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UAE and UK hold joint workshop on international development assistance

posted on 07/04/2011: 860 views

The government of the United Arab Emirates in collaboration with the government of United Kingdom, yesterday hosted a joint workshop on international development assistance at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

In their opening statements, Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Alan Duncan, UK Minister of State for International Development, outlined their mutual commitment to support sustainable development in vulnerable countries and expressed agreement that an important way of doing this was through donors working in partnership.

The workshop created a platform for experts from both countries to share their experience and expertise in international development. They investigated areas for joint collaboration. Both parties are committed to turning these discussions into concrete outcomes in the future and to continue to work together to share practices and harmonise working in priority countries.

"The success of this workshop is a testament to the sound overall cooperation between the UAE and the UK", said Dr Saeed Al Shamsi, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations, afterwards."

"I am pleased to be in Abu Dhabi. The UK recognises the UAE as an important aid donor. We are on the threshold of a new era for international development. Now is the moment to forge new partnerships, sharing our knowledge and expertise to tackle poverty is some of the most deprived parts of the world," Minister Duncan added. This workshop was organised under the framework of the regular UAE-UK meetings, which are chaired by the Foreign Ministers of both countries to support the ongoing cooperation between the governments of the UAE and the UK. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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