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  • 23 July 2019 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parties to establish Retail & Logistics sector skills academies to up-skill Emirati workforce.

    ABU DHABI: The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) will partner with the Canadian Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in the advancement of Retail & Logistics Sector Skills Academies which will support the UAE’s commerce and industry sectors, after the parties signed a cooperation agreement.

    The signing ceremony was attended by His Excellency Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) and HCT Chancellor, and the agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, and Dr. David Ross, President & CEO of SAIT.

    The agreement will see the parties collaborate to support Retail & Logistics Academies that are part of the Sector Skills Academies (SSAs), which are being established by HCT as part of its HCT 4.0 strategy, and which are strongly aligned to the goals of the National Employment Strategy 2031.

    The national strategy aims to prepare the national workforce for future jobs by reskilling and up-skilling about 65,000 Emiratis employed in various business sectors, as well as enhancing lifelong learning programs and directing 100% of the workforce to participate in continuing education programs. The Sector Skills Academies will equip UAE’s National workforce with future skills required in the labor market, so as to meet these goals.

    HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli said that by HCT implementing its HCT 4.0 strategic plan, in line with the directives of the UAE’s leadership, it will ensure the work readiness of HCT graduates entering the labor market, as well as guiding youth towards entrepreneurial endeavors, such as establishing their own businesses, in support of the national economy.

    The HCT 4.0 strategic plan will also support and empower many employees to be familiar with technological updates and enhancing their skills, so as to keep pace with accelerating job changes dictated by the 4th Industrial Revolution and the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence skills.

    HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli added that the Sector Skills Academies will support employees who wish to change their career paths by empowering them with the necessary skills to operate in the labor market, stressing that the new HCT study tracks are aimed at the national workforce, so as to enhance lifelong learning by reinforcing applied learning in the curriculum and also by awarding professional certificates.

    Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, said that the agreement with SAIT is an extended cooperation with this renowned educational institution, whereby SAIT’s expertise and curricula will be assets in establishing the new academies for the purpose of enabling employees to change their career pathways, which in turn will ensure their success in the future labor market.

    Dr. Al Shamsi added that the future direction for the SSAs is to achieve the principle of “No Emirati Left Behind”, whereby the HCT is committed to providing education opportunities to each and every male and female Emirati. Accordingly, the HCT will launch a Logistics Academy and a Retail Academy in September 2019 in cooperation with SAIT, while additional academies for Hospitality, Petroleum, Gas, 4th Industrial Revolution, and Artificial Intelligence, will be launched throughout 2020.

    Dr. Al Shamsi noted that SAIT is one of the inaugural partnering educational institutions in the Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), which was launched by the HCT with the aim of supporting the future of applied education in the region.

    “SAIT is pleased to be invited to be the lead consulting organization for this national initiative, working in tandem with HCT and the UAE government,” said Dr. Ross. “This is an incredible opportunity for SAIT to provide our expertise in delivering innovative competency-based education as the country charts its path in diversifying its economy through its progressive workforce transformation,” he added.

    Source: www.zawya.com

  • 21 July 2019 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OTTAWA, Canada, 21st July, 2019 (WAM) -- The second session of the UAE-Canada Consular Committee was recently held in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.

    The meeting was chaired by Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Heather Jeffrey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Consular, Emergency Management and Security, at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, who reviewed a number of consular issues of common interest between the UAE and Canada, and discussed means of enhancing joint consular cooperation between their countries.

    Topics high on the agenda included consular cooperation in legal matters, citizens' affairs and aviation.

    Al Mazrouei conveyed to Jeffrey the greetings of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and their praise for the strong bilateral relations the two countries enjoy.

    The Emirati diplomat also hailed the positive developments between the two countries in various fields and the fruitful results of mutual visits by senior officials. He went on to affirm the UAE's keenness to strengthen its cooperation and partnership with Canada to promote bilateral interests.

    For her part, Jeffrey praised the level of relations between the two countries, also expressing Canada's aspiration to further strengthen them across various sectors.

    On the sidelines of the Committee, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of Canada pertaining to the work of members of diplomatic and consular missions.

    WAM/Rasha Abubaker/Nour Salman

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 16 July 2019 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 16th July, 2019 (WAM) -- Commercial trade between the UAE and Canada totalled AED7.8 billion in 2018, said Badr Al Mushrekh, Director of the Commercial Policies and International Organisations Administration at the UAE Ministry of Economy.

    The ministry representative made his remarks while commenting on the latest 'Trade Policy Review: Canada' report issued by the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Secretariat.

    According to the WTO Secretariat report, the Canadian economy was characterised by moderate GDP growth and low inflation for the 2015-2018 period during which the review process took place. "Canada has achieved a high standard of living for its population," the report added, noting that GDP per capita in nominal terms reached US$46,182 in 2018.

    Foreign direct investment, FDI, remains an important aspect of Canada's economy, "direct investment abroad amounting to over CAD1 trillion in 2017, equivalent to over 50 percent of its GDP," the report revealed.

    It highlighted the recent 'Export Diversification Strategy' revealed by the Canadian government, noting the strategy objective to increase overseas exports by 50 percent by 2025.

    The strategy aims to assist Canadian business - of diverse sizes and sectors - to maximise growth by captalising on more economic opportunities abroad, linking them to global markets, providing export strategy resources, and enhancing trade services for the country's exporters.

    The report also noted that Canada has committed to eliminate remaining export subsidies by the end of 2020 in accordance with the Nairobi Ministerial Decision on Export Competition.

    WAM/Nour Salman

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 16 July 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 16th July, 2019 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has conferred the Order of Independence, First Class, on Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada, and Vasilis Polemitis, Ambassador of Cyprus, in recognition of their efforts during their tenures towards the development and strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between their respective countries and the UAE across all fields.

    H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, presented the orders to the ambassadors at a ceremony held at the ministry's Diwan in Abu Dhabi today.

    Sheikh Abdullah commended the roles of the ambassadors in enhancing ties with the UAE and wished them success in all their future assignments.

    Ambassador Husain and Ambassador Polemitis expressed their appreciation for the prudent policy being pursued by the UAE President and his prominent role at the regional and international levels.

    They also extended their gratitude to the UAE government departments for supporting them in their missions to develop ties with the UAE.


    WAM/Hassan Bashir

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 08 July 2019 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    News release

    July 8, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

    Expo 2020 Dubai will bring people together from around the globe in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to showcase world innovations and encourage international collaboration. With an anticipated 25 million visitors, Expo 2020 Dubai will be a platform to showcase Canadian innovation and to promote new business opportunities for Canadian companies and attract international investment in Canada, which in turn will create jobs for the middle class. This Expo will also be a chance to highlight Canadian leadership in top sectors such as advanced technologies, aerospace, artificial intelligence, tourism and education, as well as to promote Canadian values like gender equality and sustainable practices.

    Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, announced that EllisDon Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract for the design, build and operation of the Canada Pavilion and Public Presentation at Expo 2020 Dubai. Together with consortium members Moriyama & Teshima Architects, and Lord Cultural Resources, along with Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX and Cisco, EllisDon and team will deliver the pavilion and its public presentation space.

    Complementary programming, which will include business, investment attraction and cultural components, will unfold in the Canada Pavilion during the 172 days of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will run from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021.


    “The Canada Pavilion in Dubai will serve as a meeting place for Canadian business and innovators. It’s one more way our government is opening doors for companies to compete in thriving global markets, secure new contracts, attract international investment and create well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians. As one of Canada’s premier building firms, EllisDon Construction Ltd. will bring its world-class construction expertise to Dubai and deliver the Canada Pavilion over the coming months.”

    - Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification

    “As part of our long-term commitment to our operations in the Middle East, EllisDon is honoured to have been named the successful proponent for the delivery of the design, construction and operation of the Canada Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Together with our team of expert Canadian and Emirati partners, we look forward to delivering a pavilion that will represent all Canadians and of which we can all be proud.”

    - Jody K. Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice-President, Services, EllisDon

    “Participating in Expo 2020 will help expand on the existing, strong economic, cultural and people-to-people ties between Canada and the UAE, and, more broadly, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. We only need to look at the lasting effects that hosting two world fairs has had on the fabric of our nation to understand the potential this initiative represents for Canada and for Canadians.”

    - Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification

    Source: www.canada.ca

  • 02 July 2019 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dubai: Thousands of people were over-joyous when they watched on Monday night the iconic Burj Khalifa lit up with the Canadian flag colours to mark the National Day of Canada.

    People espcially Canadian cheered with joy as the Canadian flag colours with trademark maple leave wrapped the world’s tallest building in Dubai at 8.25pm. The flag-inspired projection could be seen for more than one minute and ten seconds.

    Meanwhile, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday sent a message of congratulations to Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, on the occasion of Canada Day, which is marked on July 1.

    Similar greetings were sent to the Governor General by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

    Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed also congratulated Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

    In an earlier statement, Ambassador of Canada Masud Husain said: “As my three years as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates draw to a close, I can think of no greater validation of both our missions’ efforts to build links between our countries than to see our flag projected sky-high on the Burj Khalifa,” Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE said in an statement on the occasion."

    “It is all the more fitting that it should happen during the Year of Tolerance. Let this moment inspire Canadians, Emiratis and all UAE residents, and let it remind them that the future belongs to societies which welcome and include all, no matter their ethnicity, culture or religion,” he added.

    Marcy Grossman, Consul General of Canada in Dubai, said that entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are increasingly Canada’s international calling cards, and nowhere is that better represented than in the significant contribution of Canadians to the building of the Burj Khalifa.

    “As we turn our attention to Expo 2020 Dubai, you can expect to see more great things from Canada,” Grossman added.

    Source: www.gulfnews.com

  • 01 July 2019 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 1st July, 2019 (WAM) -- Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, today received Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, and his accompanying delegation in the presence of Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence.

    During the meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, the two sides discussed the bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Canada and means to further develop them in various fields.

    The meeting also touched on a number of issues of mutual interest.

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 15 June 2019 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 15th June, 2019 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates participated in the 25th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which convened in Montreal on June 10-13, and brought over 200 of the world’s leading political, economic and industry experts to debate the most pressing issues facing Quebec, Canada, and the global community.

    Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, who led the UAE delegation to the event, highlighted in a panel session titled "The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation" the stimulus packages provided by the UAE government to propel FDIs in the energy field.

    "Up to US$160 billion of new investments are being directed to the energy field, most of which are up for grabs for the private sector as part of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050," said the minister, noting that the UAE is a key investor in Canada and all over the world that helps create a myriad of job opportunities.

    He underlined the importance the UAE government is attaching to the establishment of partnerships, not only with major world companies but also with various entrepreneurs and SMEs as well.

    The minister elaborated on the competitive edge boasted by the UAE with regards to renewable energy and the achievements made in this field, citing the innovative developments launched by Masdar and those established by the UAE in Saudi Arabia, Europe and Americas.

    Al Mazrouei met on the sidelines o the conference with a number of top officials, including Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada; Jason Thomas Kenney, Premier of Albert; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne; Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources; and Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr. The meetings focused on the prospects of fostering bilateral relations, particularly in the energy domain.

    The Conference of Montreal, presented for the first time in 1995 by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is committed to heightening knowledge and awareness of the major issues concerning economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on the relations between the Americas and other continents.

    The Conference also strives to foster exchanges of information, to promote free discussion on major current economic issues and facilitate meetings between world leaders to encourage international discourse by bringing together Heads of State, the private sector, international organizations and civil society.

    WAM/Hatem Mohamed/Tariq alfaham

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 30 May 2019 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OTTAWA, 30th May, 2019 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Defence’s delegation has participated in the 21st session of CANSEC 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.

    The UAE delegation met with a number of members of participating delegations of a number of countries with the aim of enhancing cooperation with their respective countries.

    The delegation toured the exhibition, which opened yesterday in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, which included a number of pavilions and platforms of Canadian, regional and international companies specialised in the defence and security industries, and the latest developments of these global companies.

    During a meeting with Patrick Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister, Materiel, Department of National Defence of Canada, the UAE delegation discussed cooperation between the two countries and means of developing them in various defence fields, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of mutual interest.

    CANSEC, Canada’s Global Defence and Security Trade Show, has been established as the platform for defence and security companies operating in Canada to come together with key decision-makers from military and government, both national and international. Held annually in Ottawa since 1998, CANSEC 2019 is showcasing leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units.

    WAM/Esraa Ismail

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 29 May 2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 29, 2019—Vancouver, British Columbia—Natural Resources Canada

    A global energy transition is fundamentally changing the way we produce and consume energy. In a world increasingly seeking clean, affordable and reliable energy sources, Canada is positioned to become a supplier of choice.

    The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today saluted ministers and energy leaders from over 25 countries at the conclusion of the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and fourth Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial in Vancouver, B.C., for reinforcing international collaboration and accelerating progress toward a future that is clean and more prosperous for future generations.

    Following the success of last year’s ministerial meetings in Copenhagen and Malmö, and the momentum of Canada’s G7 presidency, Canada sought to strengthen cooperation among member governments, Indigenous peoples, women and youth, the private sector and international organizations to focus on workers and communities in this transition to affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

    Driven by the need to address climate change and other environmental concerns, as well as by rapidly changing markets and technologies, Canada committed to being a clean energy leader by taking concrete steps to develop policies and make investments that will lead to:

    • Smarter energy use for our homes, buildings, transportation and industry;
    • Clean energy powering our communities and businesses;
    • Use of more renewable fuels, including biomass and renewable natural gas; and
    • Greater market access for our energy products, technologies and services by positioning Canada as the cleanest energy provider in the world.

    Minister Sohi discussed Canada’s energy future — a clean future that guarantees Canadians good middle-class jobs and a strong economy and ensures that Canada remains a destination of choice for international investment. This builds on the Generation Energy Council Report submitted to the Government of Canada by leading Canadians. The report proposed principles on how to build our energy future where the economy and environment go hand in hand.

    While CEM and MI are distinct fora, they share a common goal of advancing the clean energy revolution. The meetings bring together clean energy leaders and innovators from around the world to share cutting-edge transformations and advance international collaboration. The meeting provided Canada with the opportunity to demonstrate its leadership in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of this clean growth century. Progress on these important discussions will continue throughout the year, leading up to the next Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting hosted by Chile in 2020.

    Source: www.canada.ca

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