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Council praises plans to diversify economy

posted on 25/02/2003: 2998 views

The National Consultative Council (NCC) yesterday praised the government for its policy of diversifying the economy. The council, in a letter to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, signed by Speaker Abdullah Mohammed Al Masoud, said the members appreciated his support to the local legislative body of Abu Dhabi. The letter, submitted to Sheikh Zayed in response to his address at the opening ceremony of the NCC's first ordinary session of its 15th Legislative Chapter, was yesterday read out for the members.

Sheikh Zayed's letter was delivered by Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Executive Council, at the council's opening ceremony. The council also thanked the President for having faith in its members. The council also assured that the members will always discharge their duties with honesty and sincerity.

The house was also informed about the various committee meetings at the council secretariat, discussing education, health, labour and issues relating to development schemes, particularly the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. The council also reviewed a report from the Education and Information Committee discussing various educational issues. The council was informed about the problems faced by the Western Region's residents. It called for further infrastructure developments and construction of more civic structures in the region to provide all the residents with all the basic amenities.

A report examining earlier debates on health, labour and social issues was also presented before the house for debate. Last year, the council recommended special medical check-up counters at the airports to examine domestic workers and farmers for contagious diseases before allowing them to enter the country. The proposal was made following five members' concern to raise the issue of the spread of contagious diseases carried by domestic servants and farmers after returning from long leave in their home countries.

"Though the government is doing its best to protect its people and the environment of the country from any negative impact, more needs to be done to prevent the spread of infectious diseases brought from abroad," council members said in a resolution presented to the house. (The Gulf News)


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