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SCC’s Recommendations Committee approves Sharjah Free Zones Authority’s policy draft

SHARJAH, 9th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) approved its recommendations regarding the policy of the Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority (SPCFZA), during its seventh meeting, which was held at its headquarters in Sharjah as part of its work for its third regular session of the tenth legislative term.

The meeting was chaired by Ali Mehd Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Sharjah Consultative Council. The council’s work began with the ratification of the minutes of the sixth meeting, after which the council discussed its recommendations regarding the policy of the Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority.

Through its draft recommendations, the council stressed the significance of continuing to expand business development, services and infrastructure in each of the seaports of the Emirate of Sharjah, calling for enhancing the attractive investment environment in the free zones affiliated with the authority, in keeping with the best international standards by providing more facilities and services.

Al Suwaidi emphasised the importance of such meetings, pointing out that the meeting contributes positively to ensure the development of the work of the Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority, contributing in serving the Emirate of Sharjah, in line with the vision and directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah.

The members of the Council also discussed the provisions of the recommendations and addressed a number of important topics, aiming to ensure the Authority’s successful work mechanism.

At the conclusion of the discussions, the members approved their recommendations regarding discussing the policy of the Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority.

Al Suwaidi delivered a speech, during which he expressed thanks to Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim Al Darmaki, Chairman of the committee preparing the draft of recommendations for the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC), as well as thanking all members of the committee.

Concluding the session, Ahmed Saeed Al Jarwan, Secretary-General of Sharjah Consultative Council, announced that the 8th session will be held on Thursday, 20th January, 2022, to discuss the policy of the Department of Housing in the Emirate of Sharjah.

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UAE stands in solidarity with Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers condolences over earthquake victims

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with Pakistan and Afghanistan over the victims of the earthquake that struck the two countries and resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed its sincere condolences to Pakistan and Afghanistan and their peoples, as well as to the families of the victims of this tragedy. It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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Muslim Council of Elders condemns statements by Israeli Minister denying existence of Palestinian people

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — Under the Chairmanship of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Muslim Council of Elders strongly condemned statements by Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich in which he denied the existence of the Palestinian people.

The Council also condemned his use of a map of Israel that includes lands from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Muslim Council of Elders reiterated its categorical rejection of the Israeli occupation’s attempts to distort realities whilst committing repeated infractions against the Palestinian people.

The Council also called on the international community to take a decisive stand in support of the Palestinian people to rightfully achieve statehood with Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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UK publishes roadmap for reaching tech superpower status by 2030

LONDON, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The UK has today published a roadmap for reaching tech superpower status by 2030 through a new International Technology Strategy.

The Foreign Secretary and the Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary set out at the launch in London how the UK will build on the strength of its tech sector, which is already the largest in Europe and the third highest valued in the world after the USA and China, said a press release issued by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The UK, guided by four principles – to be open, responsible, secure and resilient – will shape the future of technology in a way that promotes its use positively, and drives innovation and UK tech leadership, while boosting its security from new and emerging threats.

The UK Government will work closely with Governments, academia and industry to leverage the UK’s world-leading strengths in technology through international partnerships with established and emerging science and technology powerhouse nations.

The Prime Minister has made growing the economy, creating better paid jobs and opportunity across the country, one of his five priorities. Investing in the UK's thriving tech sector will directly contribute to that. The sector was worth US$1 trillion in 2022, and the UK is home to more than 85,000 start-ups and scale-ups. More investment was generated in the UK tech sector last year than in France and Germany combined, creating and sustaining high quality jobs around the country.

The International Tech Strategy will boost growth in this sector, strengthening the country's position on the world stage while forging long-term links that will promote the UK as place for investment and collaboration in the technologies of the future.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said, “Now more than ever, it is important that the UK steps up to promote British tech excellence worldwide.”

He added that this strategy will help deliver on the UK's ambition to be a tech superpower by 2030, backing UK businesses and helping the country solve the challenges of tomorrow through innovation and international collaboration.

Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said, “We are a top-class breeding ground for emerging tech, but being a superpower means working with our international partners to turn these nascent technologies into global industries."

Donelan added, “Our International Tech Strategy will ensure we deepen collaboration with our allies on the technologies of tomorrow, driving growth and prosperity for the UK while strengthening our national security.”

As part of the strategy, the UK will also work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Technology to engage with the international community on how to better use technology.

“We will also build on the UK’s success in securing a seat on the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), working together with partners to increase worldwide connectivity, and provide clear leadership in the telecoms sector,” said the press release.

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