Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology launches ‘Future of Industry Dialogue’

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) has launched the Future of Industry Dialogue initiative, a series of interactive meetings led by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, with the representatives of leading industrial sectors in the UAE.

Reflecting the UAE’s commitment to developing the national industrial ecosystem, the initiative is part of MoIAT’s efforts to establish a new model of cooperation and build long-term partnerships between the government and the industrial sector.

It focuses on identifying and mitigating sector-specific challenges and developing innovative laws, regulations and policies to drive sustainable industrial development with the aim of paving the way for the UAE to achieve its aspirations post-COVID-19.

Targeting heavy industry, F&B, pharmaceutical healthcare sectors, and other industrial sectors the initiative also seeks to facilitate knowledge and expertise exchange between the Ministry and UAE-based local and international companies, to enhance the industrial sector growth. In addition, it aspires to boost the local, regional and global competitiveness of UAE products.

The first meeting took place between the Ministry and companies in the heavy industries sector, including metals, minerals and construction. Among the participants were Emirates Steel, Emirates Global Aluminum, Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), Ras Al Khaimah Cement Company (RAKCC) and Fujairah Building Industries.

During the meeting, representatives briefed Dr Al Jaber on the innovative methods and processes adopted by their companies. They also elaborated on their contributions to the UAE’s economy through their in-country value (ICV) programmes aimed at building national competencies to enhance the country’s competitiveness.

He praised the efforts of the companies to develop the national industry and support a knowledge-based economy.

Heavy industries account for over 66 percent of the industrial sector’s share of the UAE’s GDP.

Dr Al Jaber said, “Boosting vital industrial sectors in the UAE through upgrading the existing infrastructure is key to ensuring their continued development and growth as well as their ability to keep pace with future industry demands. MoIAT is committed to helping build a future-proof national industrial ecosystem that attracts foreign investments and expertise while driving innovation and localisation of knowledge with the aim of enhancing the country’s manufacturing self-sufficiency.”

The Ministry’s objectives also include promoting the adoption of advanced technologies as well as the highest safety and security standards to maximise productivity, efficiency and quality among all stakeholders to raise the UAE’s standing in global competitiveness rankings.

Dr Al Jaber said, “Advanced industries are essential for the development of a diversified knowledge-based economy – one of the pillars of the UAE Centennial 2071. Therefore, MoIAT is dedicated to joining forces with major players across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors to implement its holistic approach to sustainable development in this domain.”

He emphasised that heavy industries are a key growth sector for the UAE, noting that the Ministry will collaborate with companies to support increasing local production, boosting exports, creating more jobs for young Emiratis as well as developing their skillsets and expertise, and incorporating research and development and adoption of advanced technologies into future industries.

He added that these efforts will help shape the next generation of innovators.

Source: Emirates News Agency

IRENA members endorse launch of Global High-Level Forum on Energy Transition

ABU DHABI, Today, IRENA’s Members overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a new, vision-building Global High-Level Forum on Energy Transition, using IRENA’s knowledge and convening powers to centre-stage energy transitions at the heart of an effective post-COVID recovery. The decision concludes the Agency’s annual Assembly which brought together over 2000 participants from Members and partners in a virtual meeting from 18 – 21 January.

To maintain the political momentum for green recovery in 2021, the new Forum intends to accelerate energy transition action from countries, industry, business, investors, academia and visionaries. It will focus on three overarching themes for 2021 such as building recovery efforts on energy transition, increasing renewables in health and food as well as driving net-zero strategies in line with the Paris Agreement.

The Forum is expression of countries’ reaffirmation of the Agency’s strategic mandate entrusted in 2018 to lead on energy transitions and reflects the crucial role renewable energy plays in meeting development and climate goals as outlined in IRENA’s Post-COVID recovery: An agenda for resilience, development and equality. Open to its 163 Members and 21 States in Accession, the Forum will be presided by the President of the Assembly and convened at least once ahead of every Assembly.

“This Assembly has shown that energy transition has risen to the forefront of the global agenda”, said IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera. “Our discussions on recovery have underscored the urgency to intensify and strengthen international cooperation and take action on energy transitions. This year will be crucial in our collective ability to make a lasting difference.”

“I hope the new Forum will provide governments and partners with a global platform to strengthen cooperation and identify solutions to respond to the effects of the pandemic and advance net-zero strategies. It is IRENA’s primary task to empower our Members with knowledge and tools to translate the opportunities that energy transitions offer into policies, strategies and results.”

The Forum will be guided by first-hand insights from the investment, business and finance communities, reflecting Members’ request to open new and strengthen existing cooperation with the private sector in support of IRENA’s investment and policy agenda for energy transitions.

Members also requested IRENA to support country-led actions in the preparation and follow up of the High-Level Energy Dialogue convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September and in the run-up to the Climate Conference COP26 in December.

Furthermore, IRENA Members recognised the forerunner role of IRENA’s socio-economic and policy analysis and urged the Agency to provide continuous support and guidance to government decision making for green recovery and promoting a just and inclusive transition.

They also reaffirmed the continued leading role of IRENA in providing cutting-edge knowledge and innovation towards net-zero targets, urging for new global solutions on end-use decarbonisation like green hydrogen.

The stressed on the Agency’s global investment and financing agenda prioritising investments in renewables, efficiency, infrastructure and innovation, urging the continued facilitation of financing and projects in IRENA Member countries including the most vulnerable communities through initiatives like the Climate Investment Platform.

They underlined the importance of the launch of new partnerships to leapfrog renewable technologies to drive the energy-health and energy-agriculture nexus as well as the resilience of remote communities.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi University professor receives US patent

ABU DHABI– Abu Dhabi University’s (ADU) Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering (CoE), Dr. Montasir Qasymeh, has received a United States patent registered under “10,824,048 B2” to develop a first-of-its-kind device that will be capable of connecting superconducting quantum computers over significant distances.

Superconducting quantum computers are the extraordinary computers of the future that will surpass all current ones – and achieve ultrasensitive sensing and “unattackable” quantum communication networks. Unlike today’s conventional computers, quantum computers can process huge amounts of data and perform computations in powerful new ways that were never possible before. Potential applications of quantum computing include accelerating innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning and tackling cybersecurity challenges.

Dr. Qasymeh’s device is composed of graphene, a substance that has been hailed as a “miracle material” due to its electrical properties and the fact that it is the world’s thinnest and second strongest material. Graphene has already innovated the technology sector and is being applied today to laptops, smartphones and headphones.

Dr. Qasymeh has been working with graphene for the past seven years and has numerous publications that have studied this substance. The device converts a quantum microwave signal containing data to a laser beam using properly design graphene layers that are electrically connected and subjected to a laser pump.

Dr. Qasymeh said, “I am humbled and honoured to be granted this US patent. This invention will advance the field of quantum computing in the UAE – taking us one step further towards the quantum age.”

He added, “The coming era is an era of knowledge wealth, that brings with it the opportunity to advance all of humankind. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Abu Dhabi University for supporting this project and providing my team with access to its purpose-built academic facilities. I am proud and grateful for Abu Dhabi University’s continued investment in research.”

Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, Dean of the College of Engineering at ADU commented, “We are extremely proud of yet another accomplishment from Dr. Qasymeh. This US patent for one of our professors is evidence of ADU’s culture of innovation and our continued commitment to the UAE Government’s National Agenda to diversify our economy and strengthen our research and innovation sector.”

The project was developed with the funding of two important grants, the ADEK Award for Research Excellence grant, which was awarded for the research proposal “Graphene-Based Modulator for Passive Transmission and White Light Communications” from the Ministry of Education, and the Takamul grant from the Department of Economic Development, which was awarded for patent filing.

Dr. Qasymeh received a PhD in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 2010.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department launches digital authentication project

ABU DHABI, The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has launched a digital authentication project allowing the approval of documents issued by the ADJD’s systems in an integrated digital manner and compatible with the UAE PASS digital identification system.

The project will be applied to the Notary Public and Authentication operations as part of the completion of the digital transformation plan per the government policy to keep pace with technological developments by using the most up-to-date technology and the highest standards of information security.

Youssef Saeed Al Abri, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said that the adoption of digital authentication of the Judicial Department’s documents is an advanced step that supports the ADJD’s vision of providing world-class judicial services, under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, President of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to establish a world-leading judicial system that keeps abreast of all developments and evolutions to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and distinction.

The launch of this vital project, Al-Abri said, is part of the ongoing efforts to develop the system of government services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and to strengthen its global competitiveness. From this perspective, he added, the Judicial Department intends to be one of the first entities to take the lead in the implementation of technical projects with the efforts of its national cadres, in a way that helps to facilitate full access to services and conduct transactions remotely with straightforward procedures.

He explained that this step is integrated into the system of services provided remotely, which allows the completion of various judicial and legal processes through modern technological means including the use of videoconferencing technology to carry out transactions in record time, without the need for court users to show up in person at the ADJD headquarters, and to obtain service outputs in a timely and digital manner.

In detail, the adoption of the digital authentication procedure for Notary Public and Authentication transactions makes it possible to definitively dispose of the manual method of working such as signing, sticking and sealing as it was the case with the traditional method used for the authentication of documents. The service user will receive his/her document in a digital form and will not be sent via a courier service. This will guarantee a reduction in time and effort, as well as cost savings in the paper handling and delivery process.

Digital authentication offers many aspects of protection, such as the connection with the digital identity that allows access to all electronic government services through the UAE Pass application with the highest security standards. As for the authentication process identifiers, they include the automatic insertion of the stamp of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, the name and signature of the responsible employee and the corporate identity and personal certification of the employee, as well as QR codes to check both the status of the Notary Public’s transactions and the authenticity of the document.

The digital authentication may also be verified via the Judicial Department’s website which provides two options, the first of which is the authentication verification service, by entering the number on the transaction and attaching it, while the second is the review of the original transaction using the number of the digital authentication.

The digital authentication number of the Judicial Department’s documents is a figure resulting from complex algorithms that cannot be discovered to guarantee the confidentiality of the information.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology develops state-of-the-art national system for PPE

Abu Dhabi, The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) has developed a National System for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in collaboration with its government and private-sector partners.

The first-of-its kind initiative in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the system outlines a set of technical specifications for the manufacture of face masks, protective and medical gloves, eye shields, medical clothing, chemical sterilisers, disinfectants and other products that are in line with international best practices.

The development of the initiative forms part of the ministry’s central role in enhancing the UAE’s industrial capacity, supporting the country’s business sector, and developing advanced industries that cement the UAE’s status as a world leader in quality infrastructure systems Approved by the UAE Cabinet, the system is set to be operational by the first quarter of 2021, where it will serve to guarantee high quality standards for PPEs supplied in UAE markets, as well as prevent any sub-standard products from hitting the shelves.

Enabling Industry Abdulla Al Maeeni, Head of Standardisation and Metrology Department at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, reaffirmed that the National System for PPE will be mandatory and detail the technical specifications of these products in accordance with international best practices to support medical cadres in the UAE’s health sector.

“The system includes basic products used in the medical sector, including various kinds of face masks, protective and medical gloves, personal eye protectors, protective clothing, chemical sterilisers and disinfectants, which aim to prevent infection and the transmission of pathogens,” said Al Maeeni.

“The system was developed in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry’s strategic partners, within the context of integrating national efforts and ensuring the quality control of products traded in the UAE market. It prevents the presence of products that do not conform with the UAE standard specification,” Al Maeeni said, adding that the National System for PPE is a means to extend the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s support for national efforts to combat pandemics and viruses.

Supporting the National Economy Abdulla Al Maeeni went on to note: “The new system establishes an integrated infrastructure to facilitate assessment of PPEs and ensure they are up to the set standards. It also helps boost the national economy by enabling Emirati manufacturers to operate in accordance with international best practice, rendering them more competitive in regional and international markets.

“We will work to develop a plan to implement the new system in coordination and cooperation with the relevant authorities in the UAE. In accordance with the provisions of the project, it will not be allowed to offer, trade or market any registered products without obtaining the UAE conformity certificate (ECAS) from MoIAT,” Al Maeeni added.

The system will cater to the requirements of healthcare and service sectors, as well as government entities tasked with quality control. This, in turn, allows for more effective measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in addition to accelerating the post-COVID-19 recovery period, in line with the highest international standards.

Source: Emirates News Agency

DEWA organises digital transformation webinar with IEEE

DUBAI, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised a webinar on Digital Transformation in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

More than 190 employees from different divisions attended the webinar.

This is part of DEWA’s efforts to improve the capabilities and knowledge of its employees and build future leaders.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, highlighted DEWA’s commitment to provide a working environment that encourages staff to create, innovate, and develop their skills to keep pace with the latest changes based on the highest standards of efficiency and excellence. This ensures the speed and agility of DEWA’s response to technical and digital challenges, to effectively deal with them.

“DEWA is building a new digital future for Dubai in key areas that align with DEWA’s objectives. This is part of the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that’s 10 years ahead of all other cities in government innovation, and reformation of traditional work mechanisms. Through Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, we are redefining the concept of utilities and creating a new digital future, so DEWA becomes the premier digital organisation in the world; with autonomous systems for renewable energy and storage and the expansion of AI and digital services,” said Al Tayer.

During the webinar, Dr Roberto Saracco, Digital Reality Co-Chair of the Future Direction Committee of the IEEE, highlighted the digital transformation and its different applications, and the role of digital twins in driving digital transformation. The participating employees praised DEWA’s efforts to swiftly adapt to changes, improve their knowledge, and update them with the latest developments.

DEWA’s state-of-the-art digital infrastructure and its keeping pace with the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are accelerating and automating customers’ and employees’ procedures.

DEWA provides all its services on several digital channels that help customers complete their transactions anytime and anywhere. This saves them time and effort. The Smart Office, launched by DEWA in 2015 for its staff, comprises about 200 services. These include internal approvals, enabling employees to draft, document, and follow up on official documents to get the required approvals through its Smart Document feature

Source: Emirates News Agency