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Abu Dhabi: The UAE has unveiled a new plan to strengthen its industrial sector by announcing an additional Dh10 billion in offtake agreements. This move builds upon the previous Dh110 billion worth of procurement opportunities and brings the total value of products targeted for localization to Dh120 billion.

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, highlighted the achievements of the previous year’s forum, where national companies committed to investing Dh110 billion over the next decade to purchase 300 products from local manufacturers. “I am pleased to share with you that in the first year alone, 28 per cent of these offtake agreements have been implemented, representing a total value of Dh31 billion,” he said.

In addition to the offtake agreements, Al Jaber also announced more than 30 industrial projects worth over Dh6 billion. These projects include the establishment of the UAE’s first hydrogen electrolyzer plant, a significant initiative in advancing sustainable practices.

During the forum, ADNOC chief revealed that the oil giant would allocate over Dh20 billion to procure structures and metal products from national companies.

Sustainable job opportunities

The minister also announced the creation of 5,000 sustainable job opportunities for UAE nationals in the industrial sector through the Industrialist Program. This initiative, supported by Nafis and the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization, seeks to boost employment prospects for the local workforce.

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Make it in the Emirates initiative

To support the “Make it in the Emirates” initiative, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology collaborated with the Emirates Development Bank to provide financing solutions worth Dh3 billion. It also launched the Technological Transformation Program to accelerate the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and contribute to achieving lower emission goals.

The minister also commended the success of MoIAT’s National In-Country Value Program. In 2022, the program injected Dh53 billion into the national economy, a 25 per cent increase compared to the previous year. Al Jaber expressed anticipation for more entities to join the program, further enhancing growth opportunities for local manufacturers.

Operation 300 billion
Under the Operation 300 Billion strategy, the value of the UAE’s industrial exports reached Dh175 billion in 2022, compared to Dh117 billion in 2020, representing 49% growth. The industrial sector’s contribution to GDP increased from Dh132 billion in 2020 to Dh182 billion in 2022, representing 38% growth.

The ministry has taken steps to streamline processes, including reducing fees and developing programs that support innovation, entrepreneurship, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Additionally, it has facilitated access for manufacturers to export markets, encompassing over 2.5 billion consumers.

The forum also showcased competitive financing solutions for the industrial sector. First Abu Dhabi Bank will provide Dh5 billion, while Mashreq Bank will offer Dh1 billion in financing options.

Made in the Emirates mark launched
The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) has launched Made in the Emirates, a new quality mark for UAE-made products.

The mark aims to increase consumer confidence in local products. It indicates that products comply with national quality and safety standards, which boosts their competitiveness in international markets.

The strategy aims to enhance the competitiveness of local industries, build the reputation of the UAE's industrial products as well as exports to global markets, and create an attractive business environment for local and international investors.

Companies in the UAE can request a licence to use the Made in the Emirates mark, which is issued by MoIAT under the technical requirements of Cabinet Resolution No. 10 for the year 2018.
Companies can obtain the Made in the Emirates mark via the ministry's website for a nominal fee of Dh100 over three years.