AJMAN -- H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and President of the Executive Council, stated that sustainable development and the green economy are among the priorities of Ajman's local government.

He confirmed the commitment of the emirate's government to implement the directives of H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, to make Ajman an environmentally-friendly city.

The Ajman Crown Prince directed all officials in the economic and environmental sectors and related activities to harness all their energy and potential, to protect the environment and implement the best practices that support a green economy, as one of the main pillars of the Ajman 2021 Vision.

His statement coincided with the annual International Environment Day on 5th June, as the General Secretariat of the Executive Council organised the first stage of the Al Mailas Programme for 2017, under the title, "Sustainability and Green Economy".

The programme's guests included the sustainability expert, Dr. Ibrahim Al Zaabi, who talked about several issues related to the green economy and its relationship with the three components of sustainability, which are the economy, the environment and finance.

The programme addressed the role of the Ajman government in complying with the UAE's commitment to reduce emissions and encourage local and international investment in the green economy.

The participants' discussions included sustainability in local strategic plans, as well as the impact of various awareness campaigns and partnerships, to achieve a clean environment free from pollution.

The guests presented the experiences of the UAE's leading companies in their positive practice of sustainable development and the green economy, based on recycling, reducing energy consumption, cost reduction and enhancing the working environment.

The participants also stressed the importance of increasing investments in renewable energy and holding awareness campaigns for the private and other sectors, with an emphasis on the outcomes and the economic benefits of green buildings, as well as increasing co-operation and co-ordination with local and federal governments.

The Al Mailas Programme was attended by Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Tourism Development, Properties and Real Estate Organisation Department, and Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Municipality and Planning Department, as well as several sheikhs and members of the emirate's Executive Council.

Source: Emirates News Agency