San Jose, 29 December 2021(TDI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) donates 2 million dollars to the Republic of Costa Rica. This donation is a hand given to the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response of Costa Rica. 

This donation is the action of UAE Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Minister of Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy. It is a donation to help alleviate the challenges caused by natural events and pandemics caused by SARS-CoV-2 in rural areas.

Indeed, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada requested UAE support and the strengthening of both countries’ ties. It was on his last visit to the UAE earlier this month week where the president expressed this thought. 

 What is CNE?

The National Commission for Risk Prevention And Emergency Care (CNE) is the governing public institution that coordinates the preventive work of situations of imminent risk, mitigation, and response to an emergency. 

It is a maximum deconcentration body attached to the Costa Rican presidency, with instrumental legal personality for the management and administration of its budget and the investment of the resources. It has its budget and patrimony. The headquarter is at the Capital San Jose. 

Since 2006, the country has had the National law on Emergencies and risk prevention No. 8488 that is an addition to the gaps of previous laws that were limited. 

It also introduces the concept of risk prevention with the institutional touch. It regulates the extraordinary activity that the states face in a State of emergency. This platform helps put into practice prevention actions throughout the national territory. 

The CNE empowers and supervises the National Emergency Prevention and Care system, where each institution must participate in the different issues within its competence and collaborate with local risk prevention and emergency care committees. 

Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates 

The United Arab Emirates and Costa Rica established diplomatic relations in the year 2010. However, the people-to-people relationship was the interaction that both countries had through their citizens for a long time. 

In 2017 the Embassy of Costa Rica opened its doors in Abu Dhabi. A year later, in 2018 the embassy of UAE opened its doors in San Jose. Their areas of collaboration are sustainable development, renewable energy, and investment reciprocity.