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National steel industry gets representative body with formation of UAE Steel Producers Committee

DUBAI, 6th December, 2021 (WAM) — UAE’s Steel Producers Committee, SPC, was launched today on the sidelines of the Middle East Iron & Steel Conference, the event that brings the region's biggest players together with the global supply chain and currently running in Dubai from 6th to 8th December 2021.

The SPC has been formed to represent steel makers and associated businesses at ministries and local entities across the UAE in efforts to pro-actively improve productivity and the performance of its members with the intention of helping them reach their full growth potential and business targets, while resolving any issues that may occur in the future and introducing any relevant investment services or integrated infrastructure to its members locally and internationally.

Speaking at the introductory press conference, Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Committee Chairman, Group CEO of Arkan and CEO of Emirates Steel, said that the UAE Steel Producers Committee has a vital role to play in the multi-billion-dollar industry. "The SPC has been set up to be an independent NGO that provides industry representation with the purpose of not only protecting steel producers and service providers across the UAE, but also to contribute to Operation 300bn, the UAE’s industrial strategy and UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative. In addition, the committee addresses the reality of challenges faced by the industry while strengthening working relationships with government, the private sector and joint ventures for the overall interest of the steel industry."

The Committee Vice Chairman & Managing Director at Taurani Holdings, Anil Taurani, spoke of how the SPC was committed to protecting the best interests of the UAE’s steel producers and associated businesses. "The SPC will be responsible for establishing a range of communication channels that serve the objective of promoting cooperation with both investors and stakeholders involved in the industry across the UAE. By uniting all steel industry leaders under one banner to create better regulations, rules and policies to the benefit of the steel industry, the SPC hopes to help maximise the contributions of the steel industry to the UAE’s sustainable economic growth and diversification."

Helal Mohamed Al Hameli, the UAE Chambers Representative on the Committee & Deputy Director General for Advisory Centers & Councils at Abu Dhabi Chamber, described the entity as a non-profit committee that has been formed to represent the steel industry. "In general, it is our mandated priority to protect the best interest of the UAE’s steel producers and the steel industry. Modelled on the traditional roles of Chambers of Commerce, our committee exists to help in generating a business environment which actively supports innovative development, promoting the SPC as the nucleus of a collaborative entity supporting business growth."

Amongst its objectives, the SPC will examine, adapts and improves the rules, regulations and policies in force that are beneficial for SPC members, and provide fair, balanced and satisfactory solutions for all stakeholder concerns to strengthen relations between steel makers inside and outside the UAE.

To improve productivity and the performance of its members, it will organise a series of workshops and training programmes, regularly issue publications and guidelines on relevant topics with the latest updates on steel news, and provide a wide range of e-learning resources and e-library data-sets packed with information on the steel industry.

The committee is made up of 15 industry leaders who are committed to boosting Emiratisation within the steel industry to meet federal targets, and will be providing the necessary training and learning experiences for UAE nationals to forge a career in the industry.

Under the Steel Producers Committee, there are five sub-committees dedicated to steel manufacturing processes, including pipes and tubes, coated steel coils, reinforced steel bars, wire rod steel coils, raw materials, and steel sections.

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Secretary-General of Muslim Council of Elders, Prosecutor of International Criminal Court reaffirm role of justice institutions in promoting peace

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Ahmad Khan, have reaffirmed the role of justice institutions in promoting peace and human fraternity.

During a meeting at the Council's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, they discussed potential cooperation, diverse heritage of international law, and the Council's role in promoting peaceful coexistence.

Khan praised the Muslim Council of Elders under the Chairmanship of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb for its work in spreading peace and coexistence globally. He also recognised the Council's efforts in addressing a variety of humanitarian issues including: the Myanmar issue, the call for an inter-Islamic dialogue, the affirmation of women's rights to education, and the dispatching of peace convoys.

Khan noted the UAE's efforts in promoting peace saying that the 'Human Fraternity Meeting' in Abu Dhabi was a reflection of those efforts. He also emphasised the importance of disseminating the Document on Human Fraternity's ideals and seeking to reflect them in international laws and legislation.

Judge Abdelsalam said that the Council's mission to advance peace and human fraternity in Muslim and non-Muslim nations is a vision and a message that it proudly carries.

He also noted that the human fraternity document has today become a major source of interest and inspiration for many nations around the world. “In light of the difficulties our world is currently facing, there is a crucial role that institutions can play in fostering and sustaining both societal peace and religious freedom,” he added.

Abdelsalam praised the UAE in particular for its role in supporting initiatives that promote peace, tolerance, coexistence while countering hatred and human trafficking.

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Sharjah Ruler approves Islamic design for Al Dhaid University

SHARJAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, approved, on Monday, an Islamic design for Al Dhaid University, which will be built in addition to the existing building, and includes a mosque, a theatre and a group of various educational facilities.

This was announced by Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, through the “Direct Line” programme broadcast by the authority, displaying pictures showing the start of the Sharjah Department of Public Works working on the completion of the project on the ground, to enable the university to receive its students in the fall of 2024.

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DFWAC receives delegation from Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) has received a high-level delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM).

The delegation’s visit aimed to learn about the foundation’s services offered to women and children, who fell victim to domestic violence.

The delegation was received by Sheikha Saeed Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of the Foundation.

It included Joana Lima, President of the PAM Women Parliamentary Forum, accompanied by Maryam Majid bin Thaniya, Member of the Federal National Council and Vice President of the PAM Women Parliamentary Forum; Fatima Zahraa Abdi, Second Vice President of PAM Women Parliamentary Forum; and Celine Cervi, Parliamentary Secretary.

The visiting delegation was briefed on the services offered by the Foundation, including information on its campaigns, initiatives, and educational programmes.

They were also informed about the rehabilitation plans for victims. Additionally, the delegation was given a tour of the Foundation's facilities.

Al Mansouri praised the visit of the delegation, highlighting that it is part of a series of visits to the foundation aimed at reviewing its experience and services, exchanging information and expertise, and sharing successful experiences and programmes.

"Since its establishment in 2007, the Foundation has gained a reputation as one of the leading organisations in the field of combating domestic violence, protecting children and addressing human trafficking crimes,” she added.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean is an international organisation founded in 2005 by the national parliaments of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The main objective of PAM is to forge political, economic and social cooperation among the Member States in order to find common solutions to the challenges facing the Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf region, and to create a space for peace and prosperity for its peoples.

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