UAE and Canada: improve defence industry cooperation

The UAE and Canada's expanding relations, according to Mona Ahmed Al Jaber, chairwoman of the Emirates Defence Council (EDCC), make it possible for increased cooperation in the defence, aerospace, and security sectors.

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The comments were delivered by Al Jaber during her keynote address at the UAE-Canadian Defence Companies Meeting, which took place today in Abu Dhabi. The conference was organised by the EDCC in coordination with the Canadian Business Council (CBC), the Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO), and the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED).

The meeting was held at the ADRO's invitation in recognition of a visiting group from several Canadian defence corporations.

In attendance were Radha Krishna Panday, the Canadian ambassador to the UAE, Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, the under-secretary of ADDED, Hareb Mubarak Al Mheiri, the executive director of ADRO, and representatives of Canadian and Emirati businesses.

Al Jaber lauded the significant advancement in bilateral relations between the UAE and Canada and expressed excitement for the military industry cooperation between the two nations to intensify.

The UAE and Canada have a long history of collaboration and friendship, and over time, our bilateral ties have only become stronger, according to Al Jaber.

"Today, we have a rare opportunity to learn about one another's defence and security capabilities and to exchange ideas to foster better comprehension and collaboration," she concluded. This gathering provides a crucial platform for achieving all of this, so I encourage you all to actively participate in insightful conversations, offer your knowledge, and forge solid connections.

Al Mheiri stated on his part, "We are proud to collaborate with the Emirates Defence Council and the Canadian Business Council, who will enable us to continue driving our unwavering efforts to develop industry-leading initiatives, services, and partnerships that seek to improve the lives of all residents in the emirate, now and in the future."

"At ADRO, we are committed to ensuring Abu Dhabi is a destination where residents can reimagine and fulfil their potential in a welcoming and inclusive society that is rich in culture and opportunities," the official continued.

In order to bring and keep top talent in Abu Dhabi, ADRO promotes their development as well as their blending into the culture of the emirate. By providing direct access to information as well as a wide range of special services and perks, the office is also enabling residents to lead prosperous lives in the emirate. The emirate's quality of life is promoted by active research and engagement projects, resident guides, and other initiatives.

Ambassador Panday expressed his delight at taking part in this significant event with the Emirates Defence Companies Council and Canadian defence companies, praising the UAE-Canada's robust and expanding defence industry commercial partnership. "I look forward to many more opportunities for collaboration between our industries," he continued.

Key representatives from ADRO, TIP, and the Acquisition Management Sector of Tawazun Council each presented presentations on their organisations during the meeting.

The CEOs and senior executives of several Canadian defence firms, including Pal Aerospace, CAE, L3 Harris, Bombardier, NORTAC Military, and 3dEYE, also made a number of presentations.

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