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ZHO, ADQ launch ‘Bridges of Hope’ to support people of determination in Egypt

ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO) and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, today announced the launch of the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme to support people of determination in Egypt.

The joint initiative is in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), which oversees the Office of People of Determination and offers a full range of educational, behavioral, and rehabilitative services.

ZHO is representing the UAE through its participation in the "Haya Karima" (Decent Life) initiative launched by Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, which aims to strengthen social opportunities and protection for people of determination, as part of efforts to elevate the quality of human development services for all societal categories.

The ZHO and ADQ ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme aims to develop 60 centers in several Egyptian villages, providing integrated services to support and empower people of determination from different backgrounds and skill-sets. A specialist team of social workers and speech pathologists will also conduct workshops to identify learning difficulties and provide people of determination with the specialised skills in order to overcome them, in addition to implementing programmes designed to provide psychological and social support. Additionally, ZHO will offer awareness programmes and facilitate knowledge transfer, in partnership with MOYS and other relevant authorities, for families and parents to equip them with the right resources to approach their children.

Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, reiterated Egypt’s commitment to integrating people of determination across social activities and projects, under the directive of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to empower them achieve their dreams and incorporate them within society. Dr. Sobhi also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the UAE’s leadership and community for their ongoing support to Egypt.

"The collaboration between the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Zayed Higher Organisation, and ADQ, is the first significant project that will see us work hand-in-hand in service of Egypt’s youth and young adults through the implementation of a continuous stream of programmes and projects," Dr. Sobhi stated.

ZHO's Secretary-General Abdulla Abdulalee Al Humaidan, praised the collaboration between the ZHO and ADQ, and the strong bilateral relations between Egypt and the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, commenting, "The longstanding bilateral relations between the UAE and Egypt are not only historic but also strategic as we both embark on enhancing the process of economic and social progress and advancement to ensure the welfare of all citizens, and this is also what we seek to achieve from our partnership with ADQ on our collaborative programme – ‘Bridges of Hope’."

Al Humaidan continued, "The implementation of the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme is in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of ZHO. The programme reflects the steadfast international efforts of the UAE to reinforce the importance of humanitarian and relief aid, regionally and globally."

Anas Albarguthi, Chief Operating Officer at ADQ, said, "Our collaboration with ZHO to deliver the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme will help to expand care for people of determination and facilitating their integration into society. Our enriching programme will provide valuable opportunities for training, development, and vocational and therapeutic support. Bridges of Hope complements our joint US$20 billion (AED 73 billion) strategic investment platform with The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), which was established in 2019 and aims to contribute to the economic development of Egypt and support its local communities."

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Dr. Walaa Jad Al Kareem, Director, ‘Hayah Karima’ Initiative, Ministry of Local Development, said, "The ‘Hayah Karima’ initiative encompasses development efforts aimed at transforming the lives of more than half of the Egyptian population, under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. As a comprehensive and integrated developmental programme, we aim to make a positive impact on the quality of life for Egyptians, particularly those who reside in rural areas, through planned and invaluable activities and projects."

"The ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme demonstrates the brotherly ties between the Egyptian and Emirati communities and is an integral addition to the ‘Hayah Karima’ initiative. It also reiterates the focus and dedication of Egypt’s leadership on people of determination, in line with the National Human Rights Strategy, which was launched by the President in September 2021. Through this programme and with the support of our partners, we will develop the essential framework for empowering people of determination as we further integrate them into the community," Dr. Walaa continued.

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Canadian Ambassador to UAE welcomes launch of Canada-UAE Sovereign Wealth Fund Council

ABU DHABI, 1st April, 2023 (WAM) — Canadian Ambassador to the UAE, Kris Panday, has welcomed the launch of the Canada-UAE Sovereign Wealth Fund Council (SWFC).

“The mission of the SWFC is to harness the synergies between Canada and the UAE’s preeminent institutional investors to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns in support of common interests”, said the Ambassador.

The SWFC will help identify opportunities for strategic capital collaboration and thought leadership between Canadian public Pension Funds (PPFs) and UAE Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in global markets, he noted.

It is designed to offer an investment collaboration framework that has a more dynamic and flexible structure benefitting Canada and the UAE as two key investment partners, Panday said.

Panday will serve as Chief Co-Patron of the SWFC along with Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, the UAE Ambassador to Canada.

Shezad Rokerya has been appointed as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Panday and will serve as Chairman of the SWFC.

Ambassador Al Raqbani said, “Through the Canada-UAE SWFC we have the capacity to capitalise on the individual strengths of both countries, bringing together innovative ideas, expert knowledge, and resources to power sustainable economic development and investment possibilities.”

He added, “This partnership paves the way for further cooperation that will impact the global financial outlook in the future. It is not only a strategic opportunity but also a shared responsibility in constructing a more sustainable and equitable future for all.”

Rokerya, SWFC Chairman, said, “The top six Canadian PPFs and UAE SWFs cumulatively manage over US$3 trillion in assets. The SWFC will enable these stakeholders to jointly develop investment strategies and deploy capital globally in a transformative and impactful manner to achieve significant value creation.”

This initiative will serve as a catalyst for empowering multiple constituents from both Canada and the UAE to strategically develop and collaborate in investments globally. The SWFC stakeholders will be able to leverage each other’s respective strengths, challenges, experience and thought leadership in each asset class, sector, and geographic influence to develop areas of collaboration. The SWFC will lead discussions with senior leadership from Canadian PPFs and UAE SWFs to develop a governance framework and outline shared alignment and overarching criteria for the development of potential co-investment strategies.

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Alfardan Group supports ‘1 Billion Meals Endowment’ campaign with a AED5 million contribution

DUBAI, 1st April, 2023 (WAM) — Alfardan Group announced its contribution of AED 5 million in support of “1 Billion Meals Endowment” campaign, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish the largest Ramadan sustainable food aid endowment fund.

Organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, the campaign aims to provide a food safety net for the world’s most underprivileged populations in countries struggling with food insecurity, as well as help vulnerable groups including victims of natural disasters and crises.

Alfardan Group pledged to contribute AED 5 million over a period of 5 years to help launch the largest food aid endowment fund, thereby reviving the culture of endowment as a tool for development and sustainable charity.

Creating Change
Ali Fardan Al Fardan, Chairman of Alfardan Group, said: “We are honored to be part of “1 Billion Meals Endowment” campaign; a message of humanity and solidarity that supports the global endeavor to fight hunger as a major challenge to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The campaign and endowment fund represent the UAE’s deep understanding of sustainable humanitarian efforts role and significance in supporting underprivileged populations,” he added.

The Fight against Hunger
The “1 Billion Meals Endowment” campaign furthers UAE’s contribution towards the global endeavor to eradicate hunger, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. It also aligns with the country’s vision of institutionalizing and sustaining charity for the benefit of underprivileged communities. The planned sustainable food aid endowment fund is the UAE’s open invitation to the world to join forces to achieve food security and help create social stability around the world.

Donation Channels
The “1 Billion Meals Endowment” campaign continues to welcome donations and contributions to the endowment fund from institutions and individuals across five main channels including the campaign’s website (, as well as a dedicated call center via the toll free number (800 9999). Donations are also possible via bank transfers in the UAE dirham to the campaign bank account number with Emirates NBD (AE30 0260 0010 1533 3439 802). Donations via SMS give contributors the option to donate AED 1 daily through a monthly subscription, by sending the word “Meal” to 1020 for du users, or to 1110 for Etisalat by e& users. Those who wish to donate to the campaign through the DubaiNow app can do so by clicking on the “Donations” tab.

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Norway contributes $23.7 million of flexible funding to boost FAO’s capacity to respond to crises and emergencies

ROME,1st April, 2023 (WAM) – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $23.7 million contribution from the Government of Norway to scale up its response to the most severe humanitarian crises and emergencies. The contribution represents the largest single unearmarked funding of its kind to date.

The funds will be channelled through FAO’s Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), which is a funding mechanism with streamlined procedures to receive flexible contributions from donors and allocate them where and when they are most needed.

With this funding, FAO aims to reach around 600 000 food insecure people with farming inputs, livestock supplies, fishing inputs and cash assistance where needed. The contribution will focus on countries and people most in need under Humanitarian Response Plans, while having a strategic reserve to respond quickly to sudden onset emergencies.

“We would like to thank the Government of Norway for this generous and timely contribution which will enable us to provide rapid and at scale assistance to those in greatest need,” said Rein Paulsen, Director of the FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience. “Norway’s partnership with FAO has always focused on empowering rural families affected by hunger to protect and restore their own food production. It is of utmost importance to prioritize smallholder agriculture as a strategic frontline humanitarian response.”

Through the SFERA 2022 contribution, Norway was also among the first countries to assist the earthquake-affected families in Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic. Assistance is also being delivered in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mali, Mozambique and the Niger.

Under the 2023 humanitarian appeals, FAO requires $1.9 billion to assist 48 million people to restore local production and gain access to a steady supply of nutritious food, facilitate their recovery and lay the foundations for resilience to future shocks.

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