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UAE, Azerbaijan explore strategic partnerships to promote bilateral ties


Dignitaries at the event in Baku.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Azerbaijan have concluded the Ministerial Experience Exchange Forum, where representatives explored strategic partnerships to foster the exchange of government experiences.

The two-day event took place in Baku and was attended by ministers and senior officials from both governments, with leaders participating in a series of ministerial dialogues as part of a program of more than 20 sessions and meetings. The forum aimed to promote bilateral cooperation and communication between government leaders as well as encourage the exchange of experiences and success stories from each government.

The UAE’s delegation included  Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and the Future,  Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Director General of Community Development Authority in the Government of Dubai (CDA), Younis Haji Al Khouri, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Abdulla Lootah, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Competitiveness and Experience Exchange, Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy (MoE), Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Hawi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Investment (MoI), Sharif Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary for Energy and Petroleum Affairs in the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Eng. Mohamed Al Qassim, Director General of Emirates Schools Establishment, and. Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

Mohamed Bin Taliah, Chief of Government Services of the UAE Government, Hanan Ahli, Managing Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC), Dr. Amer Sharif Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Health and President of the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Prof. Dr. Alawi Asheikh-Ali Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Dubai Health. Provost, Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU),  and Hamdah Bin Kalban, Director of Governance at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai also joined the UAE delegation.

Azerbaijan’s representatives included Ulvi Mehdiyev, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vusal Huseynov, Chief of State Migration Service, Elnur Aliyev, First Deputy Minister of Economy, Umayra Taghiyeva, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Hasan Hasanli, Deputy Minister of Science and Education, Nadir Zeynalov, Deputy Minister of Health, Anar Karimov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, Bahram Khalilov, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the State Examination Center (SEC), and Jeyhun Salmanov, Deputy Chairman at the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations.

In her opening remarks, Al Roumi highlighted that the relations between the UAE and Azerbaijan are strong and solid, pointing to a recent visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to Azerbaijan in January 2024, where several agreements were signed and activated.

“In line with the UAE leadership’s vision, the government has made shaping the future a strategic priority. Today’s rapid global changes have made it clear that emerging trends have a critical role in shaping our future. The world is entering a new era defined by new trends, such as digitalization, technological advancement, smart public services & government accelerators, and sustainability,” she added.

For his part,  Mehdiyev pointed out that the relations between Azerbaijan and the UAE are on an upward trajectory. “Economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE has reached new horizons, especially in the field of green energy. Our partnership represents a forward-looking, proactive approach to development in various areas of common interest,” he said.

Hessa Buhumaid highlighted the key objectives of the Dubai Social Agenda 33; the government’s comprehensive plan for its community: “Traditional social services are unsustainable in this rapidly evolving world. In the UAE, our approach focuses on strengthening social cohesion and bolstering the economy through strategic investment.”

Lootah emphasized the importance of promoting friendly relations between the two countries, touching on the Year of Sustainability announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2023 and extending into 2024. This initiative raised awareness on the need for sustainability and defined some of its key principles in support of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, on revitalizing global partnerships for sustainable development. H.E. also discussed the significant role of the Ministerial Experience Exchange Forum in supporting sustainable development by sharing the UAE’s expertise in creating a future-ready government model.


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