Wed 12-01-2022 12:49 PM
ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2022 (WAM) -- As part of Ministry of Finance's commitment to strengthening the UAE's relations with various countries of the world, and regional and international financial institutions and organisations, Mohamed Hadi Al Hussaini, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, met yesterday with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, and his accompanying delegation.
Also present during the meeting that took place at the Ministry of Finance’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi was Younis Haji Al Khoori, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Finance. The meeting sought to discuss means of bolstering bilateral cooperation between both parties across various fields to achieve mutual benefit.
From the EU delegation, Gert Jan Koopman, Director-General, Directorate General for Budget; Emil Paulsen, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the UAE; Hanna Jahns, Member of the Commissioner’s Cabinet; Taina Sateri, Trade Counsellor at the EU Delegation; and Giulia Pietrangeli, Regional Advisor at the EU Delegation attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Al Hussaini welcomed Johannes Hahn and his accompanying delegation, and stressed on the importance of such meetings in strengthening cooperation ties between both parties.
He said, "The UAE works with regional and international institutions and organisations to take proactive measures to contribute to mitigating the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, stimulating recovery and supporting sustainable economic growth."
Johannes Hahn said, "I am grateful for a constructive and forward-looking meeting with UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs. We have discussed European Union NGEU Recovery Plan and investment opportunities related to EU issuance programme, especially green bonds. In order to implement ambitious priorities of the Paris Agreement, we need investments and sustainable financing opportunities."
Presented during the meeting was the European Union’s ’Next Generation EU‘ programme, a temporary recovery instrument set up by the EU to support the economic recovery and build a greener, digital and more resilient future for the EU countries.
The meeting came as part of a visit by Johannes Hahn and his accompanying delegation to the UAE, during which he met a number of officials to strengthen bilateral relations and boost cooperation in areas of common interest.