UAE’s MoIAT & UNIDO discuss ways to promote sustainable industrialization

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), have discussed ways to strengthen collaboration to optimize UNIDO’s Competitive Industrial Performance (CIP) Index.

The virtual meeting between Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Mr. Gerd Müller, Director-General of UNIDO aims to support both parties’ objectives and are in line with the goals of the Global Manufacturing and Industrial Summit (GMIS), a joint initiative between the MoIAT and UNIDO.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Hamad Ali Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Austria, and Mr. Omar Ahmed Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT. Attendees underlined the importance of forming a joint team between MoIAT and UNIDO to help achieve the ninth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

MoIAT plans to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the industrial sector, as well as to consolidate relations with relevant regional and international institutions in support of the national industrial and advanced technology strategy.

The meeting covered enhancing competitiveness, exchanging industrial information to serve the global value chain, incentivizing investment in research and development, and supporting the diversification of industries using advanced technology.

Both parties also touched on the UAE’s contribution and support to the Hydrogen in Industry Day event planned at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt. Delegates also discussed forming a task force to create a roadmap to enhance cooperation in the build-up to COP28, which will be held next year at Expo Dubai.

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