Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC) is preparing to launch a new strategy that aims to bolster its role in enabling the UAE’s defence and security industries sector, said Mohammad Helal Al Muhairi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member of the Council’s Board of Directors.

Al Muhairi made the remarks while addressing a session that took place in Abu Dhabi on Monday to elect new members to the Council’s Board of Directors.

“The board elections day is a testimony to the amount of progress we have made in achieving our vision for a UAE defence industry that is transparent, communicative, and mutually supportive. It is also a reflection of the keenness shown by our key government stakeholders to provide a conducive environment for long-standing and mutually beneficial partnerships, particularly in the areas of knowledge, technology and expertise transfer,” he said.

Al Muhairi congratulated the elected members of the board and described the elections as another step in the EDCC’s journey to success and a powerful tool for achieving its goals. He urged them to continue strengthening the council’s role as a primary communication platform between industry players as well as strategic government stakeholders.

He said: “We have come a long way in growing the EDCC membership, which stand now at 63 companies, from just 24 in 2014.”

He also commended the continuous support provided to the council by the UAE leadership and key strategic partners.

“I am confident that under the guidance of our visionary leadership and the unwavering support of our key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Defence, the GHQ of the UAE Armed Forces, and Tawazun Economic Council, we will grow further in both numbers and influence as we strive to explore potentials and to tap into opportunities that present themselves.”

The new elected members of the Council’s Board of Directors were announced. They are: Major General (Rtd.) Al Syed Abdullah Al Syed Al Hashemi, representing Calidus, Mohammad Seddiqi Al Mutawa, representing Atlas Dynamics, Saeed Ganem, representing MGI and Rashid Al Mutawa, representing Atlas Group.

The elected board members will be joined by others members, appointed through a resolution issued by Tarek Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, chief executive officer of Tawazun Economic Council and board chairman of the EDCC. They are: Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief economic development officer of Tawazun Economic Council; Mohammad Helal Al Muhairi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Khalid Abdullah Al Qubaisi is the chief executive officer of Aerospace, Renewables & Information Communications Technology (AR & I) for Mubadala; and Major General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Al Beloushi, ead of the Executive Directorate of Industries and Development of Defence Capabilities at the Ministry of Defence.