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forming 7 committees to support the Saudi-Emirati integration process

At the second meeting of the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council held in Riyadh: .. Forming 7 integration committees instead of 3 addressing 26 development join fields.

The key recommendations of the Committee:

  • Adding H.E. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, to the committee as members of the Emirati side.
  • Adding H.E. Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, to the committee as members of the Emirati side.
  • Assigning H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State to chair the field of for Food Security from the Emirati side.
  • Establishing space & health field in addition to culture under the joint cooperation and integration between the two countries.
  • Mohammad Al Gergawi: The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council sets a universal role model for integration.
  • Mohammad Al Tuwaijri: The success of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s endeavours depends mainly on working together in a team spirit.

Main outputs and initiatives:

  • Harnessing the productivity and investment through the development of a joint strategy on food security between the two countries.
  • Realizing the Common Market project between the two countries.
  • Sharing experience and media productions programs by agreeing to establish a joint committee for media cooperation.

WAM/ The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council convened its second meeting in in the capital of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, under the framework of implementing a joint integration vision between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in terms of the economy, development and the military, as well as to intensify their cooperation on issues of common interest, through discussions and review of a series of joint initiatives and projects aiming to achieve Security and Prosperity of both peoples.

Under the chairmanship of H.E. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, the Chairman of the Committee from the Emirati side, and H.E. Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Al Tuwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning, the Chairman of the Committee from the Saudi side, the committee addressed a number of joint strategic initiatives, which reflects the ongoing bilateral integration across diverse areas including services, financial markets, tourism, aviation, entrepreneurship, customs and others. As well, the committee discussed a range of recommendations to adopt a number of joint councils & committees.

H.E. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi stated “The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council sets a universal role model for integration  ... thanks to the unlimited support of the two countries’ leadership and their tireless efforts to unleash synergy for the best interests of our people,".

He added that "The package of projects and initiatives reviewed by the Council’s Executive Committee corroborates the fertile ground for cooperation between the two sisterly nations to launch new projects and complete the programs launched over the past period. We are looking forward to tapping fresh vistas of collaboration across new sectors, including health and space, culture among others."

"The rapid regional and global developments entail more synergy to create a better future for our people, given that such developments require the reinforcement of strong and genuine strategic cooperation” he emphasized.

H.E. Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Al Tuwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning, the Chairman of the Committee from the Saudi side stated “we are pleased to host the second meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Council’s Executive Committee in Riyadh, and we are proud of the ongoing cooperation which contributes to enhancing vibrant and diverse areas. The success of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s endeavours depends mainly on working together in a team spirit to realize our joint initiatives on the ground, and continue to create new opportunities focused on the development of both countries in economy, human resources and knowledge. Together, we seek to ensure sustainable and all-embracing development for the two countries while sustaining the ongoing strategic integration that strengthens the global and regional status & security of the two nations and achieves their peoples’ ambitions for more prosperity and development.

. Executive decisions and integration recommendations

The meeting agenda included continuing the follow-up of the workflow of the joint groups and updates on strategic projects, besides recommending a set of decisions intended to enhance the Council’s objectives and contribute to activating initiatives approved and entered into force. In addition to organize the work of the joint groups, develop follow-up and implementation mechanisms, and adopt best practices in governance to facilitate the effective decision-making process. The committee addressed the following:

  • Integration committees to manage 26 priority areas.

The Executive Committee recommended the launch of seven-integration committee to manage and regulate 26 priority sectors and to evaluate opportunities for cooperation. In addition to review other issues raised related to initiatives and prioritization, and to provide support to the Executive Committee through the submission of observations and recommendations.

The integration committees are: - Finance and Investment Committee, co-chaired by Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and Hamad bin Abdullah Al Jada’an, Saudi Finance Minister.

  • Energy & Industry Committee, co-chaired by Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, and Engineer Khalid Al Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
  • Environment & Housing Committee, co-chaired by Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, and Majid bin Abdullah Al Huqail, Saudi Minister of Housing.
  • Tourism & Media Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Turki bin Abdullah Al Shabana, Saudi Minister of Information.
  • Human Development Committee, co-chaired by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, and Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Shaikh, Saudi Minister of Education.
  • Political Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
  • Military & Security Committee, to be co-chaired by ministers from the two sides.

 

  • Adding members to the Committee from the Emirati side.

It was recommended to issue a resolution appointing Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, and Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry and as members of the Emirati side in the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.

  • Food security to support the goals of the Council.

The Committee submitted a recommendation to introduce food security theme to the Council’s agenda and adopt it as a pivotal sector of cooperation, thereby enhancing the status of both countries in the Global Food Security Indexes, following a sustainable and integrated system to harness production powers between the two countries/agriculture, livestock and fisheries/. As well, to activate initiatives so as to build and enhance research & development capacities in food security, to facilitate both doing business procedures under agriculture production sector, and contract farming procedures, to devote smart technologies in food production, to encourage the consumption of fresh local products and to fund agricultural food activities.

In this regard, it was recommended to assign Mariam bin Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, of developing a unified food security strategy with Saudi Arabia, as well as the launch of joint projects, to ensure future food security for both countries.

  • Space as a pivotal sector of cooperation within the council

The committee also discussed the means of making space a pivotal sector of cooperation, which will serve the council’s goals and the interests of the two countries, while at the same time contributes to getting involved efficiently in the international exploration of outer space efforts. In addition to promote and develop the use of space sciences and techniques, and to and diversify the national economy through a joint and evolving space sector.

Under the joint cooperation, scientific research will be encouraged, the specialized researchers, scholars, professors, graduate & undergraduate students will be supported, international partnerships will be developed and agreements will be signed for knowledge transfer in the field of Space and its peaceful uses. In addition, programs will be established, experience will be shared and visits to institutions working in the same domain will be implemented. The cooperation also aims to establish a base for space research and development, and to attract the young Emirati professionals and encourage them to work in space careers.

At the meeting, it was recommended to follow an approved methodology to present a joint memorandum of proposal for legislation and policy to the Council, which set out the working procedures and mechanisms to be followed by the authorities in both countries to introduce and present their new legislation and policies to the Council, so that the presentation is made according to specific templates containing comprehensive information on the proposal. Which would facilitate the Council’s making the best decisions thereon and identifying mechanisms for effective coordination to support its effective implementation in accordance with the approved timeline.

Strategic initiatives supporting Saudi-Emirati cooperation.

The meeting of the Executive committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council witnessed a presentation on several strategic initiatives, which aim to strengthen their cooperation and achieve the interests of their peoples in different areas. Following months of joint efforts of the Saudi-Emirati working groups to support integration. The initiatives include: …

Launching a common market project.

Launching and accelerating work at the open market project between the two countries, which will help achieve economic diversity, maintain their market performance and to achieve economic integration thereby, strengthening economic powers of the two countries and enhancing their status on the international Map of States. The open market will contribute to ensuring the free movement of goods, funds and services between the two countries, facilitating movement, work and doing businesses freely besides encouraging investors in both countries to expand their businesses.

A Unified food security strategy

Developing a unified food security strategy between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, to harness their productivity in the areas of agriculture, livestock and fisheries, and working on joint projects to promote the future food security of both countries, through adopting a sustainable integrated system that leverages future technologies to create solutions and thus to reinforce the two countries’ status in the Global Food Security Index. The strategy will develop effective and innovative solutions to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of food production, provide support for stakeholders in this sector, attract the necessary investments to establish food security projects in both countries and support economic growth efficiently.

A Joint tourism vision

Developing a joint vision related to tourism and national heritage in the two countries, through a partnership between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the UAE Ministry of Economy. Through which, regulatory frameworks will be established for tourism sector in both countries, joint opportunities will be created for both countries in tourism projects, joint works will be strengthened, more tourists will be visiting the region, employments programs in tourism will be developed and tourism events & activities will be efficiently launched.

The Saudi-Emirati Youth Council

A presentation was made on the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Youth Council, which is key to the decision-making process that will make a positive contribution to leading causes that concern the youth of both countries. This will be achieved by fostering partnerships between the Saudi and Emirati youth and enabling them to effectively get involved in the establishment of future development visions and encourage them to create development and social initiatives to meet future challenges. Pursuant to the directives of the leadership in the two countries, represented the in providing of an environment conducive to investing in youth energies and capitalizing their creativity. Aiming to prepare a generation of future leaders having the ability to take the lead of development, progress and construction.

The Joint Media Cooperation Committee

Discussions were held on the establishment of the "Joint Media Cooperation Committee," with the aim of developing the media sector of both countries and train their media personnel, as well as to strengthen the cooperation between their media institutions and exchange relevant expertise and to organize joint media events & activities.

The committee will also share television and radio programmes, develop mechanisms, organize training programmes and media capacity building in addition to advance joint television and radio production and exchange.

Studying the ‘Open-Skies Agreement’

The General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE and the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia were tasked with studying the agreement and presenting it during the next meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council. Thus reflecting Air traffic growth and the increasing passengers and goods movement between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and leading to the revival of the economy in different sectors of both countries like trade and tourism.

The Cyber Security Strategy

The development of a "Cyber Security Strategy" was discussed, which aims to protect the cyberspace of the two countries and create a safe digital technological environment, through exchanging relevant information and expertise. This initiative includes four pillars of cooperation: information sharing, raising awareness, expertise exchange and education & training.

A Joint Committee for Promoting Goods and Industries Globally’

Formatting a joint committee to study and evaluate opportunities for promoting local industries in several countries around the world. And coordination between the bodies concerned to promote industrial goods & services and national products in both countries, particularly in international gatherings and fairs.

Cooperation in energy and industry

An assessment was made of the opportunities for promoting cooperation in the areas of energy and industry, especially in renewable energy, mining and manufacturing. Which are of important sector that serve the citizens of both countries and contribute to enhancing the two countries' global position by looking for joint opportunities that will maximize the added value of the two countries in this field. And through a range of projects and initiatives such as refineries and petrochemicals in developing markets, Joint investment in Gas, and joint investment in mining, renewable energy and manufacturing projects.

Logistical integration

Discussing the cooperation and integration between the logistical zones and free zones of the two countries, with the aim of providing attractive investment opportunities in the logistical sector through various services, and providing an environment conducive which fosters the growth of such services towards diversifying the economic base in both countries and enhancing the resilience and strength of the logistics sector.

Diplomatic partnership

A partnership agreement was signed between the Prince Saud Al Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, to exchange expertise in the area of diplomacy. The partnership stipulates holding training and study programmes for members of the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries.

A visit to Ad Diriyah town in Riyadh

At the end of the committee’s second meeting, its members visited Ad Diriyah in Riyadh, which was the first capital of Saudi Arabia. During the visit, a presentation was offered to the visitors explain the history of the town and its historical monuments which embody important historic stage throughout the Saudi Arabia’s history. In addition to a round in Al-Turaif district, a historical site was inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List. 

The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council

The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council was formed to ensure the effective implementation of the cooperation and partnership opportunities between the two countries, and to establish a clear performance measurement mechanism so as to ensure the sustainability of the plans and the success of the initiatives, in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation on priority themes and to monitor the progress of the joint initiatives and projects.

The UAE is represented by six ministers in the 15-member Executive Committee representing priority themes. Including: H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; H.E. Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs; H.E.  Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; H.E. Dr Sultan in Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State; and H.E. Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, in addition to H.E. Abdulla bin Touq, Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet.

The Saudi members are: H.E. Adel Al Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; H.E. Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; H.E. Hamad bin Abdullah Al Jad’an, Minister of Finance, H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al Shaikh, Minister of Education; H.E. Turki bin Abdullah Al Shabana, Minister of Information; H.E. Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khatib, Board Chairman of the Arabian Military Industries; H.E. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Ayesh, Assistant Defence Minister and H.E. Faisal bin Fadhil Al Ibrahim, Deputy Mnister of Economy and Planning and Secretary General of the Council’s first session.

It is worth noting that Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council was established through an agreement between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in May 2016, as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to achieve their joint vision and highlight their countries’ stature in the areas of the economy, social development, politics and military integration, as well as to ensure the welfare of their communities.

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