UAE MoIAT inks MoU with ASTM International to support economic growth

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Officials from UAE MoIAT and ASTM International.

UAE’s Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International to promote the growth of the Emirates’ economy and further develop national standards for health, safety, and the environment.

The MoU is in line with the ministry’s efforts to collaborate with global partners in the field of standardization as part of its work to align with international standards and best practices.

Under the MoU, the two entities will strengthen their relationship to promote communication between the two organizations, avoid duplication of work where possible, promote knowledge of the standards development activities of each organization, utilize the resources of ASTM International to strengthen MoIAT’s standards system, and promote MoIAT’s adoption of ASTM International’s standards.

Mr. Omar Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary of UAE MoIAT, said that, “Through the harmonization of national standards with international best practices, MoIAT will continue to drive innovation, ensure the adoption of advanced technology, and develop quality infrastructure in line with our country’s national industrial strategy.”

Ms. Teresa Cendrowska, Vice President of Global Cooperation at ASTM commented that, “This MoU highlights the mutually beneficial relationship ASTM International has had with the standards bodies in the UAE and the GCC region for many years and is the reason ASTM established its first international Chapter in the UAE in 2019.”

Earlier this week, UAE MoIAT signed a separate MoU with the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) with the aim of enhancing global trade.

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