Emirates News Agency – Global trade, climate, technology and youth to lead agenda of ISO 2022 Annual Meeting

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ABU DHABI, 18th September, 2022 (WAM) — The 2022 Annual Meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) begins tomorrow at the ADNOC Business Center in Abu Dhabi.

Hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), the event runs from September 19-23 and will see over 2,000 delegates attend both physically and virtually.

The ISO annual meeting will take place in the presence of Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies; Ulrika Francke, ISO President, and Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary-General.

At the event, delegates will participate in specialized sessions and workshops designed to facilitate the conversations that will shape the future of standardization.

Some of the key sessions that will take place include “Technology Convergence and Youth Collaboration” hosted by MoIAT, which will highlight the importance of youth involvement and leadership in shaping standards that keep pace with advancement. technologies. Omar Al Suwaidi will deliver a speech during the session.

He will also participate in a session entitled “Has Covid kick-started the digital transformation of conformity assessment?”. It explores how the digital transformation of conformity assessment can be further harnessed for the benefit of all. The discussion will feature Amina Ahmed, Managing Director of the Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC) and President of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC), as well as Pavel Castka, Professor at the University of Canterbury, and Eve Christine Gadzikwa, CEO of South African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS).

There will be a session titled “Standards Development for the ‘New Normal’ and the London Declaration” which will discuss how to seize the opportunity to change processes and culture for the better. Participants will hear from Silvio Dulinsky, Deputy Secretary General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Other key sessions include “How International Standards Can Help Implement Credible Climate Plans”; “How trade policies can support the climate agenda”; “Innovative solutions to water scarcity”; “The circular economy: going digital”; “The London Declaration: One Year Later”; “Trade in the era of digitalisation”, and “Resilient food systems: an innovative and sustainable approach”.

There will also be a “Future World Café” where delegates will explore the driving forces shaping our world and discuss future trends and challenges with experts on various topics. On Thursday, the ISO General Assembly will take place, which will appoint a new ISO President and elect new ISO Council members.

Some of the key speakers participating in the sessions include Ulrika Francke; Sergio Mujica; Sung Hwan Cho, nominee for the next ISO Presidency; Dr. Hermogene Nsenginama, Secretary General of the African Organization for Standardization; Dr. Farah Al Zarooni, Deputy Undersecretary for Standards and Regulations Sector at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT); Essa Al Hashmi, Deputy Under Secretary for Sustainable Communities, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and Dena Assaf, United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to physically and virtually bringing together officials and international experts, the ISO annual meeting will see the signing of several MoUs between MoIAT and various other national and international standards bodies.

Hosting the ISO annual meeting supports the UAE’s Make in the Emirates campaign to usher in a new phase of enabling and stimulating the industrial sector, driven in part by the quality infrastructure ecosystem of the country, which is a fundamental pillar of the national strategy for industry and advanced technologies. Technology, otherwise known as Operation 300 billion.

The Make it in the Emirates campaign invites industrialists, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs to engage with the ministry and benefit from the exceptional value proposition of the United Arab Emirates to achieve their development, manufacturing and marketing ambitions. export of their products.

This is a key pillar of the 300 billion operations, which aims to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to GDP from AED 133 billion to AED 300 billion by 2031. The strategy is aligned with the objectives national and international commitments relating to the promotion of sustainable economic growth, the deployment of clean energy solutions, stimulating industrial innovation and promoting responsible consumption and production.

The United Arab Emirates places great importance on its quality infrastructure. The country has finalized about 27,000 technical standards and regulations in areas related to industry, advanced technologies and industries of the future, alongside other sectors such as health, education, construction, food, agriculture and management systems, among other dynamic sectors shaping the future.

Major UAE companies and institutions are sponsoring the meeting, including Emirates Steel, Emirates Global Aluminium, Al-Futtaim Group, Etihad Aviation Group, Multinational Companies Business Group (MCBG) and Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO has 167 member countries and more than 340 technical committees. ISO connects the public and private sectors to advance the quality infrastructure ecosystem, with representatives from 123 members and 31 observer countries attending its annual meetings.

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