EDA organises  first  executive education  course  for diplomats stationed abroad
15 June 2015, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, recently held the first course under its Executive Education programme on ‘Communication and Intercultural Awareness’, aimed to develop the knowledge and skills of executive level diplomats stationed abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoFA, to enable them to communicate effectively with different cultures around the world. The three-day session, conducted by senior faculty members from the Clingendael Academy, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, covered a range of in-depth topics and interactive exercises, and looked at cultural and professional behaviour in the international context, especially the underlying structures of culture and the concepts and perceptions that revolve around them. "Our first executive education course on ‘Communication and Intercultural Awareness’ was a comprehensive, insightful and value-adding effort that kept the participants continually engaged throughout the three day course," said Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. Ms. Al Mahmoud added, "The interactive course and its diverse components helped shed light on details of intercultural communications by examining its various dimensions and implications in the context of region-specific values, social norms and perceptions. The session enabled the members of the diplomatic corps to gain insights on implementing the best practices when dealing with international issues, reflecting the positive message of the UAE built on mutual respect and openness to all cultures." He said the first course has set the stage for a comprehensive academic offering under EDA’s Executive Education courses that dynamically combine rigorous academic knowledge, contemporary research, and high-level practical experiences that enhance the skill sets and competencies of government employees in the fields of international relations and diplomacy. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy was established by Cabinet Decree No. 29 of 2014 as a pioneering integrated academic and research centre dedicated to strengthening the UAE national’s foreign policy knowledge and delivering high-impact education and training for diplomatic capacity development.
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Abdullah  Bin  Zayed:  Emirates Diplomatic Academy to play a central role in the future of the UAE's diplomacy
27 May 2015, Wednesday
Reaffirming the UAE's continuous success in enhancing its favourable foreign policy position on a regional and international level, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), stated that the UAE's distinguished diplomatic achievements are led by the leadership's vision that believes in the importance of strengthening and sustaining ties with nations around the world. Sheikh Abdullah expressed that the UAE has adopted a balanced foreign policy and approach, which is guided by the principles of mutual respect and cooperation with other nations. This approach has enabled the UAE to achieve a distinctive position in the global arena and play a key role in arriving at suitable solutions to international issues, while maintaining its commitment to humanitarian aid and relief. His Highness emphasised that the UAE's proven foreign policy successes complement its accomplishments across all key development sectors. Sheikh Abdullah added that the UAE deploys and commissions innovative technologies and resources, and is committed to investing in its most valuable asset: its citizens, as they are the foundation for national advancement. As part of this commitment, we have set a number of ambitious strategic goals that will solidify the UAE's position among the world's leading countries as outlined by vision 2021. His Highness affirmed that Emirati diplomatic missions abroad play a significant role in communicating the unique characteristics of the UAE to the international community, adding that there is an underlying need to prepare a larger number of distinguished diplomats for foreign service. This can be accomplished by equipping them with the necessary experience and skillset enabling them to effectively adapt to a rapidly changing global environment. His Highness made his comments while highlighting the primary role Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) will play in supporting the strategic foreign policy objectives and aspirations of the UAE. The Academy serves as a key pillar in developing the country's future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership. EDA is a pioneering integrated foreign policy academic and research centre dedicated to strengthening the knowledge of UAE nationals. It is a true testament and reflection of the vision of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the directives of His Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces . EDA's mission is to build the capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE's foreign policy by delivering high impact training, disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations and sends across the message of peace and cooperation through the UAE's distinguished relations with the rest of the world. EDA's unique academic and research platform ensures that its course offerings and research themes meet the needs of the UAE, and contributes to fostering a new generation of diplomatic and foreign relations professionals in line with the highest world-class academic standards and criteria. EDA provides the opportunity for future diplomats to gain and share first-hand insights and experience in the field of diplomacy by interacting, networking and collaborating with a broad range of local partners and organisations, from the private and public sectors. Founded in 2014 by the UAE Cabinet, EDA empowers and prepares Emiratis to serve their nation as part of a highly capable UAE diplomatic corps. It offers fundamental leadership skills and provides students with the necessary skills to serve the interests of the UAE, both at home and abroad. EDA also provides specialised consultation and analysis to the UAE's Government entities, in addition to establishing partnerships and identifying areas of cooperation with relevant educational bodies and institutions. EDA's various operations and plans are overseen by a Board of Trustees, comprising distinguished leaders from government, academia and industry. They provide the Academy with a breadth of expertise and strategic direction.
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27 May 2015, Wednesday
The UAE Cabinet today endorsed the initiative to establish a national unified database of patients’ medical records in the UAE. The initiative is one of the outcomes of the Cabinet’s Government Innovation Lab, chaired last year in Sir Bani Yas by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the Ministerial Retreat. It aims to unify all medical records of patients in the UAE, facilitate movements of patients among healthcare providers, as well as connect public hospitals and clinics. Providing up-to-date medical records is a necessity to improve healthcare services provided in the UAE as it will contribute to ensuring an improved level of healthcare, eliminate duplication and reduce registration times, medication errors and the length of hospital stays. It will be implemented in the coming four years. Sheikh Mohammed said that "Providing healthcare services in the UAE is a joint work among federal, local governments and private sector. Improving the healthcare services will never stop, as the health of our citizens is our utmost priority." He added, "Building a high-quality healthcare system and providing the best services to patients require streamlining efforts in this sector. Today, we announce a unified national medical record to facilitate the healthcare services and provide up-to-date medical data. We want healthcare services to reach patients no matter where they are in the country, to realise high quality standard of living to our people and ensure their health requirements are met." The UAE Vice President made the remarks today while chairing the Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace. The meeting was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Pertaining to healthcare sectors, the Cabinet also approved implementing an initiative on mobile healthcare services programme to provide services in remote areas, especially for senior citizens. The mobile healthcare services will focus on home-care services and outpatient specialty clinics. The initiative reflects the UAE government’s strategy to improve services' quality and accessibility to all members of the community, especially the healthcare services. The mobile healthcare is an indispensable component of the services to ensure all community benefits from the system, especially those living in the remote areas. The Cabinet also discussed other topics on the agenda, and endorsed amending of the Cabinet Decree on Government Financial Policy Coordination Council. The amendment will include adding more items to the Decree no 26 of the Year 2011 on the Council that will streamline the scope of work of the council to boost competiveness in various sectors in the country. The Government Financial Policy Coordination Council aims to achieve financial balance between federal and local governments that will result in financial regulation and eventually achieve economic balance. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also reviewed recommendations of the Financial and Economic Committee on amendments to the 2015 federal budget. On legislative matters, the Cabinet endorsed a federal law on establishing the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). EDA aims to build capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy by delivering high impact training and disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations. On organisational matters, the Cabinet approved the amendment of organisational structure of the National Media Council (NMC) and its Board in line with government efforts to improve government work. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State will chair the new Board and the members will representatives be from the federal and local authorities concerned. The amendment aims to streamline the work of the NMC to boost the international reputation of the UAE, raise awareness about its achievements in various sectors such as playing a global role in diplomacy, humanitarian and development aid, as well as hosting international organisations in the country. Meanwhile, the Cabinet reviewed a recommendation submitted by the Federal National Council related to policy of Ministry of Social Affairs on cooperatives. On the International level, the Cabinet endorsed the EU-UAE visa waiver agreement, whereby Emiratis would no longer require a visa for short stays in the Schengen countries. In addition, the Cabinet approved the UAE and Kuwait cooperation agreement in aviation services; and another agreement between the UAE and the Comoros in economic and commercial fields.
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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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