Abu Dhabi Exclusive Business
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Uta Gruda اوتا غرودا Premium Member Group moderatorThe company name is only visible to registered members.21 Nov 2010, 01:01 am
Abu Dhabi plans to raise foreign direct investment to 23 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 and to increase direct investment growth by 9 per cent per year, according to the Annual Economic Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi 2010, released Saturday by the Department of Econ-omic Development (DED).
"Abu Dhabi as well aims at increasing non-oil exports to 11 per cent of GDP, which will support the diversification of the production structure and reduce the volatility of GDP," the report said.
The Department of Economic Development is currently working to establish an export development and support centre which will contribute to the promotion of exports, and provide necessary information, and enhance the business environment to help investors in the domestic market to locate external partners and have access to foreign markets and importers," the report added.
"The centre will provide the necessary studies and render advice and guidance in addition to drawing the attention of investors towards potential investment sectors, particularly small- and medium-sized investors," said the report. It noted that the energy sector is an important source of income in the UAE in general, and Abu Dhabi in particular. "It is expected that oil will remain the main driving force for development in Abu Dhabi, at least in the foreseeable future," the report added.
Abu Dhabi-based economist Mohammad Amerah, commenting on the report, said the initiatives will reflect positively on the development and growth of Abu Dhabi emirate.
"The emirate of Abu Dhabi offers a host of investment incentives like industrial free zones, a liberalised economic system and a liberalised trade policy besides low custom duties on imports. As well, the UAE as a whole provides a highly secure econ-omic and political system which is business friendly. This is a major attraction for investors," Amerah told Gulf News by telephone.
The report says that Abu Dhabi is experiencing a phase of economic expansion.
"It is worth mentioning that the emirate has become more open to foreign capital, where foreigners may own property up to 100 per cent in special cases in free zones," said the report.
The efforts of the emirate to develop the business environment included the modernisation of ports infrastructure, through the construction of Khalifa New Port, which will start operations this year.
Dr. Ron Villejo Group moderatorThe company name is only visible to registered members.21 Nov 2010, 08:25 am
I've been quite impressed with Abu Dhabi's strategy and approach to growth. While Dubai 'pushed the envelope' too much, too quickly, and is now struggling, Abu Dhabi has kept a relatively low profile and worked methodically for the sake of its longer-term future. Of course, it helps that the vast majority of oil and gas in the UAE reside in Abu Dhabi. But its success so far can't be attributed solely to this, literally, natural resource for revenues. From what I can tell, it's the thinking, strategizing and planning behind the scenes that are its central success factors. A friend of mine, who works for one of the government agencies, said that a lot things in the world will have to pass through Abu Dhbai, if they haven't yet!
Cheers, and greetings from Dubai!