Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi
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The third edition of the Make it in the Emirates Forum will be held at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre on May 27 and 28 under the theme "Invest. Innovate. Grow," the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) announced Monday.

The two-day event is organized by the ministry in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and ADNOC Group.

During a press conference, the agenda of the event was disclosed by ADDED and ADNOC Group, revealing that the forum will bring local and international decision-makers, government officials, private companies, investors, experts, entrepreneurs, innovators, and financing institutions together.

The conference was attended by Omar Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary of MoIAT; Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Under-Secretary of ADDED; and Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Head of the Department of Commercial Affairs and In-Country Value at ADNOC Group.

Al Suwaidi said that this forum serves as an ideal platform for communication and knowledge exchange between local and international industrial stakeholders, adding that the third edition is aligned with the directives of the UAE leadership to enhance the performance, growth, and competitiveness of the industrial sector.

"The forum aligns with MoIAT's efforts to increase industry's contribution to GDP and diversify the national economy, as well as leverage investment opportunities and local purchasing power through the National ICV Program," he was quoted as saying by WAM.

"It will showcase the incentives and enablers provided by the ministry and its strategic partners under the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology," he added.

Al Blooshi, on the other hand, said ADDED is proud to collaborate with the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology to organize the third edition of the forum.

He explained that this event is a part of ADDED's efforts to strengthen Abu Dhabi's position as the region's most competitive industrial hub, which will contribute to achieving the goals of "Operation 300bn," the UAE's industrial strategy, and the UAE's Net Zero 2050 Strategy.

The under-secretary of ADDED went on to explain that last year the industrial sector contributed AED 101 billion to Abu Dhabi's GDP, representing 16.5 percent of the non-oil economy and 8.8% of the Emirate's total GDP, exceeding AED 1.141 trillion.

Al Hashimi also noted that ADNOC, under the UAE's wise leadership, will increase its local manufacturing opportunities as it expands its ICV Program to focus on making energy cleaner today and investing in the future of green energy.