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The General Assembly of the Emirates Business and Finance Association (EBFA) held its first regular meeting last Thursday in Dubai. The meeting was attended by HE Naser ButtiOmair Yousef AlMheiri, elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, HE Raja Mohammed Ghanim Saeed AlMazrouei, elected Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors, HE Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, HE Ahmed Yousef Abdulla Hussain Khouri, and HE Ahmed Abdul Jalil Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Bulwaki, all elected as members of the Board of Directors.

NAMA Center recently had a remarkable participation in the activities of the Qatari Youth Forum in its second edition, where it organized several activities that followed three main orientations. At the NAMA Pavillion, the services provided to youth were presented, along with the outcome of the social entrepreneurs’ development project. The outputs of the project were developed by the social entrepreneurs. In parallel, the Center’s team, in cooperation with Qatar University’s Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), supervised the management of several workshops to identify the visions of young people and to discuss the challenges and obstacles facing their progress and participation in community development, as well as their views on ways to develop youth work. Through the forum, NAMA Center also sought engagement with youth, as it considers engaging with them and reaching out to them is one of the most important mechanisms to achieve the Center’s strategic directions for 2017-2020.

Heralding their shared commitment to the training, enforcement and prosecution of Intellectual Property infringement crimes, the ME-IPG recently signed anMoU with the EIPA establishing a strategic alliance between the two institutions and pledging their cooperation regarding IPR protection endeavors throughout the UAE. The MoU was signed on November 07, 2017 at the 7th Regional Intellectual Property Crime Conference in Middle East and North Africa. The event was held at the Armani Hotel and hosted by EIPA in association with INTERPOL.

Aster DM Healthcare’s ‘Aster Volunteers’ programme – the cornerstone of the ‘Aster @ 30’ campaign – has seen nearly 8,000 volunteers take part in a wide range of compassionate care initiatives across the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, KSA, Jordan, India and the Philippines.

Room to Read, a global organization founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, will announce the publication and distribution of 600,000 copies of new Arabic children's books, at an event held on November 14 at the Children's Museum Jordan. Under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and funded by Dubai Cares as part of UAE's Reading Nation Campaign, this project brings Room to Read's award-winning expertise in local language children's book publishing to the Middle East for the first time. Twenty original children's book titles were developed by Room to Read in partnership with over 40 local authors and illustrators and in collaboration with three Jordanian publishers—Dar Al Yasmine Publishing, Jabal Amman Publishers and Majdalawi Masterpieces. This one-year project serves the children of Jordan, 90,000 of whom are estimated to be out of school. Thirty thousand copies of each book title will be distributed to inspire a love and habit of reading among the children of Jordan. Every public primary school in Jordan will receive four copies of each book title with the remaining copies distributed to refugee camps and disenfranchised communities throughout the country.