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Khaleej Times Monday 29th May, 2006

Tatweer Forum calls for public-private alliance

Sharjah Tatweer Forum celebrated its first anniversary by holding a ceremony at the University of Sharjah on Saturday.

Shaikh Essam bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Ruler's Office attended the event and accepted the honours, on behalf of Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Sharjah, under whose patronage the event was held.

Shaikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, addressed the gathering on the topic, "Role of young leaders and the importance of private-public partnerships".

The forum is an ambitious initiative of Sharjah Emirate for building UAE national's skills, fostering partnerships between private and public sectors and promoting development.

Expressing his happiness on being present at Tatweer's first annual celebrations, Shaikh Essam said: "Tatweer demonstrates the commitment of Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to the development of young leadership and the consolidation of the public and private sectors, that will equip national youth with the skills and perspectives required to serve the UAE in general and Sharjah in particular."

Lauding Tatweer for its success and contribution to the development of Sharjah, Shaikh Tariq pointed out: "By enhancing partnerships between the private and public sectors, Tatweer will contribute to attracting more investments into Sharjah and strengthening its economy," he added.

"Young leaders have a pivotal role to play in ensuring the progress of our economy, through innovative approaches and a commitment to succeed," he maintained.

Speaking at the function, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, Chairman, Sharjah Tatweer Forum said: "We have had a busy year and through various activities, are proud to have facilitated Tatweer's objectives of developing young talent and facilitating private-public partnerships through various projects."

"We will further our goals by introducing the 'Tatweer Leaders Programme' later this year," he added.

During the past year, Tatweer organised many events and workshops such as a media programme highlighting Sharjah's rich cultural heritage, diversity and history.

The Sharjah Tatweer Forum was formed as per a decree issued by Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council. It aims to develop the skills and competencies of National youth in Sharjah, build partnerships between the private and public sectors, encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in the business and administrative arenas and ensure the sustainable development and overall progress of the Emirate of Sharjah.


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