27 May 2015, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) is set to bolster the UAE's international relations and contribute towards realising the leadership's vision for a knowledge-based diplomacy, Minister of State Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber has said. In a statement made to mark the UAE's diplomatic breakthrough which culminated in the Emiratis being granted visa-free travel in Schengen zone countries, Al Jaber said the EDA will help develop capabilities of the Emiratis to become the future ambassadors and diplomacy leaders. "The UAE diplomacy managed to transform challenges into opportunities and obstacles into achievements, thanks to the prudent vision of the country's leadership," he added. Al Jaber further said that under the stewardship of Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE diplomacy earned the international community's confidence when Abu Dhabi won the bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Masdar City. The UAE diplomacy also played an instrumental role in the country's historic win of the bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai and the World Energy Forum 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
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17 March 2015, Tuesday
An MoU on agricultural quarantine, plant protection and trade in agricultural products was signed by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch.They also inked an MoU on the field of veterinary health and safety of animal and sea products and another one on agricultural investment and livestock. HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid inked an agreement that covers the mutual technical and administrative assistance in customs matters. A framework agreement for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was signed by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Masdar, and the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara. Under the agreement, Masdar will study, identify and evaluate commercial investment opportunities in renewable energy in Morocco. On its part, the Moroccan ministry will present a list of potential locations for development of renewable energy projects. An agreement between the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines and the UAE's Mubadala Petroleum for the exploration and evaluation of oil reserves in the Western Mediterranean region was signed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, and CEO of Energy Sector at Mubadala Development Co., and Amina Belkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines. Under the agreement, Mubalada will also provide training services to its partner. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Ali Fassi Fihri, Director General of the National Authority of Water and Electricity sealed a cooperative agreement on the implementation of projects to provide solar energy to homes in the regions not connected to the electricity grid. Masdar will install solar power systems in 17,670 homes across 940 villages. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy and "Masdar" will join forces to develop renewable energy solutions, notably solar power. It was signed by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, and Mustapha Bakkoury, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.
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Establishment of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy under Cabinet Decision No. (29) for 2014
25 September 2014, Thursday
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Cabinet Decision no. (29) for 2014 establishing the Emirates Diplomatic Academy as an autonomous federal entity that have the legal capacity to exercise its work and achieve its objectives. According to article (3) of the Decision, published in the recent issue of the official gazette, the head office of the academy will be in Abu Dhabi while the academy may set up branches or offices inside the UAE under a decision by its board of trustees.Article (4) stipulates that the academy aims at supporting the foreign policy of the UAE in the field of diplomacy and international relations, building a knowledge base and highlighting the role of the UAE in international and diplomatic relations. It also aims at training and raising the efficiency of the members of consular and diplomatic corps in terms of international and diplomatic relations. In addition, the academy will provide technical and consultative support for the foreign ministry while building partnerships and enhancing co-operation and co-ordination with major training centers and universities, concluding co-operation agreements and exchanging expertise with these bodies. The academy will be managed by a board of trustees headed by the minister of foreign affairs and no more than six members. Board membership is subject for 3 years renewal. The Academy will have a director general to be appointed by the Chairman’s decision.Articles (18) and (19) of the decision stipulate that the chairman of the board of trustees will issue the necessary regulations and decisions for implementing the provisions of this decision and that all provisions contradictory with this decision is considered null. The decision is published in the official gazette and will take effect from the day following its publication.
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