UAE, affirmed that UAE is looking forward to enhancing relations with, and openness to the rest of the world based on a vision which seeks to achieve common interests and promote cooperation with all countries. She noted that UAE, under its wise leadership, made huge leaps for its international relationships contributing to the strengthening of its national development strategies, and maximising its positive effect on the region and the world.
Affirming that UAE is interested in expanding its relations with Kyrgyzstan in particular, and all Central Asia countries in general, Minister Al Qasimi underlined the importance of increasing the number of visits by Kyrgyz investors and businessmen interested in exploring the promising investment and growth opportunities offered by UAE, and in benefiting from the its favourable business climate, competitive facilitations and strategic location as a gateway between East and West, in addition to participating in the various exhibitions and conferences organised in UAE.
On his part, Minister Sariev extended his country's greetings to the UAE on the occasion of its 42nd National Day and on winning bid to host the world EXPO 2020. He affirmed that Kyrgyzstan is looking forward to enhancing its relations with UAE in various spheres including economy, investment and trade exchange.
The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Undersecretary at UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Rashid Al Shamisi, Director of Aid Coordination at MICAD, Kuban Omuraliev, Consul General of Kyrgyzstan in UAE, Maksatbek D. Dyikanov, State Secretary under Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Transport and Communications, and Marat Sultanov and Zosbaly Ezayeiv, Kyrgyz Members of the Parliament. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Khalifa Fund and Egypt's Social Fund for Development Sign US $200 million agreement
posted on 06/12/2013
Cairo: The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (Khalifa Fund) and Egypt's Social Fund for Development (SFD) signed a framework agreement yesterday outlining joint efforts to boost development and opportunities for small and micro sized enterprises in Egypt. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Egypt/GCC Investment Forum, which kicked off in Cairo yesterday.
Ibrahim Ahmed Al Mansouri, Khalifa Fund's Chief Operations Officer, and Ghada Wali, SFD's Managing Director, signed the agreement in the presence of the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr. Hazem El Beblawi, UAE Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Egypt's Deputy Prime Minister for the Economic Affairs and Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Ziad Bahaa-Eldin and the UAE's Ambassador to Egypt, Mohammad bin Nukheira Al Daheri.
The framework agreement stipulates that the UAE will provide US $200 million (Dh 736 million), via the Khalifa Fund, to the SFD in order to catalyse the start-up of small and micro sized enterprises with the overarching goal for these businesses to achieve significant socio-economic impact throughout Egypt.
The agreement aims to establish a mutually-beneficial framework for future cooperation between both entities through investments in projects which will contribute to the development of impoverished areas throughout the country, with a focus on expanding social funding programmes for women and youth with an objective of increasing employment opportunities and income generation.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said, "The wise leadership of the UAE has asked us to identify development opportunities for Egyptian citizens in various sectors. We are pleased to sign this agreement during the Egypt/GCC Investment Forum, a platform that demonstrates our willingness to further the cooperation between Gulf countries and Egypt. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Egypt's Social Fund for Development for their efforts in creating this agreement, which sets the structural framework for the launch of many innovative projects centred around sustainability and empowerment." He added, "This agreement reflects the UAE's vision to boost sustainable development and foster Egypt's human capital; focusing specifically on women and youth. We are confident that these segments of society will be able to launch their own unique projects and businesses, which will contribute to income generation and poverty reduction." He concluded by saying that the strength of the relationship between both countries will continually ensure that the UAE will stand by the people of Egypt during challenging times as it regains its regional leadership position. Dr. Al Jaber also stressed that economic stability is the foundation of national security as well as political and social stability.
Al Jaber emphasised that this agreement aims to foster a new and innovative entrepreneurial culture that hopes to instil optimism and positive mindsets.
Dr. Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt, said, "The United Arab Emirates is a sister country to the Arab Republic of Egypt and cooperation between the two countries in the field of small enterprises seeks to implement a strategic partnership for investment in the Egyptian economy, and the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture through more production, innovation, and development." Dr. Bahaa-Eldin stressed that, "The United Arab Emirates is notorious for its nationalist positions in support of all Arab countries. The active participation of the UAE in the Egypt-GCC Investment Forum and the signing of this agreement reflects the strength of our fraternal relations with the UAE and the depth of the bonds between the two countries." Khalifa Fund's Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Al Mansouri, agreed, calling the agreement "an important step towards building strategic relations with the SFD as it seeks to reduce poverty and unemployment." Furthermore, he described the agreement as an opportunity to work closely with its new partners at the SFD and learn more about Egypt's numerous promising industries and sectors that may benefit from the joint venture through capacity building efforts to become sources of creative job opportunities.
Ghada Fathy Waly, Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development of Egypt, said, "The agreement constitutes an important step towards further cooperation with our brothers in the UAE through the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, which is a pioneering institution on the Arab and Regional levels in the field of diffusion and promotion of entrepreneurship, and the creation of an enabling environment for the Small and Medium Enterprises sector." Ms. Waly added, "The two Funds will work side by side to put in place the organisational and financial frameworks that will determine the features of the future cooperation between the two parties." She continued, "The focus will be on developing the poorest areas, and maximizing job creation especially for young people and women." According to the framework agreement, the Khalifa Fund will provide financial and non-financial support for small and micro ventures through the Social Fund for Development. The agreement also stipulates new levels of cooperation between both parties and the necessity of data sharing to ensure the success of the mission and achieve the framework's objectives.
The Egypt/GCC Investment Forum, in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates, aims to strengthen the strategic partnership between Egypt and the GCC. The Forum focuses on updating GCC countries on the various investment opportunities in Egypt, the most recent amendments to investment laws, as well as providing a platform for candid discussions on the current investment challenges.
On its opening day, the Forum was attended by over 1000 delegates from Egypt and the GCC.
UAE President orders opening of first phase of Emirates Hospital in Pakistan
posted on 04/12/2013
Islamabad: Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support and assist the Islamic Republic of Pakistan through the implementation of a number of humanitarian and development projects, the Project to Assist Pakistan, PAP, has announced the completion of the first phase of the new Emirates Hospital, which is one of the largest health projects carried out in Pakistani territory, built at a cost of US$108 million.
Purposed to alleviate the difficult humanitarian situation experienced by the people of Pakistan in a large number of cities, especially after the tragedy of floods, the new Emirates Hospital, which is one of the largest health projects carried out in Pakistan, is being built at a cost of US$108 million.
The announcement came during a formal ceremony held by the management of the project in Islamabad, in the presence of the former Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Director of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP), Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, a number of members of the UAE Embassy in Pakistan and senior Pakistani military commanders, along with officials of government agencies.
At the beginning of the ceremony, a memorial plaque was unveiled which embodied the completion of the first phase of the Emirates Hospital.
Guests toured the buildings and facilities of the Emirates Hospital, where they were briefed on the achievement of the PAP, which has provided a hospital complete with all necessary facilities, as well as a hall for seminars and lectures.
General Kayani and the attendees viewed a documentary film prepared by the management of the PAP, which documented the phases of the construction of the Emirates Hospital and the completion of the work on it.
At the end of the tour, Al Ghafli presented a commemorative shield to General Kayani on the occasion of the opening of the medical institution.
On the occasion, Mr. Al Ghafli affirmed that the health services in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have the interest of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and their continuous support to projects in the health sector in Pakistan in order to upgrade them to the highest international standards.
The Emirates Hospital project is one of the largest health projects to be implemented in Pakistan, and is classified as a specialist hospital to treat patients in general in all medical fields, and is designed to receive critical cases referred by other hospitals. Equipped with the latest medical laboratories and equipment to provide the best medical care, the Emirates Hospital will be academically approved to train interns. It accommodates 1000 beds and has 16 well-equipped surgical theatres capable of executing 50 surgical procedures daily.
Regarding the financing of the project, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation have both contributed to fund about half the cost of the US$108 million project.
It is expected that the Emirates Hospital in the up-coming phase will contribute to promoting the process of training and upgrading the skills of physicians through the academic adoption of doctors' training to pass graduation requirements.
The Pakistani people expressed their thanks and appreciation to the UAE's wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his generous gesture to support them by establishing this hospital to alleviate their suffering. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Monetary Fund grants Tunisia US$212m in two loans, one credit line
posted on 30/11/2013
The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) and its Arab Trade Financing Program (ATFP) have granted Tunisia US$147 million in two loans and a US$65 million credit line, under three agreements, to help Tunisia continue reforms in its government financial system, as well as its financial and banking sector in 2014.
AMF, in a press release, said its director general and board chairman, Jassim Al Mannai', and the governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, Chedly Ayari, signed the relevant agreements on the two loans and the credit line.
The two loans totaling US$147 million are aimed at backing Tunisia's efforts to reform its government financial system, as well as to continue reforms in the financial and banking sector nesxt year.
This takes to 19 the total number of AMF's loans to Tunisia, worth over US$ 500 million.
AMF said its relationship with Tunisia is not restricted to funding as it also directly contributes to technical programmes and provides training to staff members of Tunisia's financial, monetary and statistics institutions, so as to back the country's economic reform efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
ADFD signs Dh 110 mn loan agreement with Mauritania for financing major road network project
posted on 27/11/2013
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) signed a loan agreement by virtue of which ADFD will provide Dh 110 million loan to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The loan will be used in financing a vital road located with Republic of Mali's boundaries.
ADFD's contribution in financing this vital project came from the belief in the important role played by the road networks in enhancing the performance of key economic sectors which improves living conditions in developing countries.
The loan agreement was signed by Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Acting Director General of ADFD, and Sedi Weld Babha Weld Altah, Minister of Economic Affairs and Development in Republic of Mauritania.
Al Suwaidi said: "This grant embodies the keenness of ADFD to play a vital role in supporting the development march, and this come in line with its strong approach in carrying out the sustainable development in developing countries to enable them to overcome the difficulties and challenges they faced, and to raise the living standards of their people." He added: "The positive effects of this development project will be extended to include various economic sectors in the Republic of Mauritania, as the road will play an essential role in activating the economic movement and increase trade between Mauritania and neighboring countries. In addition to an improved of the internal traffic through the establishment of modern infrastructure contribute to improving the movement internal transport.' For his part, Sedi Weld Babha Weld Altah, said "The financial loan provided by ADFD will effectively contribute to support the efforts of Mauritanian's government to achieve a comprehensive development, as the constructing of the sophisticated network of road would help in activating the economic movement in Mauritania and neighboring countries, not only by facilitating the movement of people, but also through the recovery of major economic activities such as agriculture, fishing, tourism and facilitate the transport of products to domestic and international markets, thus contributing to enhance the revenues of the country from the foreign currency which will lead to economic recovery.
The Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development praised the leadership of UAE's role in solidifying mutual cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Mauritania and extends his gratitude and appreciation to the UAE for its continuous support and its keenness to back the march of development in his country." Also, he expressed his high esteem for the efficient role the Government of UAE and the ADFD are playing in promoting development in Republic of Mauritania by funding such vital development projects.
It is worth mentioning that ADFD's involvement in Republic of Mauritania goes back to 1977. The Fund has since then offered loans totaling to more than Dh 183.5 million allocated for 5 developmental projects. Moreover, ADFD also managed a grant provided by UAE government worth around Dh 37 million distributed to Nouakchott hospital in order to improve the health sector in the country. All the financed projects focused on the sectors most influential in the development process in Mauritania. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE is funding development projects in Africa: Al Hashimy
posted on 18/11/2013
The UAE is funding many projects in Africa to stimulate economic growth and attract investment through building regional and international partnerships as part of its development and relief aid programme, UAE Minister of Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy has said.
Addressing yesterday the preparatory meeting of the joint ministerial council for the 3rd Afro-Arab summit which Kuwait is hosting from 19th to 20th November, Al Hashimy said the summit represents an important, qualitative turning point in the path of the Afro-Arab economic cooperation and integration.
Al Hashimy, who is leading the UAE's delegation to the summit, called for maximising efforts to leverage bilateral relations to joint partnership in various areas. She added that the two groups need to mobilise their huge combine energies and financial and human capital to deliver their aspired goals through implementation of the agreed joint strategic partnership and action plan 2011-2016..
'Affective mechanisms should be created to remove all obstacles hindering the implementation of this partnership,' she stressed.
She said that the UAE hosted the 5th Africa Global Business Forum 2013 - Dubai-COMESA: Bridging the Continent to the World - on May 1-2 in Dubai and noted the growing trade and investment exchange between Africa and the Arab World.
The two-day summit is expected to issue the Kuwait Declaration and special statement on Palestine. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE announces 2014 donation for UN bodies
posted on 13/11/2013
New York: The UAE announced in the United Nations on Monday a donation of US$1.7 million (Dh6.24 million) to various UN bodies for 2014.
The UAE said it will later announce the amount that will be given to other humanitarian and development funds affiliated with the UN.
A total of US$1 million will be used for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), US$324,000 for the UN Development Programme, US$200,000 for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), US$100,000 for the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), and US$100,000 for the Red Cross. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Emirates Foundation Philanthropy Summit 2013 kicks off
posted on 13/11/2013
The Emirates Foundation for Youth Development is organising its first ever Philanthropy Summit 2013, with the aim to connect innovative institutions, global and regional business experts, government representatives and philanthropists to engage in a discussion on Philanthropy in Transition'.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, the summit connects experts from around the world in an in-depth debate on how the impact of philanthropic investment can be maximised to empower youth and further benefit societies in a sustainable way.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Emirates Foundation Board Member and a keynote speaker at the summit, said, "This summit aims to discuss philanthropy in transition. It will look at the current structural changes under way in the sector. There is growing recognition that philanthropic capital can play a critical role in driving socio-economic development." She added, "Under the leadership of its Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emirates Foundation has developed into a platform to encourage the culture of giving. We wish to create an impact on the lives of a large number of people. We want to deliver real sustainable results in relation to the problems that we seek to tackle." Clare Woodcraft, CEO of Emirates Foundation, said, "Emirates Foundation is delighted to welcome corporate and government dignitaries, innovative philanthropists and business experts from the region and around the world to engage in enlightening discussions and panels on how the socio-economic impact of venture philanthropy can be maximised." During the summit, Emirates Foundation created an interactive platform where the best minds in the field shared the lessons they've learned, provided peer coaching and created strategic alliances and partnerships to help create greater social impact. The foundation ran four parallel work streams, where each included "Challenge Sessions" facilitated by various experts in each respective field.
Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programs Officer, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development said, "This summit is discussing four parallel work streams, which came in line with the Foundation's core business areas. The work streams are forming a good opportunity to introduce the Foundation's various programmes; Takatof , Sanid, Think Science, Kayani, Think Science, and Kafa'at, and engaging with experts and sharing knowledge about the best practices in the field of "giving and philanthropy." Attending the summit is a delegation of Kuwaiti youth who have been invited to tour significant landmarks in the UAE, along with 25 Emirati youth, to share their experiences and insights. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Thousands of Seychelles children receive clothes from UAE's Red Crescent
posted on 13/11/2013
The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) of the UAE distributed clothing to thousands of underprivileged children in Seychelles as part of the second phase of the Clothe One Million Underprivileged Children campaign which launched earlier this year by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
RCA recently procured the clothes from local markets to give them out to targeted children at four schools in cooperation with local relative authorities in underprivileged communities.
Chairman of the Board of RCA, Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouie, said the agency's effort in Seychelles was part of the UAE's international humanitarian outreach.
Al Mazrouie said such initiatives reflect positively on the future of millions of children under harsh humanitarian conditions are deprived from many of their basic rights the provision of which is the responsibility of the international community and philanthropists RCA has implemented its part of the first phase of the Clothe One Million Underprivileged Children campaign benefiting more than 1.44 million children in 34 countries at a cost of more than Dh87.6 million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
RCA distributes thousands of clothing items to children in Madagascar
posted on 11/11/2013
\Madagascar: The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA)'s delegation has distributed thousands of items of clothing to children in remote villages to the west of Madagascar's capital city, Antananarivo.
The distribution comes within the framework of the second phase of the charity campaign launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide clothing for one million deprived children around the world .
The families expressed their thanks and appreciation to the UAE and the RCA for their support to them. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Hamdan bin Zayed: UAE led by Khalifa reinforces international efforts to eradicate polio among Syrian children
posted on 10/11/2013
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA), has stressed that the UAE led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is exerting utmost efforts to strengthen international resolve to eradicate polio among the Syrian children.
Sheikh Hamdan was speaking after sponsoring the immunisation of 1.6 million Syrian children from polio in cooperation with UNICEF, which has announced that the vaccination campaign is underway in Syria and other Middle East countries to protect over 20 million children from polio.
The RCA chairman ordered the RCA to speed up the implementation of comprehensive campaign in coordination with UNICEF in Syria and neighbouring countries amid reports of some polio cases in Syria.
He reiterated that the UAE mobilises the support to address humanitarian issues, referring to the recent initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces of donating Dh440 million in support of the international efforts to eradicate polio by 2018.
In implementation of Sheikh Hamdan's instructions to immunise the Syrian children, the RCA held a meeting with UNICEF in which mechanisms were discussed to serve the Syrian children and attain UAE's endeavour to eradicate polio. The two sides agreed to strengthen the cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE has provided vaccines to two million children, says Lubna Al Qasimi
posted on 03/11/2013
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, said the UAE has provided the vaccines to about two million children worldwide, noting that the UAE does not spare any effort to support the humanitarian issues.
Sheikha Lubna was addressing the Half-Yearly Review Conference of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), held in Stockholm to ensure the provision of vaccines to immunise children from the diseases and eradicate them as well. A number of officials and representative of donors to the global alliance, civil society organisations, ministers of Health and International Development attended the international event.
The UAE minister conveyed the regards of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to the conference, referring to the efforts of Sheikh Mohamed in partnership with Bill Gates, President of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that made the UAE to join the global alliance since 2011.
Sheikha Lubna said the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has pledged US$33 million from 2011- 2013 to help curb the rates of child mortality as well as reduce the spread of diseases in Afghanistan, noting that the last installment of $10 million will be available at the end of this month.
She said the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation exerts utmost efforts to reduce the child mortality rates and the spread of diseases through making the vaccines available, noting that the UAE is proud to back the international efforts in this respect.
Sheikha Lubna exchanged views with Seth Berkeley, CEO of the Global Alliance for Immunisation and Vaccines on cooperation mechanisms between the UAE and the alliance. Berkeley hailed the initiatives of UAE, noting that the members of alliance appreciate invaluable contributions of the UAE.
She held the meetings on the sidelines of the conference with a number of heads of delegates, among others, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Hon. Seiji Kihara. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa orders 21 Pakistan projects
posted on 29/10/2013
Islamabad: The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan has announced the start of 21 new developmental projects in Pakistan at a cost of US$184.2 million (Dh670 million), in implementation of the directives and initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to support and help the people of Pakistan and contribute to the development of cities and outlying regions.
Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP), said on the occasion that the new projects represent the beginning of the second phase of the project's work plan under the generous directives and initiatives of Sheikh Khalifa, General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
Al Ghafli said that the projects include the construction of a new road linking different regions in addition to the opening of a major hospital in the capital, Islamabad, and the implementation of modern educational projects along with the establishment of water treatment and purification plants to provide safe drinking water for 12 remote villages.
He added that the Emirates Hospital is one of the largest health projects implemented in Pakistan at a cost of US$108 million, located in Islamabad.
The Director went on to say that PAP had begun the implementation of seven modern educational projects, including the establishment and development of three colleges and four educational centres for professional and vocational qualification for women at a total cost of US$14.4 million.
He added that the projects of the second phase include the implementation of 12 initiatives to provide safe drinking water to a number of towns and villages in the region at a cost of US$1.2 million.
Al Ghafli expressed his thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammad for their humanitarian support and initiatives towards the friendly people of Pakistan.
He affirmed the keenness of the project management and all its employees to work on the implementation of the directives and initiatives of the wise leadership of the UAE to the best and highest levels. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE joins UK for humanitarian development
posted on 29/10/2013
Joint humanitarian and economic development projects between the UAE and the UK have started taking root in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.
Alan Duncan, the UK Minister of State for International Development, said both countries were looking at project proposals in Somalia, where they have committed £2 million (Dh11.8m) to the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative.
They are also building a major road in Afghanistan and working on educating children living in the Emirates-Jordanian refugee camp, also known as Mrejib Al Fhood, near Zarqa in Jordan.
"We are jointly building a road with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, which is very important for stability and economic development,” Mr Duncan said. "It will also help farmers [transport] their goods to the market.”
The 100-kilometre north-south motorway is one of the country's main supply routes and is the main road between the southern Gerishk district and the northern Kajaki district in Helmand province.
Mr Duncan said the focus would next be put on educating refugees.
"We're helping to pay UNICEF for the education of children because we're very worried, particularly as the Syrian crisis goes on, that some of the people suffering the most are children. If they have trauma, are made orphans or have no education, then that's a whole generation lost to the world so we are trying to focus a lot on children as well as bigger problems.”
More than a million Syrians have fled to Lebanon, hundreds of thousands have gone into Jordan and about a quarter of a million are displaced inside Syria.
"Overall, there are about 600 million displaced people, all of whom need help,” Mr Duncan said. "So the UN appeal is still facing a shortfall but the needs of Syria at the moment require about US$1 billion (Dh3.67billion) a month, which is an enormous amount for the international community to find.”
Although the UK committed US$750m to the Syrian crisis, the largest humanitarian project it has ever undertaken, Mr Duncan said the problem was persistent.
"More efforts need to be put towards humanitarian aid in Syria,” he said. "I think there are some countries which have not given as much as they should so I ask all countries, perhaps some European countries, to examine their conscience.”
And there is still concern over the delivery of aid to the country.
"We can deliver aid in Jordan and in Lebanon, but inside Syria, there is still a difficulty of access so we call on everybody, obviously the main people are the Syrian regime, but also some other fighters, always to allow access for humanitarian supplies. We're very concerned that, in some places, humanitarian effort is becoming a weapon of war, so some areas are besieged and starving and this is a disgrace. Let the food get through.”
Mr Duncan said Arabian Gulf countries had been very generous with humanitarian aid.
"What we need is an end to the problem and then, you won't need the money forever,” he said. "So we hope there will be talks in Geneva, what we call Geneva II, because the only solution is going to be a political solution. We had talks last week in London, chaired by our foreign secretary [William Hague], and we very much hope that, bit by bit, we'll get to the point where there can be talks.”
Mr Duncan said the UAE and the UK are also working alongside one another in Yemen.
"The situation in Yemen is better than many people thought it would be,” he said. "The political transition has been smooth compared with other countries and the support now needs to be converted into an actual project.”
In the UAE, the minister has so far visited Dr Anwar Gargash, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Khalifa Foundation. He said the partnership between the UK and the UAE was growing and was "very productive”.
"The UAE is a very important partner to the UK for development work. The UAE's humanitarian work in the region is effective, it's genuine and we can't do without you.” – The National
UAE supports Egypt's development project with US$4.9 billion
posted on 27/10/2013
The United Arab Emirates has signed a US$4.9 billion framework agreement with the Arab Republic of Egypt to support its development program and aimed at improving the living conditions, lives and human development of the Egyptian people through a number of projects.
The support includes a grant of one billion dollars which has been transferred to Egypt last July, and an additional allocation of more than one billion dollars to help provide Egypt with part of its fuel requirements; ensuring the nation is able to maintain its economy, industry, trade and transportation during this transitional phase. The agreement also aims at highlighting the UAE's commitment to supporting Egypt in overcoming its current challenges and helping it resume its pivotal role in the regional and international arenas.
Held at the Emirates Palace, the signing of the framework agreement took place in the presence of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Dr Hazem Al Beblawi, Prime Minister of Egypt.
The initiative, signed on behalf of the UAE by Minister of State, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and on behalf of Egypt by Dr. Ziad Ahmed Bahaduddine, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of International Cooperation, will promote social stability through the implementation of projects in various sectors including energy, health care, education, food, housing and transportation.
Addressing food security, contributing to crop protection and reducing crop damage, the agreement includes funding the construction of 25 wheat and grain storing silos with a capacity of 15 thousand tons per silo. Meanwhile, addressing healthcare access concerns, the projects will include the construction of 79 basic healthcare units (focusing on family medicine) as well as the establishment of two vaccine production lines that will provide Egypt with 80% of its vaccination needs.
Moreover, with an aim of providing the Egyptian people with adequate basic housing and services, the agreement includes the provision of 50,000 housing units; 13,000 of which are already under construction at the 6 October' City. As part of the housing package, the UAE will implement renewable energy projects at designated villages that have no access to the electric grid in order to revitalise rural areas and provide remote villages with basic services.
Also included in the housing package is the completion of sewage networks in remote villages in order to reduce the spreading of infectious diseases and secure a healthy living environment for residents.
Addressing the challenge of illiteracy, contributing to the development of a promising generation, and in order to reduce the rising classroom congestion, the project will include the development of 100 schools spread out over various regions of the Republic of Egypt. The schools will address both general and vocational training.
In terms of public safety and transportation, the agreement includes the placement of 479 railroad barriers to improve levels of public safety and reduce the frequency of accidents. It will also include support to the projects of Al Azhar University and the Orthodox Church of Egypt. In addition, the agreement includes the provision of 600 busses that will contribute to mitigating public transport challenges.
On this occasion, Dr. Hazem El-Beblawi, Prime Minister of Egypt, said : "On behalf of the Egyptian people, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the UAE leadership, government and its people. The special and brotherly relationship between our two nations dates back to over 4 decades and has continued to flourish and heed benefits for both nations throughout the years. I would like to emphasise that the signing of this agreement is a simple formalisation of the most recent joint cooperation that has been taking place between our two countries. The work on the majority of these projects has already begun through joint committees and stakeholders and we will continue to announce their progress in the coming period. The launch of several of these projects prior to the formalisation of the agreement is further proof of the long standing and historic brotherly ties that bind our nations. I would like to emphasise that with the support of our brethren, the Egyptian government will persevere in its pursuit of providing the people of Egypt with their necessary need." On his part, Dr. Ziad Ahmad Bahauddine, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Cooperation, said : " Over the past two months, we have exerted every effort into making this partnerships with our brethren in the UAE as successful as possible. These efforts have placed a focus on an identified list of projects that will effectively benefit the largest segment of people in Egypt in the shortest time span possible. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the professionalism in which the UAE side has conducted this exercise. I would also like thank the UAE for standing alongside us as we continue our pursuit of improving our services and implementing important projects in the various regions of Egypt." On his part, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, said: "Based on the directives of the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates, with an aim towards ensuring the sustainable development and economic revival for the Egyptian people, we have been studying the various means of support that would achieve immediate results. The relationship between our two brotherly nations is one that has been rooted by our late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who over forty years ago laid the pillars of cooperation between our two countries. This relationship of trust, transparency, affection and mutual respect, continues to guide us today." He added : "The signing of this framework agreement aims to provide Egypt with the crucial support required to achieve security, stability and confidence at this transitional phase. Our leadership believes, without waver, that Egypt must resume and reclaim its central role in the Arab world." He explained: "Throughout these recent months, we have been working on two parallel tracks; one important track included identifying sustainable projects that will provide the Egyptians with long term benefits; while the other equally important track includes a thorough and strategic study on the economic revival of Egypt." "I would like to thank all the stakeholders of this joint endeavour; from both the UAE and Egyptian side for their enthusiasm, the urgency with which they conducted the work and for achieving so much, so quickly." A range of projects have been launched in Egypt over the last month including the finalisation of the Manshiyat Nasser refurbishment project, which was comprised of approximately 8,000 residential units with all the necessary facilities and buildings service; a medical centre, three mosques with a capacity of 300 people, a mosque of 800 person capacity as well as an event hall, three nurseries, a post office, 78 shops, a 10 market shopping district, a mall, a fully equipped 55 classroom school and more.
The project also includes a number of infrastructure sewage management, electricity and water plant elements. The final launch at the Manshiyat Nasser, the Sheikh Zayed Hospital, took place earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the 13,000 housing units that are currently being constructed as part of the larger 50 thousand housing unit project at 6 October City will accommodate approximately 80,000 persons; contributing to the rising housing crisis in Egypt.
The project has also contributed to job creation; whereby, the project employees approximately 10,000 employees, excluding raw material suppliers. It is approximated that the total number of families to benefit from the project will be at over 120,000 people.
In addition to the projects included in this Agreement, the UAE has provided a US$2 billion deposit last July to the Central bank of Egypt as part of the on-going strong relations between the two brotherly countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE is keen to build regional and international partnerships for serving poor communities: Lubna
posted on 22/10/2013
The UAE is keen to build constructive regional and international partnerships so as to actively contribute to addressing current international issues and supporting development efforts in developing communities in poor countries, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, said on Monday.
Sheikha Lubna also highlighted the pivotal role the U.N. plays in this respect at a meeting with Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Sheikha Lubna discussed with Kituyi means of enhancing UAE-UNCTAD joint cooperation and mechanisms of sharing expertise for supporting international development, improving development indices in developing countries and laying down solid foundations and mechanisms for sustainable development.
The UNCTAD chief lauded the UAE for scoring high in key international development indices and its significant contributions in delivery of humanitarian and developmental aid to poor and developing countries.
He also commended the progressive UAE-UN partnership, which, he said, has had a positive impact on the international humanitarian and development landscape. – Emirates New Agency, WAM
UAE, Vietnam discuss enhancing cooperation
posted on 13/10/2013
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation has discussed with the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phuong Nga, cooperation and partnership relations between the UAE and Vietnam.
The Ministry of Development and International Cooperation, in a statement issued on Saturday, said the meeting reviewed friendship bonds and ways to activate mechanisms of mutual work in all domains between the two countries.
Sheikha Lubna underscored the importance given by the UAE to the Asian countries, hailing the existing developmental experiences in these countries, especially the Vietnamese surging one. She cited the significance of intensifying the mutual visits and meetings between the two sides in all aspects.
For her part, the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed her country's keenness to bolster partnership with the UAE within the accelerating growth indicators achieved by the UAE, stressing that all Asian countries consider the UAE as a strategy window, due to its location and its enormous potentials in the Middle East.
Nguyen Phuong Nga called to activate ways of cooperation, particularly in the economic, tourist, cultural, developmental experience and the exchange of expertise between the two parties.
She also appreciated the UAE's efforts in supporting various developmental and humanitarian projects in the Asian countries.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides exchanged souvenirs and Sheikha Lubna presented a copy of the 'UAE Foreign Aid Report 2012' to the visiting delegation. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Lubna, European Commissioner for Int. Cooperation explore avenues of cooperation
posted on 12/10/2013
The UAE and European Commission have discussed ways of enhancing relations of cooperation and partnership and of advancing international efforts to respond to humanitarian crises and support international development strategy.
At a meeting held recently at the EC headquarters in Belgian capital Brussels with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid
Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, said the UAE was looking forward to strengthen its relations of partnership and cooperation
with the EC in various fields.
During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna briefed gave a briefing on UAE's contributions in the international development and its prominent stature in that regards. Sheikha Lubna affirmed that current phase in the international development and humanitarian work requires concerted efforts to upgrade international partnership frameworks.
For her part, Georgieva lauded the UAE for making leading efforts in supporting international development and aid work and its effective contributions in international development and assistance gatherings.
She also stressed that the UAE and the EC needed to take their partnership
to new heights.
She briefed Sheikha Lubna on programmes and projects the EC funded and carried in developing countries. She also invited the UAE to participate in the EC's initiative for supporting Syrian children, which will be launched later. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE re-affirms commitment to support Arab countries in transition
posted on 12/10/2013
Washington D.C --- Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Obaid Humaid al-Tayer, on Friday re-affirmed the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) commitment to support Arab countries in transition, noting that in July it gave US$3 billion to Egypt in the form of a US$1 billion grant and a US$2 billion no-interest loan, and in May pledged US$5 million to the Transition Fund, established by the G8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition.
Minister al-Tayer was speaking after a meeting of the finance ministers of the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition, an international effort launched by the G8 at the Leaders Meeting in Deauville, France in 2011. The ministerial meeting is part of the three-day annual meeting of The International Monetary Fund and The World Bank which began yesterday in Washington D.C.
Mr. al-Tayer also noted that the Arab Gulf states, including the U.A.E, in 2011, gave US$10 billion in five-year grants to Jordan and Morocco.
The Transition Fund is a pooled resource from which transition countries, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen can bid for grants to support highly-targeted reform projects.
The U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey are the regional partners of the G8 Deauville Partnership which also includes the major international and regional financial institutions.
The U.K. holds the presidency of G8 and The Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition throughout 2013. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Work on UAE funded social housing development in Egypt begins
posted on 12/10/2013
Cairo- Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, and Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Egypt, on Thursday paid an inspection visit to the 6th of October City where the UAE is building 13,000 housing units accommodating 80,000 people as part of the UAE's support for Egypt.
The top Emirati officials toured the site of the social housing project, which is being executed by the Egyptian Army Corps of Engineering.
Al Jaber said :'Under the directives of the wise leadership, the UAE
is implementing a package of projects aimed at delivering direct, fast, positive impact on the fraternal Egyptian people within the context of the longstanding bilateral ties which based on mutual transparency, affection and respect. As an established policy, the UAE is concentrating on practical measures and acts and just two days ago, the Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Nasser facility, which were executed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, were opened as part of efforts to improve educational and healthcare services. Today we are witnessing the commencement of works of the UAE-funded housing project. Initiatives for supporting Egypt will continue to ensure stability and calm for fraternal Egyptian people.' 'As usual, we are following progress of work on the ground as we always focus on fast-track implementation as soon as possible with high efficiency to deliver the aspired results that benefit the Egyptian community,' he added.
Currently, six contractors, employing nearly 10,000 workers, are working on the project, which will provide job opportunities to more than 120 families.
The massive housing development of 542 buildings will be carried out in five phases and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
The development will feature two centralised services zones which contain mosques, schools, community halls, medical centres, nursery, shopping centres, parking lots, sports facilities, water and electricity grids, sewerage and road networks. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Mohammed bin Rashid: UAE is committed to humanitarian message to benefit all peoples
posted on 09/10/2013
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was briefed on the UAE Foreign Aid Report for 2012, issued by the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, gave the presentation at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs attended the presentation.
During the presentation, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his satisfaction with the report, stating that the volume of humanitarian aid documented in the report amounted to Dh 5.8 billion, which reflects the noble humanitarian values implanted by the founding fathers of the country, in addition to the teachings of Islam. 137 countries around the world benefitted from UAE aid last year, ranking the country 6th among the biggest donors in 2012.
Sheikh Mohammed added, "President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a pioneer in humanitarian work without peer in the country, as aid provided by him alone stood highest among all the government or private institutions in the country." The Vice President added that the UAE is presenting a role model to be followed in the field of helping needy people worldwide, out of its commitment to Islamic teachings and the implanting of values of consolidation adopted by the country.
"The UAE does not provide conditional aid or wait for a return, as the motivating stimulus to provide humanitarian aid is its strong keenness to contribute to achieving stability and providing a dignified life for all peoples, regardless of their race or religion," added the Vice President.
He also cited the country's full commitment to its humanitarian message and its pioneering role in the in the international community, since this stature shoulders responsibilities towards effective and positive participation in achieving desired targets.
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and other senior officials also attended the presentation.
Sheikha Lubna said, "The Foreign Aid Report 2012 is the first to be issued by Ministry of Development and International Cooperation after seven month of its establishment. The report gives detailed data on UAE grants and loans provided by 43 donors, charitable and humanitarian organisations, including 22 Emirati government entities.
She added that the value of the aid reached Dh 5.8 billion in 2012 in addition to the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development's (ADFD) pledge to provide aid valued at Dh 5.59 billion for the benefit of developmental projects in several countries.
According to the report, 10 Arab countries were among the world's top beneficiaries from the foreign aid provided by the UAE in 2012. – Emirates New Agency, WAM
UAE commits Dh5.83b in foreign aid to 137 countries in 2012, says new report
posted on 09/10/2013
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has committed Dh5.83 billion in grants and loans to 137 countries and regions around the world, the UAE Ministry of Development and International Cooperation said in its UAE Foreign Aid 2012 report released on Tuesday.
The UAE, ranked last year as the world's 16th most generous donor by OECD, also allocated Dh5.59 billion towards future projects. Nearly 78 per cent of these funds will be for official development assistance, report says.
"The United Arab Emirates' generosity has allowed it to be ranked by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC) among the world's most generous donors in 2012," H.H Sheikh Mansour said in his message in the UAE Foreign Aid 2012' report released yesterday by the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation (MDIC).
"This foreign policy represents the continued application of the values and principles established by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, and it is based on the UAE's financial, moral, and practical commitment to respond to humanitarian crises and natural disasters across the world," H.H Sheikh Mansour added.
The report says some 87 per cent of the UAE's aid went to development projects (Dh5.07 billion), 6.9 per cent to humanitarian assistance (Dh404.4 million), and 6.1 per cent to charity projects (Dh356.2 million).
Asia topped the list of recipients of the United Arab Emirate's foreign assistance last year, receiving more than half or Dh3.24 billion of the total disbursements.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed re-affirmed that the United Arab Emirates, since its establishment in 1971, has maintained a balanced foreign aid polity in the Arab region and beyond, and is always ready to mediate for re-conciliation, reach out with relief, and support development projects in various countries and regions.
"President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has continued on the path said, 'Humanitarian diplomacy is one of the main pillars of our foreign policy, and country will continue to support international efforts to respond to disasters and answer the call for relief,'" H.H Sheikh Mansour said.
He added that the figures presented in UAE Foreign Aid 2012 demonstrated how these principles were translated into actions in regions affected by natural disasters and conflicts, as well as in countries that lack infrastructure.
"This report reflects the activities and achievements of the United Arab Emirate's development, humanitarian and charitable organisations that work hard to fight poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases in more than 100 countries around the world providing education, healthcare, and emergency relief to assist vulnerable communities to overcome the many challenges they face," H.H Sheikh Mansour said.
H.H Sheikh Mansour added that in the pursuit of a more coordinated and sustainable approach to foreign aid, in 2008 the UAE established the Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid (OCFA).
"This office was later merged with the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), which is officially mandated to propose strategies and polices related to foreign aid, raise the profile of the UAE as a major donor and support the foreign aid decision-making process." "As a result, the UAE's Official Development Assistance (ODA) has increased every year, highlighting the humanity of the UAE people and leadership," H.H Sheikh Mansour added.
Dh2.24 billion of the UAE's foreign aid in 2012 was allocated to western Asia where the main recipients were Jordan, Palestine, Yemen and Azerbaijan.
Western Asia was the primary destination of the UAE foreign aid for three consecutive years since 2009, while Africa received more than 20 per cent of the UAE aid last year or Dh1.26 billion.