UAE and Australia ink cooperation agreement

UAE and Australia ink cooperation agreement

In line with its strategic objective, the UAE General Civil
Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the Department of Infrastructure and Transport of the Commonwealth of Australia
on the 1st of April 2013.

The signing of this important MoU will facilitate the rapid
expansion of civil aviation operations between the two countries. This will
also result in enhancement of trade, tourism as well as cultural exchange
between the two countries.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, signed the MoU
on behalf of the Government of UAE, whereas Mr. Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department
of Infrastructure and Transport signed on behalf of the Government of the
Commonwealth of Australia.

This MoU will go a long way in promoting mutual cooperation for the
improvement of civil aviation security. This will be achieved by sharing and
exchange of information related to civil aviation security, development of
technical expertise and training in the field of civil aviation security.

The signing of the MoU exhibits the cordial relationship shared and
cherished by both the countries in the field of civil aviation. The Government
of UAE, represented by the GCAA, will continue to strive to strengthen
relationship in other areas of civil aviation too. It will be the endeavour of
the GCAA to have similar agreements with other countries having robust civil
aviation infrastructure that can benefit the people and government of the UAE.

Ministry of Economy, National Media Council sign MoU

The Ministry of Economy (MoE) is resolve to maintain its work
relations with the media institutions including the National Media Council
(NMC), the country's media regulator, based on honesty, transparency and mutual

''Media has become a vital tool for developing economic sectors,
promoting investment opportunities, supporting development plans and improving
the competitive edge of the State and its entities,'' said Mohammed Ahmed bin
Abdul Aziz Al Shehi, MoE Undersecretary, following the signing yesterday of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Media Council (NMC).

The MoU provides for a general framework for regulating MoE-NMC
work relations in technical, technological, legal, training and procedural
fields and sharing knowledge and institutional experiments. Under the
agreement, the two sides will establish a common easily access, reliable data
base for information and documents regarding scopes of joint action.

Al Shehi said the two signatories had already maintained
constructive partnership, especially in protection of intellectual property
rights (IPR).

The MoE and NMC, he indicated, had joined forces in conducting a
series of successful campaign against IPR offenders across the UAE markets.

He noted that the NMC had played an instrumental role in these
inspection campaigns during which pirated products were seized before reaching
to consumers.

''The MoU underlines the MoE's commitment to strengthening its
partnership with the major national media actors out of its firm belief in the
role and mission of the media in conveying to the public the accurate image
about MoE's vision and message of building a diverse, competitive
knowledge-based economy,'' he said.

The agreement, he added, will provide the most proper framework for
maintaining communication between the two sides and boosting mechanisms of
cooperation in various avenues in a way that contributes to realising national
priorities and goals, the top of which is the UAE Vision 2021.

The MoU, he said, will pave the way for implementing slew of joint

According to him, the MoU will further joint coordination between
the two sides in diverse areas of mutual interest like IPR, visits of foreign
media persons to the UAE, and standardisation of licenses of media activities.

Al Shehi appreciated the role the NMC is playing in raising public
awareness about major national issues.

Dr. Ali Al Hosani, MoE Assistant Undersecretary for IP, and a
number of top officials attended from the MoE, Ibrahim Al Abed, NMC Director
General, and a number of top officials from the MoE and NMC attended the MoU
signing ceremony at the NMC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency,


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