Expo2020 Dubai will offer opportunity to take UAE-Africa ties to new heights: Reem Al Hashimy


Abdul Basit

Dubai – Expo 2020 Dubai will offer an opportunity to take UAE-Africa relations to new heights, Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, told delegates during a special address at the 4th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai.

The session was attended by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; and Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda.

Al Hashimy highlighted the fact that the UAE and Africa share historic trade ties, and pointed out that the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Founding Father, travelled to Africa decades ago to strengthen political bonds that would serve future generations.

“From those first contacts, a young country’s vision, driven with determination by its leadership under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has coalesced into collaborative working relationships that span the continent of Africa and map a shared future,” she said.

Al Hashimy stated that the UAE is strategically located between Africa and Asia where the fastest growing economies of the world today can be found. She encouraged delegates to continue to work toward new partnerships and friendships so that the UAE and Africa can celebrate their joint achievements and build a legacy which future generations can be proud of.

The 4th Global Business Forum on Africa kicked off on Wednesday at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. The two-day event, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will run until November 2nd, 2017.

Bearing the theme “Next Generation Africa”, the forum explores opportunities to increase cooperation and boost trade and investment ties between the Middle East and the African continent.

The Global Business Forum series, launched by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2013, focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America. To date, the series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, and 5,400 executives, as well as a host of influential decision makers from 65 countries around the world. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com