Beirut-Dubai, 30 April 2013 (Information and Communication Unit)— “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Technical Cooperation Workshop” opened today in Dubai, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Ministry of Economy at the UAE. In his opening remarks, ESCWA Director of the Planning, Partnerships and Technical Cooperation Division Roberto Laurenti, expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Assistant Under-Secretary-General at the Emirati Ministry of Economy, Mr. Mohamad Saleh Shalwah for his full support in holding this meeting.
Laurenti considered that the meeting could not have come at a better time, “considering an increasing regional and global leadership role the UAE keeps on playing in different sectors”. He added that the workshop will review what has been achieved so far in the UAE cooperation with ESCWA and identify ways to promote UAE’s success stories in the region and beyond and to stride towards Vision 2021 using ESCWA’s regional platform and networks. Laurenti demonstrated ESCWA’s advisory services and technical support that the Commission could provide to the UAE, to anticipate challenges and opportunities in the coming years.
The workshop will discuss modalities of future cooperation between UAE and ESCWA in areas such as the promotion of digital Arabic content, economic, social and political participation of youth and women, economic modeling and expanded support to statistics as a basis for evidence based policy making.
ESCWA is one of the five UN regional commissions. It provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries; a platform for congress and coordination; a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA aims at supporting economic and social cooperation between the region’s countries and promoting development process in order to achieve regional integration.
Libya, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Tunisia became members of ESCWA in September 2012. By this new membership, the number of ESCWA countries rose to 17, including: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The Sudan, The Syrian Arab Republic, The United Arab Emirates and Yemen.