Switzerland’s Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and International Humanitarian City agree to long term cooperation

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New partnership to highlight vision to provide accelerated response to food aid

International Humanitarian City (IHC), a global humanitarian and aid hub set up by the Government of Dubai, has announced that it is discussing several key initiatives with the representative of the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. IHC’s CEO, Makiya Al Hajiri (pictured) met with Barbara Daetwyler (pictured), the head of the SDC delegation to discuss future partnerships and collaborations between the two organisations.

The meeting set up a definite agenda for cooperation between the two organisations to uphold both their missions to eradicate poverty through participatory programs, creating sustainable improvements in peoples’ lives by improving access to education and basic health care and promoting environmental health.

Makiya Al Hajiri, CEO, IHC said: “We are very pleased to welcome this initiative by the Swiss government to partner with us and support our efforts to provide the facilities that would enable aid to flow better and faster to disadvantaged people. As a humanitarian hub we share the vision and direction of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his commitment to providing the right level of support and services that can aid the humanitarian efforts in the region.”

According to Al Hajiri, the discussion ranged around the potential areas of partnership and co-operation with SDC including joint programs, trainings, and events to encourage and tackle issues related to rapid response in disaster areas.

Both Al Hajiri and Daetwyler are confident of an agreement between IHC and SDC to ensure continued excellent service in humanitarian activities in relation to rapid response and food aid.

About International Humanitarian City
International Humanitarian City (IHC) is a first-of-its kind global humanitarian hub, which aims to facilitate aid and development efforts by providing local and international humanitarian actors with facilities and services specifically designed to meet their needs. An independent free zone authority created by the Government of Dubai under the Directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and chaired by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, IHC consolidates Dubai as an essential link in the humanitarian value chain. Leveraging the proven Dubai free zone model, IHC addresses the specific needs of the humanitarian aid and development community, while grouping them in a secure environment that fosters partnerships, social responsibility and global change. By co-locating, non-profit and commercial entities are encouraged to share best practices to increase their operational efficiencies and improve institutional learning. More than 50 United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and companies supporting the humanitarian sector are currently registered with IHC.

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