The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)- has launched, in cooperation with International Development Ireland Ltd. (IDI), the Abu Dhabi Exporters program, which aims at developing the capacities of the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s exporters and enhancing their skills, according to the best international practices in export operations.
Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, Director of Foreign Trade and Export at the Department of Economic Development, stated that this program is but one of the several initiatives undertaken by ADDED for the benefit of company owners and small and medium enterprises in Abu Dhabi. He further pointed out that this initiative is an important step towards enhancing the level of their operations and procedures and improving their competitive stance regionally and internationally.
During a workshop held at the Department of Economic Development to look at the major topics covered by the Abu Dhabi Exporters program that will maintained for six months starting October, Al Afifi explained that the program will be put into practice by a number of experts from IDI and will include a number of workshops for more than 20 export companies, involving two executive directors and national owners of these companies.
He also asserted that the Department of Economic Development has its sights set on involving UAE national owners of companies and SMEs in this program, as this would culminate in achieving sustainable development, developing their capacities, and strengthening the role of these national companies in further contributing to the emirate’s gross domestic product.
He further added that the appointment of IDI comes within the framework of the joint cooperation agreement signed with the Department of Economic Development, whereby IDI undertakes to implement the Abu Dhabi Exporters program. Also, he noted that Ireland is among the countries with which Abu Dhabi establishes benchmarks to develop non-oil sectors such as agriculture, industry, technology and innovation in particular.
Al Afifi stated that the first workshop under the Abu Dhabi Exporters program will be held this 20th day of October. He said that during the workshop, the program will be introduced and emphasis will be placed on business planning and project management, using video conferencing technology allowing for direct communication with major Irish companies that achieved export successes, thanks to the implementation of this program.
He went on to say that the second workshop is set to take place in November and will extend over three days, the first day being devoted to training the participants on promotion operations and e-promotion as well as on how to promote exports, the second to the training on product promotional reporting skills and the third day focuses on developing their skills in preserving product property rights and preparing for exhibition participation and external business delegations.
Al Afifi noted that the Abu Dhabi Exporters program will include three workshops set to be held in January, with the first focusing on sale and transaction skills, the second on agent management and wholesale and the third on a practical program on how to develop a 6-week action plan to complete a project. He added that a technical evaluation of the project success will be performed, in addition to measuring the benefit deriving from this program with respect to the participants.
Al Afifi called upon the owners of export companies in Abu Dhabi to register in the Abu Dhabi Exporters program on the website of the Department of Economic Development, knowing that only companies that have been in existence for five years or more may participate and they must be represented by 2 decision makers from among their founders or executive directors including UAE citizens
He also explained that the program will focus on small and medium enterprises that strive to develop and export their products, in line with the Abu Dhabi government’s orientations towards providing support to these companies, so as to enable them to develop their technical, administrative and scientific capacities and potentials, by employing the best international practices and applications.