Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development signed today at its premises a co-operation agreement with the Abu Dhabi Terminal, aimed at cooperation, coordination and exchanging studies and consultations between the two parties on the general strategies policies and regulations initiated, developed or drafted by any of the parties in the areas of export development and promotion.The agreement was signed by HE Mohammed Omar Abdullah, Undersecretary of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and by Captain Mohammad Al Shamsi, Abu Dhabi Terminals Chairman, in the presence of Mr. Martin Van de Linde CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, HE Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, Executive Director of International Economic Relations, and HE Ghanem Mohammed AL Fendi Al Mazrouie, Executive Director of Support Services Sector and a number of managers and senior officials from both sides.His Excellency Mohammed Omar Abdullah said that this agreement comes within the framework of the responsibilities of the Department develop and support Abu Dhabi exports in cooperation with strategic partners in the public and private sectors.ADDED’s Undersecretary said that Abu Dhabi is moving steadily and confidently towards the future with a clear strategy for social and economic development, and sound plans to development non-oil sectors, and enhance their contribution to GDP, in line with the determinants and goals of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. His Excellency said that the Department is embarking on a package of services for exporting companies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to increase their participation in fairs, local and international business events, trade missions to global markets and efforts to raise awareness of the importance of export, in addition to various programs, seminars and workshops to boost exports.H.E the Undersecretary explained that the Department of Economic Development works on providing data and information to enable local establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to formulate their plans and take appropriate decisions to help develop exports. This includes publishing of studies on potential export opportunities in world markets, offering training programs to develop the capabilities of establishments and providing advice on export markets penetration strategies. H.E. stressed ADDED’s keenness to overcome export barriers and to work in coordination with government entities and other relevant bodies in this regard.Mohammed Omar praised the key and important role of Abu Dhabi Terminals in providing logistics services to support exporting companies in Abu Dhabi, and help them to take advantage of modern and sophisticated technologies, which constitute key factors for the success of Abu Dhabi companies in global markets. On his part Mr. Martin Van de Linde, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals said that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi advances steadily in the development of the maritime operational domain through the development of its ports, including Khalifa Port. Mr. Martin Van de Linde explained that the ADT works to improve levels of services with commitment to quality in operations as per international standards, and best global practices, and latest technology in the field of port management.
He added that the company manages and operates the three major ports of Abu Dhabi, Port Zayed, which is the main gateway for cargo operations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Musaffah Port in the heart of the industrial zone, and container terminal in Khalifa Port, the first semi- automated most sophisticated port in the region. He stressed that Abu Dhabi Terminals is poised to play a prominent role in turning Abu Dhabi ports sector into one of the most important elements which underpin the Emirate's economic strategy, through its commitment to the development of its ports and the operating of these ports, to be able to offer regionally and globally solutions to major shipping lines ; as Khalifa Port provides 13 international shipping lines, and about 14 direct service connecting Khalifa Port in Al Taweela with 44 harbors globally. Mr. Martin praised the strategic role of the Department of Economic Development, in the development of the non-oil sectors and focusing on exports as one of the most important and most strategic sectors of the domestic economy. The parties agreed on close cooperation and coordination for the promotion of the services offered by both sides, to exporting companies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to help them take advantage of Abu Dhabi terminals and shipping lines in the new Khalifa Port.They also agreed to provide data for exporting companies and their details, and the value of annual exports; and to organize joint events proposed to help achieve the objectives of developing the capabilities of exporters in Abu Dhabi through increasing their representation and participation in international fairs, business delegations, conferences and workshops in the field of export promotion.