The presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius met at Expo 2020 Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid: We are keen to strengthen relations of cooperation with Africa

  • Mohammed bin Rashid during his tour of the Mauritius Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.


  • Mohammed bin Rashid inspecting the Zimbabwean pavilion.


  • Mohammed bin Rashid during his tour of the Botswana pavilion.


  • Mohammed bin Rashid during his visit to the Kenya Pavilion.



His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed the UAE's keenness to strengthen its ties with various friendly African countries, and is proud of the partnerships it brings together in most of the countries of the African continent, which are based on a firm foundation of mutual respect and consideration of common interests. .

His Highness stressed that the unremitting development efforts that the friendly African countries are witnessing, and a comprehensive development renaissance aimed at employing the human potential and the rich natural resources that distinguish them, remain always appreciated and admired, praising the brown continent's expansion in infrastructure projects that support development.

His Highness stressed that the UAE believes in the importance of partnership in the field of exchanging expertise and successful experiences, in a way that enhances development efforts and contributes to accelerating its pace.

This came during a visit yesterday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to Expo 2020 Dubai, where His Highness met the President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr. Mogotsi Eric Masisi, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Prithvirajising Roppon , in the pavilions of their countries at the «Expo».

During the visit to the Botswana pavilion, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Mogotsi Eric Masisi exchanged cordial conversations about the overall bilateral relations, and ways to develop cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in investment and trade, in light of the great experience that the UAE enjoys and the many opportunities provided by Botswana, paving the way for more investment partnerships and raising the level of trade exchanges between the two friendly countries.

The meeting dealt with the significant positive impact of the UAE’s hosting of “Expo 2020 Dubai” on the economies of the region, especially since this is the first time that the prestigious event has been held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, where the exhibition represented an ideal platform for concluding many commercial and investment deals, as well as Its impact on achieving more cultural rapprochement with the peoples of the African continent.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Botswana, was briefed on the elements of the investment attraction that the friendly African country is promoting through the Expo, especially its large areas of virgin lands rich in environmental diversity, as well as its enjoyment of large areas of virgin lands rich in environmental diversity. On the human energy of diversity, the people of Botswana speak more than 20 languages.

During the meeting of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, at its pavilion located in the "Opportunities" area of ​​the "Expo" under the slogan "Zimbabwe... The Land of Great Opportunities", the two sides reviewed the development of bilateral relations during the period The past, and what can be done in order to advance the partnership between the two countries, especially on the economic level, as Zimbabwe considers that the UAE provides the main transit gateway to the markets of the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

The meeting dealt with promising areas for enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially at the level of trade exchange, as well as enabling the private sector and businessmen from both sides to meet and discuss various investment opportunities, in light of the development of economic ties and the growth of trade exchanges, as the UAE is Zimbabwe's second largest trading partner, as well as cooperation In exploring opportunities for establishing new partnerships within the sectors of agriculture and mining, as well as the pharmaceutical and energy industries, which are the areas that Zimbabwe seeks to advance during the next stage.

His Highness and the President of Zimbabwe listened to an explanation of the information provided by the pavilion of the friendly African country at the Expo about investment opportunities and the main sectors there. Agriculture, mining, tourism and others, while the third region introduces Zimbabwe to the human capital that is committed to the values ​​of work and innovation.

In addition, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the pavilion of the friendly Republic of Mauritius, where he met with its President, Prithvirajising Roppon, and the meeting dealt with the development of bilateral relations in light of the consensus of visions on the importance of discovering more partnerships that support development trends in the two countries, as well as identifying the best areas that can be Through it, building and activating new partnerships, the most important of which is the field of tourism exchange, in light of the diverse attractions that the two countries enjoy that make them among the distinguished tourist destinations around the world.

The visit to the pavilion, which is located in the themes area, included His Highness and the President of Mauritius inspecting what the pavilion offers due to the elements of distinction that the island located in the Indian Ocean enjoys, the most important of which is environmental diversity, in addition to the elements that distinguish it as a distinct tourist destination, most notably the beaches and vast forests, along with Along with its current and future projects, it aims to achieve comprehensive economic growth, by utilizing the island's natural resources.

During his tour, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc., the global owner and operator of the Snapchat application, where he was introduced to the company's growing activity in the Middle East and North Africa region, starting with From its regional headquarters in Dubai, which opened in 2017, Dubai Internet City, where the flourishing partnership between Dubai and the global company, similar to the constructive cooperation relations it brings together with major technology companies around the world.

For his part, Evan Spiegel expressed his appreciation for the great development made by Dubai under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as an inspiring model for sustainable development according to a future vision based on rationalizing resources and employing technology in a way that allows finding effective solutions to meet existing and potential challenges, and discovering opportunities for human granting. A better quality of life, which is reflected in the values ​​of the "Expo" exhibition, which brings together in Dubai the civilizations, innovations and creativity of 192 countries under the slogan "Connecting Minds and Creating the Future".

As part of the visit to the Expo headquarters, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stopped at the Rwanda pavilion located in the “Opportunity Zone”, which tells the story of the African country’s overcoming the horrors of the war it suffered in 1994, and its transition to a stage of growth full of opportunities based on the It has rich natural components, with a focus on a number of important axes, the most prominent of which is the preservation of environmental diversity and wildlife, which is very rich, which is the most characteristic of its tropical forests, in addition to working on the development of the tourism sector, taking advantage of the elements of the widespread natural attractions. and interest in encouraging investments and developing “green economy” activities.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's tour of the "Expo" included a visit to the pavilion of the State of Kenya, which was keen to present through its participation in the "Expo" its economic advantages and food products, as well as introducing important features of its ancient culture and traditions.

During his visit to the pavilion, which is located in the "Opportunities" area, His Highness was acquainted with the ambitious development projects adopted by the friendly African country, including clean and sustainable energy projects, the most important of which is the Garissa solar energy project, which has a capacity of 54.6 megawatts, and is the largest in East and Central Africa.

His Highness also continued an explanation of the role that Nairobi plays, as a vital center that leads and facilitates interconnection and communication between Africa and the world, and the great cultural diversity that Kenya enjoys through more than 40 tribes that make up the fabric of Kenyan society.

Deputy Head of State:

• "We view with appreciation the unremitting development efforts and the comprehensive development renaissance of the friendly African countries."

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