Ministry of Community Development, Union Coop sign MoU

ABU DHABI, 1st February, 2018 (WAM) — The Ministry of Community Development and Union Coop, the largest co-operative in the UAE, have signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU, aimed at supporting a number of elderly people through financing the maintenance of their homes.

The agreement was signed by Naji Al-Hai, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Social Development Sector at the Ministry of Community Development, and Hareb Mohammed bin Thani, Director of Operations Sector in Union Coop, in the presence of a number of staff members from both sides.

Falling within the framework of both sides’ efforts to recognise the Year of Zayed, the MoU aims to stimulate community partnership.


“The MoU was signed by the Ministry of Community Development and Union Coop, in line with the vision of the Ministry and the 2021 Vision. It aims to achieve a decent life for the people of the UAE, ensure the provision of high-quality social services, galvanising the community partnership between the various sectors in the country and consolidating the role they play in social responsibility.

“We look forward to more partnerships and initiatives during the Year of Zayed to support social work and community development. This vision is inspired by the belief and values that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan established in the community,” Naji Al-Hai said.

Through collaboration with our partners, we aim to promote the concepts of sustainable support for Emirati families, with effective and supportive initiatives that move from the notion of social welfare to social development.

Mohammed Hareb bin Thani, Director of Operations Sector, Union Coop, said, “Union Coop cooperates with the Ministry of Community Development to drive the social development process by helping community members through the maintenance of the houses of the needy. This would promote social solidarity as well as cooperation between the two sectors to enhance our society.

“Union Coop is keen to exercise its positive social role towards society, in addition to contributing to the achievement of the Federal Government’s vision and strategy. It aims at assuring decent living conditions and the well-being of people, ensuring the provision of high-quality social services, facilitating access to government services and activating the strategic partnership between federal and local government agencies and the private sector. This also aims to improve the services provided to the public by activating community participation and joint cooperation between these entities.”

It is worth mentioning that during the year 2017, the Ministry of Community Development and the Union Coop signed a MoU to support the “Hydroponic Agriculture Project” to develop the capacities and skills of people of determination.

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