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UAE, Egypt, Jordan Sign Industrial Partnership in 5 Sectors for Sustainable Economic Growth

UAE, Egypt, Jordan Sign Industrial Partnership in 5 Sectors for Sustainable Economic Growth

Monday, 30 May, 2022 - 07:45
Part of the signing event of the integrated Industrial Partnership for Sustainable Economic Growth in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, May 29, 2022. (WAM)

The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan announced on Sunday an integrated Industrial Partnership for Sustainable Economic Growth in Abu Dhabi.

The partnership agreement aims to unlock new industrial opportunities and enhance sustainable economic growth in the three countries, across five promising industrial sectors, namely food and agriculture, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, textiles, minerals, and petrochemicals.

In order to accelerate the partnership objectives, a $10 billion investment fund has been allocated and will be managed by Abu Dhabi state holding firm ADQ.

The UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Egyptian Minister of Industry and Trade Dr. Nevein Gamea, and Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef al-Shamali signed the partnership agreement.

Egyptian and Jordanian Prime Ministers Mostafa Madbouly and Dr. Bisher al- Khasawneh attended the signing event, along with UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Mansour said the partnership reflects President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s vision to enhance industrial integration with Arab and world countries for the UAE to be able to achieve a major leap in the industrial sector to become an economic driver.

“Industry is the backbone of the world’s largest economies. Through its capabilities, effective policies and current focus on developing advanced technology and logistics infrastructure, we are confident that the UAE can build a global economic powerhouse by leveraging industrial partnerships across the region.”

He pointed out that advancing the industrial sector in the three countries will help boost and diversify their economy and increase the industry’s contribution to the national GDP.

This partnership further affirms the three countries’ ability to bolster their ties and introduce new projects and industries within an integrated industrial ecosystem, while unlocking promising opportunities for future generations.

According to the information obtained, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Amman have diverse resources and unique competitive advantages, including access to raw materials.

They enjoy robust capabilities in the pharmaceutical industries, with clear ambition to develop and expand them further and increase their production capacity.

They also wish to strengthen manufacturing capabilities in the steel, aluminum, petrochemicals and derivatives sectors.

Their combined industrial capacity represents around 26% of the total industrial capacity of the MENA region.

They also enjoy a highly developed logistical infrastructure, including airports, ports and strategic transport corridors such as the Suez Canal, major companies with distinct capabilities in the partnership’s focus areas, as well as access to capital and smart financing solutions.

Almost half the total population of the partner countries comprising 122 million people are young and represent both a large market and an emerging workforce.

Khasawneh said that the partnership is an evidence of the depth of the historic ties among the three countries, noting that it enhances integration, protects supply chains, empowers import substitution, and promotes sustainable economic development, resulting in economic growth, job creation and other benefits.

“The continued active interaction and coordination at the leadership level affirms the strong political and economic ties.”

He revealed that the industrial sector in Jordan contributes to 24% of the GDP and accounts for 21% of the country’s workforce.

Jordan exports to many countries around the world and is empowered by supportive laws and regulations.

Madbouly, for his part, said the pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian crises underlined the importance of this integration to achieve the interests of the three countries’ peoples, adding that it could become the cornerstone for a stronger and broader cooperation among Arabs.

He stressed that the current regional and international conditions make it imperative for Arab countries to maximize opportunities for integration, especially since each country has its unique competitive advantage and capabilities.

The projects that have been agreed upon will create an added value for the three countries and will have a positive impact on national security, local industry, and supply chain activities, the PM noted.

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