A top United Arab Emirate (UAE) Minister has visited the Solomon Islands Expo 2020 Pavilion on Monday 13 December with huge admiration for Solomon Islands cultures and traditions which were on display.

Commissioner General, H.E. Ambassador Moses Kouni Mose welcomed His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State in the UAE Cabinet and Executive Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market to our Solomon Islands Pavilion on Monday 13th December, 2021.

The visit was part of various other visitations organized by the Expo 2020 Dubai Management which enabled Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like the Solomon Islands to further establish contacts with the respective UAE Government entities and institutions on the margins of the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Upon arrival, H.E. Al Sayegh was greeted by Commissioner General H.E. Moses Kouni Mose and Deputy Commissioner General and Pavilion Director Mr Dennis Marita before being taken on a journey of our Pavilion which had exhibited information and artifacts resembling our history, heritage including our unique SolTuna, Kokonut Pacific and Ngali Nut products.

In welcoming His Excellency Al Sayegh, H.E. Commissioner General Mose said that it was an honor for the Solomon Islands Government to have received a distinguished and noble visitor to our Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion adding that the Government of the United Arab Emirates has, over a decade provided invaluable support especially in the area of Renewable Energy beginning with the inauguration of a solar power plant in Solomon Islands, developed and deployed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, a project that was deployed as part of the US $50 million UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund (UAE-PPF) financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the development arm of the UAE government.

In reciprocating to a special gift presented by CG H.E. Mose, His Excellency Al Sayegh also noted the strong bilateral relations that the UAE and the Solomon Islands had enjoyed over the past many years and further took note of the exhibits at our Pavilion.

“When entering your Pavilion, I could sense the immense pride that you have regarding the importance of preserving your Cultures and Traditions as it is an important aspect of our heritage which we Emiratis also preserve and maintain strongly till today”

CG Mose also conveyed to the Minister the deep appreciation of Solomon Islands for the support and financial assistance provided by the UAE through the Dubai Expo authorities in enabling Solomon Islands to participate at the Expo.

As Chairman of ADGM, H.E Al Sayegh oversees the growth of ADGM as one of the world’s leading International Financial Centers anchored in Abu Dhabi. He had also served in several key capacities including as the former founding Chairman of Aldar Properties, the founding Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, and held senior positions in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).

H.E. Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

Source: GCU