His Excellency Eng. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, participated in the International Maritime Virtual Summit, which was held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the invitation of the Government of the United Kingdom and with the participation of the Excellences and Transport Ministers from several countries as well as the presence of a number of international organizations of the United Nations, where Discussing the importance of continuing the supply chain and marine supplies that transport more than 80% of global trade, in addition to facilitating procedures for changing and replacing ship crews around the world in light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
His Excellency Eng. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei delivered a keynote speech stating that the United Arab Emirates presented a professional model in dealing with this global crisis, as the United Arab Emirates adopted a new government structure, which includes the integration of a number of ministries and agencies to invest in artificial intelligence, digital economy and structure The infrastructure that will embrace change, accelerate digital transformation, enhance resilience, response and acclimatization to realign national priorities and develop strategies to adapt to changes more quickly in line with the requirements of the next stage, which requires a flexible, sustainable and competitive approach.
Within the framework of the summit, His Excellency pointed out the necessity of facing the challenges facing the marine sector and the ability to transform them into future opportunities, where His Excellency highlighted the active role of the UAE in facing the challenge posed by the pandemic, by perpetuating and opening all ports in the UAE to provide its services fully to preserve The flow of trade, while at the same time ensuring that the implementation of integrated measures to contain and prevent the spread of the virus in a close and cooperative manner with the various ports and health authorities in such exceptional circumstances. At the international level, His Excellency pointed out the importance of exploiting technology and the digital revolution in the marine sector, especially the future transformation into self-driving ships with consideration to preparing a future generation of seafarers capable of keeping pace with these changes and technological developments.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Al Mazroui confirmed that the United Arab Emirates attaches great importance to seafarers working on ships, as they are the main pillar in the maritime transport industry, which should be coordinated and cooperated collectively to facilitate the process of exchanging and changing sea crews, who are on the line facing the Covid epidemic - 19, to enable them to return to their countries as well as join them in ships in the waters of the state.
At the conclusion of the summit, a general statement was issued regarding encouraging all countries to classify seamen as "key workers" who provide essential services in such circumstances, as well as urging countries to take the necessary measures to ensure that crew is safely replaced and changed during this pandemic.