ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, December 18th 2013 [ME NewsWire]
To mark the 20th anniversary of its establishment, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) held a press conference on Wednesday, under the auspices of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of the ECSSR. A big crowd of journalists, reporters and specialists in intellect, culture and scientific research attended the conference, which featured a documentary on the center and its achievements over the past 20 years.
In his opening speech, ECSSR Director General, H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, said: "Our sustained pursuit of excellence is the fruit of exerted efforts and dedication over 20 years spent overcoming challenges to achieve our goals, in light of the ECSSR’s ambition and determination to confirm its prestigious status, not only locally and regionally, but also internationally, and to serve the community in the UAE, GCC, the Arab region and around the world.” He commended the role of the media to cover the activities of the Center as an influential source in forming public opinion, to highlight the prestigious status achieved by the UAE; under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God bless him).”
Dr. Al-Suwaidi extended his sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God bless him) for his continued support of the ECSSR. He also praised the efforts of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, who had the most significant influence on the ECSSR’s excellence since its inception 20 years ago.
Al Suwaidi added: "Since its establishment, the ECSSR has carried out its mission to support national decision-making and serve both the UAE and GCC societies in a manner that is mindful of tradition, yet embraces modernity. It has enriched the catalogue of Gulf, Arab and international research by exploring a broad range of topics and themes addressing local, regional, and international issues through around 1,000 publications and 800 events. By fostering and applying the principles of excellence in the field of strategic research, it has secured itself notable status as a think tank, locally, regionally and internationally, whilst also fulfilling its mission to invest in the UAE’s human resources.”
Al Suwaidi noted that the Center has always been committed to implementing the vision of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of ECSSR, on the need to apply a clear strategy and approach, maintaining the capacity to assume responsibility and make decisions.
The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research was established on March 14, 1994, following the instructions of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President (may God bless him) – then the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi– and became an academic institution of excellence and a think tank with great potential with the guidance and kind patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of ECSSR.
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