Abu Dhabi (WAM) His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Muhammad Al Sayegh, Minister of State, said that the UAE supports the plans of Asian countries to safely revive the tourism and travel sectors, through the application of appropriate protocols.
In his speech during the virtual session of the seventeenth ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) hosted by Turkey – the current chair of the dialogue, His Excellency said that the UAE is looking forward to welcoming the world at large, taking into account health and safety standards at Expo 2020 Dubai later this year. .
“Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a platform for the international community to rebuild better and stronger after the pandemic, providing an unparalleled opportunity to share lessons, solutions and ideas for a better future,” he added.
He said, “I think that the UAE has a lot to offer to the member states of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue with regard to best health and tourism practices in the context of the so-called” coexistence with the new situation “and in achieving an effective balance between protection and livelihoods.
His Excellency added, “Like all member states in the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, the tourism and travel sectors in the UAE have been severely affected by the ongoing global pandemic,” indicating at the same time that the extensive tests being conducted by the UAE, the combination of all health capabilities, and the rapid implementation of safe and effective vaccines. , Confirms that the country is indeed on the road to recovery.
His Excellency clarified that the ongoing global pandemic confirmed the urgent need to strengthen and expand multilateral cooperation, and in this regard, the UAE is devoting all its efforts to support the vision of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, and in harnessing its various capabilities for a more prosperous future.
He pointed out that in order for us to succeed in our battle against COVID-19, it is imperative that we increasingly benefit from multilateral platforms such as the Asian Cooperation Dialogue to increase solidarity and constructive dialogue to confront what is a common global challenge.
His Excellency said, “The fact that the international community is fighting this battle together has made the fight against Covid-19 an established approach in the UAE, and we will continue to do everything in our power to support other countries in facing this challenge.”
Representatives of the 35 member states agreed during the meeting, including China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to share information and best practices for the recovery of the tourism sector, in line with safety and prevention protocols.
Representatives of member states also agreed to cooperate in developing and promoting nature-based tourism, as epidemic control policies allow to focus on activities where physical distancing is possible, such as mountain climbing and trekking.
They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in tracking, examining and treating Covid-19 patients, developing and distributing safe, effective, and affordable vaccines, and exchanging experiences in controlling, preventing, and mitigating infectious diseases.