January 14, 2014

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) is set to host the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Quality Forum (ADQF 2014) gathering more than 800 government regulators and quality experts from the public and private sector to propose new models of collaboration for the development of quality-driven infrastructure in Abu Dhabi. The industry leaders will also examine how the dynamism achieved could be effectively leveraged for creating new jobs and promoting trade flows and industries for the emirate.

ADQF aims to provide government leaders, regulators and international and region experts with a collaborative platform for discussing ways to advance Abu Dhabi’s quality infrastructure and enhance the Emirate’s position as a leading hub for quality and conformity.

To be held from April 27 – 28 at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, ADQF 2014 key sponsors are Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), and Al Hilal Bank, and supporting sponsors are Borouge and Mubadala.

ADQF 2014 will underline the strong links between quality, economic performance and competitiveness. This year’s conference focuses on the themes of standardization, testing and conformity and metrology that underlie the growth of key industries in Abu Dhabi. International and local experts will converge at the forum to develop the strategic link between quality and the long-term objectives of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, discuss best practices and put forward practical recommendations to overcome strategic challenges.

His Excellency Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development (DED) and QCC said: “The leading position achieved by Abu Dhabi in building a progressive and sustainable economy requires us to constantly work with industry stakeholders and identify best practices and exchange knowledge that help us enhance the infrastructure in the emirate. Organizing Abu Dhabi Quality Forum for the second year underlines the importance of this platform in promoting engagement among local, regional and international experts to discuss ways to improve the quality infrastructure in the emirate and consolidate its position on the global quality map in line with the objectives of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”

QCC Secretary General, H.E. Hussain Salem Al Katheeri said: “Since the debut of the Abu Dhabi Quality Forum last year, we have witnessed a growth in awareness among key stakeholders about the importance of setting quality standards for economic development. This proves that we are on the right path in our vision to bring about a sustainable and healthy environment that ultimately positions Abu Dhabi as the hub for quality and conformity in the region. In this second edition, we aim to expand our scope in stepping up the engagement of our stakeholders: from local to global.”

H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), said: “In the nuclear energy industry, a robust quality assurance program is critical, as it is directly linked to the safety, security, operational transparency and efficiency of an organization.”  

“In the UAE, our nuclear energy program strives to achieve a standard of excellence in quality that extends across our entire supply chain. We have supported local companies to upgrade their quality and technical standards to enable them to tender for contracts in our program. These companies are now able to bid for major contracts that span decades.”

“We are proud to support the ADQF again this year to share experiences and best practices that will deliver important safety and quality outcomes for industries like ours across Abu Dhabi.”

Engineer Khaled Salmeen, CEO, Kizad, said: “ADQF aims to contribute to building a sustainable economy by enhancing competiveness in the region and setting high quality standards for global trade. This important platform allows us to learn and share best practices in our joint vision to support the government in its ambitious mission of establishing a knowledge-based economy. This year, we will also map our successes against the larger perspective of what is happening around the world to boost our learning curve.”

“Two of the key factors that enabled the UAE’s financial services sector to ride out the global financial crisis are its adherence to high industry standards and its adoption of stringent regulatory mechanisms. Al Hilal Bank recognizes the major impact standard-setting has had in sustaining productivity and success in line with the country’s broader national development goals. We thus fully support the ADQF and its vision of setting clear directions for growth and excellence,” added Mohamed Jamil Berro, Group CEO, Al Hilal Bank.

ADQF will highlight the prerequisites for building quality infrastructure and a solid, sustainable and diverse economy in Abu Dhabi by promoting high quality business standards and enhancing the competitiveness of the Emirate at a global level.

ADQF provides a creative platform for regional and international experts to promote cooperation, exchange knowledge and discuss best practices and global trends that will lead to sustainable solutions for building a thriving economy.

The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council was established in 2009 to raise the quality of the emirate’s exports and locally traded products, while protecting the interest of consumers and supporting the UAE’s competitive economy. The objectives are achieved through empowering regulators to establish and implement product safety, legal metrology and conformity schemes. QCC also sets guidelines and benchmarks to identify and verify that the products manufactured and traded in Abu Dhabi conform to the highest quality standards.