Abu Dhabi Quality Forum launches

ABU DHAB - The First Abu Dhabi Quality Forum (ADQF) has launched at the Jumeirah - Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.

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Published: Sun 28 Apr 2013, 6:54 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

In opening remarks, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and Chairman of Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA) described the forum as a networking platform to back the fast-paced economic growth of the UAE as well as the implementation of the ambitious UAE Vision 2021 which aims to place the UAE among the world’s best nations by the year 2021.

The implementation of standardisation and quality management systems is highly signifigant for social and economic growth, the quality of national products as well as for efforts to maximise their competitiveness in international markets, the minister noted.

This, he added, needs double efforts in the UAE which is building a sustainable, competitive and green economy based on knowledge, innovation and the highest standards of excellence and quality that are in line with the vision of the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE has made a signifigant progress in this regard and moved from adopting quality management systems to the implementation of concepts of excellence and innovation in management, Minister Bin Fahad further noted.

In February, ESMA launched UAE standards for distinguished government services, in an effort to improve and develop government services and enhance customer satisfaction. This made the UAE government the first government in the world to launch national standard for its distinguished services. The implementation of the said standards already started at all the governments of the emirates, he explained adding that ESMA is working on introducing the government standard service for Arab and other countries as an Arab and international standard.

The two-day event organised by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) brought together a host of prominent national industry experts, as well as regional and global speakers who will deliberate on key quality prerequisites to aid the development of a diversified, sustainable economy in Abu Dhabi.

ADQF aims to facilitate knowledge-exchange and assemble the full ecosystem of quality and conformity of Abu Dhabi – Government regulators, private sector and experts, connect the objectives of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 with the need for world-class industrial standards, produce an agenda for action for quality in Abu Dhabi for the next 12 months and to position Abu Dhabi as the hub for quality and conformity in the region.

The forum will include 21 sessions that consist of plenary and brainstorming sessions, as well as workshops. The plenary sessions will focus on the following themes: Building World-Class Quality Systems for Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, Learning Quality From Innovative Companies, Sustainability as a Quality Imperative, Food Safety Standards Drive Quality, Making Child Safety a Priority, Trust Marks: Certifying Standards or Rewarding Excellence?, Combating Counterfeiting to Protect the Consumer, Mapping New Targets of Quality in MENA and the UAE Building Code.

The 11 plenary sessions will aim to stimulate collective thinking on strategy, leadership and vision and feature well-known moderators. The focus areas of the deliberations will include the role of innovative quality standards in the making of a globally competitive Abu Dhabi economy, how the adoption of inventive quality strategies can promote global competiveness among companies, why a sustainable economy is the cornerstone for Abu Dhabi’s future, the kinds of sustainability standards that contribute to economic development, how food labelling can increase consumer confidence, and an industry model that encourages companies to adopt global best practices in safety.

The six workshops, which will be theme-specific and facilitate group discussions for industry experts, will shed light on metrology, consumer safety, product and personnel conformity as well as energy and water standards that are aligned to the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision.

In addition, the forum will host four brainstorming sessions that promote strategic insight, develop new scenarios and scopes of work on topics such as asset management, fire safety and quality standards for SMEs.

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