The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (DED) signed a mutual cooperation agreement with the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs to combat the phenomenon of illegal residents in Abu Dhabi by establishing a framework for cooperation between the two parties that would lay the foundation for the basic rules and pillars of this cooperation to serve the public well within the restrictions of the material and human resources of each party and in compliance with laws and established regulations.
The agreement was signed today by H.E. Mohamed Omar Abdullah, the undersecretary of DED, and Colonel Saeed Salem Al Shamsi, General Manager of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, in the presence of numerous officials from both parties.
H.E. the undersecretary of DED stressed DED's keenness on maintaining cooperation and mutual coordination with the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi with regard to all the factors that can contribute to the creation of an ideal environment for security and stability in Abu Dhabi Emirate and the UAE in general.
He pointed out that this agreement is part and parcel of the tasks DED and the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi have been charged with and they aim to establish a well-organized work environment which reflects the instructions of the Wise Leadership of Abu Dhabi Emirate with the purpose of turning Abu Dhabi into an attractive destination for investments and businessmen in the light of the fact that the Emirate is equipped with a set of laws and legislations which represent a perfect foundation for businesses.
In behalf of the other party, Colonel Saeed Salem Al Shamsi hailed the signing of the agreement with DED as both parties utilize it to pursue a more profound coordination and cooperation within the general framework of their policies with the purpose of eradicating the presence of illegal residents by all available means whilst preserving all civil rights and commitments to underpin the initiatives and programs submitted by both parties.
According to the agreement, the two parties have agreed that the scope of cooperation and mutual coordination will include organizing events and activities to raise awareness of residence law and foreigners affairs, and the security, economic and social ramifications of the risks involved in the containment of illegal labor residence.
The agreement also states that each party would inform the other of any cases which are in violation of residence law and foreigners affairs and the ones discovered in the course of discharging work duties especially during inspections so that each party would observe any violations of the law according to their jurisdictions.
According to the agreement, a mutual work committee will be assembled and will convene periodically to review work mechanisms and coordinate mutual efforts in order to implement the terms of this agreement and submit the periodical reports and practical results that have been accomplished to the supreme leadership.