DUBAI, 14th February, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) has partnered with the UAE Food and Beverage Business Group to launch the Nationals Development Pathway (NDP ), a series of initiatives aimed at boosting the food manufacturing ecosystem and promoting food safety.
Announced at Gulfood 2022, Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary at MoIAT, said, “The Make it in the Emirates Lab is one of our strategic initiatives to promote public-private partnerships to provide the best training of its category for small and medium enterprises. companies in the industrial sector. Knowledge exchange is a key element of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technologies, Operation 300 billion, and this initiative will therefore contribute to its success. Our local food and beverage manufacturing sector not only plays a key role in promoting food security, but also in stimulating the growth of SMEs and creating jobs. Through the Nationals Development Pathway and its series of initiatives, we aim to build the skills of the local food and beverage sector and create a vibrant manufacturing ecosystem.
The Middle East sugar and calorie reduction program was also unveiled at Gulfood as the first series under the NPD. It aims to build the capacity of small and medium enterprises and Emirati businesses to develop new products that meet the changing needs and aspirations of the community. An industry-leading capacity building programme, it includes a series of knowledge sharing and training sessions and culminates in a hands-on session in the state-of-the-art lab provided by industry expert Tate & Lyle. Participating companies will get up-to-date information on various innovations, tools and technologies, learn practical skills and receive ongoing support for capacity building.
For his part, Saleh Lootah, Chairman of UAE Food & Beverages Manufacturers Group, said, “Our founding goal is to help the local manufacturing sector achieve higher levels of operational efficiency and self-sufficiency, and in turn to contribute to the strategic objective of the MoIAT. to promote localized manufacturing. With the food and beverage industry identified as a strategic sector to be promoted through the Ministry’s “Make it in the Emirates Lab” initiative, we are working to promote localized innovation and manufacturing throughout the value chain. F&B.
He added, “With the Nationals Development Pathway, we are introducing a strong public-private partnership model that will accelerate the growth of the UAE’s F&B sector. Gulfood 2022, the largest annual food and beverage trade show, offers a solid platform to highlight the new initiative, strengthen industry connections and facilitate the best discussions.By creating a vibrant F&B manufacturing ecosystem through training and development, we are laying a solid foundation for a strong growth that will position the UAE as a global food manufacturing hub.
Other initiatives to follow in the NDP series include the UAE F&B Innovation Lab, an innovation and development program that will bring together food manufacturers and innovators to co-develop the next big F&B products, and a training program on the UAE Food Platform, which helps companies better use data to make doing business easier.
The UAE Food & Beverage Business Group has been a strong pillar of the industry by enabling the active participation of professionals, Emiratis and SMEs to support the food sector. The group has worked in line with MoIAT objectives to support the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ campaign and boost the competitiveness of local industry.