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ERC inaugurates water project in Bosnia
posted on 04/08/2015

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has inaugurated a water project in the Travnik Municipality in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the UAE Suqia Initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide clean water to approximately five million people worldwide.
The commissioning of the water project was attended by Salem Al Ameri, head of the ERC in Al Ain, along with the president of the Travnik Municipality and a number of Bosnian officials.
Al Ameri said in a speech during the opening ceremony that the project, which cost US$186,000, would provide water to 1,000 families.
He added that the ERC had implemented the project in a village in the Travnik Municipality based on thorough studies on the need for drinking water in the rural regions.
'The ERC has been working diligently to deliver objectives of the UAE Suqia Initiative in digging wells, provision of water tanks, purification of water for drinking and the provision of solutions to wastage of water,' he said, referring to the impact of the Initiative in improving water supply in arid regions in Africa and Asia.
The president of the Travnik Municipality expressed deep appreciation to the ERC for completing the project in a record 40 days.
The water project, he said, would help villagers to improve their living conditions.
Beneficiaries expressed their profound thanks to the ERC for implementing the project, which they said would end their long suffering to fetch water and bring about a paradigm shift in the development of the area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283967999.html

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New Suez Canal channel will stimulate regional and international trade: Sultan Al Jaber
posted on 03/08/2015

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt, has stressed the great role the new Suez Canal channel will play in cementing Egypt's status as a key contributor to world trade and economy through serving as a vital trade waterway.
In an interview published yesterday in the Abu Dhabi-based, Arabic-language newspaper, Al Ittihad, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said, "The new channel will have a positive impact in stimulating international trade and will promote economic growth and stability in Egypt, the region, and the world. In addition, it will also increase the number of ships transiting the canal daily, which will increase the Egyptian treasury's returns while cutting waiting time."
The minister added that major ports around the world already began to develop their capacity in anticipation of the expected increase in shipping and cargo traffic coming from the strategic trade channel. The new canal, Dr. Al Jaber said, will also reduce transit time, and therefore save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
He said, "We are proud that the UAE National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) was heavily involved in this project which is part of a powerful consortium including Dutch companies Van Oord, Boskalis and the Belgian company Jan de Nul."
Al Jaber went on to explain that the alliance - in association with the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority- carried out marine dredging work on the 35 kilometres canal over ten months, before adding, "That demonstrates the efficiency of UAE companies and their ability to transfer expertise and accomplish goals in record time."
Commenting on the project, Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said the new canal, which will officially be launched on August 6th, "is a miracle by every standard," adding that the project is one of the largest dredging operations in history.
The Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority expressed his great thanks to the UAE for standing alongside Egypt in implementing the project, stressing that "Suez Canal is highly secured and there should be no fear of any threats of any kind now or in the future." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283905512.html

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ADFD participates in ground-breaking ceremony of social housing project in Seychelles
posted on 03/08/2015

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) recently participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of a social housing project in Seychelles, hosted by the Government of Seychelles.
Located in Mahe Island, one of the largest islands of the Republic of Seychelles, the project is funded by an Dh33 million (US$9 million) contributory grant administered by ADFD on behalf of the UAE Government.
The project comprises of housing units as well as the associated infrastructure including electricity grids, water and sanitation networks, roads and parks.
ADFD managed on behalf of the UAE Government the construction of nearly 106 housing units spread across three residential areas in Barbaron, Bill Amber and Takamaka in Mahe Island, the largest in the Seychelles archipelago and home to the majority of its population. The first phase covers Barbaron and Takamaka.
The funding articulates ADFD's priority to support infrastructure projects in developing countries as a prerequisite for growth and economic development. Of the sectors supported, the housing sector is a major recipient of foreign assistance given its role in empowering local communities to contribute towards the development process. Accounting for 12% of the total share, the housing sector ranks second in terms of ADFD's funding activities, and has received Dh7.6 billion so far allocated towards 42 development projects.
ADFD says it enjoys close synergies with the Government of Seychelles that date back to 1979. Since then, the Fund has provided loans and administered government grants totalling about Dh215 million earmarked for 10 vital projects in key economic sectors including housing, communication, transportation, and energy.
Adel Abdulla Al Hosani, Director of Operations Department, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, said: "The contribution of the UAE to the social housing project in Seychelles reflects the country's commitment to supporting economic development in Seychelles and providing excellent housing services to its citizens through financing infrastructure projects in the country."
Al Hosani added: "The UAE will continue to support the Government of Seychelles in implementing infrastructure projects and economic reform programmes to improve the living standards of its citizens. To this end, ADFD has undertaken several major development projects that serve key economic and social sectors, while contributing to the sustainable development of the country."
ADFD has contributed to the financing of several quality development projects that support the Seychelles Government's efforts to accelerate economic and social development and tackle the various development challenges. Of these, the Dh103 million wind power station project in Seychelles aims to support the renewable energy sector in the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395283912968.html

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Foreign aid to Jordan hits US$1 billion since January 2015: Report
posted on 02/08/2015

AMMAN: Total foreign aid to Jordan since the beginning of 2015 amounted to US$1 billion, according to planning ministry figures.
The ministry said Saturday that the external grants from donor nations reached US$632.64 million, while the soft loans directed to support the general budget amounted to US$364.84 million and the government-guaranteed soft loans totalled US$72.4 million.
The Saudi Fund for Development along with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development were the largest donors, as their aid totalled US$256.1million, Jordan News Agency, Petra, said, citing the ministry's report.
The United States supplied Jordan with a wheat grant worth US$25.1 million, while Japan provided US$17.6 million as medical equipment to the health ministry, the figures revealed.
According to the statistics, the EU grants totalled US$66 million and the German Bank for Reconstruction provided US$22.4 million.
Moreover, the soft loans directed to support the Kingdom's general budget reached US$196 million and was provided by Japan while the government-guaranteed loans totalled US$72.4million was provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the figures showed.
The ministry also pointed out that the European Investment Bank and the United Nations Development Programme both provided US$11million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395283890749.html

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UAE envoy attends opening of obstetrics section at Serbia's Paracin Hospital
posted on 01/08/2015

BELGRADE: The UAE Ambassador to Serbia, Juma Rashid Saif Al Dhaheri, yesterday attended the opening of the obstetrics section at the General Hospital in Paracin city in Serbia which was reconstructed with support from the UAE Red Crescent Authority.
Al Dhaheri met with the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and the Serbian First Lady Dragica Nikolic during the launch. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283867158.html

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Sultan Al Jaber: UAE continues its support for Egypt
posted on 28/07/2015

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office, has said that the UAE s support for Egypt is firmly rooted in the conviction that Egypt s stability and prosperity is stability and prosperity for the region and the world.
In an interview with the Egyptian daily publication, Al Masry Al Yawm, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, discussed various topics including the UAE s strong ties with Egypt, Egypt s economic sustainability, the Egyptian Economic Development Conference, the importance of private sector investment, the global fight against extremism, and the UAE s unique model for social development in Egypt.
Speaking about the UAE and Saudi Arabia's economic and political support to Egypt particularly following the Egypt Economic Development Conference, Dr. Al Jaber said, "The UAE s support for Egypt is firmly rooted in the conviction that Egypt s stability and prosperity is stability and prosperity for the region and the world. It is also a reflection of the very close relationship between the two countries that was set over 40 years ago by our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and has been further enhanced by our leadership. Over the years, Egypt and the UAE have embarked on various partnerships, exchanging knowledge and expertise while strengthening our bilateral ties."
Dr. Al Jaber said that the period of instability in Egypt, from 2010 to 2013, had adversely impacted its economy and society, and that based on their decades long relationship, it was only natural that the UAE stood by Egypt to help restore the country to its rightful place, as the political, economic and social spinal cord of the region.
"As such, and in order to support Egypt as swiftly and effectively as possible, the UAE leadership initiated a unique model of assistance, establishing a UAE Egypt Liaison office with experts from Egypt and the UAE,” he said.
"Working intensively with our Egyptian partners, the office identified the key priorities on which to focus a social development programme that spanned the critical sectors of energy, housing, food security, education, healthcare and transportation. At the same time, the office also worked closely with Egyptian counterparts on a medium term economic recovery plan that identified structural reforms to stimulate the flow of foreign investments to the Egyptian market," Al Jaber explained.
The minister said that to date, UAE's social development projects alone have created 900,000 jobs and positively impacted the lives of 10 million Egyptians.
According to Al Jaber, alongside the clear mandate of the UAE/Egypt Liaison office, the UAE has also contributed to the mobilisation of economic and political support for Egypt through international and regional platforms such as the Egyptian Gulf Investment Forum which was held in December 2013, and the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) that was hosted in March 2015 in Sharm el-Sheikh. "It was at the EEDC that the Egyptian government was able to secure US$20 billion, of which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates contributed $12 billion," he said.
When asked about his opinion on what has been accomplished economically in Egypt since 30 June 2013 and especially in the past year, Dr. Al Jaber told the publication that he believes that Egypt has witnessed a positive change in its economic performance. "Some 5.6% growth was recorded in the first half of financial year 2014-2015 (July-March) compared to 1.2% in the same period of last year. Tax returns increased by 35 billion Egyptian pounds in the first half of financial year 2014-2015 amounting to 204.9 billion pounds - an increase of 21% when compared to the previous year. Foreign investments in Egypt also rose to US$1.8 billion in the first quarter of financial year 2014-2015 - a 50% increase by comparison to the first quarter of the preceding year," he said.
Additionally, he said, the big three credit rating agencies have raised Egypt s rating and positively revised their outlooks. "In October 2014, Moody s revised their outlook on Egypt to stable and in April 2015 upgraded Egypt to B3. In December 2014 Fitch upgraded Egypt s credit rating to B with a stable outlook, and in May 2015, Standard and Poor s raised its outlook for Egypt to positive from stable," said Al Jaber.
The minister noted the International Monetary Fund's praise for Egypt s economic reforms, citing the conclusion of the IMF s Article IV mission to Egypt, on November 2014, when Mission Chief Chris Jarvis stated that "policies implemented so far, along with a return of confidence, are starting to produce a turnaround in economic activity and investment."
Al Jaber also pointed out examples of Egypt's development progress in building 1,600 kilometres of new roads last year as part of a plan to create a road network of 3,200 kilometres across different parts of the country, and the installation of a 3.6 GW new power capacity as part of a plan to increase Egypt s power capacity by fifty percent in the coming years.
Addressing the Suez Canal project and its future development expectations, Al Jaber said, "I am proud that a UAE company, the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) was involved in this project. The NMDC founded and led the Challenge Consortium including the Dutch and Belgium firms Boskalis, Van Oord and Jan De Nul, that, in turn was able to deliver the necessary dredging in record time. I was able to visit the project site more than once in this past year and I have been impressed by the great progress and tireless efforts of all those involved including the Suez Canal Authority, the Egyptian Armed Forces and the engineers and workers on site. This achievement validates the ability of the Egyptian people to stand in the face of adversity with great resolve, determination and success.
The minister said that he looks forward to the opening of the new Suez Canal, which he believes will play a significant and essential role in promoting economic activity in Egypt and the region by increasing the capacity of the channel and reducing the waiting time for ships to pass. "We are also looking forward to the development of the Suez Canal Development Zone, which will include ports, industrial parks and logistics hubs that will ensure continued economic growth through attracting foreign and local investments and creating new job opportunities," he added.
When asked about how he was following the negotiations between the government and businessman Mohamed Alabbar regarding the new administrative capital, and whether there was a mediation from the UAE Government in this regard, Al Jaber noted that it is important to distinguish between private sector investments in Egypt, such as the Capital City Partners and the efforts exerted by the UAE/Egypt liaison office, which, he said, fall within the purview of intergovernmental cooperation between the two countries.
He explained, "Nonetheless, I have been following the ongoing negotiations between Capital City Partners and the Egyptian government and have noticed some inconsistencies in the reporting. Therefore, I believe it is better to wait for the official statements at the end of the negotiations, which will naturally take some time given the scope and size of the project. We wish this important project much success in achieving the desired objectives for the future of Egypt.
"I do, however have to say that I believe that the global and regional experience, know-how and successful track record of Mr Al Abaar in the real estate sector speaks for itself. I have no doubt that he will exert every effort to ensure that these negotiations conclude with the best possible interests of both parties in mind. These are large-scale projects that need to be rooted in economic sustainability," he said.
Speaking on whether the UAE has plans to provide more funding to support the Egyptian economy during the new financial year excluding loans and investments, Al Jaber reminded that the relationship between the UAE and Egypt is not based on financial objectives, but is rather a historical relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation.
"The relationship between the UAE and Egypt is not built on loans and numbers, but on mutual respect, cooperation and common interests that benefit the two countries. Based on the synergy established with Egypt that dates back to more than four decades, we are confident this partnership will continue to flourish. What is important at this stage is to intensify the work focused on the revitalisation of the Egyptian economy and development of the legislative system. This will increase growth rates, and allow for new projects to open doors for economic and social prosperity as well as new investments," he said.
Asked whether after several months post the Egypt Economic Development Conference, the Egyptian government has taken the necessary steps for economic reform, Dr. Al Jaber said that he believes that the Egypt Economic Development Conference marked an important milestone in showcasing the Egyptian government s commitment to implementing measures towards a stronger, more sustainable economy. "The long term plan, as stated by Ibrahim Mahlab, Prime Minister of Egypt, includes fiscal consolidation measures to reduce deficit through a gradual reduction of energy subsidies as well as the introduction of value-added tax, amendments to existing laws, and working on attracting direct investments to crucial sectors, such as transport and power generation.
"In other words, the vision and goals are there, what is now required is an unwavering effort and continued implementation of administrative, financial, legislative and regulatory reforms that will, in turn, contribute to the reduction of bureaucracy," he said.
Speaking about his future predictions, and whether Egypt will need to deal with international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, Al Jaber said, "This is a sovereign decision that is taken solely by the Egyptian government. International monetary institutions are known for their expertise in financial matters. I believe that the economic and legislative reforms initiated by the Egyptian government have begun to show positive results, as demonstrated by Article IV conducted by the International Monetary Fund."
Dr. Al Jaber went on to say that the investment climate in Egypt for UAE investors can become more attractive with the help of legislative amendments to simplify procedures and create an integrated experience.
"Private sector investment is a realistic indication of the attractiveness of the investment climate and today, there are over 600 UAE companies functioning in Egypt. The goal now is to increase the attractiveness of the Egyptian market. Furthermore, given the rapid population growth, there is an urgent need to create jobs through expansion and new market growth.
"Continuous development is a concept that is widely prevalent in the world of commerce, wherein countries seek to increase their competitiveness in order to attract sustained foreign capital. As part of this priority, it is important to build an attractive environment for investment through a system of laws and to simplify procedures and create an integrated experience that will make Egypt an ideal hub for investors and new projects," he explained.
In regards to terrorism attacks and threats which Egypt has been exposed to, and whether he believes that would affect investment in the country, the minister reiterated the UAE s clear position in this regard, saying, "We condemn any attempt to destabilise the security and stability of Egypt. The UAE leadership has confirmed its solidarity with the Egyptian government and will stand by its side in the face of extremism and terrorism.
"We, in the UAE, have great confidence in Egypt's ability to overcome challenges and continue to build a bright future for its children," he said.
Al Jaber added that terrorism is a challenge that all nations must address as soon as possible. "In fact, most recently the government of the UAE issued an anti-discrimination and anti-extremism law that aims at curbing hate speech and extremism. It is no longer enough to think of this war in military terms. There is a stronger, more resolute ideological war that feeds the terrorist narrative indirectly through promoting toxic, hateful and exclusive ideologies. This law is a clear demonstration of the UAE s rejection of the culture of hate and destruction in favour of a culture of forgiveness, peace, collaboration and positive energy, the minister explained.
In conclusion, Dr. Al Jaber confirmed that the UAE government continues to contribute significantly to the infrastructure projects in Egypt, which include a wide-range of projects in various sectors. "The development projects that have been implemented by the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office focus on vital sectors such as energy, housing, food security, education, healthcare and transportation. To date we have been able to deliver 78 fully operational family health clinics in 23 governorates across remote and rural areas, provide 100% of Egypt s insulin needs through the refurbishment of the vaccination lines, deliver 100 fully equipped schools and finalise the construction of over 50,000 housing units," he said.
"The projects also include the construction of 4 bridges, the provision of 600 public transport busses, the development of 136 wastewater plants, the construction of a 10MW solar power plant in Siwa and a vocational training and placement programme for tens of thousands of Egyptians," added Al Jaber.
As for food security, the minister said, "We have provided the Egyptian government with 100,00 cattle heads, 50,000 of which will be used for dairy production. We are also constructing 25 wheat and grain silos."
– Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283692512.html

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ADFD contributes to financing of over 442 development projects in 76 countries to date
posted on 26/07/2015

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has achieved several important milestones since its inception in 1971. The fund has played an increasingly important role in the sustainable economic and social development of many emerging economies across the world through providing critical development finance to projects that contribute to the economic upliftment of beneficiary countries.
Thanks to these efforts, the Fund that celebrates its 44th anniversary today, has emerged as one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world, and a role model in providing financial aid to fight global poverty.
ADFD articulates the UAE's continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries. Towards this priority, ADFD offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries. In addition, the Fund makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, said: "ADFD is committed to leading by example in the provision of development assistance worldwide. We will continue to work with our partners in the developing world to improve the standards of living for their people and achieve sustainable growth in sectors that require infrastructure development such as healthcare and education."
"The idea of establishing a development agency came to the fore nearly 40 years back when the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan decided to institutionalise the country's contribution to international development and progress. The Fund was one of the many charitable and development institutions that were established under the auspices of Sheikh Zayed to take the UAE's development engagement beyond its borders."
"ADFD reflects the spirit of giving and the noble values enshrined by the country's wise leadership under the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In line with this priority, ADFD has devoted its efforts towards supporting developing countries through the provision of financial assistance to vital projects that contribute to the well-being of their citizens, develop their infrastructure, drive economic growth and create numerous job opportunities," Al Suwaidi added.
Al Suwaidi also noted that ADFD had achieved several successful milestones due to the continued support of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of ADFD. This gives the Fund a strong impetus to pursue its development programs, and reiterate the UAE's prominent position in the arena of global development assistance.
He added: "ADFD's efforts in the area of international development complement those of the UAE government that implements a multi-pronged development and humanitarian aid program involving 30 institutions that deliver humanitarian assistance to over 145 countries worldwide. This assistance helps the beneficiary countries improve the standard of living for their citizens and achieve sustainable growth and expansion in the infrastructure sectors.
"As a result, the UAE was ranked as the largest donor of official development aid according to a report issued by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2013 and 2014. This was evidenced by the fact that the country's development aid in 2014 totalled US$5 billion."
ADFD's Operational Activities ADFD's operational activities include extending concessionary loans and managing government grants provided by the UAE for projects that support sectors key to economic and social development in emerging economies. These sectors include agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services. Over the years, the Fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, reflecting the UAE's commitment to playing an active role in supporting growth in developing countries. The Fund also unveiled its five-year strategy (2012 – 2016) that takes into consideration the anticipated growth of its operations and the overall impact on the economic development of beneficiary countries.
ADFD has today evolved as a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Staring with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants and loans provided by the Fund by the end of H1 2015 reached Dh65 billion that included Dh23.4 billion in concessionary loans, and Dh41.7 billion provided as government grants. The Fund has so far financed 442 development projects in 76 countries around the world.
Funding Operations With a total of Dh55 billion offered to the financing of 302 projects across multiple sectors, countries in the Arab world accounted for 84% of ADFD's total funding of Dh65 billion until the end of H1 2015.
The share of African countries in ADFD's funding activities stood at 5% or Dh3 billion allocated towards the financing of 70 projects. Asian countries received Dh3.8 billion in funding, which represents 6% of total amount allocated towards the financing of 58 projects. Other countries accounted for the remaining 5% share or Dh3.2 billion of the total loan and grant value earmarked for 12 projects.
These loans and grants supported key economic sectors vital to the development of recipient countries, with transportation accounting for 19% of the total financing worth Dh12.3 billion spent on 85 development projects.
The housing sector received 12% of the funding or Dh7.6 billion allocated towards 42 projects. Electricity and water initiatives received Dh7.4 billion or 11% allocated towards funding 83 projects. The share of agriculture, irrigation and land reclamation stood at 10% or Dh6.7 billion allocated for 55 projects.
The total value of loans and grants earmarked for social and health services registered Dh4.5 billion to finance 76 projects, representing 7% of total funding. The industry and mining sectors received 6% of the total financing or Dh3.7 billion spread across 38 projects.
ADFD Holds Stakes in 18 Companies The number of companies in which the Fund is an active stakeholder reached 18, spread over several countries in Asia and Africa including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the UAE, Oman, Austria and Southeast Asia.
The investments covered projects focused on agriculture, fisheries, hospitality, tourism, industry, real estate, as well as private portfolios and private equity firms.
In 2014, ADFD acquired 5% of Quadria Capital Fund, an independent healthcare-focused private equity fund that invests in the high growth healthcare sector of some of the world's fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia.
ADFD also invested in Maroc Telecom, a leading telecom services provider in Morocco, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Mali. The company is listed on the Paris and Casablanca stock exchanges with a total customer base of 39.5 million.
ADFD pursues an investment strategy that optimises the use of its financial resources and ensures the sustainability of operations. The project selection process follows specific criteria such as: the growth prospects of the proposed project, ability to achieve desired economic and financial goals, serving economic sectors with a positive impact on the inclusive development of the local economy, driving growth in investment and key economic activities, as well as contributing to the creation of new job opportunities for citizens of the beneficiary countries.
Important Projects Among the major projects managed by ADFD is the Ma'rib Dam in Yemen, which was financed by an Dh372 billion government grant between 1984 and 1987 that is considered one of the largest projects in Yemen. Other projects include Egypt's Sheikh Zayed Canal built using an Dh348 million grant, the Tangier Port in Morocco financed through ADFD's contributory loan of Dh734.6 million and government grant of Dh367.3 million, as well as major development projects funded and managed across various infrastructure sectors.
The projects financed by ADFD are subject to regular and intensive technical and economic assessment to ensure their viability in stimulating sustainable economic development in the beneficiary countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283640035.html

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ERC to develop projects worth Dh 7 million in Palestine
posted on 26/07/2015

RAMALLAH: The UAE Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is currently developing a number of projects in the Palestinian territories aimed at supporting the economy and the people there.
The projects include construction of a school in Bethlehem at a total cost of Dh 5.4 million and construction of an Dh 1.5 million 2-storey building in Ramallah which will serve as a training centre and a kindergarten. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283639060.html

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UAE's humanitarian and development aid to Egypt totals Dh47.3b from 1971 to 2014
posted on 26/07/2015

The UAE has provided Egypt with a total of Dh47.3 billion in humanitarian and development aid between 1971 and 2014, with Dh29 billion in 2013 and 2014 alone, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Co-operation and Development, MICAD, said.
In a statement to the Egyptian Arabic-language newspaper Algomhuria, she stressed that the UAE's generous support for Egypt in the past decades was in response to the aspirations of the Egyptian people and in implementation of the foundations of political, economic and developmental stability to provide Egyptians with a dignified life in times of distress.
The minister stressed that the UAE's support for Egypt is based on the approach followed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country's founding father, who always underlined the importance of backing the security and stability of Egypt in recognition of its status, culture, rich human and developmental resources and achievements throughout history.
This support, she added, is even more important during turbulence that impedes progress and stability, in particular in the case of Egypt, a brother of the UAE and all other Arab countries.
Stressing that the exemplary ties between the UAE and Egypt should serve as a role model for intra-Arab relations, Al Qasimi said relations with Egypt represent a pillar of the UAE's policy on Arab countries, as well as its regional and international policy.
She noted that the UAE was the world's largest donor country of official development assistance.
Although it is an oil-rich country, supporting renewable energy projects at home and in several developing countries is part of the UAE's overseas aid programme.
Sheikha Lubna said the UAE recognised the fact that traditional energy resources such as oil will certainly be depleted one day and is decreasing dependence on oil and expanding renewable energy projects as part of its commitments to environmental preservation.
Minister Al Qasimi noted that although it is a young state established only 44 years ago, the UAE came on top of a global list of donors to development projects abroad in 2013 and 2014. She said the UAE's humanitarian compassion derives from the Islamic traditions and values upheld by the sheikhs and people of the country.
Al Qasimi quoted the late Sheikh Zayed who once said, "Foreign aid and assistance is one of the basic pillars of our foreign policy. For we believe that there is no true benefit for us from the wealth that we have unless it does not also reach those in need, wherever they may be, and regardless of their nationality or beliefs. That is why we have ensured that our brothers and our friends have shared in our wealth." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283657919.html

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UAE's Red Crescent completes 3 development projects worth about Dh4m in Palestine
posted on 22/07/2015

RAMALLAH: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) recently completed three development projects worth more than Dh3.8 million in three areas in Palestine.
The projects include the construction of a two-storey and two-minaret mosque in Deir Qaddis town, west of Ramallah, to serve 1200 worshippers; an additional storey for the girls' school in Deir Istiya town in Salfit Governorate, north-western West Bank, to accommodate an additional 500 students; and 100 water wells to serve100 farming families in a number of villages in Hebron Governorate, southern West Bank, according to a new report by the ERC's office in Ramallah.
The three projects were wholly funded by the ERC. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283535923.html

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Emirati technical team to re-open Aden International Airport
posted on 21/07/2015

The Yemeni Transport Minister in Yemen's legitimate government, Badr Mubarak Ba-Salma, has said that a specialist technical team from the UAE has arrived in Aden to re-open Aden International Airport in 24 hours.
He pointed out that recent problems had been solved by the arrival of a mobile control tower for the resumption of flights to and from Aden within the next few hours.
In a press conference last night in Aden, Ba-Salma said that it was agreed with the Director of Public Works to bring in contractors to work on the airport over the next two days, calling on international organisations to start going to Aden's ports and airport to provide relief. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395283501943.html

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UAE has provided Dh430m in aid for Yemen in 2015, says Micad
posted on 17/07/2015

The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) Thursday announced that the UAE's total humanitarian aid for Yemen in 2015 stood at Dh430, including Dh190 in fuel and electricity aid, Dh110 million in food aid, Dh80 million in medical supplies, Dh30 million in assistance for providing water and sewage services, and Dh20 million in various other forms of relief aid.
MICAD revealed the figures in a new report and said the aid was part of the UAE's response to Yemen's humanitarian situation resulting from the political turmoil.
The UAE humanitarian aid for Yemen was delivered, on the directives of the UAE leadership, by the Emirates Red Crescent, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation, the UAE Suqia Water Aid Foundation, the Al Rahmah Charity and the Sharjah Charity House.
In a statement about the announcement, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said, "The country's wise leadership, namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, spare no effort to extend a helping hand to all people affected by humanitarian crises."
"The UAE was among the first countries to provide all types of relief aid to the brotherly Yemeni people through effective coordination and partnership with Saudi Arabia."
He stressed that these efforts are in line with the UAE's role in the Saudi-led Arab coalition seeking to do justice to the Yemeni people suffering at the hands of the Houthis and their partners seeking to control Yemen.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour added that the UAE is renewing its regional humanitarian efforts, and that its humanitarian agencies acted on directives from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa to extend a helping hand to affected Yemeni brothers, set up humanitarian land, sea and air bridges and faced military risks as the infighting continues, to deliver humanitarian aid totalling Dh430 million.
Sheikh Mansour thanked Saudi Arabia for providing facilities to ensure the delivery of the UAE humanitarian aid to the victims of political turmoil in Yemen.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, said the directives of the country's top leaders provided solid foundations for humanitarian intervention and response in all types of the scenarios of humanitarian crises resulting from wars, military conflicts and natural disasters.
She noted that rapid humanitarian response tops the agenda of the UAE foreign humanitarian aid.– Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283375435.html

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HIPA to donate used laptops to support education
posted on 16/07/2015

The Secretary General of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, HIPA, has announced that the organisation will be donating a number of used laptops to support educational programmes.
Ali Khalifa Bin Thalith Al Humairi said that the gesture is seen as a part of Dubai Municipality's campaign to donate used appliances to those in need and to support educational programmes in various social and educational institutions as well as charitable organisations in the UAE and abroad.
The Secretary General said, "HIPA sincerely believes in the importance of environmental and resource preservation and we see this initiative as a great way of maintaining this vision. We hope that this will also serve to educate the general public on the importance of recycling and re-use of resources."
Al Humairi added that the organisation was inviting all citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates to participate in this initiative and to always consider donating old appliances to various educational and charitable causes. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283328360.html

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UAE’s polio drive a huge relief for Pakistan: paper
posted on 16/07/2015

A UAE paper has said that the country's generosity and desire to help those in need is well known. The nation has a proven record of charitable and humanitarian work at the local, regional and international levels.
The latest example of this benevolent streak can be gauged from the fact that over 20 million children in Pakistan have already been inoculated against polio as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign. The campaign is part of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP).
Polio cases in Pakistan have recorded a sharp decline of more than 70 percent from 82 in the corresponding period last year to 24 cases this year due to the UAE's efforts.
"Nearly 87 million vaccines were administered as part of the drive till May," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Wednesday.
The UAE-PAP programme roped in more than 3,000 doctors and 20,000 security men, utilising healthcare centres and mobile units for remote villages, refugee camps and border areas, covering 49 per cent of Pakistan's area and achieving 98.7 per cent success.
Polio is a very important public health issue in Pakistan, which is one of the last remaining countries where the disease has not been fully eradicated. It has a damaging effect among children and can cause permanent disability, leading to death.
WHO warned of the polio situation in Pakistan, which reported 198 cases in 2011, the highest in ten years, compared to 58 cases in 2012 and 93 in 2013.
The polio campaign was launched in Pakistan under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to eradicate polio in Pakistan.
It is commendable that Dh440 million pledge was made by Sheikh Mohamed to back global efforts in eradicating polio by 2018, with a specific contribution towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, who is heading the campaign and focal person for polio eradication in Pakistan, said, "Thanks to the concerted efforts and through the help of the UAE, all agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas are now accessible to health workers and polio vaccination is in full swing."
"Most of the restive areas of the country have been successfully targeted through special protected polio campaigns," concluded the Sharjah-based daily.
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Lubna Al Qasimi meets President of Namibia and international officials in the field of humanitarian aid
posted on 15/07/2015

The UAE is looking to strengthen its relations with the countries of Africa, building on the existing cooperation and partnerships in all fields, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) an Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has said.
Al Qasimi said that supporting various sectors of development in African countries top the priorities of the UAE's foreign aid programme in light of the directive 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, to support and meet the aspirations of the peoples of the developing countries, including the African countries.
This came when Sheikha Lubna met with President Hifikepunye Pohambaof Namibia, on the side-lines of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, which started yesterday in Addis Ababa. During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna described relations between the UAE and Namibia as substantially strong, based on mutual interests and driven by development efforts in Namibia. She stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and partnership relations in all fields between the two countries in light of the availability of many opportunities and channels.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba affirmed his country's keenness to enhance cooperation and partnership with the UAE in the framework of the successes achieved by the UAE at the level of development plans, programmes, progress, commitments and contributions towards the support for international development sectors. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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UAE immunises 20.6m Pakistani children
posted on 14/07/2015

Over 20.6 million children in Pakistan have been inoculated against polio as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign, according to the Dubai-based daily, Gulf News. The campaign is part of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme. Polio cases in Pakistan have recorded sharp decline of 71 per cent from 82 in the corresponding period last year to 24 cases this year due to the massive and successful campaign by the UAE, said a top official.
The UAE has immunised more than 20.6 million Pakistani children against polio with nearly 87 million vaccines administered as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign till May this year, said Abdullah Khalifa Al Gafli, Director of UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) .
The polio campaign was launched in Pakistan under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, to eradicate polio in Pakistan.
The campaign comes as a translation of Sheikh Khalifa's instructions to step up health-care programmes in the affected areas of Pakistan and is part of a Dh440 million pledge by Sheikh Mohamed to support global efforts in eradicating polio by 2018, with a specific contribution towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Al Ghafli said that the UAE's polio campaign in Pakistan has been very successful. The campaign, he said, was aimed to provide humanitarian an development aid, support health sector and its preventive programmes.
Al Gafli added the polio campaign under the slogan, ‘A Healthy and Bright Future for All', is reaching children in areas that were previously inaccessible to vaccinators. The campaign is also working with community leaders to improve confidence in the vaccination programme The UAE-PAP programme used 123,487 teams, 3,205 doctors, 12,765 supervisors and 21,116 security men, using health-care centres and mobile units for remote villages, refugee camps and border areas, covering 49 per cent of Pakistan's area and achieving 98.7 per cent success, Al Gafli said in his recent presentation about polio campaign.
Al Gafli added that the UAE has also implemented 163 development projects at a cost of US$340 million.
Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, who is heading the campaign and focal person for polio eradication in Pakistan, said that there has been a major turnaround in the polio situation in Pakistan as "the armed forces have helped us reclaim areas that were earlier inaccessible."
"The UAE has played a major role in funding these operations and as a consequence of this and through a heightened level of political commitment we have successfully tackled polio," she added.
With improved monitoring and coordination, she said, "there has been a sharp rise in campaign coverage and a dip in the number of reported cases."
"Thanks to the concerted efforts and through the help of the UAE, all agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are now accessible to health workers and polio vaccination is in full swing."
"Most of the restive and security compromised areas of the country have been successfully targeted through special protected polio campaigns with innovative strategies including reducing the campaign to one day and by cordoning off areas to provide a safe environment for vaccinators," she concluded.
The campaign was launched after the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports had indicated the seriousness of the increase in the number of cases detected in Pakistan in 2014, where 303 child were affected by polio. It was the highest number of cases of the disease in a decade, as the total number of cases recorded at the global level reached 339 cases, where about 90 per cent of children who fell victim to polio through 2014 are Pakistani children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Noor Dubai Foundation has helped 23 million people with eyesight ailments since 2008
posted on 14/07/2015

More than 23 million people in 21 countries in Africa and Asia have received treatment for eyesight-related ailments, including blindness, in the past eight years thanks to a Dubai charity.
For the Noor Dubai Foundation, which started in 2008, it cost US$4 (Dh14.50) to provide a patient with a pair of glasses and US$8 to carry out cataract surgery. Over the years, the charity has helped people in Yemen, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Togo, Philippines, Niger, Chad, Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Jordan.
This year, it launched programmes in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Morocco, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
A foundation spokesman said the programmes offered included various treatments, eye surgeries, medication and glasses, all provided free. There were also preventive programmes to raise awareness in local communities, antibiotic distribution and education of communities and education programmes for doctors, surgeons, nurses, social workers and teachers.
In Jehlum, Pakistan, in April, the foundation set up a camp that helped 3,010 people with eye problems, with 451 having surgery to remove cataracts. In May, a camp in Casablanca, Morocco, helped 4,200 people, with 450 undergoing cataract surgery.
Also this year, Noor Dubai, in collaboration with the Carter Centre, launched a three-year programme to eliminate trachoma in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The campaign aims to help about 18 million people. Trachoma, a bacterial eye infection, is a leading cause of preventable blindness in many countries.
"Millions have hope of avoiding blindness in Amhara,” said Dr Manal Taryam, the foundation's chief executive and board member.
The international not-for-profit organisation was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, to eliminate avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
Dr Taryam said the foundation's teams often have to overcome logistical challenges to reach those in need.
"Every organisation goes through many challenges but as long as it remains focused on the end result, which is helping people in need and saving sight, then there is a way to overcome such challenges.”
A statement from the organisation said it was focused on the prevention of blindness only, which meant it tried to help people avoid losing their sight. The diseases that fall under this category are numerous and Noor Dubai focuses mainly on cataracts, trachoma and river blindness.
The foundation hopes to fulfil its Vision 2020 pledge of a world free from avoidable forms of blindness.
"There remain almost 285 million individuals who are visually impaired, an alarming fact, but one that presents an enormous challenge,” Dr Taryam said.
"Based on the latest estimates, a child goes blind every minute and an adult every five seconds. More than 90 per cent of the world's visually impaired live in developing countries, while over 90 per cent of blind individuals live in areas with no access to quality eye care at an affordable price.” – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/noor-dubai-foundation-has-helped-23-million-people-with-eyesight-ailments-since-2008

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Emirates Polio Campaign emblematic of UAE humanitarianism
posted on 12/07/2015

The Emirates Polio Campaign for polio eradication is a true interpretation of the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed AI Nahyan to boost efforts in support of health-care programmes in Pakistan, bring epidemics under control and deflect the health hazards on the children in the affected areas.
The campaign is, moreover, emblematic of UAE's humanitarian commitment to the poor nations, human development programmes and securing a decent life for the people.
The Emirates Polio Campaign derives its importance from its role in supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) of WHO's General Assembly for eradicating polio by the end of 2018 and supporting the Pakistani government's National Emergency Action Plan to wipe out the polio virus.
The success of this campaign is closely monitored and followed up by the World Health Organisation and relevant international organisations as a benchmark for controlling this disease, not only in Pakistan but also worldwide. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/emirates-polio-campaign-emblematic-of-uae-humanitarianism-1.1547333

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UAE supports major projects in Pakistan
posted on 12/07/2015

The UAE government, with the help of the Pakistan Army, started the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP) on January 12, 2011 with the theme ‘Peace through Sustained Development'.
"The projects were completed in collaboration with the Engineers Division in very challenging and difficult circumstances,” said Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, Director-General of the ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations).
He said that Pakistan and UAE have always enjoyed a long-lasting relationship based on trust, friendship and solidarity.
In an interview with Gulf News, Maj Gen Bajwa outlined the various projects being carried out by the UAE in Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan armed forces.
"To mitigate the impact of militancy in Malakand Division, Bajaur Agency and South Waziristan Agency, UAE PAP efforts were focused on education, health, water supply and infrastructure,” he said.
The grant provided by the UAE, he added, is being used not only for the development and rehabilitation of terrorism-stricken areas but also during natural calamities. In 2010, the UAE was the first country to help flood-hit areas of Swat by redeveloping infrastructure.
The UAE provided full assistance in rebuilding schools and educational institutions destroyed during the militant uprising. Under UAE PAP projects, 42 educational facilities in Swat district have been built.
"The construction of 64 water schemes, 21 schools and a bridge have also been completed in collaboration with UAE in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) and Malakand,” said Maj Gen Bajwa. "As a result, 1,200 families have been provided with clean drinking water, while thousands of children are going to schools.
Government Poly Technical Institute and vocational training centres have also been constructed under UAE PAP in Swat, Dir and Mingora which provided an opportunity to men and women for enhancement of skills and enabled them to maintain a degree of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.”
Other projects that have come on board are a 40-bed agency hospital in South Waziristan, a 90-bed Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak model hospital and a 80-bed hospital in Khar.
All these projects, said Maj Gen Bajwa, have facilitated the process of economic development and ensured greater economic and social stabilisation in the region. "The support of our brothers from UAE has been commendable,” he emphasised. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-supports-major-projects-in-pakistan-1.1547338

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Hundreds of surgeons, doctors begin forum on humanitarian work
posted on 10/07/2015

More than 500 surgeons and medical doctors from various countries Thursday held their "Doctors for Humanity" forum which coincides with the UAE's celebration of the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, marked on the 19th day of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The forum is aimed at promoting the culture of humanitarian work among medical staff. It will provide a platform for launching new humanitarian initiatives.
A documentary was played at the opening of the forum to highlight the humanitarian legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who passed 11 years ago.
The forum highlighted the values of proactive humanitarian work and charity and the importance of raising awareness about voluntary work.
Present at the forum were Dr Adel Al Shameri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative, and Dr. Reem Osman, CEO of the Saudi-German Hospital-Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283117548.html

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Zayed Humanitarian Work Day: a milestone in the history of the United Arab Emirates
posted on 07/07/2015

The United Arab Emirates is celebrating Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, which falls on the 19th day of Ramadan every year, in memory of the founder of the state, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away on this day.
This year's celebration saw the launch of further vital and high-quality humanitarian and charitable initiatives through thousands of governmental and community-led events organised by public, private, and national institutions.
This day is considered a milestone in the history of the UAE, as the event celebrates a range of achievements by the state in the field of humanitarian work by assisting other countries and peoples.
Over the past few years, the UAE has contributed to many international humanitarian initiatives that aid and support the capabilities of millions of people from target groups in many countries, in weak or marginalised regions, and in hot zones, in addition to victims of natural disasters, armed conflict, violence, wars, hunger, poverty, disease and destitution.
The UAE's leadership was keen to launch several international humanitarian initiatives, to which end 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, issued instructions to help the brotherly people of Yemen to endure their current ordeal.
So far, the total humanitarian aid provided by the UAE to Yemen in response to the recent crisis has reached a value of Dh93,840,200. This aid includes the shipment of nearly 80,000 tonnes of relief food, medical aid and fuel, transported by 5 ships, 11 airplanes, and 40 trucks.
On June 10th, 2014, His Highness the President and His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi commanded the allocation of Dh192 million as urgent humanitarian aid to support the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of ERC, oversaw the immediate administration and implementation of this aid. The ERC was also assigned to set up an integrated field hospital in the Gaza Strip and equip it to rescue and care for victims of Israeli aggression, which martyred hundreds and wounded thousands more innocent victims, including civilians, many of whom are women and children.
In a second important initiative, His Highness the President launched a programme to vaccinate millions of Pakistani children under the slogan, "Health for All ... A Better Future." The administrative committee of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan announced that it has administered 44,082,226 doses of polio vaccination to Pakistani children in 53 districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the tribal Fateh province, and the Baluchistan and Sindh provinces.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, sponsored several initiatives, most notably providing clothing for one million children around the world, developing irrigation projects, and establishing a village for orphaned children, along with providing shelter, education, health, psychological care, and nutrition for orphans in need.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also sponsored an initiative, donating US$120 million to support global efforts to eradicate the polio virus by the year 2018, with special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership through which the two parties would donate equal shares of a sum of US$100 million for the purchase and delivery of vital vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This partnership resulted in the spending of US$34 million to provide 85 million oral doses of the polio vaccine for the children of Afghanistan and Pakistan, while US$66 million was allocated for the delivery of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the pentavalent vaccine to Afghanistan.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also launched a campaign to vaccinate 20,000 Pakistani children against measles and polio in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where measles is most widespread among Pakistani children according to UNICEF reports and statistics. Some 1.2 million cases of measles are reported annually in Pakistan, and about 21,000 children die every year, as one-third of Pakistan's children are not vaccinated against the disease.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, reiterated that the relief aid provided by the UAE in 2013 alone exceeded US$5 billion, which ranks amongst the largest amounts of relief aid provided by any country, compared to their gross national income. He also noted that the UAE's position among the top donors of aid is a natural result of the late Sheikh Zayed's efforts to do good and his devotion to serve humanity anywhere in the world, which is the path that the UAE's wise leadership still follows.
The UAE has also provided loans, grants, and aid worth nearly Dh300 billion to many developmental projects in more than 300 countries, in addition to donating more than Dh100 billion through international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
According to the official annual report on the UAE's foreign aid for 2013, the UAE's donations for that year, reaching Dh21.63 billion, constituted a milestone, as the country had disbursed its highest value of aid payments in its history, making the UAE the top donor of official developmental aid in 2013 as a result of God's blessings and the country's prudent leadership.
Furthermore, during 2013 and 2014, the UAE's aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, reached Dh432 million.
Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and Vice-President of the UAE Committee to Coordinate Foreign Aid, said that the total aid provided to victims of the Gaza crisis caused by Israeli aggression at the end of the summer reached some Dh92 million. The UAE, represented by the Emirates Red Crescent, also pledged to donate US$40.8 million to UNRWA.
Additionally, the total humanitarian aid donated by the UAE to those affected by the Syrian crisis reached Dh306.8 during 2012 and 2013, 206 million of which was provided by the UAE government.
According to the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development's indicators, the aid provided by the UAE through humanitarian institutions increased fourfold in 2013 from Dh52 million in 2012, rising to Dh254.68 million, in response to the escalating crisis afflicting the Syrian population.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development is considered one of the leading development aid institutions in the world. The fund does not only provide loans to Arab countries, but also reaches African and Asian countries, and so far 69 countries have benefited from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development through some 400 development programmes with a total estimated value of more than Dh61 billion.
In October 2012, the International Organisation for Migration commended the support provided by the UAE and its high-quality relief contributions to displaced peoples around the world. On April 7th, 2014, the Development Assistance Committee, DAC, which is part of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, announced that the UAE ranked first globally on a list of the top donors of relief aid for the year 2013, thus achieving a historic leap for the country in the field of foreign aid, raising it from nineteenth place in 2012 to first place in 2013.
The committee stated that the relief aid provided by the UAE in 2013 reached more than US$5.2 billion, stressing that it was the largest official amount of relief aid provided by a state compared to its gross national income, and pointing out that there was a 375 percent increase in the foreign aid provided by the UAE from 2012 to 2013.
The UAE came in sixth on a list of the most generous donors of foreign aid in the world, according to the classification of the DAC in 2012, as the amount of foreign aid provided by the UAE between the time of its establishment on December 2nd, 1971, and 2010, had reached more than US$163 billion in the form of loans or gift aid, while it had provided US$2.11 billion in 2011 and over US$1.59 billion in 2012.
Some 43 government organisations, non-governmental organisations, and humanitarian organisations are in charge of disbursing this aid to more than 137 countries and afflicted areas throughout the world; twenty-two of these organisations are federal. High quality and generous initiatives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, have also been implemented.
The cost of humanitarian aid provided by the Emirates Red Crescent, both within and outside the country, between 1983 and 2013, exceeded Dh8 billion, benefitting up to 100 countries. The Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation has spent, since its inception in 1992, more than US$460 million on various programmes and humanitarian projects carried out in 96 countries across all continents.
The value of aid provided by the UAE to refugees and internally displaced people in 71 countries across the world from 2009 to mid-2014 exceeded Dh2.6 billion. This aid was aimed at providing support, assistance, and relief to victims and people displaced from their homes as a result of catastrophic natural disasters, armed conflicts and wars.
The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan implemented developmental and humanitarian projects at a cost of US$320 million in its early first and second stages to counter the effects of the devastating floods of 2010, rebuild the country's infrastructure, provide humanitarian aid, and start a new phase of charity and solidarity with the people of Pakistan.
Most of the funding for these early stages of the project came from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Work. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282940452.html

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs' report on Zayed Humanitarian Work Day
posted on 07/07/2015

ABU DHABI, 7th July, 2015 (WAM)--The United Arab Emirates observed on 6th July 2015 for the fourth consecutive year the anniversary of Zayed Humanitarian Work Day as per the resolution of the Cabinet issued in November 2012, designating the 19th of Ramadan each year as the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, to correspond with the death anniversary of the UAE's founding, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
This year's celebrations will see the launch of more humanitarian, charitable and quality initiatives through thousands of government and community events organised by private and public institutions and NGOs.
This is a landmark day in the history of the United Arab Emirates. The celebration expresses a range of achievements scored by the UAE in terms of humanitarian efforts and assistance to other countries and peoples.
Over the past years, the UAE launched many humanitarian initiatives that served and enhanced the capabilities of millions of people in many countries, isolated geographical areas, conflict zones and regions hit by famines and poverty.
The UAE leadership launched several international humanitarian initiatives. 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 Armed Forces, directed to help brotherly people of Yemen to overcome the plight.
The total humanitarian aid so far provided by the UAE to Yemen in response to the current situation stood at over Dh93.8 million, including the transport of nearly 8, 000 tons of food stuff items and medical devices by five ships and 11 air trips and 40 trucks.
On 10th June, 2014, the UAE President and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi ordered the allocation of Dh192 million urgent humanitarian aid to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, with follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC, supervises the implementation of this aid. The ERC was also assigned to set up an integrated and outfitted field hospital in Gaza Strip to provide medical services to the victims of the Israeli aggression, which claimed the lives of hundreds of martyrs, and thousands of injured innocent civilians, including women and children.
In the second important initiative, the UAE President ordered the vaccination of millions of Pakistani children under the slogan "Health for All .. Better future." The UAE Assistance Project for Pakistan said 86 million doses were given to vaccinate children against polio in Pakistan in 53 district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the tribal region Fateh, Baluchistan and Sindh regions.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, also launched several initiatives, most notably, clothing of one million children around the world and Suqia to provide drinking water. A few days ago, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the initiative to set up a village for orphans. It will provide shelter, care and education, physical and mental health care as well as good nutrition for the orphans.
For his part, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, provided US$120 million contribution in support of the global efforts to eradicate polio by 2018 with a special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2011, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership. A total of US$100 million was provided by the two parties to purchase and deliver vital vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This partnership resulted in spending US$34 million to provide 85 million oral doses of polio vaccines for the children of Afghanistan and Pakistan, while US$ 66 million had been spent for the delivery of "pneumococcal and pentavalent vaccines" to Afghanistan.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also launched a vaccination campaign of 20, 000 Pakistani children against measles and polio in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where measles disease is widespread among Pakistani children according to UNICEF reports. In Pakistan, there are 1.2 million cases of measles reported annually and about 21, 000 children die each year because of this measles epidemic. Meanwhile one third of children in Pakistan do not get vaccinated against measles.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC, stressed that the relief aid provided by the UAE in 2013 alone stood at US$5.2 billion, and deemed the largest relief aid provided by the State compared to its Gross National Income (GNI). He noted that with this record the UAE is ranked among major donor countries, adding that this is natural result, because it reflects the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed, who had devoted his life to serve the humanity anywhere in the world. "This legacy is sustained by our current wise leadership."
The UAE provided loans and grants to more than 300 countries throughout the world, nearly Dh300 billion, in addition to more than Dh100 billion through the international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
According to the official annual report of UAE foreign aid for 2013, the UAE foreign aid constitutes a milestone in the history of the State, as the country achieved the highest rate in its history in terms of the total paid external assistance, equivalent to Dh21.63 billion, ranking the UAE top in the world regarding official development aid, thanks to its wise leadership.
During 2013 and 2014, the UAE aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, stood at Dh432 million, while total aid to the Gaza Strip to handle the crisis caused by the Israeli aggression, stood at Dh 92 million. The UAE represented by the ERC also pledged US$40.8 million dollars for UNRWA.
The UAE humanitarian aid directed to those affected by the Syrian crisis amounted to Dh306 million during 2012 to 2013. The government aid accounted for Dh206 million of the total value.
According to the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, the UAE humanitarian aid through humanitarian institutions jumped during 2012 from Dh52 million to four-fold during 2013, to reach over Dh254.6 million in the framework of response of the humanitarian institutions to the increasing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, is one of the leading development aid institutions in the world, not only in terms of loans to the Arab countries, but also through its assistance that extends to African and Asian countries. The number of countries benefiting from the ADFD assistance, has so far reached 69 worldwide. It provides a set of development operations amounting approximately to 400, with a total value estimated at more than Dh61 billion.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in October 2012, commended the support of the UAE and its quality relief contributions to the displaced people in the world, while the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, announced on 7th April, 2014, that the UAE was ranked the first globally as the top donor country in relief aid for year 2013, thus achieving a historic leap in the field of granting foreign aid, jumping from19th place in 2012 to the first place in the year 2013.
The Committee stated that the relief aid provided by the UAE in 2013, stood at US$ 5.2 billion, noting that the UAE provided the largest proportion of official relief assistance provided by a single state compared to its gross national income. It pointed out that the UAE foreign aid increased by 375 percent in year 2013 compared to year 2012.
The foreign aid provided by the UAE since its establishment on 2nd December, 1971, until the year 2010, stood at US$163 billion in form of aid and loans or grants. The UAE foreign aid in 2011 amounted to US$11.2 billion and in 2012 stood at US$59.1 billion.
Such assistance, which was extended to 137 countries and geographical regions worldwide, was provided by about 43 governmental and non-governmental humanitarian and charitable agencies, including 22 federal institutions, with exception of quality and generous initiatives of the UAE President, Vice President, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Their Highnesses, Rulers of the Emirates.
The cost of humanitarian assistance provided by the ERC inside and outside the country from 1983 - 2013, stood at US$8 billion in 100 countries around the world. The Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation provided since its inception in 1992 more than US$460 million on various programmes and humanitarian projects carried out in 96 countries in the continents of the world.
The UAE provided assistance to the refugees and internally displaced people in 71 countries around the world from 2009 until mid-year 2014, more than Dh2.6 billion. The aid targeted those affected by conflicts and natural disasters, as a result of natural disasters and armed conflicts.
Meanwhile, the UAE Assistance Project to Pakistan carried out developmental and humanitarian projects at a cost of US$320 million to counter the effects of the devastating floods that ravaged the country in 2010, as well as the reconstruction of infrastructure and provision of humanitarian aid. The move reflects the UAE's solidarity with the people of Pakistan.
The total cost of the projects carried out by the UAE Assistance Project to Pakistan in the first and the second phases stood at 320 million. The ADFD and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation incurred the bulk of the cost of these projects. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Majlis of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed hosts lecture on development of UAE Foreign Aid Sector and its Future
posted on 07/07/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, this evening attended the lecture titled "Development of the UAE Foreign Aid Sector and its Future," delivered by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid.
It was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO), Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, a number of senior officials and ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries accredited to the State.
Sheikha Lubna said that the development of the UAE foreign aid sector has witnessed four basic stages: foundation, expansion, specialisation and leadership, in addition to the future stage.
She pointed out the foundation stage started from the roots of the philosophy of the founding father of the UAE late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had established the philosophy of supporting the aspirations of peoples and poor nations, citing his decision to establish the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, the same year in which he announced the establishment of the UAE Union, as token of support to the developing countries and poor communities.
She reviewed the role of the ADFD in providing the grants for infrastructure to many developing countries in the world regardless of sex, colour and religion. She noted that in many Arab and friendly countries, mosques, residential, health and educational projects were named after Sheikh Zayed. Sheikha Lubna said that the UAE supports development projects in the Kingdom of Morocco for over 40 years.
She referred to a number of humanitarian projects shouldered by the UAE at local, regional and international levels.
Sheikha Lubna noted that the UAE Office for Coordination of Foreign Aid was set up in 2009 upon the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed. It highlights and documents the UAE foreign aid.
She also referred to the humanitarian roles shouldered by the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282972239.html

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Dubai Charity Association announces phase-2 of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Village in Mauritania
posted on 05/07/2015

Dubai Charity Association has launched the second phase of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Village in Southern Mauritania in southern Mauritania in collaboration with the Nubian Vault Association (AVN, Association la Voute Nubienne).
In the second phase of the project, 31 houses, a mosque, a school, a clinic and a popular market were built at a cost of up to Dh600,000.
Ahmed Mesmar, Secretary-General of the Association made the announcement in a press conference held at the Association on the occasion of the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day.
Mr Mesmar said each house is 42 square metres, consists of two rooms and a lounge and can accommodate a five-member family. It would be "sustainable and solid," he said, adding that the construction of the second phase of the village will take a year and will be completed by the month of Ramadan next year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282852576.html

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UAE backs international development, says Lubna Al Qasimi
posted on 04/07/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), emphasised that the UAE has become an effective player in various aspects of development.
She cited the country's ability to support and meet aspirations of all countries across the world in their fight against underdevelopment, poverty and poor infrastructure in the developing countries, besides other fundamental issues such as education and health in poor communities as well as strengthening their capacity to respond urgently to any humanitarian crisis or disaster.
Sheikha Lubna praised the partnerships established by the UAE with different countries in the spheres of international development and humanitarian aid since its inception.
This came when Sheikha Lubna met with Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, on the sidelines of the Tidewater Conference in Amsterdam.
They discussed partnership in various fields, and exchanged views on international and humanitarian development between the two countries. Sheikha Lubna and Ploumen also tackled the efforts exerted by the two countries to support the international development issues.
They also discussed ways to respond to the current humanitarian crises, such as those unfolding in Syria and Yemen.
Sheikha Lubna also met with Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the UAE and the UK in the international development domain. Sheikha Lubna and Lowcock also reviewed the achievements accomplished in the field of joint cooperation, especially provision of relief aid and multiplied support to the Syrian refugees.
The UAE Minister met with Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programmes at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discussed ways to bolster cooperation between the UAE and the Foundation in combating polio.
Abdallah Hamdan Al Naqbi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry for International Development and others attended the meetings. – Emirates News Agency, WAM http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282827404.html

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