Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi said the country also seeks to build bridges of global cooperation based on mutual respect
Countries need to emulate the UAE model of tolerance and peaceful coexistence to consolidate security, stability and peace around the world, a senior UAE government official said at a defense conference in Abu Dhabi.
In his keynote speech at the opening of the International Defense Conference (IDC 2023) on Sunday, Mohammed bin Ahmed Albowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, invited countries around the world to reflect on the model of tolerance and peaceful coexistence offered by the UAE, as It embraces communities from all countries and cultures who live and work in peace and harmony in its lands.
“The country also seeks to build bridges of cooperation with countries around the world based on mutual respect,” he said.
“Despite more than 50 years of instability and turmoil surrounding the region, the UAE continues to face challenges effectively and never stops making progress and achievements as its leadership maintains security and peace in cooperation with its neighbors and the international community.”
The one-day conference was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (Adnec) ahead of the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and NAVDEX exhibitions.
The ADNEC Group organized the conference in partnership with the Ministry of Defense and in a strategic partnership with the Tawazun Council, which was attended by more than 1,800 leaders and key officials representing defense, security, academic and corporate entities around the world.
Al Bowardi pointed out that there is no doubt that “We are living in an era of turmoil today due to the rapid development and over-reliance on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, neurotechnology, biotechnology and tangible reality, which have had an impact on society and economic concepts , including achieving security.”
He added: “Action is needed to keep up with this reality and examine how increasingly converged technology in the workplace is changing approaches to talent development and human capital management, and examine emerging technologies for modern military operations and the future of warfare.”
The minister noted that the UAE believes that a joint international and regional effort is needed to build security so that together they can instill stability in the region and countries around the world. “This in turn provides an opportunity to drive the national economy of our country and contribute to the achievement of local, regional and global development,” said Al Bowardi, adding that safety is a top priority as it enables society to Live with dignity in a safe environment.
“Security provides our government with the opportunity to build productive cooperation between our two countries. It helps resolve conflict through dialogue and understanding, achieve global peace, and drive progress and prosperity,” he said.
Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX Exhibitions and International Defense Conferences, said: “The UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, is striving to achieve and world stability and human security. Our country is striving to be a pioneering example of overcoming challenges and achieving civilizational progress. We want to be an outstanding destination for peaceful coexistence.”
He added: “The International Defense Conference provides a strategic platform that brings together elite leaders and policymakers from around the world to exchange constructive views and ideas on global issues and propose appropriate solutions to achieve stability, peace and international security.”
The session included four panel discussions covering the social and economic impacts and risks of widespread adoption of new technologies, talent development and human capital management, and the impact of emerging technologies on modern operations and future warfare.
Officials are inviting people to visit IDEX 2023 so they have the opportunity to learn about the latest technology, weapons and equipment that can help build security and peace, and to enhance joint defense cooperation opportunities between nations by solidifying the concept of deterrence.