H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, inaugurated the 87th International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL, General Assembly, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
The assembly started Sunday in Fujairah City, Dubai, in the presence of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and H.H. Sheikh Hamden bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
Sheikh Saif met separately with the Ministers of Interior of Lithuania, Ukraine and Indonesia; Commissioner of Police of New Zealand; Australian Federal Police Chief; First Deputy Interior Minister of Uzbekistan; and Head of Japanese delegation.
Policing in the information age is the theme of the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai.
Bringing together nearly 1,000 officials from 173 countries, including 85 Police Chiefs and nearly 40 Ministers, the four-day conference will address how technology will change future threats and how it can be used by law enforcement to meet these challenges.
With more than 55% of the world’s population having Internet access, criminals are increasingly going after data as a means to make money, as shown by recent ransomware attacks.
Increased use of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, as well as innovation in the field of forensics, are also key issues for discussion.
Lt. General Sheikh Saif pointed out that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, aims to employ all available resources and lead in all areas, due to the efforts of its citizens and the directives of the wise leadership.
The opening session was attended by H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Lt. General Dhahi bin Khalfan bin Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai, Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Shaa’far, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, and Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police and Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the Conference, as well as security and police leaders from around the country.
In attendance also were Kim Young-Yang, Senior Vice-President of INTERPOL, Jurgen Stoke, Secretary-General of INTERPOL, and Elias Al Murr, Chairman of the Organization, as well as ministers of interior, police and security leaders, and international experts from INPERPOL’s 195 member countries.
In his speech, Kim thanked the UAE’s leadership, government and institutions for hosting the organization’s general assembly, while praising the cooperation of the ministry, led by Sheikh Saif, which has helped INTERPOL perform its duties successfully.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stressed that the UAE is strengthening its cooperation with INTERPOL and other international organizations concerned with combating crime, and praised the efforts of the ministry, led by Sheikh Saif, which is keen to cooperate with INTERPOL and global police and security leaderships, to create non-violent and crime-free communities.
He then welcomed the launch of an INTERPOL centre in Abu Dhabi, which reflects the global confidence in and respect for the UAE.