Thales, a leading French multinational company in the aerospace and defense sector, has announced the launch of its “Go to UAE” initiative, which aims to strengthen the country’s national export capabilities and create high-skilled jobs.
With the support of the Ministry and Advanced Technology, as part of the Make it in the Emirates programme, the Thales initiative aims to promote Made in the Emirates hallmark products and expertise globally and develop a locally skilled talent pool.
Launched on day 2 of the Make it in the Emirates forum, the initiative is in partnership with the Tawazun Council, the UAE’s defense procurement body. It also helps Thales fulfill its obligations under the Tawazun Economic Plan.
The Thales program, called Go to UAE, aims to have an industrial footprint by starting to develop local suppliers for local and export needs through a series of international certifications for technologies, parts and services.
These industry-recognized certifications will enable domestic suppliers to export UAE-made parts and services to Thales Group entities globally.
Osama Amir Fadel, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Accelerators, MoIAT, Muammar Abushehab, Head of Defense and Security Industry Affairs, Tawazun Council, and Bernard Roux, CEO of Thales, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation of the Go to UAE program Emmarat Technologies.
Omar Al Suwaidi, Deputy Minister of MoIAT, said: “The UAE’s growing reputation as a global industrial hub has attracted business from major companies. Going to the UAE proves that the UAE is a fertile ground for industry and an ideal place to do business. Industrial investors establish themselves.”
“MoIAT remains committed to supporting local industrial companies to meet global standards to help further boost exports. The UAE is recognized as a manufacturer of quality products that meet international standards and we look forward to forging further partnerships with companies across industries as we pursue our goals economic and sustainable industrial growth goals,” he said.
“As part of this initiative, Thales will develop a comprehensive training and development program aimed at supporting UAE suppliers to improve their performance and competitiveness,” he added.
UAE suppliers will benefit from the program by integrating opportunities within Thales’ global supply chain, and will also be able to leverage this relationship and their industry position when promoting their business activities to wider export markets.
Regarding the deal, Dr Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Tawazun Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and Thales on the ‘Go to UAE’ programme, which plays a vital role in making it happen Tawazun’s economic plan.”
“This initiative has a dual purpose, it makes a significant contribution to domestic value programmes, enhances local manufacturing capabilities and fosters the development of indigenous expertise. Furthermore, it will create a large number of skilled jobs and empower UAE citizens throughout the defense supply chain, “He added.
“Make it in the Emirates Forum directly supports the UAE’s economic diversification strategy and the country’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of its national industry,” said Roque Carmona, Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement, Thales Group.
“This technological knowledge transfer and skills upskilling will benefit the country as it seeks to increase sovereignty, localize essential manufacturing and create high-skilled jobs. The UAE’s industrial ecosystem makes it an ideal country to establish such programs,” Carmona said.
“As part of these efforts, we are proud to launch our GO to UAE program and leverage our expertise and global reach to enhance the prospects of UAE companies across the supply chain,” he added.trade arab news agency