Khaldoon Al Mubarak: UAE-France friendship, benchmark for global partnerships


The ties between the United Arab Emirates and France are the benchmark for bilateral relations, said a senior member of the Emirates management team.And they should become even stronger in digital, education and healthcare.

Speaking before July 14, July 14, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, said The National that both sides approached the policy from a long-term perspective.

Al Mubarak said that “like-mindedness” leads to a constant widening of shared initiatives.

“As a country whose continued prosperity depends on a diverse and knowledge-based economy, we are looking for projects in which world-class education, the exchange of expertise and the development of professional skills are essential”, a he declared.

“In France, we have a partner who is fundamentally aligned with this priority.

“In these deeply critical ways, the UAE-France friendship represents the benchmark for cooperation with our international partners. ”

With a shared vision for a digital future supported by sustainable development objectives, the UAE and France are building a new phase in their relationship.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, receives Professor Jean Chambaz, President of the Sorbonne University at the Sea Palace. Mohamed Al Hammadi / Crown Prince Court

Al Mubarak said countries are adding new pillars to the alliance after the 12th meeting of the UAE-France strategic dialogue this month.

“The 10-year roadmap that we approved at our last meeting looks forward to the next decade in describing what we plan to achieve together,” he said.

“In terms of specifics, the two countries will explore the possibility of investing in the other country’s innovative sectors, notably biotechnology, medtech and agritech.

“We also aim to strengthen bilateral exchanges in the fields of advanced sciences, technology and research and development.”

If Covid-19 has a silver lining, it must be its strength as a rallying cry to accelerate innovation and collaboration

Khaldoon Al Mubarak

One of the priorities will be joint ventures in the field of artificial intelligence, under a joint agreement.

“The field of advanced technologies and artificial intelligence is, of course, a priority for the United Arab Emirates and is a strategic element of the bilateral partnership,” said Al Mubarak.

“We discussed a potential cooperation between the recently created Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence, Abu Dhabi. ”

The strategic dialogue was held online amid travel and contact restrictions made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic.

The two sides noted the common imperative to improve cooperation in health care.

“We are very proud of the ever growing collaboration in the health sector between the institutions of the United Arab Emirates and France, including in the areas of public health, academia, research and patient care international, “said Al Mubarak.

“If Covid-19 has a silver lining, it has to be its strength as a rallying cry to accelerate innovation and collaboration, and we see it happening across governments, companies and entities.

“With regard to bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and France, our important existing partnership has allowed us to pivot quickly, helping each other to build national capacities in critical areas such as food security, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

“It will remain strategically important for the future. ”

Under the Franco-Emirati medical specialization program, UAE specialists have the opportunity to work and study in France to develop skills in areas such as emergency and internal medicine, and surgery.

Some doctors, such as Mohamed Al Falasi, a specialist in neurosurgery in Marseille, were praised when they chose to stay in France to treat the victims of Covid-19 and other patients during the French isolation.

The meeting also renewed the emphasis on promoting stability and easing tensions in the Middle East.

“Both sides have pledged to continue working hand in hand to prevent tensions and promote resolution of crises in the Middle East, especially in our time when we are facing a global pandemic,” said Al Mubarak.

Cultural and educational ties have grown rapidly since Sheikh Zayed, the founding father, visited France in 1971, the year of the UAE’s formation.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak attends a virtual meeting with Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, for the 12th annual UAE-France Strategic Dialogue. Executive Affairs Authority with permission

The Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed more than two million visitors in its first two years and the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi passed more than 2,000 students through its portals.

Added to this is the recent opening of a coding school in Abu Dhabi in partnership with the French leader in the field, Ecole42.

“This new learning model focuses solely on computer programming and software engineering, and relies on peer interaction and the engagement of the digital industry to prepare students for careers in this sector”, said Mr. Al Mubarak.

Joint investment discussions have led to the formation of an alliance between Mubadala and Bpifrance for the financing of participation in large French companies.

The Louvre, Abu Dhabi, which has now reopened after being closed for 100 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Victor Besa / The National

The Louvre, Abu Dhabi, which has now reopened after being closed for 100 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Victor Besa / The National

Sustainable development in a common framework has become the cornerstone of the relationship.

” The [framework] lists the areas of sustainable co-development, in particular the exploitation of technology and innovation for the benefit of sustainable development, in particular in the fields of climate change and the environment, healthcare, effective management of the oceans and marine resources and low carbon technologies, “said Al Mubarak. .

At the same time, Masdar and the EDF group are building large-scale renewable energy installations around the world.

They include a 400 megawatt wind farm in Saudi Arabia, the largest in the kingdom, the third 800 MW phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai and a hybrid solar power plant in Morocco.

As the July 14 celebrations approach, Al Mubarak said that Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, wished to express his best wishes “to all French citizens who call occasionally the UAE. ” .

Updated: June 30, 2020 01:54


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