September 18, 2012 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), mark the conclusion of successful negotiations on a nuclear cooperation agreement during a signing ceremony in Ottawa, September 18, 2012.
This agreement will create business opportunities for the Canadian nuclear industry and help to create jobs for Canadians, while ensuring that Canadian-supplied nuclear items are used for peaceful, civilian purposes.
Nuclear energy production in Canada generates about $5 billion in annual revenues. Canada’s nuclear industry is responsible for 21,000 direct jobs and a billion dollars a year in uranium exports. The U.A.E. is Canada’s largest export partner in the Middle East.
This agreement is a sign of warm relations between Canada and the U.A.E. that are strong and getting stronger.