Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Premier of British Columbia
VANCOUVER: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday met in Vancouver with Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, Canada.
During the meeting, they discussed relations of cooperation between the U.A.E. and Canada and ways of boosting them to serve the common interests of the two countries, especially in the fields of investment, gas, renewable energy and international exhibitions as well as exchange of visits and experiences and promising opportunities existing in both countries.
Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the importance of the bilateral relations between the U.A.E. and Canada and ways of boosting them in all fields.
The Premier welcomed Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation, noting that his visit to British Columbia reflects the joint concern of both countries' leaderships to exchange visits and meetings, and to further develop bilateral relations in the interest of both countries and peoples.
Sheikh Abdullah then attended a panel discussion on investment opportunities between the two countries, especially in the areas of ports and transportation, with the participation of Edward D. "Ed" Fast, Canadian Minister for International Trade, James Moore, Canadian Minister of Industry, and Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.
He also attended a talks session about liquefied natural gas in the presence of Ms. Clark and John Baird, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During his speech at the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah expressed his pleasure in visiting a number of Canadian cities, saying that the U.A.E. economy is based on diversifying its services.
He pointed out that the national carriers of the U.A.E. and the country's airports and DP World, are playing an important role in making the U.A.E. an attractive environment for tourists and investments of all kinds.
He commended the areas of cooperation between the U.A.E. and Canada, especially in the sectors of investment, research, development and food security.
He also stressed that the presence of representatives of some of the country's important companies such as Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, and Mubadala Development Company, Mubadala, and their participation reflects the U.A.E.'s desire to look forward to new investment opportunities in the future.
A number of the Canadian officials said that they were looking forward to more investments to achieve the prosperity of the two countries, pointing out that the U.A.E. is the gateway to a new world full of promising opportunities.
The officials pointed out that the U.A.E. is one of the most important investors in Canada, which gives great incentive to create more cooperation in future projects and the start of a positive step to negotiation on an investment protection agreement to highlight the extent of the commitment of both countries to strengthen the relationship and its development.
The sessions were attended by a number of officials from the two sides.