His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today met with the Presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius in their respective pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE is keen to strengthen ties with African nations and improve bilateral cooperation to advance common interests. His Highness commended the ongoing development efforts in African countries and various initiatives aimed at expanding opportunities for people to benefit from natural resource-related projects in those countries. He praised the massive infrastructure projects in African countries, noting that the UAE firmly believes in fostering partnerships and knowledge sharing to increase development efforts.
In the Botswana Pavilion, His Highness and Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, the bilateral relations and means to promote them, mainly in the areas of investment and trade. The two leaders also discussed the positive impact of Expo 2020 on the region. HH Sheikh Mohammed and the President of Botswana toured the Pavilion in the Mobility District and learned about the investment opportunities that Botswana showcases in its pavilion, in addition to the ecological and cultural diversity that its pavilions highlight.
At the Zimbabwe Pavilion, HH Sheikh Mohammed met the country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and discussed bilateral relations. The President of Zimbabwe said his country sees the UAE as a gateway to markets in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
The meeting also discussed ways to boost trade exchanges and allow the private sectors of both countries to explore new investment opportunities, building on the strong economic ties between the two nations. The UAE is Zimbabwe’s second largest trading partner. The two leaders also discussed working together to explore new investment opportunities in agriculture, mining, energy and pharmaceuticals, key sectors Zimbabwe aims to promote.
HH Sheikh Mohammed and Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa also toured the Zimbabwe Pavilion where they were informed about the country’s culture, people, heritage and land and its vision to use technology to create a better life for the people .
At the Mauritius Pavilion, HH Sheikh Mohammed and President Prithvirajsing Roopun of Mauritius discussed ways to promote bilateral cooperation as well as explore new ways to strengthen cooperation in various fields
to serve the goals of both nations in various sectors, especially tourism.
Sheikh Mohammed and President Prithvirajsing also toured the Mauritius Pavilion, which highlights the island’s unspoiled natural beauty, unique biodiversity, rich culture and heritage, and exciting business and investment opportunities.
During his tour of Expo 2020 Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also met with Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc, the leading US social media company that owns the popular messaging app Snapchat.
His Highness also visited the Rwanda and Kenya Pavilions during his visit to Expo 2020 Dubai. At the Rwandan Pavilion, organized under the theme “Remarkable Rwanda” in the Opportunity District of Expo 2020 Dubai, His Highness learned about Rwanda’s history and its remarkable development trajectory over the past 27 years, as well as the country’s Vision 2050.
The pavilion offers traditional cultural entertainment and dance, virtual reality tours, an experience of the country’s latest innovations and a chance to sample Rwanda’s best coffee and tea.
In the Kenyan Pavilion, themed “Feel the Energy” in the Opportunity District, His Highness learned about Kenya’s agricultural, economic and innovative potential, as well as its various key sectors and the hospitality and creativity of the Kenyan people.
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