Next Wednesday’s second UAE Manufacturing Forum in Abu Dhabi will focus on sustainable industrial development, carbon reduction and increasing the industrial sector’s contribution to climate action.
Organized by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Adnoc, the forum will be held at the Abu Dhabi Energy Center from 31 May to 1 June.
Make it in the Emirates serves as a platform for business and government to discuss opportunities, address challenges and explore the UAE’s existing competitive advantages such as incentives, enablers, infrastructure, financing and partnerships.
The first day of the forum consisted of three main sessions, starting with a panel discussion on enhancing industrial competitiveness through R&D and technology, attended by Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, and Malek Al Malek, Chief Minister of Dubai Holding Anna-Karin Rosén, Executive Director of Asset Management (DHAM) and Managing Director of Saab.
The second panel discussion, in the presence of Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of ADDED, and Omar Al Suwaidi, Deputy Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, will address strengthening value chains and product competitiveness The problem.
The third panel, Industrial Sustainability and Roadmaps at COP28, will discuss ways to strengthen sustainability practices and standards in the industrial sector and accelerate decarbonization. COP28 Director General and Special Representative Majid Al Suwaidi, Adnoc Upstream Council Executive Director Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei, Emirates Global Aluminum CEO Saeed Ghumran Abdulnasser Ibrahim Saif Bin Kalban will attend Emirates Steel Arkan Group CEO Al Remeithi, Mubadala Investment Company Vice President Saif Al Qubaisi and Agthia Group CEO Alan Smith.
Scheduled to take place on the first day of the forum, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology has launched the Make it in the Emirates Awards to recognize excellence and innovation in the industrial sector. The awards will recognize industry pioneers, visionaries, national talent and sustainability champions, helping drive the UAE’s transformation into a global manufacturing hub.
The awards aim to showcase the competitive advantages and incentives offered by Make it in the Emirates to boost industrial investment in the UAE and enhance the national sector’s contribution to the achievement of the National Industrial and Advanced Technology Strategy goals in line with the UAE’s decarbonization and sustainable development goals.
The second day of the forum will consist of four sessions; the first session entitled “Growth through Domestic Value” will be attended by Saleh Al Hashemi, Head of Commercial Affairs and Domestic Value at Adnoc, Abdullah Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Development Held under the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, ADDED Industrial Development Board (IDB) Executive Director Arafat Al Yafei and Al Masaood Group Deputy Chairman Ahmed Rahma Al Masaood.
The second session “The Role of Industrial Zones” will be held in the presence of Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, Group CEO, Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi (KEZAD), and Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Executive Vice President, Industrial Leasing, TECOM Group PJSC , RAKEZ Group CEO Ramy Jallad and Fujairah Free Zone Authority Director Sharief Habib Al Awadhi.
Competitive financing as a key enabler is the third panel that will discuss the importance of innovative financing solutions in driving growth, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting companies. The meeting was attended by Ahmed Al Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Development Bank (EDB), Hana Al Rostamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), and Khalil Al Mansoori, Acting Director General of Abu Dhabi Bank. Raja Al Mazrouei, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Export Office (ADEX), Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), and Mohamed Al Marzooqi, CEO, HSBC Middle East.
UAE investment model
The second day of Make it in the Emirates concluded with an overview of the UAE as an investment destination and a panel titled “Why Succeed in the UAE, An Investor Perspective” in the presence of Mohamed Al Musharrakh, CEO, Sharjah FDI Office ,engineer. Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi, Acting Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), and Amer Kakish, Chief Executive Officer, Ittihad International Investment.
The final session ‘Local Talent in the Private Sector’ will be held in the presence of Omar Al Suwaidi, Deputy Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the UAE Talent Competitiveness Council and Yaser Saeed Al, Executive Director of Adnoc Upstream Council Mazrouei.
The forum will also host sessions highlighting the UAE’s advanced technologies, industrial investment opportunities, and incentives and enablers aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and business growth. Make it in the Emirates Forum is a premier platform for industry experts and leaders to share their insights on key topics shaping the industry, including industrial automation, the role of technology in driving the industrial sector and the importance of sustainability.
The second Make it in the Emirates Forum will build on the success of the inaugural event in 2022, which brought AED110 billion (US$30 billion) worth of sourcing opportunities across 300 products across 11 industries. More than 1,800 people attended the first forum– trade arab news agency