With the participation of more than 50 companies and factories in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (DED) organizes tomorrow at its headquarters a workshop entitled Export Logistics. The workshop aims to shed light on the best global practices in the development of export capabilities to help companies take advantage of the tools and standards that improve the quality and competitiveness of export at the regional and international levels.
Mr. Hamad Abdullah Al Mas, Executive Director of International Economic Relations at DED, said that this workshop comes in line with DED mandate and efforts to promote foreign trade and exports in the Emirate by providing services, facilities and incentives that would support and increase domestic exports to regional and global markets.
“The services provided by DED are divided into four key categories; the first of which is capability development by delivering workshops, seminars, forums and lectures to develop the capabilities of current exporters and raise awareness of non-exporting companies about the importance and benefits of export, as well as to provide them with the tools they need to get their products/services into global markets”.
“The second category of services aims to facilitate access to information through publications or export e-services, thus helping current and potential exporters in the decision-making process; whereas the third category focuses on export development through helping and encouraging exporters to participate in trade fairs, trade missions and other events that introduce such exporters to export opportunities in the global markets. The fourth category rendered by DED is providing marketing research services to target international markets and sectors through the publication of reports on local exporters, and providing professional export advisory services that meet the specific needs of each exporter” he added.
He further noted that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is moving forward to the future with a clear strategy for social and economic advancement. Having a multi-source economy is considered to be the cornerstone of such strategy to ensure balanced and sustainable economic development for the benefit of the civil society in the Emirate.
“Within the framework of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which aims to increase non-oil exports of the emirate’s GDP by 11%, and pursuant to law No. 2 of 2009 on the establishment of the Department of Economic Development, DED has been mandated to develop and implement initiatives that develop exports of current and potential exporters in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.” said Al Mas.
Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, Director of Foreign Trade and Export Support, said that DED has developed special programs and services for exporters to raise awareness of the importance of export and those elements that may affect the export process. Such programs/services include delivering courses, seminars and workshops, as well as participating in databases to help local companies and establishments in Abu Dhabi take proper decisions that will eventually develop exports. “These programs/services also include the publication of studies on potential export opportunities in the global markets, delivering training programs to develop exporters’ capabilities and providing consultations to local companies on strategies of access to regional and global export markets, as well as highlighting obstacles facing exporters and coordinating with other government departments and relevant agencies to reduce and resolve such obstacles” he added.
Dr. Al Afifi noted that Foreign Trade and Export Support Division organizing this workshop is targeting local companies and individuals who do not have adequate expertise in the field of export. Hence, a global consulting firm shall give a presentation to raise companies’ awareness on the concept of logistics by introducing the basic systems to apply and practice logistics in the field of export.