Daily Archives: March 1, 2020

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed receives Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General for Great Lakes Region.

The latest developments in Africa along with a number of issues of common concern were the focus of a meeting H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, had today with Xia Huang, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Great Lakes Region, currently visiting the country.

Sheikh Abdullah underlined, during the meeting, the UAE’s keenness on bolstering channels of cooperation with the numerous agencies operated by the UAE and supporting their programmes in Africa.

The international official hailed the steady cooperation ongoing between the UAE and UN for establishing peace and stability around the world.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

We look forward to developing a comprehensive road-map for cooperation with the UAE: Colombia’s President.

Ivan Duque Marquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, held a meeting with Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, to discuss ways to develop both public and private sector cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The meeting came within the framework of the official and business mission of the UAE delegation led by the UAE Minister of Economy to Mexico and Colombia.

During his meeting with the Colombian President, Al Mansouri discussed development of partnership aspects between the two countries in a number of priority sectors. This included enhancing trade exchange, civil aviation, and encouraging mutual investments, as well as cooperation in vital sectors in the economies of the two countries, such as food security, agriculture and tourism, transportation, renewable energy, industry, information technology, innovation, digital transformation and entrepreneurship.

President Marquez said that the Republic of Colombia is keen to enhance bilateral cooperation with the UAE, especially in terms of economic and trade exchanges that are already witnessing significant growth. He added that further growth is expected during the next stage in light of a number of measures adopted by both countries to bring the business communities closer and explore more opportunities to diversify the partnerships in sectors of mutual interest in line with the economic agendas of the two countries.

He expressed his country’s desire to enhance cooperation with the UAE according to a comprehensive road-map, with a focus on many sectors that the two countries can benefit from such as the promotion of trade and investment exchanges between the two countries, covering key areas of cooperation that include tourism, investment, energy and renewable energy, information technology and innovation.

The Colombian President elaborated on the development efforts undertaken by Colombia to enhance its capabilities in terms of infrastructure and urban development. He further explained that his country has a unique composition, which blends ancient history with contemporary modernity, as the capital Bogota embraces diverse cultures and represents an attractive destination for tourists. He added that the country’s tourism sector is of special importance on the development agenda of Colombia, and is witnessing tangible growth, especially as the country continues to host important regional and international cultural and tourism events.

He highlighted the focus of economic development efforts in Colombia, led by the principles of ‘Orange Economy,’ which is one of the most important initiatives pursued by the Colombian government. It focuses on supporting creative industries and enhancing their contributions to the sectors of economy, trade, investment and others. The President also expressed Colombia’s desire to develop new channels of cooperation with UAE with regard to this initiative.

In addition, he underlined the importance of intensifying exchange of visits to inform the business communities of both sides on investment and commercial opportunities to serve the joint cooperation efforts undertaken by the two friendly countries. He further highlighted his country’s keenness to ensure an outstanding participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, which is set to serve as a unique platform to promote Colombian products.

The President also invited Al Mansouri to visit the International Tourism Expo 2021 in Bogota and solicited the UAE’s participation as a guest of honor in the important event.

The Colombian President thanked the Government of the UAE for the decision to exempt Colombian citizens from the requirement of a prior visa to enter its territories. He said that this step would help strengthen trade, tourism and cultural exchanges and visits of delegations and businessmen, to serve the prospects of cooperation between the two countries.

Al Mansouri said that the bilateral relations between the UAE and Colombia are outstanding, with a promising trade, investment and tourism dimension. He said that Colombia is a prominent economic destination on the map of the external economic cooperation of the UAE as it is a major economy in South America enjoying an attractive and diverse economic climate.

He continued that there are many similarities in the development visions and strategies of both countries that could contribute significantly to expanding partnership ties to more wide and diversified horizons during the coming stage. He pointed out the importance of the successful and fruitful visit of the UAE delegation to Colombia, which made it possible to discuss cooperation frameworks with senior ministers and officials in the Colombian government, resulting in a new partnership program that covers a broader umbrella of sectors and commercial and investment activities. This is also poised to build effective communication channels between the private sectors of the UAE and Colombia, setting a clear plan for transition towards intensified cooperation across various priority economic sectors.

Al Mansouri underlined the importance of undertaking joint efforts to raise the current trade exchanges between the two countries to higher levels, and highlighted the importance of cooperation in launching a direct flight between the UAE and Colombia via Europe.

He continued by saying that there are wide opportunities during the next stage to strengthen partnerships in vital sectors that represent priority sectors in the agenda of the two countries, on top of which are trade and investment as the backbone of economic growth. This includes developing cooperation in the area of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through studying the establishment of joint funds to support entrepreneurs in the two countries.

He also noted the importance of the Colombian ‘Orange Economy’ Initiative and the opportunities it presents for cooperation in new tracks that focus on the areas of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship between the two sides.

Sectors such as transportation, industry, renewable energy, information and communications technology, innovation, digital transformation and education are key sectors in the map of cooperation during the next stage. Opportunities in the fields of food and water security, environment, agriculture and water solutions, and tourism remain a topic of shared interest, considering their potential to drive economic development of the two countries.

Al Mansouri reviewed the most important elements of the UAE’s national economy and the pioneering economic indicators achieved by the country. He highlighted the most important plans and strategic initiatives during the next stage and opportunities for foreign investments, especially in light of the new Foreign Direct Investment law, and unique packages and economic facilities and attractive initiatives available for business owners and talented people, such as the permanent residence system and the Gold Card.

The Minister of Economy called on the President of Colombia to visit the UAE and the Colombia Pavilion at Expo 2020 in conjunction with the celebrations of the Colombian National Day, thus opening new horizons for the partnership of the two countries. At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to form a joint team to follow up the pillars of cooperation agreed upon the visit.

The meeting was attended by Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs; Salem Rashid Al Owais, UAE Ambassador to Colombia; Jamal Saif Al Jarwan, Secretary-General of the UAE International Investors Council; Abdullah Al Muaini, Director General of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology; Mohammed Nasser Hamdan Al Zaabi, Director of the Trade Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy; and Abdullah Al-Hammadi, Director of the Ministry’s Tourism Department.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HH the Amir Attends Parts of Qatar Total Open Final

Doha, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended Saturday parts of the final of the 18th Qatar Total Open for women’s tennis, which took place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The match ended with Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka defeating Czech Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3.

The final was attended by HE former President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri and his wife, a number of their excellencies sheikhs and ministers, and the fans. (QNA)

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

QOC organizes Sport Day For Diplomatic Missions

DOHA, The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) represented by its Sport Affairs Department organized a series of sport events and entertainment activities for diplomatic missions members and their families at the Qatar Bowling Centre on Saturday.

The prestigious event has seen the attendance of HE Jassim Rashid Al Buenain, the QOC Secretary General. It also brought together more than 120 participants representing 23 Arab and foreign embassies accredited in the country.

From early morning at 9 AM to 12 at noon the participants from different age groups involved in a number of entertainment activities and sport events including bowling, table tennis, snooker, billiard, table soccer and electronic Games.

In a brief comments, the QOC’s Secretary General appreciated the diplomatic mission participation in this prestigious event and underlined the significant role of this day to enhancing the relations between the QOC and embassies and diplomatic missions.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Aspire Academy and Qatar Anti-Doping Commission ink partnership deal

DOHA, Aspire Academy and Qatar Anti-Doping Commission (QADC) jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to organize workshops for Academy staff.

Dr. Nasser Ali Al-Anasri, the QADC President signed on behalf of the Qatar Anti-Doping Commission , while Ali Salem Afifa, Director General of Aspire Academy signed on behave of the Academy.

The workshops will provide theoretical and practical activities for national teams members and the Academy staff along with administrative and technical bodies and medical staff.

Awareness on risk of doping and preventing athletes to use banned doping are the main topics shall be raised out during the workshops.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Virus spreads to over 60 countries; France closes the Louvre

Paris, Coronavirus cases surged in Italy, and France closed the world-famous Louvre Museum on Sunday as the deadly outbreak that began in China sent fear rising across Western Europe, threatening its tourism industry.

The number of countries hit by the virus climbed past 60, and the death toll worldwide reached at least 3,000 said an AP report.

New fronts in the outbreak opened rapidly over the weekend, deepening the sense of crisis that has already sent financial markets plummeting, emptied the streets in many cities and rewritten the routines of millions of people. More than 88,000 worldwide have been infected, with the virus appearing on every continent but Antarctica.

Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths Sunday, while the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic recorded their first infections.

Italian authorities announced that the number of people infected in the country soared 50% to 1,694 in just 24 hours, and five more people had died, bringing the death toll there to 34. France raised its number of reported cases to 130, an increase of 30 from the day before, and said it has seen two deaths from the virus.

The U.S. government advised Americans against traveling to the two northern Italian regions hit hardest, including the Milan area, and Delta Air Lines suspended its daily flight between New York and Milan.

The travel restrictions against Italy and the rising alarm in France could deal a heavy blow to the countries’ tourism industries. Spring, especially Easter, is a hugely popular time for schoolchildren to visit France and Italy.

Tourism accounts for 13% of the economy in Italy, a country famed for its world-class art museums, archaeological sites and architectural treasures. More than 5.6 million Americans visit Italy every year, representing 9% of foreign tourists.

Iran, Iraq and South Korea, among other places, also saw the number of infections rise. Cases in the U.S. climbed to at least 74 with the first death inside the United States reported on Saturday � a man in his 50s in Washington state who had underlying health problems but hadn’t traveled to any affected areas.

Panic-buying of daily necessities emerged in Japan, where professional baseball teams have played spring-training games in deserted stadiums. Tourist sites across Asia, Europe and the Mideast were deserted.

In France, the archbishop of Paris told parish priests to put the Communion bread in worshippers’ hands, not in their mouths. French officials advised people to forgo the customary kisses on the cheek upon greeting others. And the Louvre closed after workers who guard the Mona Lisa and the rest of its priceless artworks expressed fear of being contaminated by the stream of visitors from around the world.

The Louvre, the world’s most popular museum, got 9.6 million visitors last year, almost three-quarters of them from abroad.

Louvre staffers were also concerned about museum workers from Italy who had come to the museum to collect works by Leonardo da Vinci that were loaned for a major exhibition.

The shutdown followed a government decision Saturday to ban indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

Among the frustrated visitors was Charles Lim from Singapore. He and his wife, Jeanette, chose Paris to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and bought tickets in advance for the Louvre.

China, where the outbreak began two months ago, on Sunday reported a slight uptick in new cases over the past 24 hours to 573, the first time in five days that the number exceeded 500. They remain almost entirely confined to the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan.

South Korea reported 210 additional cases and two more deaths, raising its totals to 3,736 cases and 20 fatalities. South Korea has the second-largest number of infections outside China, with most of the cases in the southeastern city of Daegu and nearby areas.

South Korea’s president used a speech marking the 101st anniversary of an anti-Japanese independence uprising to call for national unity to overcome the crisis.

Around the world, many cases of the virus have been relatively mild, and some of those infected apparently show no symptoms at all.

Source: Bahrain News Agency