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MoIAT to explore opportunities for boosting cooperation with partners

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Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology delegation during the visit to Fujairah.

A delegation from the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), led by Omar Ahmed Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT, that accompanied Osama Amir Fadl, Assistant Undersecretary for the Industrial Accelerators Sector, visited several local government entities in three emirates.

The tour is in line with MoIAT’s continuing effort to explore opportunities for boosting cooperation with all partners and stakeholders to achieve the goals of the national strategy for industry and advanced technology, Operation 300bn.

Taking in Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah and the Department of Industry and Economy in Fujairah, the tour follows earlier visits to Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The delegates met Mohamed Helal Al Mheiri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Shayeb Al-Naqbi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah, Mohamed Obaid Bin Majed Al Aleeli, Director General of the Department of Industry and Economy in Fujairah, along with senior officials.

The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, established in July 2020, is mandated with strengthening the UAE’s industrial sector, specifically by drawing on the advanced technology and tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Ministry has three overarching goals: Strengthening the UAE’s industrial base, ensuring in country value, and raising the competitiveness of local industries. By enhancing the contribution of advanced technology, the Ministry will support the country’s sustainable economic growth, and ensure GDP contribution from the industry sector.

The Ministry will draft policies, laws and programmes to create a world-class industrial development framework for the nation that will help attract foreign direct investment, boost In-Country Value creation, support national entrepreneurship, drive job creation, and boost exports of ‘Made in UAE’ products.

From encouraging the establishment of industrial complexes to raising local capacity in advanced technology, the Ministry will accelerate industrial development in a bid to drive economic growth, diversification, value retention and national self-reliance.

Earlier this month the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Development Bank (EDB) to provide Dhs30 billion in financial support for up to 13,500 companies and SMEs over the next 10 years. The initiative will target companies in those industrial sectors identified as key to national growth in MoIAT’s new strategy, Operation 300bn.

The agreement aims to drive the development of the knowledge economy, marked by the UAE’s leadership as critical to continued sustainable economic growth during the current period of rapid global digitalisation and technological advancement.

The MoU was signed by Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT, and Faisal Aqeel Al Bastaki, CEO of EDB.

Under the agreement, EDB will provide financing solutions and facilitate banking services to meet the needs of businesses in priority sectors. This will include financing to encourage the adoption of advanced technologies in the industrial sector, structured financing and capital investments, financing for business expansion, and green financing solutions.

EDB and MoIAT, as part of the agreement, will also cooperate to stimulate the growth and development of the UAE’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. They will work together to support SMEs through financial advice and assistance and support the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund and loan programme to boost advanced technology, and cooperation in evaluating eligible borrowers to ensure they meet the criteria.

Finally, both parties will coordinate with other financing bodies such as investment funds to encourage and secure their support and participation.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of EDB’s Board said: “This MoU marks a giant leap for the UAE’s rapidly developing industrial sector and a testament to the forward-thinking approach of this nation’s leadership.”

He said. “In the last two decades, industry and entrepreneurialism have emerged as critical drivers of sustainable national economic growth as a result of the country’s ambitious diversification efforts. Building on these strong foundations, Operation 300bn aims to accelerate the growth of our vibrant industrial base and foster a knowledge- and innovation-based economy.”

Al Jaber explained that MoIAT and the EDB will collaborate to cultivate a climate of intuitive entrepreneurship and innovation across the industrial sector’s value chain, with a focus on the manufacturing, infrastructure, technology, healthcare and food security industries, he added.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT, added: “Operation 300bn is vital to enhancing the UAE’s economic competitiveness and its status as a global hub for pioneering and innovative industries for the next 50 years.”

He added, “By creating a dynamic and supportive environment for businesses from around the world, the strategy aims to double the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP by 2031, while boosting employment, productivity, in-country value and exports in the process.”

Faisal Aqeel Al Bastaki, CEO of EDB, said: “The signing of this MoU complements EDB’s ongoing strategy and its objectives of accelerating advanced technology adoption by providing the necessary banking and financing stimulus, as well as strengthening the role industrial SMEs play in bolstering the national economy.”

He said, “To achieve these goals, EDB will offer financing to small and medium-sized factories, as well as advisory support to entrepreneurs, startups and small enterprises. In terms of immediate next steps, EDB will focus on establishing partnerships with banks in the UAE to bolster the financial assistance provided to industrial SMEs, priority sectors and underserviced economic segments, ensuring all have access to financing solutions.

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