Emirates Foundation, NMC sign MoU on cooperation in Milan Expo 2015

ABU DHABI, 12th February 2015 (WAM) — The National Media Council (NMC) and the Emirates Foundation (EF) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the participation of the volunteers of the Foundation’s Takatof programme in managing the UAE’s pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.

As per the MoU, the EF will send 450 male and female volunteers to work as guides and receptionists at the UAE’s pavilion at the universal exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from 1 May to 31 October , As per the MoU, the EF will send 450 male and female volunteers to work as guides and receptionists at the UAE’s pavilion at the universal exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from 1 May to 31 October, 2015.

The NMC will officially manage the UAE’s pavilion at the forthcoming edition of the world expo.

Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programme Officer at the Emirates Foundation said that Takatof volunteers will be the UAE’s cultural ambassadors who will showcase the civilisation, culture and heritage of their country.

The Emirates Foundation had participated in the previous editions of the world fair including Expo 2012 Yeosu in South Korea, noted Al Habsi.

On his part, Salim Al Ameri, Deputy Director-General of the NMC and Commissioner General of the UAE Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, welcomed the participation of the Emirates Foundation. He said that the cooperation between the NMC and the EF is also aimed at supporting the UAE’s participation in the universal event and showcasing the civilisational image and progress of the country.

The Emirates Foundation was launched on 12 April 2005 as an initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is chaired by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2012, the Emirates Foundation was re-launched as an integrated national initiative that seeks to invest in the UAE’s youth. The new strategy uses the model of venture philanthropy with a view to impacting the lives of young people in the UAE positively and permanently. To achieve this, the Foundation is running six programmes (Kayani, Kafa’at, Sanid, Esref Sah, Think Science and Takatof) in three key focus areas: social inclusion community engagement and leadership and empowerment. It will seek to identify, educate and inform the public about challenges facing the UAE youth while developing sustainable, enterprise-based solutions to social issues and motivating young Emiratis to volunteer, participate and give back to society.

The Emirates Foundation works to enhance partnerships between private and public sectors, in order to develop sustainable ways of helping young people in the UAE make an active contribution to the country’s development.

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SOURCE: Wam