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The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Center for Competitiveness at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Center for Competitiveness at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Sunday, July 07, 2013
The MoU will help to promote and strengthen cooperative relations between COAD and the Center for Competitiveness as well as collaborating on knowledge sharing and exchange of competitiveness strategies. The MoU was signed by H.E. Mohamed Omar Abdulla, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Prof. Dr. Philippe Gugler, Director of the Center of Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg.The strategic partnership will cooperate in following areas:• Creating a platform for mutual exchange, capacity building, and knowledge transfer through workshops, seminars, and secondments.• Establishing joint researches, studies, advisory activities, public policy seminars focusing on the field of competitiveness, innovation, cluster mapping, and the role of clusters in economic development. H.E. Mohamed Omar Abdulla, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development expressed the importance of the MoU, as he ensured that ADDED aims to establish channels of cooperation’s with different international competitiveness entities for the purpose of knowledge sharing in order to improve the competitiveness of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He also added: ”Improving competitiveness is about creating the sustainable economic environment that enables the Emirates enterprises and it’s people to realize their full productive potential. This entails providing the conditions for the Emirates workforce, businesses, sectors and regions to excel in both local and global markets. The signed MoU with the Center for Competitiveness will help us to create a sustainable economic environment by transferring knowledge in the field of competitiveness and joint researches, studies and advisory activities. The Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD) and the Center for Competitiveness in Fribourg will highlight various topics which are of mutual interest in order to address the competitiveness challenges.” Prof. Dr. Philippe Gugler, Director of the Center of Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg said from his side that The Center for Competitiveness is very impressed with the competitiveness strategy adopted in Abu Dhabi over the last few years and very keen to cooperate with the initiators of these important developments: “The Center for Competitiveness is very proud and honored to collaborate with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD). This MoU highlights the excellent relationships tied so far between both Institutions and opens the door to future collaboration in the field of research, knowledge sharing, joint projects and advisory tasks. This collaboration reflects perfectly the initiatives promoted by Michael Porter to whom the Center for Competitiveness is affiliated”. about the Center of Competitiveness:The mission of the Center for Competitiveness at the University of Fribourg is to promote scientific knowledge and rigorous learning in the area of competitiveness, with special emphasis on the role of economic and social policy. The Center is linked to the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC), led by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School (HBS). Based at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg, the Center for Competitiveness is dedicated to extending the research in the field of competitiveness and disseminating it to students, scholars, practitioners and citizens on a global basis. The Center for Competitiveness collaborates with regional, national and international institutions as well as with private entities. Its activities are conducted in collaboration with other Centers and Institutes for Competitiveness such as the ISC of the Harvard Business School, the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness of the Stockholm School of Economics and the Center for Enhancing Competitiveness of the NIDA in Bangkok. about the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD):The Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD) was established under the Department of Economic Development, aiming to enhance  the competitiveness thinking and commitment of Abu Dhabi’s people and enterprises, in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030. COAD contributes to create a sustainable business environment conducive to innovation and productivity, which encourages investment and the success of business projects in the emirate. COAD also implements initiatives related to competitiveness, and coordinates with international expertise and works closely with government entities at the local and federal level and with the private sector to enable the emirate’s enterprises and its people to realise their full productive potential.
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