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Abu Dhabi and Queensland sign a joint cooperation agreement in a number of economic and development sectors

posted on 17/09/2013: 1427 views

The Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Australian State of Queensland yesterday signed a cooperation agreement in order to strengthen strategic cooperation in a number of joint economic and development sectors and thus contribute to the strengthening of relations between the two sides.

The agreement was signed by Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi, representing the Government of Abu Dhabi, and Campbel Newman, President of the State of Queensland Government, in the presence of a number of heads of local departments in Abu Dhabi and senior officials travelling with the President of the Queensland Government.

Before the signing ceremony, Al Suwaidi said, "The Abu Dhabi Government is pleased to renew its partnerships and its strategic relations with the government of the State of Queensland through this agreement, especially as these relations have rapidly developed over the past years, reflecting the desire of both sides to build a joint beneficial sustainable development system of relations.

Al Suwaidi added that this agreement would create a "twinning" between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Brisbane under the provisions of this agreement, establishing relations and development projects and joint ground from which the two sides will open wider horizons of cooperation. It also opens the doors for the two sides to enter into a new phase of strategic cooperation in economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors.

"Today we are looking forward to expanding the circle of mutual cooperation between the two sides to include several strategic sectors, particularly in the fields of industry, environment, tourism, trade and other sectors, which constitute the hub and a prime platform for building relationships and sustainable partnerships between the two sides", he said.

Campbel Newman, Queensland Premier, said that he was pleased that they could achieve this important step, which aims to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two sides and is an important stage to move towards the development of wider relations in various fields. "The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, thanks to the development and evolution of civilisation witnessed in various areas, is today of great interest to many countries of the world, and Australia, especially the Queensland Government, highly appreciates the development and growth in various fields that have been achieved in a record time", he said The agreement covers many aspects of cooperation between the signatories, including the promotion of cooperation between the two sides in the areas of agriculture, including food processing, tourism, transport, communications, industry, trade, investment, education, services, information management, technology transfer, development of the capabilities and expertise of human resources and the application of the standards of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and total quality management.

After the signing ceremony, the delegation of the Queensland Government viewed a presentation of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 presented by Eidha Briki, Head of International Relations in the DED's International Business Department. The presentation was about the most important determinants of the vision, its objectives and the development of strategic non-oil sectors which would create many investment opportunities in the emirate.

On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, both delegations held bilateral talks about the news and developments in economic relations, development and investment between the two sides. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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