The UAE ranked first in the Arab world and 29th globally in the competitive industrial performance index issued by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) 2022, as it rose two ranks compared to the year 2021, in the index that monitors the performance of 153 countries, leading the performance of countries at the regional level. For the second year in a row, continue to achieve integrated growth in industrial performance and competitiveness, and achieve sustainable growth.
The index evaluates the national industrial performance in the global economy, so that it makes a reference comparison to the ability of countries to produce and export competitively. It also measures and compares the national industrial competitiveness of countries, based on several criteria, including technological and innovative capabilities, productivity and commercial performance of the industrial sector.
The UAE maintained its rank among the top five in the competitive industrial performance index, which confirms its position as a major regional and international player in the industrial sector, by achieving a leap in the quality index of industrial exports, from 124th to 115th globally, and the added value of the manufacturing industry increased in the index. GDP, from the 98th to the 95th place, and the index of the share of manufacturing exports in total exports rose from the 110th place to the 97th place, and the per capita index of industrial exports rose from the 17th place to the 14th place in the world.
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said: “The vision and directives of the leadership in the UAE laid solid foundations to achieve sustainable economic development that looks forward to the future, through which the country made quantum leaps in industrial development and was able to strengthen its strategic position.”
He added, “The classification of the recent competitive industrial performance index issued by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization confirms the leadership of the UAE in the file of industry and advanced technology and the success of the growth path of the UAE industrial sector, and reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology to stimulate this growth and enhance the investment attractiveness and regional and international competitiveness of the sector.”
He stressed the Ministry’s keenness to achieve the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology to enhance the competitiveness of the national industrial sector, as it has implemented since its inception in 2020 strategies, policies, initiatives and programs that contributed to the development of the sector, such as the “Make in the UAE” initiative, the “National Added Value Program” and the “Transformation Program”. Technology”, which contributed to enhancing the advantages and capabilities offered by the industrial sector to local and international investors, in addition to empowering national cadres and developing their technical competencies and skills, enhancing the flexibility of the supply chain and motivating national and international companies to enter into new partnerships to manufacture quality products in the UAE. The initiatives are among the main driving factors behind this advanced classification, its retention of regional leadership for the second year in a row, its elevation to a new rank in the competitive industrial performance index to 29th globally, and its advancement of 9 positions in the quality of industrial exports index.
He pointed out that the UAE’s announcement of the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40%, with the participation of all sectors by 2030, in the third edition of the second edition of the Nationally Determined Contributions report, represents an effective step within its pioneering model to ensure a sustainable future, stressing the industrial sector’s participation in achieving these goals, including It enhances the competitiveness of the national industry and its attractiveness for investment in the coming years by focusing on expanding the employment of advanced technology solutions, entrepreneurship, and investing in sustainable industries of the future to ensure achieving the goal of reducing emissions and reaching climate neutrality by 2050.
integrated national system
Hanan Mansour Ahli, Director of the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, said: “The classification of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) comes thanks to the integrated work system and the great strides that the UAE has made to rise to advanced ranks in many global competitiveness reports. This classification reflects the government’s commitment to strengthening the UAE’s position as one of the most advanced countries in many fields and sectors, and comes in appreciation of the efforts of the Ministry and its strategic partners to advance sustainable development.
She added, “The UAE ranks first in 152 indicators of competitiveness in the world, and it is among the top ten in 425 indicators of competitiveness. These rankings are based on an analysis conducted by the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, which included 1,502 indicators published by the United Nations and other international organizations.
The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology has adopted several initiatives that helped enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the industrial sector, and this was reflected in the increase in the contribution of the industrial sector to the gross domestic product, estimated at more than 180 billion dirhams last year. It also significantly boosted the UAE’s non-oil industrial exports, reaching more than 170 billion dirhams in 2022.
The added national value program is one of the main drivers of national industrial growth. In 2022, 6 new national institutions joined the programme. The program redirected 53 billion dirhams to the economy in 2022, which is the value of spending by local companies in the national economy, an increase of 25% from 2021, and it also helped provide job opportunities for about 2,000 citizens.