The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has entered into an agreement with Silal, Abu Dhabi’s fresh produce and agritech company, to enhance the emirates’s local agricultural products and food security vision.
The agreement was signed virtually by Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Under-Secretary of ADDED, and Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Silal, in the presence of officials from both parties.
The deal aims to achieve Abu Dhabi Local Content Programme objectives, particularly those related to the strategies of boosting the food supply chains and to support freelancers and micro and small enterprises to diversify the emirate’s GDP and create job opportunities for citizens in the private sector.
Mr. Al Balooshi stressed ADDED’s vision to attain sustainable economic development and elevate the business sector and economic affairs in Abu Dhabi and this is done by offering distinctive services to investors and various firms across the emirate to carry out their activities.
ADDED is capable to apply the Local Content Programme mechanisms for government and semi-government entities, in order to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s GDP growth, encourage Emiratisation in the private sector and promote a knowledge-based economy
Further, Mr. Al Dhaheri highlighted Silal’s aim to enhance the quality of services in the agricultural sector and activate cooperation with government and semi-government entities, as well as relevant stakeholders in the emirate.
“The signing of this agreement comes as part of the company’s strategic partnership with ADDED to identify key areas of cooperation in managing and maintaining the emirate’s food reserves. We will implement the Abu Dhabi Local Content Programme to increase local food demand, support local food producers, and strengthen domestic agricultural crop supply chains.”
As part of the deal both parties will come up with proposals for regulations and laws, and launch programs and initiatives to support local farmers in the emirate, boosting Abu Dhabi’s self-sufficiency in key products and it will be achieved through Silal’s adoption and compliance with the Local Content Programme and Government Procurements Supporting Abu Dhabi’s Golden List project to implement supporting strategic projects.
ADDED and Silal will further arrange joint programs, action plans and objectives and a team will be assigned to follow up on the mechanisms and procedures of implementing the agreement.