Aqdar summit ends with human empowerment declaration

Participants at the summit praised the efforts of the UAE under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Updated 02 December 2018
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Aqdar summit ends with human empowerment declaration

The second edition of the “Aqdar World Summit,” which was launched in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 26, concluded on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Held under the title “Role of Human Empowerment in Developing Stable Societies,” the summit was organized by the Khalifa Empowerment Program, Aqdar, in cooperation with INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding, the United Nations, the National Archives, the Ministry of Education, along with several local and international bodies and entities.
Participants praised the efforts of the UAE under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE, to build on the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, founder of the UAE, to promote the culture of human empowerment. They also praised his unrelenting efforts, with the support of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to establish educated, conscientious and responsible future generations to develop stable societies. They also thanked Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of interior for his patronage, support and constant follow-up, which had a prominent role in the success of the Aqdar World Summit.
At the conclusion of the three-day event, participants issued the “Aqdar Global Declaration on Human Empowerment in Developing Stable Societies.” The declaration called for concerted efforts to inculcate a deeper understanding of sustainable development goals.
The declaration called for leveraging the experience of the late Sheikh Zayed in human empowerment and to develop the right mechanisms to share the Aqdar World Summit initiative globally through a variety of events.
The declaration recommended establishing an international committee to follow up on the implementation of the summit’s outcomes and to develop relevant plans and executive programs.


Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Updated 11 December 2018
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Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) has wrapped up a successful 2018 having added programs in two new markets — Morocco and Madagascar — as well as having launched a women-only program in Saudi Arabia. The training program reached more than 1,600 inexperienced motorists in 10 cities around the Middle East and Africa.

Providing free training and instilling safe driving practices, the DSFL program offered an opportunity to gain experience in the four main primary driving skills: Hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management.

This year, Ford DSFL was run in the UAE (Dubai), Kenya (Nairobi), Uganda (Gulu Town), and four cities in South Africa (Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, and Pretoria), while Casablanca welcomed Morocco’s first-ever DSFL for three days of training in October. 

Antananarivo in Madagascar also joined the DSFL family when it played host to 50 members of the media, and a train-the-trainer for distributor staff, in September, becoming the eighth market in sub-Saharan Africa alone to benefit from the introduction of Ford’s program.

In addition, on its return to Jeddah, Ford hosted the global debut of its DSFL for Her, a new customized version of Ford’s award-winning safe-driving initiative, helping to build confidence behind the wheel as participants in the Kingdom prepared to be among the first-ever women to be issued a driving license in the country.

The DSFL for Her course followed the landmark decision last year, as decreed by King Salman to lift the ban on females driving in Saudi Arabia.

“Safety continues to be a key priority for Ford, and providing campaigns such as DSFL can only help reduce the number of road accidents, and increase young drivers’ knowledge and confidence on the road,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. 

“Ford also made history in 2018 when it hosted the first-ever practical hands-on driving training for women in Saudi Arabia — DSFL for Her — specifically designed to accommodate Saudi females embarking on their first journey behind the wheel of a car. These are the kinds of occasions that make Ford exceptionally proud of the success DSFL has enjoyed this year, as the program continues its rapid expansion, and evolves to adapt to the needs of the markets in which it operates,” Graham added.

Ford Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers necessary skills beyond standard driver education programs. In 2008, the program expanded to Asia Pacific, and in 2013, Ford DSFL branched out into both Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017, the free program celebrated reaching the one-millionth newly licensed driver trained.