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Emirates News Agency – ISO 2022 annual meeting in UAE focuses on boosting global trade, economies and climate action


ABU DHABI, 19th September, 2022 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) is hosting the 2022 Annual Meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) this week, which kicked off Monday at ADNOC business center in Abu Dhabi, under the theme “Collaborating for Good”.

The event runs from September 19 to 23 and will see the participation of more than 5,000 delegates, including government officials and representatives of national standards bodies, as well as experts and technicians from more than 120 countries.

Through this event, the UAE seeks to increase exports and boost climate action by strengthening collaboration with standards bodies around the world as the country pursues its goal of becoming a global industrial hub.

Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, opened the ISO annual meeting. Ulrika Francke, ISO President, and Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary-General, also delivered opening addresses.

In his keynote address, Al Suwaidi highlighted how supporting the global standardization agenda and aligning with international standards promotes business growth and boosts international trade.

“This week’s meeting is vital not only for the global industrial ecosystem, but for trade and economies more broadly. Standardization supports the global economy and builds confidence in international trade. But standards also support the goals sustainable development, and ISO and its members are committed to boosting climate action. Together, we aim to push economic and trade relations to new heights, positioning the United Arab Emirates as an international hub for climate change. industry, commerce and business.

He continued, “The ministry is mandated to empower the industrial sector and increase its contribution to the national GDP. This role includes boosting exports by taking advantage of the UAE’s strategic geographical location, world-class infrastructure and logistics capabilities.Last year, industrial exports amounted to approximately $31.6 billion, representing a significant share of the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP.Our robust exports reflect the quality infrastructure system of efficiency of the UAE, including our work to align with international standards and strengthen compliance.

He added: “This annual meeting will undoubtedly help shape the future direction of quality infrastructure systems – not just here in the UAE, but around the world. By collaborating and innovating, and being bold and creative in our thinking, we can leverage our combined abilities to enhance business growth, industrial development and global trade.Through insight-driven sessions, we can expect productive exchanges of knowledge and experience. between government agencies, advisory committees, international standards bodies and private sector partners.

Ms. Francke said: “The past year has shown that sustainable and green growth is high on the global agenda. The value and relevance of standards in this regard is increasingly recognized, but we still have work to do.

In conclusion, she said, “In the spirit of collaboration that underpins everything ISO does, we are meeting this week to find solutions. I have seen firsthand how standards shape our world. It takes collaborative leadership, consensus on standards and regulations, established policies, and great initiative to solve global problems.”

Throughout the event, delegates will participate in specialized sessions and workshops designed to facilitate the conversations that will shape the future of standardization. Monday’s first session was “Developing Standards for the ‘New Normal’ and the London Declaration”. The conversation built on the declaration made in 2021, which aims to support climate action through global standards.

One session, “Innovation for Transformative Climate Solutions,” brought together leading climate experts to share ideas and design climate solutions in a spirit of collaboration. Another session, “Coherence in the International Standardization System”, addressed global challenges facing the global standardization community.

Delegates will continue to engage in workshops and conversations this week around a wide range of standards-related topics, including everything from trade and digitalization to food security and water scarcity.

Several UAE government officials, private sector representatives and experts will participate in these sessions alongside MoIAT participants, including Al Suwaidi and Dr. Farah Ali Al-Zarouni, Deputy Undersecretary for Standards and regulations to the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.

In addition to physically and virtually bringing together officials and international experts, the annual ISO meeting will see the signing of several MoUs between MoIAT and various other national standards bodies.

Major UAE companies and institutions are sponsoring the meeting, including Emirates Steel, Emirates Global Aluminium, Al-Futtaim Group, Etihad Aviation Group, Multinational Companies Business Group (MCBG) and Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO has 167 member countries and more than 340 technical committees. It connects the public and private sectors to advance the quality infrastructure ecosystem, with representatives from 123 members and 31 observer countries attending its annual meetings.