Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology drives smart manufacturing and decarbonization agenda at ADIPEC

  • MoIAT showcases competitive advantages of ‘Make it in the Emirates’ and the promising investment opportunities in the UAE’s industrial sector
  • ‘ADIPEC is key to discussing smart solutions in response to energy challenges, supply chain security and industrial transformation’ – HE Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) is set to gather regional and international manufacturers alongside key decision-makers in the energy industry at a conference designed to drive the development of smart manufacturing systems that can boost efficiency and decarbonization.   

The Smart Manufacturing Conference, hosted by MoIAT, will run on the sidelines of the 37th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), which takes place from 15-18 November under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).  The event is expected to attract more than 155,000 energy professionals from about 2,200 local, regional and global companies.

Through its participation, the ministry aims to highlight the competitive advantages of the UAE’s industrial sector on the global stage and introduce international delegations to the investment opportunities available in the country. MoIAT also aims to enhance the ability of national companies in the industrial sector to build partnerships that contribute to the transfer of expertise and knowledge and access global markets.

As well as helping to consolidate efforts in smart manufacturing systems, the conference will discuss strategies and policies developed to drive industrial growth and interlink manufacturing, energy, and Operation 300bn, which aims to position the UAE as a global hub for industries of the future. The conference will also explore how the internet of things (IoT) can support supply chain logistics.   

MoIAT’s participation at ADIPEC is themed ‘Make it in the Emirates’, which is one of the ministry’s  strategic initiatives and an open invitation to investors, innovators and developers to be part of Operation 300bn – the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology. By engaging with the campaign, manufacturers can benefit from the UAE’s advantages by investing in the industries of the future, advanced industries and improving the opportunities for exporting products and access to global markets.

Global Issues

Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, underlined that ADIPEC is an international platform for presenting solutions to the most prominent issues facing governments today. These advanced solutions include 4IR applications, the development of energy sources and the use of advanced technology to increase industrial production, improve its quality, and support a global economic recovery that is based on innovation and sustainability.

She said: “The UAE is utilizing its position in advanced industries and technologies and low-carbon and carbon-neutral energy to promote sustainable economic growth following the pandemic. The energy sector is regarded as one of the most important elements of the global economic shifts.  In the UAE, we believe integrating 4IR solutions into the industrial sector is pivotal in promoting a knowledge- and innovation-based economy in line with the country’s vision for the next 50 years.”

She added: “Smart manufacturing is one of the most important topics for thought leaders, decision-makers, government officials and executives of international companies. ADIPEC provides an excellent opportunity to tackle these issues and highlight the UAE’s experience in adopting solutions like artificial intelligence, IoT, robotics, and blockchain as keys to establishing smart manufacturing centers that support the growth and development of future industries.”

Operation 300bn

His Excellency Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, noted that the oil and gas sector is closely linked to Operation 300bn, which is implemented by the ministry in cooperation with federal and local government entities and the private sector. The petrochemical industry is one of the priority industries within the strategy, as well as clean energy, such as hydrogen, which the UAE seeks to be a global leader in its production and export.

He said: “The National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology includes key objectives that we seek to achieve, such as creating a stimulating environment for industry and investors in the UAE, supporting the growth and competitiveness of our industry and our products to access regional and global markets, creating an environment that supports advanced technology and 4IR solutions, and enhancing the UAE’s position as a global hub for future industries.”

Make it in the Emirates

His Excellency Al Suwaidi added that the conference sessions will feature contributions from senior officials, experts, investors, government and private entities around the world, offering a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss investment opportunities, and present the advantages offered by the UAE to industrial investors and talents.

In an introductory session titled ‘Make it in the Emirates – Shaping Industrial Growth and Advancing Economic Development’, His Excellency will highlight the role of the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ campaign in implementing the goals of Operation 300bn. The strategy aims to achieve a qualitative leap that enhances the country’s position as a global center for future industries, stimulates innovation, adopts advanced technology and the solutions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

About the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology:

The UAE’s Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), established in July 2020, is mandated with strengthening the UAE’s industrial sector, specifically by accelerating the adoption of advanced technologies and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) solutions across the value chain.

MoIAT has three overarching goals: Strengthening the UAE’s industrial base, ensuring in country value, and raising the competitiveness of local industries. By enhancing the contribution of advanced technology, the Ministry will support the country’s sustainable economic growth, and ensure GDP contribution from the industry sector. 

The Ministry will draft policies, laws and programs to create a world-class industrial development framework for the nation that will help attract foreign direct investment, boost In-Country Value creation, support national entrepreneurship, drive job creation, and boost exports of ‘Made in UAE’ products.

From encouraging the establishment of industrial complexes to raising local capacity in advanced technology, the Ministry will accelerate industrial development in a bid to drive economic growth, diversification, value retention and national self-reliance.