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Sharjah, Delhi explore collaboration in healthcare, food security, IT

Staff Report/Sharjah
Filed on September 1, 2020


A delegation of public officials in Sharjah, led by the Department of Government Relations, recently discussed possible tie-ups with New Delhi in the healthcare, food security and information technology sectors.

Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, chairman of The Department of Government Relations (DGR), Sharjah, explored potential ways of strengthening cooperation between Sharjah and the Indian capital in the post-Covid world, in a meeting with Dr Aman Puri, the Indian consul general in Dubai.

In a discussion on healthcare, the consul general was briefed on the precautionary health and safety measures taken to provide a safe environment for visitors arriving through Sharjah International Airport. Reaffirming the close, deep-rooted ties between Sharjah and New Delhi in several areas of mutual interest, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sheikh Fahim said that the discussions with the Indian consul general addressed the sectors of food security and IT, in particular, and reflected the keenness of both sides to strengthen cooperation in these fields to minimise the impact of the pandemic on the economy and citizens of both the countries.

During the meeting, the two parties discussed the steps taken to attain approvals from the Indian consulate to operate flights to India from the Sharjah International Airport. Aman Puri confirmed that a new system had been put in place at the Indian Consulate to speed up application approval processes. He also noted that the consulate would provide relevant data on the medical sector in the Indian capital to explore greater cooperation opportunities with the emirate of Sharjah.

The Department of Government Relations was established in 2014 to provide the emirate and its international partners a platform for cooperation and diplomacy. As the centre of culture, education, and innovation in the UAE, the emirate's international reach spans the globe. The department supports this outreach through representing Sharjah abroad, welcoming international delegations, and partnering with strategic cities that share Sharjah's core values.

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