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Law to define role of crisis management authority.

Summary: ABU DHABI - A new federal law on the National Crisis and Emergency Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and its role as well as the responsibilities has been finalised, said Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Director-General of NCEMA.

ABU DHABI - A new federal law on the National Crisis and Emergency Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and its role as well as the responsibilities has been finalised, said Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Director-General of NCEMA.

Al Rumaithi said that the authority is currently completing its strategies pertaining to the National Response Plan, emergency support functional plans and hazard or incident specific events. "It is now assisting all organisations in the UAE with their readiness to perform their roles when a disaster strikes," said Al Rumaithi.

Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the third edition of the Crisis and Emergency Management Conference (CEMC), Al Rumaithi said the conference aims to enlighten and inform officials in emergency and crisis management about the latest developments on the international arena in crises and disaster management.

The conference hosted by the NCEMA in Abu Dhabi on Monday discussed a number of issues related to encountering the future challenges of crisis and emergency situations in the GCC region.

Organised under the patronage of Shaikh Hazaa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Chairman of NCEMA Board of Directors, the CEMC was opened by Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The conference will conclude today.

"Here, we do not want to speak about the political situations across the region, but we are confident and ready to tackle any sort of crisis and emergency that happens in the UAE. This is a big respite that the residents of UAE are residing in a congenial atmosphere," Al Rumaithi said. "Currently we are discussing various aspects of the security in the region and sharing the regional experiments in fighting emergency and crisis situations. We are also assessing strategies and would come out with recommendations by the end of the conference," Al Rumaithi said.

He said the conference is one of the special initiatives by NCEMA that seeks to build special partnerships in order to establish a high level of awareness for responses to incidents, emergencies, crises and disasters.

The conference attracted a number of senior leaders and experts in emergency management from around the world who presented their experiences and the best practical means to deal with various scenarios of major emergencies and related challenges.

Dr Al Zayani said that all kinds of preparation along with necessary emergency equipment are in place, which can tackle any emergency situation. "This comes under our continued efforts to guarantee a healthy and safe environment of living to the people of the GCC countries," Dr Al Zayani said.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 16, 2012
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