ECSSR Supports the UAE’s Plans to Tackle Coronavirus

In light of its role as a pioneering scholarly center that dedicates its research and academic endeavors to supporting decision-makers and serving the community, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has exerted tremendous efforts to support our wise leadership in tackling the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This support has been demonstrated in various forms, including preparing reports and policy papers that examine the implications of the pandemic for the UAE, the region and world. In this way, the Center seeks to support the decision-making process in the UAE, at this critical point in time.

Within this context, the ECSSR has produced a number of studies that shed light on the economic impact of the pandemic, examining ways to overcome the challenges, while measuring the extent of the difficulties faced and potential changes to the global economic structure. The ECSSR is also releasing daily bulletins that provide extensive analysis on the wider impact of COVID-19 in a range of areas, from politics and security, to society and culture. The Center is providing comprehensive monitoring of media coverage on the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, sparing no effort to raise awareness and share credible information about the virus and preventative measures. The ECSSR is also publishing a weekly report to highlight the UAE’s efforts, initiatives and international contributions to tackle the pandemic. All of this information and coverage is available on the ECSSR’s website.

The Center is keen to cooperate with all entities that seek to tackle this deadly virus. The ECSSR has been chosen to oversee the research platform created at the request of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority. The Platform consists of a carefully chosen elite group of national research centers and universities, as well as international experts, who can provide strategic and technical support, and anticipate the implications of the coronavirus outbreak for the security of society and the national economy. In this context, His Excellency Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, stressed that the Center has always supported the decision-making process in the UAE, and is now supporting the efforts of our wise leadership in the fight against coronavirus. He described the virus as the enemy of humanity, but explained that it can be combatted decisively through international cooperation that is capable of fighting this danger, which is the greatest threat humanity has faced since World War II. His Excellency added that the ECSSR was one of the first organizations to promptly implement directives from the country’s authorities on a remote working system, and has taken a series of precautionary measures to safeguard the health of its employees. His Excellency also expressed his appreciation for the ECSSR’s employees, who continue to carry out their duties flawlessly, despite the circumstances.

The ECSSR places great importance on health-related issues through its events and publications. Its activities stress the importance of continually developing the health sector at domestic and international levels, to ensure it is always fully prepared to provide health services of the highest possible quality.