BU DHABI – According to Khaleej Times the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) has decided to play an active role at the ensuing edition of International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2009) as part of its efforts to be a leading player in the region and across the globe. CNIA was created in May 2007 by a Presidential Decree with a view to safeguard Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and key assets and is an independent entity affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Pointing out that CNIA was making utmost efforts to protect the economic infrastructure of the nation, its officials said in a statement here that “we are striving to be the number one both regionally and internationally through the application of the highest standards of operation and by utilising state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies. CNIA will be showcasing its achievements since its establishment, as well as its distinct role in safeguarding the economic security and stability of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, at the IDEX. The Authority has also decided to sponsor the Gulf Defence Conference to be held on Monday, as part of IDEX. “CNIA’s sponsorship of the conference is part of our efforts to develop security and defence knowledge and strategies and to exchange expertise and information with countries and defense experts worldwide,’’ the statement said. CNIA is responsible for protecting the vital facilities, and to ensure the highest standard of security as well as to nurture the economic stability by providing safe and secure ambience in the emirate.