This expert piece was written by Fraser Matthews, TribalScale’s Regional Director for the MENA region.
Despite cursory differences, both Canada and UAE are working towards a better and brighter future. In both countries, there is immense public and private support for the tech and innovation sectors. They’re putting themselves on the world’s stage as the leaders defining what it means to be an urban, digitally-connected community, all while attracting global talent to build their future. The UAE and Canada are fostering cultures that breed empowerment and progress, which allow for success and change; change for a new future.
In 2010, the Emirati government launched the UAE Vision 2021 which "aims to make the UAE among the best countries in the world" through focused development in key areas. With Vision 2021, the Emirati government is striving to develop a competitive knowledge economy, a first-rate education system, a world-class healthcare system with a sustainable environment and infrastructure. The clearly articulated and codified vision for the future reinforces their commitment to growth and success, puts the UAE on the world’s stage, and drives the country forward.
Beyond the UAE Vision 2021, there are countless initiatives and programs that further the UAE’s international recognition and presence. For example, the 2020 World Expo will be hosted in Dubai, the National Innovation Strategy (launched in 2014) intends to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world, and the Dubai Tourism Strategy 2020 (launched in 2013) lays out a clear plan to attract 20 million visitors per year and is focused on making Dubai the “‘first choice’ for the international leisure and business traveler.”
Each of the named undertakings is immense, and yet this is simply a cursory glance at the programs geared toward strategic development and growth. It is clear that the Emirati government is wholly committed to increasing the UAE’s presence on the world stage.
For over 50 years, Canada has had an international reputation for its humanitarianism. Canada has also been a leader in the telecommunications sector: Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, the batteryless radio came from Canada’s Ted Rogers, fast forward and Research In Motion (RIM) introduced the world to the BlackBerry.
However, the Canadian government has more recently taken its commitment to innovation and growth to the next level. An Inclusive Innovation Agenda: The State of Play was introduced in 2016 in support of Canadian entrepreneurs, innovation, and technological progress, and on a global scale.
There are 6 areas of action: entrepreneurship and creativity, scientific excellence, clusters and partnerships, sustainable company growth and acceleration, competitiveness on a global scale, and ease of doing business.
Further, the Canadian government expressly supports innovation, research and development, and entrepreneurs, evidenced by the MaRS Discovery District — one of the world’s largest innovation hubs, which generated over $3.1B in revenue from 2008-2017, and receives nearly half its funding from the Ontario provincial government.
There are also federal, regional, and industry-based tax credits, financing programs, support services, and advisory tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Canada, all of which aim to increase national prosperity and economic growth.
Most recently, the 2018 Budget Plan and the Innovation and Skills Plan invests in Canadian researchers and research, and specifically focuses on female entrepreneurs to ensure a globally competitive and inclusive economy.
As part of the UAE’s efforts, they are defining what it means to be an urban, digitally-connected community. Take the Smart UAE initiative, a program with 7 distinct components that each leverage digital technologies (such as blockchain, data processing, and mobile).
More concretely, they are introducing the UAE Pass app, which is a national digital identity and signature solution that allows a user to identify themselves to any public service throughout the Emirates with their smartphone. The UAE Pass falls within the country's broader aim of transforming into a mobile-connected country, where all federal entities of the UAE will be linked to facilitate 24/7 public access to government services. This mandate is made possible with the cloud-based Federal Electronic Network (FedNet) implemented by the Emirati government.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) announced a partnership with the Canadian government to develop Quayside, a waterfront community in Toronto that leverages technology and reimagines “cities from the Internet up.”
The vision is to combine technology and urban design to resolve some of the most pressing issues faced by cities — housing, energy, transportation — and to “build smarter, greener, more inclusive cities, which we hope to see scaled across Toronto’s eastern waterfront, and eventually in other parts of Canada and around the world,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs plans to make use of Toronto’s already bustling tech sector and related initiatives. Outside of Toronto, the Smart Cities Challenge has taken hold of many communities eager to improve themselves through innovation and technology, redefining the ‘city.’
The UAE is home to more expatriates than nationals and has attracted millions of foreign workers, coinciding with the growth of the Emirati economy. The UAE is estimated to be home to 40,000 Canadians, and earlier this year, the UAE made changes to its visa system and announced changes to its residency policies with the aim of ensuring that the UAE “remains a global incubator for exceptional talents and a permanent destination for international investors,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
Similarly, Canada has ramped up its efforts in attracting global talent, specifically for Canadian technology companies as the Toronto tech sector is estimated to have created nearly 30,000 jobs in 2017. For example, The Global Skills Strategy, implemented in 2017, is a federal initiative that provides businesses with the support needed to attract STEM talent to help them grow and scale. And with some of the world’s top universities, it’s no wonder many of the tech giants — Pinterest, Uber, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft — are flocking to Canada.
The Canadian and Emirati governments are working hard to build a successful and strong innovation ecosystem. They are both actively fostering a culture of growth, supporting their citizens, and attracting international talent and business. The Emirati and Canadian efforts have come to fruition and both countries are recognized as global leaders in the digital space.
P.S: TribalScale will also be making its way to Dubai for its TakeOver Innovation Conferences on the 14th of November. TakeOver is Toronto's largest 1-day innovation and technology conference that brings together more than 1200 thought leaders and industry experts. TakeOver Dubai is attracting global business executives and area experts. The conference is set to be the leading enterprise strategy event in the Middle East. Submit your application for a chance to be part of it.
Consulate General of #UAE planted “Zayed Al-Kheir” tree in #Toronto Island as part of Year of Zayed initiative. Sultan Al Harbi Consul General of UAE confirmed the initiative aims at reinforcing sustainability in line with the vision established by the late Sheikh Zayed@MOFAUAE pic.twitter.com/UHwMsaA8TC— UAEConsulateToronto (@UAEConsulateTO) October 30, 2018
Consulate General of #UAE planted “Zayed Al-Kheir” tree in #Toronto Island as part of Year of Zayed initiative. Sultan Al Harbi Consul General of UAE confirmed the initiative aims at reinforcing sustainability in line with the vision established by the late Sheikh Zayed@MOFAUAE pic.twitter.com/UHwMsaA8TC
EDCC member companies operate in various fields including aviation, cyber security, military vehicles and naval vessels
Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC) is preparing to launch a new strategy that aims to bolster its role in enabling the UAE’s defence and security industries sector, said Mohammad Helal Al Muhairi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member of the Council’s Board of Directors.
Al Muhairi made the remarks while addressing a session that took place in Abu Dhabi on Monday to elect new members to the Council’s Board of Directors.
“The board elections day is a testimony to the amount of progress we have made in achieving our vision for a UAE defence industry that is transparent, communicative, and mutually supportive. It is also a reflection of the keenness shown by our key government stakeholders to provide a conducive environment for long-standing and mutually beneficial partnerships, particularly in the areas of knowledge, technology and expertise transfer,” he said.
Al Muhairi congratulated the elected members of the board and described the elections as another step in the EDCC’s journey to success and a powerful tool for achieving its goals. He urged them to continue strengthening the council’s role as a primary communication platform between industry players as well as strategic government stakeholders.
He said: “We have come a long way in growing the EDCC membership, which stand now at 63 companies, from just 24 in 2014.”
He also commended the continuous support provided to the council by the UAE leadership and key strategic partners.
“I am confident that under the guidance of our visionary leadership and the unwavering support of our key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Defence, the GHQ of the UAE Armed Forces, and Tawazun Economic Council, we will grow further in both numbers and influence as we strive to explore potentials and to tap into opportunities that present themselves.”
The new elected members of the Council’s Board of Directors were announced. They are: Major General (Rtd.) Al Syed Abdullah Al Syed Al Hashemi, representing Calidus, Mohammad Seddiqi Al Mutawa, representing Atlas Dynamics, Saeed Ganem, representing MGI and Rashid Al Mutawa, representing Atlas Group.
The elected board members will be joined by others members, appointed through a resolution issued by Tarek Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, chief executive officer of Tawazun Economic Council and board chairman of the EDCC. They are: Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief economic development officer of Tawazun Economic Council; Mohammad Helal Al Muhairi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Khalid Abdullah Al Qubaisi is the chief executive officer of Aerospace, Renewables & Information Communications Technology (AR & I) for Mubadala; and Major General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Al Beloushi, ead of the Executive Directorate of Industries and Development of Defence Capabilities at the Ministry of Defence.
The most sophisticated satellite built by the UAE was successfully launched from an island off the southern tip of Japan this morning, in a new landmark for the country’s space programme.
KhalifaSat, the first satellite designed, tested and manufactured entirely by Emirati engineers, took off shortly after 8am UAE time.
The launch was hailed by the UAE's leaders as an "unprecedented Emirati achievement".
A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre travelled to Tanegashima island, some 40km south of the Japanese mainland, to monitor the launch.
There was relief all round at the Tanegashima Space Centre 10 minutes after blast off, as the satellite soared out of view, when it was announced that the flight path was “proceeding as expected”. Almost two hours later, KhalifaSat successfully jettisoned from the launch rocket, beginning its orbit around the Earth.
The announcement was made to cheers from the Japanese engineers at the space station.
KhalifaSat was designed and built at the Space Technology Laboratories, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.
Its role will be to beam high-quality images to the ground station in the emirate. The pictures will help governments and private companies across the globe with climate changes, disaster relief, urban planning, and more.
On Sunday night, a spectacular moving image was projected onto the Burj Khalifa to celebrate the launch. It displayed the message: “100% Emirati-developed satellite, from space to serve Earth.”
Ahead of the launch, Amer Al Sayegh, the KhalifaSat project manager, said the project had helped the UAE create partnerships across the globe.
“It’s not only the technical work that we are doing with our Japanese colleagues, it’s the bonding of two teams and two cultures working together for the same vision," he said.
"The UAE now has a highly qualified team equipped with knowledge, expertise and strong teamwork for the new missions for the UAE.”
The launch, which was streamed live on the internet, saw the satellite loaded on to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket.
Attention will now turn to an even more ambitious project — to send a probe to Mars by 2021 to coincide with the UAE's 50th year. As part of a 100-year plan, it is hoped that a city will be established on the Red Planet by the year 2117.
The UAE plans to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station next year.
Sharjah 24 – WAM: Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador Extraordinaire to Canada, has welcomed a group of Canadian high school students, teachers and parents, at the mission's headquarters in the capital Ottawa. Mohammed Al Shamsi, Acting Cultural Attache, was also present at the meeting.
During the visit, which is part of the embassy's 'Year of Zayed' initiatives, the students were introduced to the history of the UAE since its establishment by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Canada to Impose Provisional Steel Safeguards
Effective October 25, 2018, provisional safeguard measures apply to seven categories of steel products imported into Canada from most countries. These provisional safeguard measures take the form of tariff rate quotas (TRQs), with a 25% over access surtax that will apply to imports for 200 days from October 25, 2018, to May 13, 2019.
During this 200-day period, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) will conduct a global steel safeguards inquiry. Following this inquiry, the CITT will report its recommendations to the Government of Canada, which will then decide whether or not to extend the application of safeguards for up to four years (to October 2022).
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DUBAI, 21st October, 2018 (WAM) -- Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, Director of the Dubai office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has received the credentials of Marcy Grossman, the new Consul-General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Al Mutaiwee welcomed the new envoy and wished her success in her new assignment, hailing the political, economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.
The UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation held talks with Justin Trudeau in New York
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, met with the Prime Minister of Canada in a bid to forge closer links between the two nations.
Sheikh Abdullah held talks with Justin Trudeau during the ongoing 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Sheikh Abdullah shared the greetings of the UAE's leaders with Mr Trudeau, who also wished the country further success.
The pair spoke about ways to improve co-operation in the areas of politics, economics, investment and trade, and discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to state news agency Wam.
The meeting was also attended by Canadian Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr and Masud Husain, the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE.
Who will need to give fingerprints and photo (biometrics)?
Depending on your nationality, you may need to give your biometrics as soon as this summer
There are some exemptions:
Temporary exemption: Applying in Canada
If you are applying for a visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence in Canada – you are exempt until the in-Canada service is established.
How often you need to give your fingerprintsand photo
Visitor visa, study and work permit applicants
You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. You don’t need to give your biometrics until the 10-year period expires.
If you’re from one these 29 countries/1 territory and you have a valid visitor visa, or a study or work permit, when you submit an application:
Permanent residence applicants
You will need to give your biometrics and pay the fee, regardless of whether you gave your biometrics in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application, or a different permanent resident application.
How much it costs
Why the Government of Canada collects biometrics
Biometrics collection is recognized globally as a reliable, accurate tool for establishing identity. More than 70 countries around the world are using biometrics in their immigration programs.
Biometrics collection allows the Government of Canada to effectively manage identity, facilitate application processing and simplify entry for travellers with legitimate identities. It helps deter, detect and stop the entry of those who pose a risk to the health, safety and security of Canadians.
How the Government of Canada uses collected biometrics
Biometrics will provide immigration officers with additional information to help make decisions on a person’s admissibility and by simplifying the travel of low-risk individuals.
The fingerprints are stored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the National Repository and checked against its immigration and criminal records. The biometric check confirms if someone applied to enter Canada before using the same or a different identity, has a previous Canadian criminal record, or has been removed from Canada before.
Biometrics-based information sharing with the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will further support the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, in a manner that respects Canada’s privacy laws, civil liberties and human rights commitments, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
At the border, the Canada Border Services Agency will be able to quickly and accurately confirm whether a traveller’s identity is legitimate. This will contribute to more efficient and timely entry for travellers.
At 8 major Canadian airports, fingerprint verification will be automatically conducted at a primary inspection kiosk.
At other airports and land ports of entry, discretionary fingerprint verification will be conducted by a border services officer upon referral to secondary inspection, where the traveller’s identity will be verified to ensure that the person seeking entry to Canada is the same person who was approved overseas.
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