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UAE partakes in Arab-German Business Forum

posted on 27/05/2016

BERLIN: The UAE is participating in the 19th Arab-German Business Forum, organised in Berlin, from May 25th to 27th, as a partner country of the event.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, is heading the UAE delegation which includes other senior officials from the ministry and other local and federal government bodies.

More than 600 leading Arab and German experts and decision-makers from business, politics and science are participating in the two-day conference aimed at enhance existing business relations between the two sides.

The participants are focusing on sectors like logistics and mobility, financial services, industrialisation, sports industry, free zones, infrastructure megaprojects, women entrepreneurs, construction and housing as well as start-ups and SMEs.

Al Mansouri, in a speech at the forum, said the historic German-Arab relations are driven by the industrial capabilities of both sides and the purchasing power of Arab markets.

The UAE, he noted, is Germany's largest Arab trade partner while Germany is the UAE's sixth largest trade partner.

The UAE accounts for 25 percent of trade between Germany and Arab countries which stood at US$25 billion in 2015.

Non-oil trade between the two countries stood at US$15.5 billion in the same year, a three percent growth from 2014. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395295972420.html


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Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP reaches Dh196b in Q4

posted on 27/05/2016

Abu Dhabi's non-oil Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached Dh196.1 billion during the fourth quarter of 2015, marking an 8.2 per cent increase from the Dh182 billion recorded in the same quarter of 2014.

According to a statement from Abu Dhabi's Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the non-oil added value in fixed prices in the emirate reached Dh99.3 billion in Q4 2015, while the added value of the oil activities grew by 7.1 per cent during the same period.

In the third quarter of 2015, the growth of non-oil GDP reached 7.1 per cent compared to a growth rate of 3.9 per cent in the oil GDP.

Khalifa Al Mansouri, acting undersecretary of Abu Dhabi's DED, said the figures reflect the diversification in the emirate's economy and the stronger contribution of the non-oil sector to the GDP. He also said that such contribution from non-oil fields was in line with the emirate's objectives of the Vision 2030.

He pointed that the Abu Dhabi's GDP by the end of Q3 2015 amounted to Dh200 billion, adding that such economic growth was the result of efforts to leverage the challenges of lower oil prices to an opportunity to enhance diversity in the economic structure.

"The results of development indexes of Abu Dhabi economy in 2015, issued by ADDED, have shown good performance of some non-oil sectors, reflecting Abu Dhabi advantages including economic and social stability, solid financial position and competitive business environment. Such advantages would enable Abu Dhabi to transform the challenges of global economy opportunities for more economic diversification, focusing on non-oil sectors set by Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” Al Mansouri said.

Meanwhile, the report also showed that the contribution of non-oil sectors to the GDP reached 50.8 in the first quarter of 2015, remaining stable at 50.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2015. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/abu-dhabi-s-non-oil-gdp-reaches-dh196b-in-q4-1.1834939


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UAE participates in GCC FMs and Minister of Russian FA meeting

posted on 27/05/2016

MOSCOW: The fourth round of the Strategic Dialogue between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the GCC member states and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation took place in Moscow on 26th May, 2016.

The meeting was co-chaired by Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, current GCC Presidency, with participation of Foreign Ministers of the GCC States and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, GCC Secretary-General.

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs led the UAE delegation at the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Lavrov welcomed the audience, hailing the fourth round of the GCC-Russian Strategic Dialogue which was launched five years ago. He also wished that this dialogue would be a new impetus to strengthening co-operation between the two sides.

He said that the GCC states and Russia held a number of meetings, citing that some GCC leaders held meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lavrov pointed out these efforts would contribute to the development of co-operation between the two sides.

In his speech at the beginning of the meeting, Al-Jubeir expressed GCC's appreciation to Russia for hosting the strategic meeting between the two sides. He also pointed to the GCC states' pursuance to achieve further co-operation and co-ordination with Russia in the best interest of the GCC peoples and Russia as well as to serve security and peace in the region.

Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani said that the GCC states hoped that this meeting would strengthen joint relations and co-operation. He also added that the dialogue between the GCC and the Republic of the Russian Federation was launched in November 2011 in Abu Dhabi, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Strategic Dialogue was signed.

He also noted that the MoU had developed a mechanism for dialogue and co-operation between the GCC and the Russian Federation in the political, economic and cultural fields.

Al Zayani also expressed the wish that the meeting would contribute to enhancing the strategic dimension in the relations of the two sides in order to serve common interests and to promote international peace and security.

The two sides also tackled the GCC-Russian ties, joint co-operation in various fields, the latest political and security developments in the region and the international efforts to fight terrorism, as well as the latest regional and global issues of mutual interest.

For his part, Dr. Gargash said that the meeting was fruitful, adding that the strategic dialogue represents an important platform to brief Moscow on the GCC approach towards the developments in the region and "allows us to have a depth insight about the Russian approach towards the region."

He added, "In this context, we have seen a greater understanding from the Russian side, and through dialogue and communication, we seek to strengthen these significant ties, which would result in joint positive results.

For his part, Dr. Gargash indicated that the meeting was fruitful, adding that the strategic dialogue represents an important platform to brief Moscow on the GCC approach towards the developments in the region and "allows us to have an in-depth reading about the Russian approach towards the region."

He added, "In this context, we have seen a greater understanding from the Russian side, and through dialogue and communication, we seek to strengthen these significant ties, which would result in joint positive results." - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395295986970.html


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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Int'l Cooperation inaugurates consular section in Cairo

posted on 27/05/2016

Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Elham Al Dhaheri, has opened the consular section and a fifth visa-issuing centre in Cairo.

The new section will streamline and speed up issuing Emirati visas for Egyptians and other nationals who reside in Egypt and speed up their entry into the UAE through e-gates at the UAE's points of entry.

In his opening speech, Al Dhaheri expressed appreciation of the Egyptian government's efforts in promoting bilateral relations with the UAE in several spheres.

He said the opening of the two new facilities is aimed at bolstering consular cooperation, improve customer service and facilitate entry of workers into the UAE.

Present at the opening ceremony were Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates, Hisham Al Nakeeb, UAE Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League, Juma Mubarak Al Jenaibi, and others.

Al Nakeeb said the two new facilities represent an important development in bilateral relations between the two countries.

He expressed appreciation of the UAE's positive initiative. He praised the new visa-issuing system as one of the world's most efficient and one that saves time.

The responsibilities of the new centre include verification of passports, biometrics including eyeprint ID, commission medical tests through 12 centres accredited by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention to identify individuals with contagious diseases and therefore save costs.

Through its overseas visa centres and fully-integrated and highly secure online system, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provides administrative services in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395295972002.html


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Coalition Command in Yemen issues statement on protection of civilians and respecting international law

posted on 27/05/2016

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition Command in Yemen said in a statement yesterday that the coalition forces abide by international law in all their military operations across Yemen to protect civilians and their properties.

The statement referred to the aggressive acts and military hostilities committed by the Houthi militia and the former president's forces in Yemen, as well as their seizure of weapons depots that included projectile systems from the military and security institutions in Yemen.

"In light of the United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the Yemen crisis, the hostile acts and military escalation by the Houthi militias and the former president's forces, their takeover of power which threatened the stability and security of Yemen and neighbouring countries, the Arab coalition forces intervened in Yemen on the basis of the self- defence principle, and upon a request from the legitimate President of Yemen to restore the security and stability to Yemen and its people," it added.

The statement underlined that the coalition command set rules of engagement in line with the international humanitarian law. These rules include the following: identification of the military targets that passes through several stages. It starts from selecting a target, analysing it and confirming it is a military target through several sources to avoid mistakes. There is a list of sites prohibited from being targeted, notably those with civilian presence, places of worship, diplomatic quarters, international governmental and non-governmental organisations and cultural sites. The list is updated constantly and sent on a periodic basis to all coalition forces units to ensure that they are aware of those restrictions.

Legal advisers shall be deployed to work with planning cells to study proposed targets and approve them so that no location is targeted unless its legitimacy and compatibility with the international humanitarian law is verified.

The coalition forces use precise and guided weapons, in spite of their high cost, in order to avoid any mistakes, collateral damage and casualties. They drop warning leaflets in the areas where military targets exist as a protective measure before any operation to ensure that civilians are not in the vicinity.

The coalition forces in Yemen constantly seek to develop capabilities of the coalition forces in the field of targeting mechanisms through specialised training courses in this field with some international centres such as (San Remo) institute for international humanitarian law, specialised in armed conflicts, and with collaboration of some friendly countries in the field of training specialists in these matters.

The coalition forces apply additional reviews on selected targets to increase the level of accuracy regarding the targeted sites. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395295985467.html


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Sheikha Fatima welcomes measures taken to implement 'Wadeema Law' on child protection

posted on 27/05/2016

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has become one of the leading nations in child protection and welfare and an enabler of children, who represent a vital segment of the community, have their rights guaranteed by law and without discrimination.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima said that the UAE was founded on the values of justice, equality and altruism and has extended a helping hand to the needy in various parts of the world since it was founded 45 years ago and that attention to children has always been an inherent part of UAE community values, providing them with the best social, education and health care.

Sheikha Fatima made these comments following the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to begin preparation for the implementation Wadeema law and establish a child prosecution body dedicated for children in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which will be tasked with developing frameworks and procedures to provide maximum protection for children from birth to age eighteen.

Sheikha Fatima also said that the establishment of a child prosecution would provide an integrated, legal framework for child protection and will at the same time act as a deterrent, and will seek the harshest punishment for those who infringe on the rights of children, or those who cause children any physical, emotional or psychological abuse.

Her Highness went on to say that the importance of the Wadeema Law complements the social legislation system which already exists in the UAE, which works to ensure that children's rights are protected in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UAE is part of, and is endorsed by His Highness the President of the UAE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395295951816.html


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UAE hosts roundtable on 'Every Woman Every Child Everywhere' Initiative

posted on 27/05/2016

ISTANBUL: The UAE delegation participating in the World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, has hosted a roundtable for international partners and heads of humanitarian organisations concerned with women and children's issues.

During the roundtable, which was chaired by Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State and Head of the UAE delegation to the World Summit, the UAE's outstanding efforts in this area were reviewed in the light of the vision of its wise leadership 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.

Also during the roundtable, a video presentation was shown on the achievements and efforts made by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, for women and children worldwide. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395295950542.html


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European-UAE Human Rights Working Group holds sixth meeting

posted on 27/05/2016

The European-UAE Human Rights Working Group held its sixth meeting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The UAE side was headed by Amna Al Muhairi, Director of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and included representatives from the ministries of Human Resources & Emiratisation, Justice, Interior and from the office of the Minister of State for Happiness, office of the Minister of State for Youth Affair and the Women's General Union.

The European side was headed by Patrizio Fondi, Head of the EU mission to the UAE and included a number of EU officials.

The meeting discussed various topics of mutual concern on human rights, as well as cooperation in implementing UN mechanisms and the efforts to achieve gender equality, women empowerment, workers rights, religious tolerance, freedom of expression, combating violent extremism, and other issues. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395295947321.html


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Institute of Applied Technology honours NMC for supporting student media training

posted on 27/05/2016

The National Media Council, NMC, has been awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Institute of Applied Technology, IAT, in recognition of its role in supporting and providing training programmes to media students.

The IAT recently held a ceremony to honour government agencies and institutions who support its training programmes, and the NMC was honoured for its participation in the training of a number of students in the media field.

Abdullah Saleh bin Bedou, Director of the NMC Office in Al Ain, said that training IAT students comes within the framework of strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the NMC and both government and private sectors and in line with its strategic objectives in promoting community participation. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395295953492.html


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Ajman Ruler underlines importance of census for sustainable development

posted on 27/05/2016

H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, yesterday underlined the importance of census and resulting statistics for sustainable development.

He called for conducting a comprehensive census across the UAE to provide a sound foundation for government decisions.

Sheikh Humaid was speaking during a meeting, at his Court, with Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and head of Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority.

He directed all local government authorities in Ajman to fully co-operate with the federal authority's team to achieve common goals.

The ruler also called for more joint initiatives and programmes to back the UAE Vision 2021 and the development goals.

Minister Al Hashimy said the success of the federal authority hinges on co-operation between all federal and local bodies and continued communication between the private and public sectors so as to transform the UAE into one of the world's top countries in terms of competitiveness. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395295980087.html


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