Sulayem re-elected FIA VP

Published October 23rd, 2009 - 12:29 GMT
Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) President Mohammed Ben Sulayem was re-elected Vice President of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) on Friday.
Speaking from Paris following his re-election and the election of former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt as President of the FIA to fill in the vacancy created by outgoing president Max Mosley, Sulayem said Todt’s victory demonstrates that member clubs want the governance of the sport and mobility to be in capable and experienced hands with the capacity to tackle issues arising out of the current global financial crisis and address concerns related to the sport of Formula 1.
Following his re-election as Vice President, Sulayem is expected to be given even greater responsibility under the Todt presidency which will cover among other things overseeing FIA club activities in the entire Middle East and North Africa region.
The inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is just a week away and it’s now time to get down to serious business, Sulayem said in one of his first remarks after his re-election.
“Now that the elections are over I sincerely urge everyone from all quarters to come together and work for the betterment of motorsport and address pressing issues facing the mobility sector, particularly with respect to road safety,” Sulayem added.
The re-nominated FIA Vice President said: “The road safety campaign will reach a new milestone next month when governments and member clubs will convene for the first ever world congress on road safety in Moscow under the auspices of the United Nations.
“It has taken us years and years of lobbying to make this congress happen and I call upon all governments to make their presence felt in Moscow come November because fatalities on the roads has now become the number one killer worldwide; we have to act to safeguard the lives of future generations to come,” Sulayem said.
Looking ahead, the ATCUAE President said it was important to work in partnership with both the FIA Foundation and the FIA Institute to build a global common programme that promotes safe, clean, affordable mobility and, safe and sustainable motor sport.
The FIA Vice President noted that Mr. Todt has committed himself to encouraging the mobility and sport sides of the FIA to work closely together and share as much as possible their common goals and aspirations, especially the Frenchman’s vision of developing a network of FIA centres of excellence to provide multi-purpose facilities for regional programmes of motor sport related training and road safety driver education.
Sulayem also said it was necessary to work towards making motor sport and mobility as affordable as possible to as many as possible, and for there to be fair competition on the track and fairness for the motoring consumer.
The re-nominated FIA Vice President said it was indeed a proud day for the UAE on Wednesday after the ATCUAE was elected to the 12-member Alternative Energies Commission of the FIA.
“It is big win for the country and worldwide recognition for the UAE’s growing role in the alternative energy sector. The ATCUAE is playing its part in support of the government’s initiatives on alternative and sustainable energies and indeed it is a matter of great pride for us to have been elected on this prestigious commission and work in conjunction with countries like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Switzerland to name a few.
“Our work on this commission vis-à-vis motor sport will cover areas such as solar, hybrid and other alternative energies,” he concluded.

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