Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks came as he reviewed food and water security plans following the recent restructuring of the UAE Cabinet.
The UAE must learn from challenges posed by the global outbreak of Covid-19 to improve its food and water security, the country’s Vice-President said on Sunday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the pandemic helped the country “develop a more comprehensive vision” to deal with challenges.
.@HHShkMohd: During a briefing on our Food and Water Security Strategy with Minister of State @MariamMAlmheiri… Food security is vital to the stable development of our country and all individuals play an important role in the economy of our water and food resources. pic.twitter.com/dDxWEskpll
– Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 23, 2020
He said food and water security is a “top priority” for the government and the UAE aims to launch qualitative initiatives that “boost our readiness to confront all kind of crises”.
Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks came as he reviewed food and water security plans following the recent restructuring of the UAE Cabinet in preparation for the post Covid-19 era.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed directed Minister of State for Food Security Mariam bint Mohammad Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi to follow up on the UAE national food reserve, invest in food technology and develop international partnerships that will help provide practical solutions. “The UAE’s food and water security is an integral part of the national security and the sustainability of our food and water resources is a guarantee for our sustainable development,” he said.
Minister Mariam Al Muhairi highlighted the efforts and initiatives to further enhance the country’s food and water security and explained the national strategic plans considering the current and future challenges.
Al Muhairi said the leadership has a “futuristic vision” that will help find practical solutions to global challenges, “both now and in the future”. She said the UAE food and water security is a top priority and the success the country will achieve in this sector will “reflect directly on other development plans”.
“Partnership is a key pillar in the government work model, and we will work with relevant local and international entities to draft a framework that will help us achieve mutual interests and support our food and water sector,” she said.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
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