Fu­jairah Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Rot­ter­dam sign MOU to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion in oil sec­tor

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Fu­jairah: the fu­jairah mu­nic­i­pal­ity has signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing, MOU, with the city of Rot­ter­dam in Nether­lands, un­der the frame­work of pro­mot­ing mu­tual co-op­er­a­tion, ex­chang­ing knowl­edge and achiev­ing sus­tain­able in­dus­trial devel­op­ment in the oil sec­tor.

The MOU was signed by Mo­hamed Saif Al Afkham, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Fu­jairah Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rot­ter­dam.

The MOU stip­u­lates that Rot­ter­dam will as­sess its in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties that reine and store oil and its de­riv­a­tives, as well as its fa­cil­i­ties that process oil waste prod­ucts and its metal in­dus­try fa­cil­i­ties, to com­ply with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and best in­ter­na­tional prac­tices and re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The MOU also aims to raise the ca­pac­ity of the Fu­jairah Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Air Qual­ity Con­trol Net­work and in­tro­duce mod­ern tech­nolo­gies, which are sim­i­lar to those that mon­i­tor and track op­er­a­tions in Rot­ter­dam (E-noses). It also aims to es­tab­lish a lo­cal mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol room, and Rot­ter­dam will pro­vide sup­port to the Fu­jairah Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to de­velop leg­is­la­tion and guide­lines for these ac­tiv­i­ties.

Al Afkham stated that en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­i­ties in Rot­ter­dam and Fu­jairah face sim­i­lar chal­lenges in terms of de­vel­op­ing their oil in­dus­tries near res­i­den­tial ar­eas, which af­fects lo­cal air qual­ity. There­fore, the Fu­jairah Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is seek­ing to im­ple­ment best prac­tices and lat­est tech­nolo­gies while sim­u­lat­ing the sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tem that is used to mon­i­tor rel­e­vant pro­cesses. He also high­lighted the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing the con­cept of en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity as a mod­ern ad­min­is­tra­tive process, with the aim of pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment from pol­lu­tion.

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