Promoting Strategic Partnerships in the UAE

  • 26 October 2013

Under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), the UAE has been keen on building strategic partnerships and in availing opportunities for economic and cultural cooperation with various countries of the world, especially with emerging economies. Accordingly, under the guidance of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research has been striving for the promotion of such strategic partnerships. In this context, the ECSSR recently organized the10th Korea- Middle East Cooperation Forum in collaboration with the Jeju Peace Institute, and the Korea-Arab Society, under the auspices of the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of South Korea.

The 10th Korea- Middle East Cooperation Forum, which concluded its activities last Wednesday in the South Korean capital, holds great importance in light of its recommendations to enhance sustainable development, peace, security and international stability. UAE representatives actively participated in all the deliberations, and contributed research papers for the formulation of the Forum's recommendations. In his welcoming address, Director General of the ECSSR His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi stressed the need for expanding the strategic partnership programs for sustainable development. He also stressed the importance for thoroughly researching the dangers that threaten peace, security and the international community as a whole. He pointed out that the convening of this forum under the title ‘Meeting Global Challenges through Partnership’, comes at a time of delicate regional and international conditions, some of which represent a challenge for all of us; because of the underlying complications, risks, extent and consequences of the challenges that are not confined to any particular country or region, but encompass international peace and security systems, such as nuclear proliferation andcross-border terrorism networks.

The debate focused on a very important political, economic and security issues: partnership for peace and security and voices of the next generation. The participants did not ignore the importance of holding such conferences and forums to hear the views of the younger generation, taking all future plans into consideration and their investment in human resources. This is what we must strive for and seek to achieve, in line with the memorable directive of the UAE’s Founder, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God rest his soul) when he had said: “The best investment of money is that which is invested in creating generations of educated people. We have a race against time and our steps toward learning and acquisition of knowledge should be faster than our steps in any other field.”