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VP attends Global Business Forum
November 02, 2017
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DUBAI: The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday attended the launch of the Global Business Forum on Africa 2017, in Dubai, in the presence of over 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers, including African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, and the UAE government and business elite.

Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, in her opening speech welcomed the Presidents of Uganda, Rwanda, the Seychelles and other heads of government in a number of African countries, along with their representative ministers, specialists, experts and businessmen.

Al Hashimy said that the UAE and Africa share historic trade ties, highlighting that the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Founding Father, travelled to Africa decades ago to strengthen ties that would serve future generations.

The UAE is strategically located between Africa and Asia where the fastest growing economies of the world today can be found, she said.

Al Hashimy encouraged delegates to continue to work toward new partnerships and friendships so that the UAE and Africa can celebrate their joint achievements and build a legacy which future generations can be proud of.

Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, received the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and his accompanying delegation, on Wednesday at Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah.

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the meeting. Sheikh Mohammed and Kagame reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them in all avenues between the two countries, especially in the investment, trade, economic and infrastructure fields.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE pays extra attention to enhancing ties with African countries and supports them to build their infrastructure and establish joint investment projects, especially in the agriculture, energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors, which contribute to achieving the national interests of the two sides.

The Rwandan President expressed his country’s desire to benefit from the UAE’s successful experience in all sectors, especially the financial, technical and infrastructure domains. He added that the UAE has excelled in these fields, especially Dubai, which has impressed the whole world with its cultural achievements, particularly in the roads, bridges, tunnels, transport and smart technology domains.

Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Obaid Bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Mohammed Ibrahim AI Shaibani, Director-General of the Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, attended the meeting.

Sheikh Mohammed also received the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite.

During the meeting they discussed bilateral cooperation and consolidating ties for the benefit of the two countries’ peoples across various sectors. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, also attended the meeting.

Sheikh Mohammed affirmed the importance of the Lithuanian President’s visit, adding that it opens opportunities for mutual visits and rapprochement between the leaders of the two nations and their officials consolidating relations in innovation, communications, investment, trade and tourism.

President Grybauskaite praised the UAE’s progress and development across a number of sectors, resulting in an integrated and cohesive cultural community.

Sheikh Mohammed and Dalia Grybauskaite witnessed the signing of two bilateral agreements, one on Economic and Technical cooperation signed by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a Memorandum of Energy signed by Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Zygimantas Vaiciunas, Minister of Energy of Lithuania.

Sheikh Mohammed also received the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni and his accompanying delegation, at Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah.

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, was present at the meeting.


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