The goals set for Canada and the United Arab Emirates’ strategic agenda have been accomplished and will be formalized next month, according to John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE.
More than a year ago, the two nations planned an agenda to strengthen bilateral relations, including three goals: sign a nuclear cooperation agreement, launch a Canada-UAE business council and facilitate travel requirements to increase business and tourism.
Abdulla Saif Ali Slayem Al Nuaimi, vice chairman of TAQA, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., and Gordon Nixon, president and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, have been nominated as the Emirati and Canadian co-chairs of the Canada-UAE Business Council, which will identify opportunities to enhance commercial relations, said Baird and Al Nahyan in a joint statement.
The CUBC will meet a least twice, once in each country, and will report to Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the UAE’s minister of economy, and Ed Fast, Canada’s minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, with recommendations by the end of 2014.
The countries have also agreed to share knowledge and experience in the rule of law, law enforcement and security, agreeing to strengthen cooperation on police, corrections and border matters, including training opportunities.