The long-standing UAE-Africa partnership received a major boost following a reception organized by two ministers. This event took place on the sidelines of the 30th edition of the African Union Summit currently underway in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the Headquarters of the African Union. A host of ministers and officials from Africa attended the event organized jointly by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation acknowledged the distinguished UAE-Africa partnership that shares a common vision and destiny cutting across areas of cooperation, social, cultural, economic and historical relations. She highlighted that the UAE envisioned its partnership with Africa on a long-term basis, and therefore the need to plan new ways of cooperation at all levels.
On his part, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister for Culture and Knowledge Development, said that UAE-Africa relations extend beyond political, economic, and diplomatic ties to include culture and education, which edify people’s cultural awareness as a whole. A special feature by Emirati heritage and folklore performance accompanied by a pavilion displaying traditional handicraft showcased rich cultural traditions.
On the economic front, trade exchange volume between the two regions surpassed US$130 billion translating to over 37% or $42.5 billion growth over the last 5-years in favour of Africa making UAE-Africa partnership most important trading block.