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UAE delegation discusses means of cooperation with international officials in New York
posted on 04/10/2015
The UAE delegation to the United Nations in New York has held a series of diplomatic and official meetings with international officials representing development and humanitarian agencies and donor organisations, to discuss opportunities for cooperation and partnership in the field of humanitarian aid and sustainable development.
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, met with Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, to discuss developments in sustainable development projects and future plans.
She also met with Manuel Sager, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, to exchange proposals about expected future challenges resulting from conflicts and disputes affecting people's lives around the world.
In the same context, Al Qasimi met with Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the prospects of joint cooperation and interest in launching global development projects that serve humanity.
In another meeting, Sheikha Lubna and Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, discussed the most important developments and efforts to provide support to the needy and those affected by existing crises and conflicts, especially in the Middle East.
The meetings coincided with the conclusion of the delegation's participation in the Sustainable Development World Summit 2015 organised by the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
At the summit, the UAE highlighted its tireless efforts in implementing the millennium development goals (MDGs), and its contributions to sustainable development in various areas.
The participation of the UAE in the summit asserted the UAE's central role and tireless efforts to address pressing global issues, which include food security, climate change, water scarcity, and infrastructure development, in line with the State's commitment to supporting the United Nations in its efforts to achieve the MDGs by 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286252474.html
UAE refurbishes Presidential Palace in Yemen
posted on 04/10/2015
ADEN: Yemeni electronic sites yesterday published photographs of fast-equipment used by the United Arab Emirates to refurbish the presidential palace in Ma'shiq in Krater district, Aden.
The images showed the size of the destruction of the palace inflicted by the Houthi militia and Ali Abdullah group on the city. The images also show the palace after the repair.
The published images caused a great shock to the Houthi militia and Saleh group in terms of the fast delivery and aesthetic work, which reflect the intention of the coalition to restore beauty to the city of Aden and the provision of all services in coming days. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286269093.html
The dam that Sheikh Zayed built
posted on 02/10/2015
ADEN: The smiling, triumphant fighters waving the flags of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen at the Marib Dam were not just celebrating a strategically important victory in the battle to restore stability to Yemen.
They were also fulfilling a vow by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
While visiting families of the Emirati troops killed in the line of duty in Yemen last month, Sheikh Mohammed had promised that the dam would be liberated from Houthi forces.
"As for the Zayed Dam, the Marib Dam, today the flag will be raised over it, God willing,” he said.
Why did Sheikh Mohammed attach so much importance to the dam?
More than 2,000 years ago, Marib was the capital of prosperous trading kingdoms. The land was renown for powerful female rulers, most famously the Queen of Sheba, also known as Balquis, who once questioned King Solomon in Jerusalem.
In the ancient times, Marib was an important waypoint along an international overland trade route that stretched between the Chinese and Roman Empires.
Residents were known for selling frankincense and myrrh, some of the most valuable products at the time.
A dam built in about 115BC irrigated thousands of acres of agricultural land and made Marib rich agriculturally. Civilisation grew and subsequent kingdoms thrived on the wealth offered by the waters.
It all ended about AD575, when the dam collapsed. Exactly why is debated, but the people living there had apparently forgotten the skills necessary to repair it.
The fields went dry. As the area turned to desert, thousands migrated.
Some went east, others north, travelling to settle in what is today the UAE, according to Peter Hellyer, an expert on UAE and Gulf archaeology and a regular columnist for The National.
In the 1980s, after flooding in the Marib governorate, Sheikh Zayed, the UAE's Founding Father, offered to fund a new dam.
In 1984, he travelled to Yemen to lay the cornerstone of the project, and two years later, Sheikh Zayed returned for the new dam's opening, which was also attended by Ali Abdullah Saleh, then president of Yemen.
At the time and for years thereafter, Mr Saleh was an ally of Arab Gulf and western countries.
He was eager to help defeat the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and, later, was a partner in the war against Al Qaeda, though mainly when the policy suited his personal ambitions.
Sheikh Zayed, perhaps sensing the duplicity of Mr Saleh's nature, emphasised a message of Arab unity when he met Mr Saleh.
For years afterwards, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development poured money into Marib. It financed a second stage of the dam project, which included 66 kilometres of irrigation channels.
The aim was to return agricultural prosperity to Marib, something that would have an impact on all of impoverished Yemen.
The dam was also meant to provide electricity to the area.
In 2002, Yemen's then vice-president, Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, said work at the Marib Dam was one of the most vital projects being implemented with the UAE's assistance.
Its construction was meant not only as an attempt to develop an impoverished country, but also to restore prosperity to what was once the Arab heartland.
Mr Saleh, having squandered decades of goodwill and financial assistance from international allies, was overthrown in a popular uprising in 2011.
Injured in an explosion, he agreed to step down in a deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Mr Hadi became president in 2012.
GCC states expected Mr Saleh would fade into history, but instead, he partnered with the Houthis, against whom he had fought several wars, to capture Sanaa in September last year and other areas across Yemen at the beginning of this year.
In March, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began air strikes on the Houthis and Mr Saleh's forces to restore Mr Hadi's government to power.
By July, resistance fighters, with the help of UAE forces, had pushed the rebels out of the southern port city of Aden.
By late August, the focus of the battle turned to Marib governorate, which was considered the gateway to Sanaa.
There, resistance fighters, along with soldiers from the Yemeni army and coalition forces, fought hand in hand against the Houthis and Saleh loyalists.
"The forces cannot free Sanaa from any province, and the ground forces can only come to Sana'a from Marib, so we are expecting that after the Houthis are removed from Marib and Al Gawf, the forces will go towards Sana'a,” said Mohammed Al Hassani, a Yemeni political analyst.
The Houthis, who had taken over the dam area gradually in April and May, were defeated this week and the resistance fighters and coalition forces stood over the dam. The war is far from over, the Yemeni fighters and the troops from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have won a significant a victory.
With the breaking of the first dam and, centuries later, in Mr Saleh's betrayal, Arab unity was fractured. The retaking of the Marib Dam is a symbol of how it is being restored. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/world/the-dam-that-sheikh-zayed-built#1
Lubna Al Qasimi calls for public and private sector partnership to address sustainable development challenges
posted on 01/10/2015
NEW YORK: 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 emphasised UAE's active role in finding additional resources to overcome development challenges, calling on the public and private sectors partnership to create an innovative financing solutions.
She made her remarks during a session titled "Mobilising Additional Resources for the Sustainable Development Goals," organised by the ministry in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation as part of the Sustainable Development World Summit 2015 meetings held in the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting was attended by a number of world leaders and stakeholders involved in humanitarian organisations.
It was aimed to highlight the need for a new approach to finance development, especially after the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and laying the groundwork for a new approach aimed at mobilising additional resources to support the achievement of these goals, by learning from current initiatives undertaken by public and private sectors.
Sheikha Lubna emphasised the UAE's active role in finding additional resources to overcome development challenges, through building partnerships between the public and private sectors to provide innovative financing solutions, thus making of local donors and donor organisations a pioneering global model in this field.
She added, "Through its forthcoming foreign aid policy and strategy, the UAE is exploring opportunities to further enhance the efficiency and impact of its foreign aid sector, work closely with the private sector to support investment in developing countries, and stimulate financing from other quarters."
The minister said, "SDGs will need vastly greater resources than we have been able to muster so far. Traditional sources of development financing, such as from governments, are not going to be nearly sufficient for the scale of the task ahead of us."
She added, "We need to look further, forging new partnerships and exploring previously untapped sources. This means innovating; finding creative ways to harness the power of the private sector, philanthropists, and other groups that have a stake in improving the situation of the world's poorest people."
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi pointed out, "Meeting development objectives is not simply an issue of raising more resources, but also of addressing market failures. This is where governments have a crucial role, in understanding the needs of the private sector and leveraging their influence to create an enabling environment for trade and commerce. We can act to reduce the risk of investment, and enhance the opportunities for public-private partnerships."
"Conversely, private sector actors also have an essential role in driving innovation towards addressing market failures. An initial investment by a private individual or organisation can provide evidence in support of a new approach to development programming, giving public sector entities the confidence to contribute their own resources," she added.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, who attended the meeting, said: "Expo 2020 Dubai will be organized under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' which reflect the partnership and cooperation spirit in discovering new mean of growth and cooperation."
"Under this theme and the three other subthemes: opportunities, mobility and sustainability, Expo 2020 Dubai will play the role of the catalyst by connecting minds from all over the world, and encourage the participants to discuss global challenges through a unique international exhibition."
"The extensive work leading to Expo 2020 requires cooperation from everyone to turn the post 2015 agenda into reality, and Expo 2020 will be the platform that will showcase their achievement in 5 years from now," she added.
Isabella Lovin, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, said: "We need more Official Development Assistance ‘ODA', and we need to use the whole spectrum of financing for development, including smart resource allocation for sustainability, to achieve the strong and profoundly needed Agenda 2030 the world has now adopted."
For his part, Manuel Sager, State Secretary, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) said, "Public funding alone will not be enough to finance the sustainable development goals. Smart ways have to be identified on how to use public money to tap into additional resources."
During his participation in the session, Sager stressed that "public-private development partnerships and enabling developing countries to improve domestic resource mobilization are two such options."
For his part, Eric Solheim, Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said that financing development aid is changing.
"Going forward, and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, we will need to focus more on leadership, private investments and better aid. All three are essential, and need to work much better together," he added.
On the other hand, Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund, said, "To meet the SDGs, we need to expand the investment frontier to the "last mile", where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave significant portions of the population excluded.
Foreign ministers, as well as economy and development ministers from various countries including Sweden, Togo, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Panama, Lesotho, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Antigua and Barbuda participated in the meeting.
A number of the UN agencies also participated in the discussion which included the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme, United Nations Office for Project Services, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Population Fund, Dubai Care and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286172067.html
UAE's Sheikha Lubna receives Clinton Global Citizen Award
posted on 29/09/2015
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) of the UAE, and Chair of UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has been honoured by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her leadership in public service, making her the first Emirati to receive the honour.
Sheikha Lubna dedicated the honour to the top leaders of the UAE. The award recognises remarkable individuals for their leadership and impact in improving the lives of people around the globe and exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.
The Award recognises Sheikha Lubna's outstanding role in her country's efforts in the humanitarian and global arena.
Sheikha Lubna is the second awardee from a GCC country since the award's inception in 2008. Honourees include members of NGO's, academia, the private sector, philanthropists, or public servants.
The event was hosted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The award was presented to Sheikha Lubna at a ceremony in New York. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Sultan al Jaber, Minister of State and head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, and Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations.
"I am humbled by this recognition, and, with gratitude, I stand before all of you yesterday to receive this award on behalf of my country, the United Arab Emirates," said Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi.
"Allow me to say that this is not about me, I am representing my country the UAE, which, with the guidance of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has set a policy of giving to all those in need regardless of race, colour and religion . I am here, holding this award, because I am very fortunate to have been given the opportunity by the UAE leadership to be the first-ever female minister, and more importantly, to be an agent of positive change."
"I dedicate this award to 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," Lubna Al Qasimi added.
Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton's call to action by honouring outstanding individuals who have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change.
Nominated by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members, CGI staff, and other global leaders, honourees are chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work. Through their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.
Although still a relatively young and developing country, the UAE has risen to become the world's most generous donor in the last two consecutive years, providing official development assistance above the target of 0.7 percent of gross national income (1.34% in 2013, and 1.17% in 2014), and provides extensive support to fellow developing countries.
These achievements have been driven by the visionary leadership, effective policies and initiatives undertaken across the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286080306.html
UAE pledges to leave no one behind to shift world onto sustainable and resilient path
posted on 28/09/2015
The UAE has pledged to "leave no one behind" so as to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path toward achievement of the new Millennium Development Goals 2030 declared by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
This commitment falls within its continuous efforts to implement "the Millennium Development Goals" and achieve the targets underlined in the 2030 development plan launched by the UNGA.
The UAE's pledge came during a speech delivered by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, on Saturday during her participation alongside an official delegation in the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 Summit.
The summit was held over three days (25-27 September) at the UN headquarters in New York. The UAE's participation at the summit meetings came on the sidelines of the 70th Regular Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which closes on 6th October.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi said that the UAE is striving to achieve the targets laid out in the "Sustainable Development Plan 2030," in which access to clean energy, the provision of food, education, and health care, sustainable economic growth, and protection of the environment are seen as priority issues by the wise leadership.
"After years of preparations, which included joint negotiations among governments and long consultation sessions, the plan has come to light, proving our commitment and determination to create a better world," Sheikha Lubna added.
In her address, she called on world countries and members of the United Nations to unite efforts in order to pass this critical stage right up to the year 2030 and beyond.
The set of "sustainable development goals" reflect a new global consensus on what the world should look like in the next 15 years: a world without poverty, where citizens enjoy the right to education and health, and a safe world where communities enjoy well-being and economic prosperity in a sustainable clean environment.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi highlighted success stories in sustainable development achieved by the UAE, most notably setting targets to increase aspects of the use of clean energy through the deployment of safe solar and nuclear energy applications; the diversification of the state's economy through innovation, research, and development; and investment in human capital.
In the same context, the UAE has supported the equal participation of women in all aspects and spheres of society. It has also protected land and maritime biodiversity through the establishment of reserves, increasing the sustainable use of water resources, and the establishment of sustainable urban communities, such as Masdar City, in addition to its commitment to combat the effects of climate change through active and effective participation in international negotiations concerned with the mitigation of this phenomenon.
"UAE aid has provided support for a number of key areas in the development plan for 2030, including infrastructure development, the supply of aid to provide health care and renewable energy, and humanitarian assistance during emergency times and crises."
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi said that achieving the sustainable development goals requires the provision of a huge amount of resources, whereby the international community will need to look beyond the traditional means for resource mobilisation, which the UAE believes is an essential factor to achieve the development plan of 2030.
She noted that stakeholders should seek to forge new and innovative partnerships to be able to acquire unexploited resources, which are needed to finance development and investment. She stressed that the main issue is not to raise more resources, but to address the causes for the failure of the current methods, and to create a supportive environment for trade and exchange by reducing investment risk and enhancing partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors.
The summit meetings were attended by a senior official delegation from the UAE that included Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, , Dr. Thany Alzeyoudi Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al Kaabi, Undersecretary Assistant for International Cooperation from MICAD, Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, and Majid Al Suwaidi, Counsellor at the UAE Mission to the UN and lead negotiator on climate change.
The 193 member states of the United Nations approved last August an ambitious plan entitled "Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," a roadmap aimed at ending poverty in the world and building a decent life for all without exclusion over the next 15 years.
The plan includes 17 goals for sustainable development, detailed in 169 items, most notably "the eradication of all forms of poverty in the whole world," while the remaining goals range between securing advances health care and education, reducing disparities, and achieving gender equality.
The plan also includes a pledge by member states to take "urgent measures to combat climate change, in particular through reaching an agreement during the climate conference scheduled to be held in Paris at the end of November. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286027968.html
UAE takes part in international meetings on increasing humanitarian support for women and children
posted on 27/09/2015
NEW YORK: Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has said that the UAE played a leading international role in helping and supporting various groups in need of health care and humanitarian support, especially women and children, contributing to save the lives of many who suffer difficult and inhumane conditions.
She noted that this role is consistent with the UAE's commitment to achieving the targets of the humanitarian initiatives launched by the United Nations within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and in line with the guidance and vision of the wise leadership of the UAE.
This came during the participation of Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi in a number of meetings and consultations with UN officials and global leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, which focused on children and the support and empowerment of women, the most affected groups in crises and conflicts in various regions of the world.
Sheikha Lubna participated in a session titled "Children and the Sustainable Development Goals: Giving Every Child a Chance," which was attended by the world's most prominent leaders, including Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden; Graca Machel, widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela; and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
The meeting highlighted various new initiatives, programmes, and procedures addressing the protection of children from all forms of violence, including trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, and drug abuse, by influencing political decision-making and increasing investments aimed at providing viable solutions internationally.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also met with Princess HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, wife of HRH Prince Zeid bin Raad Al Hussein, the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and discussed the next steps for the implementation of the United Nations "Every Woman Every Child" strategy, which will focus during the next phase on improving the quality of care for women, children, and adolescents facing difficult humanitarian conditions and crises by boosting funding efforts that will contribute to support these initiatives.
The meeting also discussed the possibility of increasing cooperation between the UAE and the United Nations following the "Abu Dhabi Declaration," whose recommendations were raised to the United Nations in February, calling for the adoption of special initiatives pertaining to reproductive health and the health of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents, and considering them as groups that require priority humanitarian action and intervention.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi met with a number of UN officials, where prospects of cooperation and joint efforts between the UAE and the United Nations in various fields related to sustainable development projects were discussed.
Al Qasimi also met with Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme; Judith Karl, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund; and Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services.
In the same context, Lubna Al Qasimi participated in a key session entitled "Transforming Economies: Empowering Women and Girls," in the presence of international leaders, most notably Justine Greening, British Secretary of State for International Development, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women."
The session, organised jointly by the United Nations and Britain, focused on the theme of women empowerment, and the possibility of achieving it in line with the "post-2015" targets and general framework of the sustainable development summit. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285991141.html
Lubna underlines need for stronger presence of int'l organisations, humanitarian support for Yemen
posted on 22/09/2015
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (Micad), Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has underlined the need to strengthen the presence of international organisations in Yemen, and for a greater humanitarian role in order to provide maximum support for the Yemeni brothers.
During a meeting with Sir Alan Duncan, the UK government's special Envoy to Yemen, in Abu Dhabi on Monday, Minister Al Qasimi said that the UAE is ready to provide maximum support for international agencies seeking to lend a helping hand to the Yemeni people, such as the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and international NGOs, especially in safe and stable areas like the Governorate of Aden and the surrounding areas.
Sheikha Lubna emphasised the need for greater coordination among international organisations working in the Governorate of Aden and the surrounding areas, in order to deliver humanitarian aid to as many affected people as possible.
She said that thanks to the wise leadership of the UAE, the UAE humanitarian institutions are playing an active role in the Yemeni crisis in providing urgent aid and relief, such as medicine, food supplies, infrastructure repair, and restoration of power grid, fuel, and other relief efforts.
The minister explained that the overall support provided by the UAE for Yemen between 2010 and 2014 amounted to about Dh1.3 billion (US$353 million), mostly as part of development projects and humanitarian aid.
She said that the humanitarian support provided by the UAE to Yemen in 2015 has amounted to Dh760 million (US$207 million).
Sheikha Lubna praised the UK's efforts in response to humanitarian crises and in support of the efforts of the international community, which has helped those affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
For his part, Sir Duncan lauded the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the UAE at the international level, particularly in Yemen. He added that the UK seeks to strengthen cooperation among various international organisations to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
Duncan stressed his country's commitment to promoting bilateral partnership frameworks with the UAE, and building new prospects of future cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285869551.html
ERC opens development projects in Yemen
posted on 21/09/2015
ADEN: A delegation from the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC), headed by its Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi, attended the opening of some projects developed by the Authority in Aden and its eight provinces.
Al Falahi said in a statement that the completed projects included 34 schools, part of the 45 such schools to be built in the first phase of a project in which a total of 154 schools are to be constructed. In the healthcare sector, the ERC continues with maintenance and renovation of five hospitals and nine clinics in Aden.
Al Falahi added that the ERC was also working on a project to repair and upgrade Aden's main water supply station at a cost of Dh5.8 million in the project's first phase. Once completed, the station will cater to the water needs of 430,000 people, almost half of Aden's population.
The ERC is also working on a project to renovate Aden Corniche and other projects for the families of martyrs, including grocery stores, plumbing shops and ladies' saloons. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285821869.html
Yemeni VP thanks UAE for humanitarian, development support
posted on 21/09/2015
ADEN: Yemeni Vice President and Prime Minister Khalid Bahah received in Aden yesterday a delegation from the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC), headed by its Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi.
Al Falahi conveyed to the Yemeni Vice President greetings of the UAE leadership and of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC.
During the meeting, the Yemeni Vice President was briefed on the re-construction efforts in Aden.
Al Falahi made a presentation about the educational, healthcare and humanitarian projects developed by ERC in Aden and its eight provinces, which include infrastructure, schools, health centres, power and water plants, in addition to provision of food aid and employment projects for the families of the martyrs.
Bahah reciprocated the greetings of the UAE leadership and of Sheikh Hamdan and thanked them for the continuous support to the people of Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285827192.html
In implementation to UAE President's directives, Cadet College Wana inaugurated in Pakistan's South Waziristan
posted on 20/09/2015
SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: The management of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAEPAP) has announced the completion of the establishment of the Cadet College Wana, which is the largest educational projects in the South Waziristan region at a cost of US$5.4 million.
The gesture came in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide humanitarian and developmental aid to Pakistan as well as support and enhance its educational sector.
The announcement was made during an official opening ceremony of the college in the presence of Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, Isa Abdullah Al Basha Al Nuaimi, Director of UAEPAP, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, a number of staff members of the UAE Embassy in Pakistan, Pakistani Army commanders, top government officials and dignitaries.
A presentation was given at the inauguration ceremony about the phased completion of the project, as well as a brief on the humanitarian and developmental projects run by the UAE as per directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
General Sharif, along with Mr Al Nuaimi and Mr Al Ghafli unveiled the memorial plaque. The audience extended thanks to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa for the gesture which represents an important addition to promote the educational sector in Pakistan.
The participants toured the college and were briefed on its facilities which included halls, classrooms, technical and scientific laboratories.
During the inauguration ceremony, General Raheel Sharif delivered a speech extending thanks and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his continuous support to Pakistan as well as his generous humanitarian initiatives for its people.
He also pointed out the support given by the UAE's wise leadership and people for the Pakistani people during humanitarian crises and natural disasters. He added that the UAE has provided all kinds of support to Pakistan enabling it to overcome crises, through establishing a number of humanitarian and developmental projects especially in infrastructure development, housing, health and other sectors.
General Sharif emphasised that the UAE has provided huge assistance in the tribal areas in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, adding that the college is one of the important projects which would contribute to developing the education sector in South Waziristan.
On his part, Ambassador Isa Abdullah Al Basha Al Nuaimi praised the UAE's supportive approach towards the fraternal and friendly countries under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan through the establishment of a number of humanitarian, educational, health, and infrastructural projects implemented by UAEPAP in Pakistan. He also underscored the importance of these projects in lifting people's living standards in the area as well as provision of services to the beneficiaries in health, education and social fields.
In his remarks on the occasion, Director of UAEPAP, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli hailed the generous directives and continuous initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support Pakistani people as well as giving attention to the provision of an appropriate educational environment for them.
He added that the opening of Wana Cadet College is a translation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, which are aimed to contribute to the overall development of the individual and the society in Pakistan. He reiterated that the project reflects UAE wise leadership's permanent care towards the welfare of poor and developing countries.
Al Ghafli also lauded the continuous support and follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for the project. He added that their follow-up has drawn a far-sighted vision to the planning, humanitarian and developmental approach which had contributed to the success of the implementation of 163 humanitarian and developmental projects in Pakistan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285754285.html
Main street in Aden re-named 'The Emirati Martyrs Street'
posted on 20/09/2015
SANA'A: The Popular Resistance, loyal to the Yemeni legitimate government, has re-named a main street in the City of Al-Buraiqa (Aden Minor) 'The Emirati Martyrs Street" in memory of the UAE soldiers who lost their lives during the Saudi-led Arab coalition's ‘Operation Restoring Hope' in Yemen.
The ' www.adenghad.net ' news website quoted a source from Popular Resistance as saying the street linking the City of Al Buraiqa and the City of Saldin was re-named in honour of the Emirati servicemen who sacrificed their lives to liberate Yemen from rebel militia and back legitimacy, rights and justice.
The source noted that the UAE and the other members of the coalition took historical stances in support of the people of Yemen and defended its land and honour against the rebel militia and gangs.
The source further stressed that Yemenis, in Southern Yemen in particular, will never forget these historical and fraternal stances of the UAE and other members of the Cooperation Council of the Gulf Arab States (GCC). – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285780604.html
UAE kicks off drinking water projects in five countries
posted on 20/09/2015
The UAE Water Aid Foundation has started six projects to provide safe drinking water in five countries in implementation of a memorandum of understanding, MoU, signed with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment.
The five-year MoU enhances cooperation between the two sides to help developing and needy countries by providing safe drinking water and facilitating collaboration to implement joint humanitarian initiatives and projects that serve the strategic objectives of both organisations. This raises their social roles within an established framework and set methodologies. The MoU helps both organisations to effectively utilise their potential and existing resources to address water scarcity.
"We are working with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment on water-well projects in Somalia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, and Benin. These efforts support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, 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, and achieve the sustainable development for all mankind," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation
Al Tayer commended the efforts of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, whose humanitarian services extend beyond Dubai and the UAE to help the needy around the world. These efforts have established the UAE's global position in humanitarian initiatives and aid.
The UAE has an effective role in the international efforts to combat humanitarian challenges and has a strong presence in the areas of humanitarian aid, and emergency and long-term aid in across the world.
"The MoU between the UAE Water Aid and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment supports the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. His Highness is the patron of the Establishment, which encourages teamwork in all areas. This includes charitable and humanitarian activities, which are key to serving humanity and are rewarded by Allah," said Ibrahim Bu Melha, Dubai Ruler's Advisor for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment.
"Carrying out the water projects in the selected countries is part of the MoU signed with the UAE Water Aid Foundation. This will contribute to providing clean potable water to citizens there and will have positive effects in promoting security and stability. These countries have been carefully selected as they are the areas in most need of water projects because they suffer from drought and water scarcity," he added.
"These projects support the Foundation's efforts which have developed solutions for water shortage in a number of countries by implementing projects to provide clean drinking water. Such projects contribute to spreading peace, stability, and coexistence among people. They also contribute to the development of these countries," noted Bu Melha.
"We collaborate with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment on projects to provide potable water to the needy, the disadvantaged, and those who are in distress around the world. We support studies and research to develop solutions for water production using solar power.
We also finance and support water technology projects to combat drought. The UAE Water Aid Foundation has started working on six joint projects to provide safe drinking water in five countries. These are Somalia, Tajikistan, Ghana, Benin, and Afghanistan. Around 60,000 people will benefit from these projects," said Mohammed Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/general/uae-kicks-off-drinking-water-projects-in-five-countries
Al-Jumhuriyah hospital reopened with UAE support in Aden
posted on 18/09/2015
SANA'A: Specialist Al-Jumhuriayah Hospital was reopened in Aden on Wednesday, with the support and presence of the specialist UAE team, in the Khormaksar district of Aden governorate, after its closure since 27th April when the Houthi militia and Saleh group occupied the city.
Dr. Khedir Lesour, head of the Public Health and Population office in Aden, thanked the coalition member states, especially the UAE for repairing the hospital, whose contents had been damaged by the rebels.
Director of Khormaksar district in Aden governorate, Awadh Mashbah, commended the efforts being exerted to restore life in Aden, citing the voluntary and individual efforts of the resistance, the hospital management and the governorate. - Emirates News Agency, WAM- http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285707969.html
Lubna Al Qasimi discusses cooperation with International Committee of the Red Cross
posted on 17/09/2015
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has emphasised that the UAE, under the wise leadership of 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, has become a pivotal and supportive state of international humanitarian organisations in order to provide humanitarian support for all affected individuals in the countries and regions experiencing military conflicts.
This came during a meeting yesterday at MICAD's headquarters in Abu Dhabi when Sheikha Lubna met with Mohammed Yahya Al-Eleibi, Head of the International Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross of the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Arab State, GCC, and his accompanying delegation.
Sheikha Lubna said that the UAE's efforts reflect its effective and influential role in providing humanitarian support and guiding relief convoys to the sisterly Yemeni people in their current plight.
She stressed that the strengthening of international efforts for active humanitarian intervention during conflicts and wars stems essentially from the importance of compliance with the terms and the decisions of international humanitarian law, which serves as a legislative international umbrella for humanitarian considerations during times of conflict.
The meeting included a review of the UAE's humanitarian efforts to provide various methods of relief and alleviation of suffering of the sisterly people of Yemen as a result of attacks by Houthis and rebel groups, to ensure compliance with the terms of international humanitarian law.
In this regard, Sheikha Lubna stressed the active role of the UAE's humanitarian organisations through their presence and active role for the relief teams of the ERC in many areas, including the Yemeni areas experiencing conflicts.
She noted that that the UAE's humanitarian intervention in Yemen stems from the humanitarian philosophy and vision of its wise leadership and its commitment towards the support of all those who are affected by humanitarian crises.
For his part, Yahya Al-Eleibi stressed the International Committee of the Red Cross' appreciation of the humanitarian efforts of the UAE at the global level, expressing the Committee's aspiration through the efforts of the regional mission to support the visions and channels of cooperation with the UAE and GCC countries, especially through the effective coordination between the parties to the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
He extended thanks to the UAE's wise leadership for its support for global humanitarian work and its harnessing of many resources and capabilities in order to achieve this noble goal.
The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary of MICAD. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285631580.html
ADFD participates in opening ceremony of Kidaho-Ovinza Road project in Tanzania
posted on 17/09/2015
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has participated in the opening ceremony of the Kidaho-Ovinza road project in Tanzania held in the presence of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the Federal Republic of Tanzania, and Abdullah Ibrahim Al Suweidi, the UAE Ambassador to Tanzania.
The 51 km long road project was funded by ADFD through the allocation of an Dh170 million (US$46.12 million) concessionary loan.
The project aims to serve as a vital link between Kidaho, Ovinza and cities between them, and facilitate the easy movement of people and merchandise with neighbouring countries, boosting overall economic activity within Tanzania.
The ADFD Director-General stressed the UAE's keenness, under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to promote excellent bilateral relations with friendly African countries and eventually achieve the mutual interests for both sides.
"ADFD enjoys outstanding relations with the Federal Republic of Tanzania and we have administered the provision of concessionary loans and management of government grants to the tune of Dh233 million (US$64 million) in Tanzania. This fund was allocated towards the financing of 4 development projects across vital economic sectors including industry, transport and water," he said.
"The projects funded by ADFD in Tanzania have contributed to the sustainable development of the country through supporting Tanzanian government's efforts and aspirations to accelerate economic and social development," he added.
Kidaho - Ovinza Road project is part of the proposed 604-kilometer highway that connects the eastern and western regions of the Federal Republic of Tanzania. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285626886.html
President of Tanzania hails UAE's support
posted on 17/09/2015
DAR ES SALAAM,: President of the Federal Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has extended thanks to the UAE, its government and its people for supporting development projects in his country.
This came in a speech President Kikwete made yesterday as the 77-kilometre Kidaho-Ovinza road project in Tanzania was opened, in the presence of the UAE Ambassador to Tanzania, Abdullah Ibrahim Al Suwaidi.
Al Suwaidi conveyed to the Tanzanian President greetings of 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.
President Kikwete reciprocated the greetings and thanked the ambassador and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), which financed the project.
During the opening ceremony, attended by Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, representative of the ADFD, Ambassador Abdullah Al Suwaidi said the project was the result of close cooperation with Tanzania under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Al Dhaheri said another project will be implemented in Tanzania by the ADFD once final approval is received. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285659848.html
100 UAE-built schools in Egypt ready to receive students
posted on 17/09/2015
CAIRO: The UAE/Egypt Liaison Office has announced that 100 new schools, which were recently developed and delivered in 18 Egyptian governorates as part of the Emirati education project in Egypt, will receive around 67,000 students in different grades as the new scholastic year starts.
The new schools fulfil nearly seven percent of the needs in rural villages and include 1,668 classrooms that can cater to 67,000 students in their first year.
The schools will also provide 11,500 job opportunities to the Egyptian people, including permanent jobs for 3,300 teaching and administrative staff.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office, extended greetings to the leadership and the people of Egypt on the occasion, emphasising the importance of the education sector in the development process and its role in building human capital which represents the backbone of the community.
"We are confident that the new schools will create value for the communities in different areas of Egypt and will play a positive role in spreading knowledge and enlightenment over the next decades," he added.
Last August, the UAE delivered four projects under delivery protocols for UAE development projects in Egypt spanning education, healthcare and transportation.
The protocols included the delivery of 100 fully-equipped schools in 18 governorates, 78 fully-equipped clinics in 23 governorates, four bridges in three governorates and 600 public city buses in Cairo.
The projects are part of the UAE social and infrastructure development programme in Egypt. The entire programme is projected to benefit more than ten million Egyptians, creating approximately 900,000 temporary and permanent jobs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285662168.html
Lubna Al Qasimi discusses means to enhance partnership with the UN
posted on 10/09/2015
Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has confirmed the UAE keenness under the guidance of the wise leadership on building and enhancing its partnerships with international institutions undertake development and humanitarian work.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi met Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator and his accompanying delegation to the UN at the headquarters of the ministry in Abu Dhabi. She reviewed on the sidelines of the meeting, the efforts of the UAE , under the directions of the wise leadership of the state represented 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.
She discussed the UAE's efforts and contributions in development and humanitarian work fields, especially the active role of the Emirati humanitarian aid organisations, and its quick response to the consequences of the humanitarian crisis in different parts of the world. She also confirmed that by the building of partnerships and international cooperation, humanitarian and international support will be affected positively. "These outcomes will be achieved through integration and unification of efforts and work toward mutual humanitarian goals. Agencies will be able to support the capacity of developing countries in order to provide better living conditions for them," she added.
Sheikha Lubna commended the efforts of the UN in their response to the humanitarian crisis and the support provided by the international community's efforts to provide a shelter for those affected by conflicts and natural disasters, and support the humanitarian response. "UAE looks forward to deepening relationships with the UN committees who are supporting international development and humanitarian response," she said.
During the meeting they discussed mutual efforts in response to the humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, also highlighting the UAE achievements in these areas.
O'Brien praised the role UAE has historically played in providing humanitarian aid for many peoples across the world, particularly for Syrian and Yemeni crises.
According to UN records, UAE is the largest humanitarian aid provider in Yemen, which demonstrates country's commitment to support humanitarian efforts and its firm position to provide aid assistance to people in need all over the world.
He hailed the discussions and meetings held between humanitarian institutions and UAE, particularly in the context of exploring new opportunities for cooperation, enhancing mutual efforts and exchanging expertise in international development and discussing current development issues.
The meeting was attended by Hazaa Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of International Development and Cooperation, Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Under-Secretary Assistant of the Ministry for International Cooperation and Development and Najla Mohammad Al Qaabi , Assistant Under-Secretary of International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395285318635.html
UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs praised the UAE's support to humanitarian projects worldwide
posted on 09/09/2015
Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday received Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief.
O'Brien offered condolences to Sheikh Abdullah on the Emirati martyrs who fell while participating in the Saudi-led Arab coalition operations.
The meeting touched on the co-operation between the UAE and the UN and the international organisation's humanitarian programmes in a number of countries hit by disasters and conflicts.
Sheikh Abdullah re-affirmed President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's keenness to enhance the role played by the UAE in the humanitarian arenas. He added that the UAE seeks to continue its efforts and contributions in all humanitarian fields as the world is currently witnessing many challenges, including that of refugees and displaced people.
O'Brien praised the UAE's pioneering role, initiatives and support to the international organisations and their humanitarian projects worldwide. He also commended the country's support to developing and poor countries and the quick delivery of aid to the needy around the world.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285281487.html
Lubna Al Qasimi, New Zealand Trade minister explore prospects of joint cooperation
posted on 09/09/2015
The UAE's efforts to enhance a global partnership towards international development issues and bolster bilateral ties with other countries stemmed out of the wise philosophy and wisdom of the UAE leadership, led 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, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Co-operation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, said during a meeting with Tim Grosser, Minister of Trade of New Zealand, in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
The UAE, Sheikha Lubna added, were looking forward to seeing stronger UAE-New Zealand bilateral ties and robust joint co-operation in all avenues so as to push forward the international development drive. She lauded New Zealand's role in various domains of international development and co-operation and its effective contribution to different humanitarian fields.
Sheikha Lubna informed the visiting New Zealand minister about the UAE's foreign aid policy which enabled it to retain its ranking as the world's largest donor of foreign aid in 2013 and 2014 consecutively. Sheikha Lubna cited the UAE's active contribution in many humanitarian catastrophes like the crises in Syria and Yemen.
For his part, minister Grosser emphasised his country's keenness to consolidate a framework of bilateral partnership with the UAE and to open up new avenues of co-operation in the future, benefitting from the UAE's pivotal role in the region.
He also commended the contribution of the UAE's wise leadership and its role in achieving international development, particularly its tangible efforts towards the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals, which matched the success the UAE has realised in development and elevation of its progressive regional and international standing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395285262797.html
Egypt's Prime Minister, Sheikh Al Azhar and Sultan Al Jaber attends inauguration of Al Azhar specialty hospital sections
posted on 03/09/2015
CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al Sharif, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al Tayyeb, and Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Coordination Office of the UAE-Funded Development Projects in Egypt, yesterday attended the inauguration of Al Azhar Hospital's specialty sections in Nasr City, Cairo.
The project is a result of the co-operation between Al Azhar and Emirates Advanced Investments Company, which has set up a "health information system." The hospital will be managed by the company's subsidiary, Global Medical Solutions.
Mahlab, Sheikh Al Azhar and Al Jaber toured the hospital and were assured about speedy completion of some requirements so that the hospital becomes fully operational. They were also briefed about the health information system, developed in the UAE by local and national cadres in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, which aims to boost national capacities in the area of programming. The visitors were acquainted with the implementation of the system and its positive impact to enhance delivery of hospital services to over 350,000 of Al Azhar employees and students of Al Azhar University and institutes.
Sheikh Al Azhar paid a tribute to the UAE's support to Egypt, stating that the UAE's leadership, government and people's support to Al Azhar, "reflects their great appreciation to Al Azhar, being a beacon of science, culture, tolerance and moderation."
He noted that the UAE has constructed four buildings at the university and its Islamic Division Institute.
The UAE minister said, "The co-operation between the UAE and Egypt is historic and dates back to the era of the UAE's founding father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan."
He added that relations between the two countries continue to grow in the light of the directives of 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 the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Al Jaber expressed his satisfaction on touring the specialty hospital, which will upgrade the health services provided to ordinary citizens.
"As Al Azhar represents a beacon of moderation and centrism to confront extremism, it also provides a model for science, development and progress," he said, while thanking the management of the hospital and Emirates Advance Investments Company, and all those who played a significant role in the development and application of the health information system. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284948174.html
Lubna Al Qasimi hails UAE leadership on handling of refugee crisis
posted on 03/09/2015
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has commended the directives of the UAE leadership on provision of unlimited support to the refugees worldwide.
She added that the directives of 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, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, reflect the state's contribution and credibility to handle the refugee crisis and its related issues.
Sheikha Lubna said the current refugee issues were humanitarian and required concerted international efforts and partnerships to ensure their repatriation to their home countries.
She made the remarks yesterday during a meeting at the MICAD with Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions in Pakistan, Fazlullah Reshteen, Charge d'Affaires at the Afghanistan embassy in the UAE and Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
They discussed the co-operation between the UAE with UNHCR and the latest developments regarding the refugees. Sheikha Lubna also discussed with the Pakistani minister and Afghan diplomat, ways to strengthen co-operation and partnerships with the two countries, as well as issues of the refugees and how they would return home.
The Pakistani minister briefed Sheikha Lubna about the joint Pakistani-Afghani efforts, the countries hosting the Afghan refugees and the UNHCR to hold a high-profile international conference on this issue.
He thanked the UAE for its efforts in the light of the directives of its leadership to support Pakistan in humanitarian and development areas.
The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the MICAD, Najla Al Ka'abi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Cooperation, Rasmiya Al Dhahiri from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284947747.html
Joint UAE-Egypt vocational and placement program marks successful conclusion
posted on 02/09/2015
CAIRO: The ‘Vocational Training and Placement Program, jointly conducted by the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office for social and infrastructure development and Egypt's Industrial Training Canter has marked a successful conclusion.
Commemorating the occasion, and Dr. Mohamed Yousef, Education Minister for Technical and Vocational Training in Egypt and Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office, signed a project completion agreement in the presence of His Excellency Eng. Khaled Negm, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt.
Following the signing ceremony, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "I am honoured to convey the commitment of the UAE's leadership to the people of Egypt. Our cooperation with Egypt to train young men and women will enable and prepare them to find jobs and build their future whilst integrating them as much needed contributors to the sustainability of the Egyptian economy. This project articulates our efforts to achieve a positive economic and social impact within the Egyptian society."
Dr Al Jaber added: "This training program holds special significance for us. Empowering human capital and equipping it with the necessary tools to succeed, lies at the core of the UAE leadership's strategic vision. In empowering people, especially women, we empower societies and generations to come. We have been able to complete this project in record time thanks to the high demand for various training programs and a strategic allocation of modules that are much needed in Egypt.
He added: "The UAE's success in delivering development projects in Egypt is the result of a high level of coordination and follow-up; part of a unique model created especially for Egypt."
Mohamed Ahmed Youssef, Technical Education and Training Minister, commended the UAE leadership's stance in standing by the people of Egypt and extending support to all factions of society. He pointed out that the UAE's praiseworthy efforts in spearheading a series of development projects have helped reduce unemployment and create unprecedented job opportunities.
Youssef said: "The work of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office for social and infrastructure development projects is yet another example of the excellent cooperation between our two countries. The collaboration between the Office and the Industrial Training Council opened up unconventional and practical methodologies for overcoming the problem of unemployment. Through the strategies put in place, both entities have successfully worked towards implementing solutions for the wider benefit of the society."
In conjunction with the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office for social development and infrastructure projects and the Egyptian Industrial Training Council, the Vocational Training and Job Placement Program was implemented across 27 Egyptian governorates to empower more than 80,000 aspiring professionals in various sectors. Of these, nearly 60% were absorbed by the private sector, entrepreneurship and corporate communication departments.
In the lead up to the launch of the program and in collaboration with the Council, the UAE/Egypt liaison Office launched a six-month advertising campaign titled ‘The Future in Your Hands' to raise awareness about the initiative among potential participants. Complementing the initiative, an integrated information system was established to provide data related to the employment market. Accessible to different user categories, ranging from students and professionals from the public and private sector, the system offers data on recruitment, training and employment opportunities.
The breakdown of the program included 70,000 students that focused on various vocational training programs as well as 10,000 trainees from the communications and information technology sector. Of the total 80,000 trainees, 62% comprised males and 38% females. Of those trained, 48,000 young men and women have been productively employed in various capacities.
The Vocational Training and Job Placement Program included sessions on entrepreneurship, engineering, maintenance, construction, food processing, agriculture, telecommunications, maritime transport, logistics, welding, printing, textile, leather tanning and wood work. Workshops on tourism and the commercial sector were also conducted.
The UAE is currently overseeing the development of a number of projects in Egypt towards making a positive, immediate and tangible impact on the lives of more than 10 million Egyptian citizens. Over 900,000 jobs varying between part and full time were created during and after construction of the projects focusing on energy, education, healthcare, transportation, food security and housing. Many of the projects have been completed and delivered, such as the UAE People's 10 MW Siwa solar power plant in the field of renewable energy, 50,000 housing units, 78 healthcare clinics and 100 schools.
Also delivered in August 2015, were 600 public transport busses and 4 bridges in 3 governorates. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284917951.html
Foundation stone laid for Khalifa bin Zayed school in Kazakhstan
posted on 02/09/2015
ASTANA: The foundation stone of the Khalifa bin Zayed School was laid in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the presence of a number of senior Kazakh officials and ambassadors of the GCC, Arab and foreign countries in Kazakhstan.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation, said the school, to be built on 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, and follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of Khalifa Foundation, is part of the UAE's efforts to support the education sector in Kazakhstan.
Noting that bilateral ties were growing and evolving steadily and firmly towards a constructive economic partnership, particularly in education and health, Al Za'abi said that the school, when completed, would constitute a qualitative addition to the learning process in Kazakhstan.
Stretching 37,000 square metres with a built-up area of 14,300 square metres, the school will accommodate 1,200 students at the primary, preparatory and secondary levels, he added.
The UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Suhail Mattar Al Ketbi, also addressed the ceremony, saying that the health and educational development project by the UAE aimed at facilitating development in Kazakhstan to serve its people.
The UAE assistance was well received by the people of Kazakhstan and the government was very keen to implement development projects, he added.
In his welcome address, the governor of Astana conveyed the regards of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his best wishes for good health and happiness.
The UAE was among the few countries that contributed development aid to his country, and for that it gained immense respect and regards from the Kazakh people, he noted.
He said that the Khalifa Foundation has funded several projects in Kazakhstan including the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Grand Mosque which accommodates 1,000 worshippers and a 200-bed hospital that serves thousands of patients.
Later, Al Za'abi launched a book, prepared by the government of Kazakhstan, on the UAE and the achievements it has made under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa. He also attended the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the adoption the country's Constitution. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284910199.html