Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Finance receives U.S Ambassador at Abu Dhabi Customs Institute
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, February 11 - 2013 at 16:28
- PRESS RELEASE
In line with efforts to enhance cooperation between the UAE and the USA, HE Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Finance (DoF), received HE Michael H. Corbin, the USA Ambassador to the UAE at Abu Dhabi Customs Institute.
The visit included a tour around the Institute where the US Ambassador and his delegation was briefed on the activities of the Institute, in addition to having a chance to meet students and instructors. Corbin also looked over academic curriculums and the latest technologies used to train students.
DoF Chairman and US Ambassador then sat through a presentation on the relationship and cooperation between the two parties in terms of shared experiences, courses and workshops that have been conducted in both the UAE and USA by foreign experts. In addition, a documentary was presented on the evolution of Abu Dhabi Customs since its inception and its advanced technologies.
HE Saeed Ahmed AL Muhairi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Customs, said that the visit is a reinforcement of the good relations between the General Administration of Customs and the US. It comes in line with the strong bilateral relationship and the mutual benefits that join the two entities in customs work and security.
Al Muhairi emphasized HE Hamad AL Hurr Al Suwaidi's commitment in supporting Abu Dhabi Customs to be at the level where it is today and by presenting it as a role model in all aspects.
For his part, HE Michael H. Corbin, U.S. Ambassador, said, "This visit is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between the two countries since the UAE has become home to many important projects such as the Khalifa port, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai International Airport and the new Etihad Railway network."
He added, "The UAE is the largest country in the Arab World and Middle East in trade with the USA. In fact, the USA exports to UAE reached $22.5bn in 2012, a 40% increase from 2011. Trade between the USA and UAE is even larger than our export relationship with India."
The US Ambassador also mentioned that the UAE is becoming a focused hub for trade, tourism and other important economical activities, bearing in mind that major international airlines that have taken the UAE as a base for their businesses, in addition to it having one of the largest ports, the Khalifa Port. Thus, there is a need to have this continuous cooperation with the UAE, the leader in the development of trade infrastructure, in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge and information.
H.E. Ambassador commented on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Abu Dhabi Customs and the USA Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May 2010 saying, "The MoU signed between the two parties and supported by DoF'a Chairman H.E. Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, is an important agreement and is a testament the partnership and cooperation between our countires. I am also pleased to hear that Georgia Institute of Technology will provide training to Abu Dhabi Customs in the near future."
US Ambassador concluded his speech by thanking HE Hamad Al Hurr AL Suwaidi and HE Saeed Ahmed AlMuhairi for welcoming him at the Abu Dhabi Costums Institute. He pointed out that this visit reinforced the vision of the future this Institute holds and its outstanding leadership.
By the end of the visit, HE Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi expressed his appreciation and honor in receiving the USA Ambassador accompanied by his delegation at the Institute.
He also wished for a stronger relationship and benefit for the two countires. In addition, HE took time to praise the management team of the General Administration of Customs and the General Directorate of Customs, HE Saeed Ahmed Al Muhairi on the evolution that the Abu Dhabi Customs has witnessed this period.
The General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi has signed two memorandums of understanding in May 2010 with the Customs Authority and the American Immigration in Washington. The latter enabled the exchange of information in order to support investigations and provide the customs authority as well as the American Immigration technical support to establish the Abu Dhabi Customs Institute.
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