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Abu Dhabi and Queensland signed a joint cooperation agreement in a number of economic and development sectors

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Abu Dhabi and Queensland signed a joint cooperation agreement in a number of economic and development sectors

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 News
The Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Australian state of Queensland signed today at Etihad Towers Hotel a cooperation agreement in order to strengthen the strategic cooperation in a number of joint economic and development sectors and thus contributing to the strengthening of partnership relations between the two sides.The agreement was signed by the Government of Abu Dhabi represented by HE Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi and the state of Queensland represented by HE Campbel Newman,President of the state government in the presence of a number of heads of local departments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and senior officials traveling with His Excellency the President of the Queensland Government.HE Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, said before the signing ceremony Abu Dhabi Government is pleased to renew its partnerships and its strategic relations with the government of the state of Queensland through this agreement, especially that these relations have rapidly developed over the past years, reflecting the desire of both sides to build a joint beneficial sustainable development system of relations.Al Suwaidi added that this agreement would create a twinning between the city of Abu Dhabi and Brisbane under the Provisions of this agreement establishing relations and development projects and joint ground from which the two sides will open wider horizons of joint cooperation. It also opens the doors for the two sides to enter into a new phase of strategic cooperation in economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors.HE Nasser Al Suwaidi pointed out that the relations between Abu Dhabi and Queensland over the past years have been concentrated in several areas, notably transport, agriculture and education as well as the exchange of skills, knowledge and application of best practices in ports and municipal affairsmanagement and crisis and other emergenciesmanagement.“Today we are looking forward to expand the circle of mutual cooperation between the two sides to include several strategic sectors, particularly in the fields of industry, environment, tourism, trade and other sectors, which constitute the hub and a prime platform for building relationships and sustainable partnerships between the two sides”, HE added.For his part, HE Campbel Newman, Prime Minister of the state of Queensland said that he was pleased that they could achieve this important step, which aims to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two sides and is an important stage to move towards the development of wider relations in various fields.The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, thanks to the development and evolution of civilization witnessed in various areas, is today of great interest to many countries of the world and Australia, especially the Queensland Government highly appreciates the development and growth in various fields that havebeen achieved in a record time., he saidHE HonourablCampbel Newman underlined that the Queensland Government and through this agreement will work hard to achieve the common goals of the two sides in order to translate the contents of this agreement on the ground through the provision of appropriate ground to the parties responsible of the application of the agreements made in various development sectors .The Agreement included the promotion of cooperation between the two sides in the areas of agriculture, including food processing, tourism, transport, communications, industry, trade, investment, education, services, information management, technology transfer, development of the capabilities and expertise of human resources and the application of the standards ofthe International Organization for Standardization(ISO) and total quality management.Under the Agreement, the two sides shall work on the application of laws, regulations and best practices of governance in public and private institutions and to facilitate the transfer and exchange of skills in local governments and municipal councils and the participation and exchange of experiences and practices with regard to municipal services.Both sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure development projects, to exchange visits and delegations, to facilitate activities to promote economic ties, to participate in the establishment and development of small and medium enterprises, to develop industries, export and cooperation between the free trade zones and environmental protection, to facilitate the organization of joint exhibitions and events and to develop lands, cities and real estateplanning.Under this agreement, both sides shall strengthen strategic cooperation in order to create ways of economic and social development and infrastructure in both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Queensland in order to achieve their common interests within the limits of their financial, material and human resources possibilities and in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the two countries.The Parties undertake to exert maximum efforts to promote and develop the economic development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Queensland through the development and exchange of information on economic sectors upon the formulation of the necessary technical arrangements for the implementation of the terms of the agreement.Under the agreement, both the Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi government and the Department of Trade Queensland for Queensland have been authorized to appoint a joint working group to prepare studies and common indicators and holdregular meetings to discuss matters of common concern and to promote and develop the foundations of strategic cooperation between the two sides.The delegation of the Queensland Government after the signing ceremony viewed a presentation of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 presented by EidhaBriki Head of International Relations in theDED’sInternational Business Department. The presentation was about the most important determinants of the vision, its objectives and development of strategic non-oil sectors targeted and which would create many investment opportunities in the emirate.On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Abu Dhabi and Queensland delegation headed by HE Nasser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi and HE HonourablCampbel Newman, Prime Minister of Queensland, held bilateral talks about the news and developments in economic relations, development and investment between the two sides.The two sides reviewed the main opportunities and development projects taking place in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the next phase, which would constitute an anchor towards enhancing investment cooperation between the two sides under the direction Abu Dhabi Government to implement several strategic projects in the fields of industry, infrastructure, education, energy, etc.Participated in the talks for the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi HE Mohammad Omar Abdullah, Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development, HE FahadSaeed Al Raqbani Director General of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, HE Rashid Abdul Karim Al Balushi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities Finance and HE Mohammed Hassan Al Qamzi , CEO of the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones, HE  Butti Al Qubaisi, Director General of Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi, HE Abdullah Hemaidan Executive Director of ADTC, HE KhalidSalmin Al Kuwari, Executive Director of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Kizad, HE DR Nasser Saif Al Mansouri Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail  HE Abdullah Saeed AL Darmaki Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer   and a number of officials.The delegation accompanying the President of the Government of Queensland included HE Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar, John Grayson, director of the Office of Queensland Prime Minister, Donna Masai Director of the Department of trade and investment and a number of senior officials.
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