(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The inaugural 'Made in UAE' exhibition, scheduled from December 9-12, will showcase the growth of the country's manufacturing sector as 150 exhibitors have confirmed for the show, it was announced at a news conference on Wednesday.
"Manufacturing sector recorded year-on-year growth of 18 per cent for the first eleven months of the year," Expo Centre Sharjah chief executive officer Saif Mohammed Al Midfa told Khaleej Times after the news conference.
Efforts by the UAE to focus on its manufacturing sector to boost its non-oil exports are set to receive a big push when the country's leading manufacturers get together for the upcoming 'Made in UAE' exhibition at Expo Centre Sharjah. Al Midfa mentioned that it was not an easy task as first one is always difficult like the first edition of this exhibition.
"We learnt from our experience of organising 'Made in Sharjah' exhibition," he said, adding that UAE Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Economy helped facilitate to work together as a team for the first edition.
The show will display food and beverages; textile and readymade garments; leather, wood, woodwork and furniture; paper and paper products; chemical and chemical products; oil, rubber and plastic products; metal and non-metal raw materials; machinery and other manufacturing equipment; ceramics and tiles; cement and concrete and other building materials.
Apart from industrial units from across the country, the show will also bring together free zones, municipalities and government establishments. The pre-show Press conference held to provide details about the show. It was addressed by Mohamed Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Assistant Secretary General, UAE Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, Sultan Jemei Obaid, Deputy Director General and Exhibitions Committee Chairman of FCCI, Mohammed Ali Al Kamali, Director of Export Markets Development, Dubai Export (Dubai Economic Department), Ahmad Al Gaizi, Assistant Committee Chairman and Economic Department Manager and Ms Hana Shabaneh, Managing Director, Success Steps Seminars and Conferences.
"The manufacturing sector is the direct beneficiary of our country's diversification programme, with the second largest chunk of investments going to the sector. This has helped the sector in obtaining latest technological innovations to boost the quality, quantity and cost-effectiveness of its products, which will be showcased to domestic and international buyers during the Made In UAE exhibition," said Midfa.
"Made in UAE will also feature a conference component, which will help participants gain better insight into market dynamics and how to promote their products to a bigger audience," added Midfa.
"The exhibition is offering local manufacturers a platform from where they can target both the regional as well as international markets, especially emerging economies," said Mohamed Ahmed Al Nuaimi.
"Continuing government support, mega deals like the ones signed recently by Mubadala with world's leading aeroplane manufacturers to expand their aero parts production and events like World Expo 2020 will propel the growth of the manufacturing sector in the country in a big way," said Sultan Jemei Obaid.
"As in the past, we are also focusing on SMEs for the Made in UAE exhibition," he added. The Made in UAE exhibition is an important marketing and sales platform for SMEs, which account for 92 per cent of the country's total registered companies, 86 per cent of the workforce in the private sector and 40 per cent of the GDP.