UAE, UK sign pact on industrial, advanced technologies collaboration

Wam file photo used for illustrative purposes
Wam file photo used for illustrative purposes

London - Life sciences, space and hydrogen are among key sectors in focus

By Prasun Sonwalkar

Published: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 4:52 PM

The UAE and the UK have signed a partnership that will enable ‘greater collaboration’ on a broad range of priorities — from life sciences to space and industrial sectors, officials announced on Monday.

Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the UK’s business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng signed the memorandum of cooperation on industrial and advanced technologies collaboration.


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The officials said the memorandum would bolster bilateral cooperation in key areas, such as the development of life sciences, space, hydrogen, and wider industrial sectors, including supply chain resilience, regulations and standards.

It will be delivered through government-to-government cooperation, as well as business and academic engagement, and promises tangible outcomes for both countries.

It is envisaged that engagement across the sectors will be further enhanced through the investment opportunities agreed in the Sovereign Investment Partnership.

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The signing took place during the Secretary of State and Al Jaber’s first in-person meeting, as part of a wider Guest of Government visit to London by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Mohamed met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 16, when the leaders announced the new and ambitious UK-UAE Partnership for the Future, which will be strengthened by this memorandum of cooperation.

Kwarteng said: “I was delighted to join Dr Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber in signing this important memorandum, ensuring a close working relationship between the UK and the UAE as both countries accelerate progress in research and development, better regulation and the transition to a greener planet.”

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