The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (DED), Al Ain Branch, held recently a workshop entitled: Standardization and Metrology for the Development of Exports, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) participated in the activities of the workshop which was attended by some of companies and factories operating in the Eastern Region.
In his introductory speech, His Excellence Hamad Abdulla Almass, Executive Director of International Economic Relations Sector, pointed out that the purpose of holding the workshop was to shed light on the critical role standardization and quality play in materializing one of the most important objectives of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 with regard to boosting foreign investments and increasing non-oil exports in addition to its significant role in gaining the trust of local and international consumers.
He also illustrated that paying special attention to specifications and quality makes a significant contribution to directing the economic diversification towards the exports sector and reducing the turbulences in economic growth which arise from focusing on the oil sector and the subsequent impact of oil prices fluctuations.
His Excellency also referred to the fact that the efforts of various specialized entities in the Emirate that support exports brought about increasing non-oil exports from AED 9.5 billion in 2009 to 11.6 billion in 2010, with a 22.1% increase.
HE Hamad Al Mass pointed out the key role played by DED in Abu Dhabi within the framework of the authorities and tasks it has been charged with according to Law no. (2) in 2009. Currently, DED focuses on setting up a number of specialized centers, one of which is the Export Development Center and supervising it and ensuring the fulfillment of its objectives through offering support to export industries and uplifting the specifications of local products and opening up new foreign markets for them and promoting them with the motto Made in UAE through investing Abu Dhabi international relations in the proper manner.
Al Mass stated that due to the high importance of standardization and metrology, ESMA was established to act as the main reference for all the issues related to standardization and metrology in order to ensure safety, due protection of health, economy and environment and also underpin the national economy and the economic development plans with the purpose of ensuring that the local production quality levels reach the point at which they can compete actively at the local, regional and international markets.
His Excellency referred to how important it was to set up QCC with the purpose of raising quality level and enforcing the standards and specifications which are accredited locally and internationally and thereby bolster trust in the products that are circulated locally and push forward economic activity and highlight the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi Emirate.
HE Hamad Abdulla Almass emphasized the key role played by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) in supporting exports through supplying businessmen with information and data about the potential markets for their exports and promoting local industries in foreign markets.
At the conclusion of his speech, His Excellency, the Executive Director of International Economic Relations Sector, called upon all strategic partners to double their efforts and continue to offer support to the non-oil exports of Abu Dhabi Emirate in order to incorporate this culture into the local factories and assist them in developing their exports to international markets.
On the other hand, HE Engineer Mohammad Saleh Badri, acting Director General, ESMA, welcomed the participants in the workshop including decision-makers, industrialists and businessmen who would exchange expertise in the field of standardization and metrology as it is one of the most important pillars of national economy and also to enhance the competitiveness of local industries at the local, regional and international levels.
He added that the workshop provided a golden opportunity to identify the needs of national industry and trade with regard to standardization and metrology so those needs would be taken into account when strategic and operational plans are drawn up for UAE's Vision 2021 which aims to transform UAE to be one of the best countries of the world by 2021.
Badri explained that the studies issued by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures showed that around 75% of international trade requires testing and conformity according to technical regulations and specifications. The official European studies also pointed out that European countries spend around 200 billion US dollars from their GDP on measurements and this spending brings about benefits for the European economy worth 400 to 1400 billion US dollars from the total GDP.
He also added that the same study showed that the cost of measurement in modern European industry reached 10% to 15% from the production cost and that was clearly reflected in the general movement of international trade and the development of modern industry in particular.