“Living Independently” initiative focuses on the importance of technology for People with Disabilities

AccessAbilities Expo and Union of Arab Chambers sign a cooperation agreement to guide Arab innovators to serve millions of People of Determination

The General Secretariat of the Union of Arab Chambers, operating under the umbrella of the League of Arab States and management of AccessAbilities Expo signed a cooperation agreement, which included the launch of the ‘Living Independently’ initiative at a press conference held on 30th March at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Patron of AccessAbilities Expo, His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, His Excellency Abdullah Al Mazrouei, President of the Union of Arab & Emirati Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the UAE.

The agreement was signed by Secretary-General Dr Khaled Hanafi representing the Union of Arab Chambers, while Ghassan Suleiman Amhaz, General Coordinator of AccessAbilities Expo, signed on behalf of the exhibition.

During the occasion, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed was honoured and awarded the title of “Patron of Arab Innovation to Empower People of Determination” by His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit and His Excellency Dr Khaled Hanafi Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Chambers, in appreciation of His Highness’ support for the “Living Independently” initiative which aims to empower more than 50 million People of Determination living in the Middle East to live independently through modern innovations, technology, and advanced rehabilitation programmes.

At the end of the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed thanked the General Secretariat of the Union of Arab Chambers for launching this initiative, highlighting the importance of strengthening cooperation to serve the People of determination in the Arab countries.

His Highness said: “I am happy to see more distinguished efforts and initiatives aimed at empowering People of Determination and adapting technological innovations to meet their needs and achieve their hopes and aspirations.”

On this occasion, Dr Khaled Hanafi said: “The initiative is considered the first-of-its-kind in the Arab world and aims to guide Arab innovators to play their role in serving this important segment of our society and to create opportunities for them to live independently.”

For his part, Ghassan Suleiman Amhaz said: “We are pleased to cooperate with the Union of Arab Chambers and with the initiative’s management to give more opportunities to People of Determination, towards playing their role in serving their communities.”