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Mohammed bin Zayed meets Angela Merkel

posted on 25/05/2010: 1365 views

General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received in Abu Dhabi yesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is leading a high level delegation on a visit to the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to strengthen its bilateral relations with Germany. He praised the progressive ties and strategic partnership between the two countries.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed discussed with Merkel ways to boost ties of cooperation, particularly in the political, economic, tourism and cultural fields. They also reviewed developments in the Middle East peace process, topics of mutual interest, cooperation in educational fields and means of benefiting from the German expertise.

Sheikh Mohammed and Merkel also exchanged views on regional and international issues.

Welcoming the German Chancellor, Sheikh Mohammed said that her visit to the UAE would certainly contribute in boosting the partnership between the UAE and Germany.

"Germany is one of the most advanced countries, especially in the professional domains. We can benefit from Germany's expertise in providing top quality education and vocational training, as well joint research for knowledge-based economy," he said.

Sheikh Mohammed added that using world-class expertise in the fields of developing clean and renewable energy technologies.

For her part, Merkel expressed Germany's keenness to support UAE research efforts in alternative and clean energy. She said that Germany was ready to work with the Emirati side on this vital and growing sector.

She pointed out that German businessmen consider UAE as a main gateway to tap the region's market and noted that over 800 German companies are based in the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed and Merkel attended a ceremony to sign a number of agreements and contracts.

The first contract was signed by H.H. Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Water '&' Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Peter Loescher, CEO of Siemens AG.

The Dh750 million contract entails the turnkey supply of three 132/11 kV transformer substations and two 132/22 kV substations to Abu Dhabi Transmission '&' Dispatch Company (Transco). They will be equipped with 20 Dresden-built 40-MVA transformers, gas-insulated switchgear, and protection and control equipment. A total of 356 gas-insulated switchgear bays comprising 46 for the 132-kV voltage level, 124 for 22 kV and 186 for 11 kV are to be supplied from Siemens' plants in Berlin and Frankfurt.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Higher Colleges of Technology and a German Consortium to establish a German Graduate School for Logistics in Abu Dhabi. The MoU was signed by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education '&' Scientific Research, and Professor Ungvari, President of the Technical University in Wildau.

Sheikh Nahyan also signed an MoU with Professor Peter Loescher, CEO of Siemens AG for the architectural designs of the HCT Innovation City Campus.

Economy Minister Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri and Dr Bernd Pfaffenbach, State Secretary in the German Ministry of Economics and Technology signed an MoU for cooperation in small medium enterprises.

An MoU for cooperation in upstream oil and gas development was signed by Yousif Omeir bin Yousif, CEO of ADNOC and Secretary General of the Supreme Petroleum Council, and Dr Rainer Zeleh, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall Holding.

A contract for setting up additional CNG fuel stations in the UAE was also signed by Abdulla Al Dhaheri, General Manager of ADNOC Distribution, and Philipp Bayat, CEO of Bauer Kompressoren.

Borouge and Linde Group signed a US$ 1.075 billion contract for the construction of a 1.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) ethane cracker at Borouge's production site in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.

The contract was signed by Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers (Borouge) and Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde Group.

The new cracker, the third of its kind to be built by The Linde Group for Borouge in one decade, complements the existing 600,000 t/y and planned 1.5 million t/y ethane crackers at the plant. After completion of the new cracker, Borouge will have the world's largest ethane cracker complex, setting a new benchmark for the industry. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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