UAE 'keen to develop digital manufacturing'
(10/11/2018 7:39:00 AM)
The UAE is keen to develop knowledge-based manufacturing of goods and services, as well as optimise the use of digital technology in manufacturing, said a senior official.
Delivering the opening address of the Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit in Dubai, Ahmed Al Kaabi, assistant undersecretary for oil, gas & mineral resources at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, said: "The UAE has a vibrant industrial sector which is not dependent on oil derivatives only but has expanded to fertilisers, chemicals, aluminium, building materials, food and pharmaceutical industries, and also includes a variety of small and medium enterprises operating in different free zones.”
“The industrial sector is a key driver of economic development in the UAE and the sector’s output is expected to reach 20 percent of GDP by 2030,” he said. Over 1,000 manufacturing professionals from the Middle East region attended the two-day summit, held under the theme ‘Accelerating Industrial Innovation through Technology’, said a Wam news agency report.
The attendees, comprising industry leaders, innovators and leaders from the government as well as public and private sectors, discussed digital innovation in manufacturing at the summit.
The summit, which took place on October 8 and 9, was organised by Dubai Exports - the export promotion agency of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), in partnership with Expotrade Middle East.
Welcoming delegates to the summit, Sami Al Qamzi, director general of DED, mentioned the ongoing focus of Dubai and the UAE towards integrating innovation as a key enabler of productivity growth and Industry 4.0.
The event featured insightful presentations from industry experts.