The UAE has underlined its desire to keep international supply chains open.
Leaders have made a pledge to an initiative from counterparts in New Zealand and Singapore to intensify co-ordination during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to state-held news agency Wam, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, in a letter to his counterpart David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth of New Zealand, confirmed that the government of the UAE joins and endorses the ministerial statement, based on its belief in the need to strengthen joint efforts at regional and global levels to facilitate the movement of trade.
He added that the continuity of cross border trade will increase the ability of the UAE and its external partners to cope with the pandemic crisis, while also maintaining vital economic cooperation channels open.
Other global signatories include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Laos, Myanmar and Uruguay.
Al Mansouri added: "The UAE has always proven its prominent and vital position in the global trade arena.
“We will continue our efforts to ensure the flow of necessary supplies and the integrity of supply chains by supporting the continuity of operational logistical networks, and by maintaining air, land and sea shipping routes.
“There is no doubt that the country’s accession to this joint statement, which includes countries from many continents of the world, is consistent with our vision and leading policies to support the movement of trade and its continued growth."