UAE, New Zealand enter preliminary discussions on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

DUBAI, 1st September, 2023 (WAM) — Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has received Damien O’Connor, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade and Export Growth, in Dubai as the two nations explore deeper economic collaboration, including the pursuit of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. During the meeting, which came as part of a visit to the UAE by a delegation of New Zealand’s leading trade officials, Al Zeyoudi commended the strong relations shared by the two nations and reaffirmed the common vision to enhance cooperation across key sectors such as agriculture, renewable energy, and healthcare. Al Zeyoudi also shared updates on preparations for the World Trade Organisation’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2024. The UAE and New Zealand already share a productive trade relationship, with non-oil trade reaching US$805 million in 2022, a growth of 7 percent compared to 2021 and 23 percent more than in 2020. As of 2022, the UAE is New Zealand’s leading trading partner in the Arab World, accounting for 2.5 percent of New Zealand’s total foreign trade. Al Zeyoudi emphasised that a UAE-New Zealand CEPA would significantly boost these figures. He said, “New Zealand is a valued partner for the UAE in the Oceania region and a nation that shares our firm belief in open, rules-based trade as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth. As we seek to expand our network of trading partners, exploring a potential Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement demonstrates our commitment to delivering new markets and new opportunities for our private sector. We can now look forward to establishing the parameters of a future-facing, resilient and mutually beneficial deal.” O’Connor, in turn, said, “These exploratory discussions are an important first step toward a trade agreement with the UAE, one of our key export destinations in the region and a valued bilateral partner for New Zealand.” The talks follow the recent visit to New Zealand by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and the signing of a number of bilateral agreements, including an MoU between the UAE’s Etihad Credit Export Insurance and the New Zealand Export Credit Agency on securing export credit, and an MoA on food security signed between the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A cornerstone of the “We the UAE 2031” economic vision, which seeks to push non-oil foreign trade beyond AED4 trillion by the end of the decade, the UAE’s CEPA programme is solidifying ties with strategic allies at an accelerated pace. A total of five agreements have been signed to date, with India, Israel, Turkey, Indonesia and Cambodia, each designed to accelerate economic recovery and secure vital supply chains. The New Zealand delegation to the UAE included Dr. Richard Kay, Ambassador of New Zealand to the UAE; Wendy Matthews, Director-General of the Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Jonathan Curr, Director-General of the Middle East and Africa Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Sean O’Brien, Press Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth; Rebecca Good, Private Secretary to Minister for Trade and Export Growth; Sammy O’Hara, Policy Officer, Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Jessica Minehan-Fitzgerald, New Zealand Embassy Abu Dhabi.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

JODDB launch ARMYTHON-2023 competition in cybersecurity, encryption for Armed Forces,security agencies

-Jordan Design and Development Bureau “JODDB” has launched the first competition of its kind in the Middle East and Africa in cybersecurity “ARMYTHON 2023,” According to a statement. The opening of the first edition of the competition is on the second of September, and it will last for three days, at the Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre – Dead Sea, where this competition comes amidst the activities of the Conference and the Exhibition of Artificial Intelligence in Defence Technology and Cybersecurity AIDTSEC 2023 organised by Special Operations Equipment Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX Jordan). The competition is organized by JODDB which aims to raise awareness and exchange experiences and knowledge among specialists from the participating countries in the fields of cybersecurity and encryption through live exercises and successive challenges in various fields that measure the level of performance, capabilities and technical competencies of the participating teams. This competition is the first of its kind in the region, as it is designed for specialists in cybersecurity from Armed forces and security agencies, and it is characterized by its coverage of more than 7 Categories which contains more than (120) challenges that were carefully designed and built by Jordanian experts who won awards in international competitions in these fields, under the supervision of JODDB’s Cyber shield academy. The competition is a valuable opportunity for a meeting experts and specialists to review the latest modern technologies and solutions in the fields of cybersecurity and cryptography, where 12 teams from 10 Arab and African countries participate in the competition under the supervision of a Jury that includes international and local experts, which confirms the importance and impartiality of the competition and its response to the operational need to address of contemporary cyber threats. The AIDTSEC 2023 conference and exhibition is an important platform for having the opportunity to meet the experts, where the latest modern technologies and solutions in the fields of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence are presented and organised by Special Operations Equipment Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX Jordan)

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan, Spain agree recognition of eligibility certificates for seafarers

An agreement was issued in the latest issue of the Official Gazette between the Jordan’s Ministry of Transport represented by the Jordan Maritime Authority and Spain’s Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda represemted by the Directorate of the Merchant Marine. The agreement addresses the issue of recognition of seafarers’ qualifications according to the provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Monitoring of Seafarers 1978. The agreement stipulates that the two parties are the issuers of the certificates whose national certificates are granted to captains, naval officers and radio operators and whose recognition would be exchanged through acknowledgment. Each administration issues a certificate of acknowledgment of authentication for the purposes of recognising the other party’s certificate. The agreement indicates that the prerequisite for the two administrations to issue certificates of recognition is the certification of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee that full and complete compliance has been made by the two administrations with the provisions of the agreement.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan, Tunisia sign memo on small enterprises

The Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDICO) and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Tunisia signed a memo to exchange experiences in legislation and small projects. The agreement, which came on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the Building Intellectual Property and Smart Growth Programme, was signed by JEDICO Executive Director Abdel Fattah Kayed and the President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Tunisia, Mounir Moakher. According to a statement by the JEDICO, Kayed said the signing of the memo came out of the belief of the two parties in their role in achieving the goals of sustainable development, achieving integration and participation in economic development, developing small and medium enterprises, and the desire of both sides to raise the quality and efficiency of services provided to customers through the exchange of data. Kayed said the memo would increase the exchange of experiences in the field of laws and legislation related to small and medium enterprises between the two countries and the participation of the public and private sectors in international and specialised exhibitions held in both countries, specifically exhibitions that support the entrepreneurial, small and medium projects sector.

Source: Jordan News Agency

A Number Of Those Who Defame Iraq And Arbaeen Visit Arrested

The Ministry of Interior announced, today, Friday, the arrest of a number of those who harmed the reputation of Iraq and the Arbaeen visit ceremony.

It said in a statement, “The Rumors Control Section warns users of social networking sites with weak souls who work to inflame public opinion by broadcasting and spreading gossip and rumors during such visits. It also warns against creating video clips that confuse and offend incoming visitors in order to disturb this compassionate atmosphere”

It added, “A number of those who uploaded videos that harmed the reputation of Iraq and the visitation ceremony were arrested.”

The ministry called for reporting such cases through the numbers and hotlines of the Ministry of the Interior, stressing, “the need to go to the nearest security detachment in the event of hearing any information that raises suspicion and panic among visitors.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency