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UAE government entities discuss information security; call for coordinated efforts to ensure business continuity

ABU DHABI, 30th November, 2021 (WAM) — UAE government entities, representing nuclear regulation, emergency preparedness and public health sectors, underscored the importance of information security, emergency preparedness and mental health to protect the community and ensure that entities can maintain their mandates, especially in times of emergencies.

These views were made during a one-day workshop, organised by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in cooperation with the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) to discuss the importance of information security and business continuity challenges during the pandemic, and lessons learnt.

The workshop brought together national experts and decision-makers to share knowledge and expertise regarding information protection and business sustainability. During the workshop, they presented their case studies to illustrate best practices to eliminate information security threats; promote information security culture among the UAE government entities.

In his opening remarks, Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), stated, "At the time, the world experienced unprecedented challenges, disrupting businesses, trade, industries and others due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE, thanks to its wise leadership, has successfully managed the pandemic, ensuring public safety and continuing business. FANR took swift actions to ensure its staff safety and wellbeing and continue its essential regulatory oversight. During such times, we achieved historic milestones for the UAE when we issued operating licenses of Units 1 and 2 of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, making the nation the first Arab country to operate a nuclear power plant."

Meanwhile, Dr. Taher Al Ameri, Spokesperson for the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) stressed that business continuity is mandatory for government entities to carry out their duties. He presented various stages of emergency preparedness and coordination mechanism across the government to ensure the smooth operation of the workplace.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Executive Director of Communicable Diseases Sector in Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) and Official Spokesperson for Health Sector in the UAE, maintained that physical and mental health during pandemics is critical to ensure public safety. She said that it is imperative to maintain resilience by building connections, seeking help and embracing healthy thoughts in workplaces.

Dr. Naill Al Momani, Head of Crisis Management Department in the Dubai Police Academy, presented a case study on "Are we prepared for future disasters?". He stressed that business continuity is required for business functioning, underscoring that preparedness leads to better performance. In addition, he underscored the roles of individuals and organisations in developing and supporting business continuity to ensure the smooth operation of the business.

The participants stressed that community awareness plays an important role in supporting government efforts to ensure business continuity and information security, especially in crises.

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UAE Non-Resident Ambassador presents credentials to Governor-General of Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, 26th September, 2023 (WAM) — Jamal Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, presented his credentials as UAE Non-Resident Ambassador to Papua New Guinea to Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, during a ceremony held at Government House in the capital, Port Moresby.

During the meeting, Al Suwaidi conveyed to the Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, as well as their wishes for further progress and prosperity for the government and people of Papua New Guinea.

For his part, Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae conveyed his greetings to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, and expressed his wishes for further growth and prosperity for the government and people of the UAE.

Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae wished Al Suwaidi success in his work to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields, stressing his country's readiness to provide all possible support to facilitate his duties.

For his part, Al Suwaidi expressed his pride in representing the United Arab Emirates in Papua New Guinea and his keenness to enhance and activate bilateral relations in various fields to serve the interests of the two countries.

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Arab Media Forum kicks off in Dubai

DUBAI, 26th September, 2023 (WAM) — The 21st edition of the Arab Media Forum began today at the Madinat Jumeirah.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the two-day event will bring together over 3,000 distinguished attendees including influential media personalities, ministers and heads of leading local, Arab and international media organisations, as well as thought leaders, intellectuals and writers.

The Forum will witness over 75 sessions featuring 130 speakers and the participation of 160 media organisations to explore cutting-edge media trends and discuss a new vision for charting a bright future for the Arab world’s media.

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UAE Foreign Minister, Indian counterpart discuss comprehensive strategic partnership in New York

NEW YORK, 26th September, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has met with Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York.

The meeting touched on the historical friendship relations, the comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and India, and the means to further develop cooperation as part of the two countries' strategic partnership.

The UAE Foreign Minister and his Indian counterpart also reviewed the issue of climate change and bilateral cooperation in this regard, with the UAE hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) this year in Expo City Dubai.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed that the UAE and India are keen to support multilateral international action to find effective solutions to all challenges and build fruitful and constructive partnerships that benefit humanity.

He pointed out that the two friendly countries have been linked to a comprehensive strategic partnership since 2017 and a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement since 2022, enabling them to accomplish many development achievements for their people. Sheikh Abdullah stressed that COP28 represents a great opportunity to highlight this exceptional UAE-India ties and the significance of international cooperation in facing all pressing challenges.

The meeting was attended by Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs and UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nation.

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