Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and Procter and Gamble Conclude Access SMEs Program

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Six-day capability building program provided essential training in operations, quality, supply chains, and tools for reaching global markets

Dubai, UAE: The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and Procter and Gamble Middle East (P&G) today concluded the Access SMEs program within the wider Make it in the Emirates Lab, a recently launched public-private initiative that delivers best-in-class corporate training to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial sector.

The training modules, held over a period of six days with the participation of 10 industrial SMEs and 15 senior Emirati students, were developed by P&G and designed to enhance core capabilities in areas such as operations, quality control, supply chain, sourcing, marketing, sales and finance and accounting, as well as providing participating SMEs with the tools to access local, regional, and global markets.

Advisory and Training

His Excellency Omar Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary at Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology, said: “Exchange of knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology. The Access SMEs program not only empowers industrial SMEs to play a role in the UAE’s industrial advancement, but also in the UAE’s economic diversification drive. We are delighted to conclude the inaugural edition of the program and look forward to seeing how the participants will utilize their newly gathered knowledge. P&G is an ideal partner for participating SMEs and students to benefit and learn from its advanced international experience in manufacturing consumer products.

Omar Channawi, P&G CEO Middle East, Sub Sahara Africa and General Exports Markets said: “P&G’s partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology on the Access SMEs program, in alignment with the National Industrial Strategy and ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiatives, aims to stimulate, promote and support the entrepreneurial spirit, start-up and early growth of small businesses to actively contribute to the economic development of the UAE. Our inaugural training program was very successful and was designed to encourage participation in innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship and increase private-sector contribution towards helping SMEs and students strengthen their innovative capabilities and seize new opportunities. SMEs and local talent have immense potential to harness, nurture and enhance their capabilities in order to move forward and succeed on a regional global scale, and I strongly believe that the road ahead is marked by genuine opportunity.”

In addition to P&G, further MoUs are in process with a number of key national and international industrial companies as part of this best-in-class corporate training. The SMEs Lab will also offer consultancy services provided directly by MoIAT and via partner companies, with sessions devoted to the practical support provided by Emirates Development Bank and the National In-Country Value program.

The Access SMEs program and the wider Make it in the Emirates Lab, are in line with the Ministry’s national strategy that aims to empower and expand the industrial sector to become a key driver of the UAE economy. It is expected that the program will reach 100 SMEs and accommodate 50 students in its first year.