Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 5 August 2020

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Etihad unveils programme to partner with UAE suppliers

Companies with a local presence will be favoured in procurement process

Etihad Aviation Group's Al Watani programme supports Abu Dhabi's mission to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy. Courtesy Etihad Aviation Group
Etihad Aviation Group's Al Watani programme supports Abu Dhabi's mission to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy. Courtesy Etihad Aviation Group

Etihad Aviation Group on Sunday unveiled a new programme aimed at suppliers in the UAE that are interested in providing their products and services to the airline.

The airline urged vendors across the supply chain to join its Al Watani programme – provided they meet the application criteria.

"Currently, only 30 per cent of the organisation’s spend is with UAE-based vendors. We have established this programme to be able to expand further and work closely with the local supplier community," Akram Alami, chief transformation officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said.

To be eligible, suppliers must have operations within the country. Successful companies who meet the criteria will receive a "Local Content Partner" certification, which can be renewed every two years.

The programme’s main objective is to establish a strong base of partners to ensure the consistent and reliable supply of products and services to the airline from the local market, Etihad said.

“The Al Watani programme aligns with our efforts as the UAE’s national airline to support Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, which strives to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy," Mr Alami said.

While suppliers who are not certified through the programme will still be eligible to bid for Etihad Aviation Group's sourcing and procurement tenders, certified suppliers will be deemed strategic partners across the supply chain in the local market.

Additionally, all contractual payments will be routed through identified local banks, the company said.

The programme comes amid a wider push in Abu Dhabi to encourage local production.

For example, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development is encouraging local companies to bid for up to Dh15 billion worth of government tenders as it looks to funnel more spending back into the emirate's economy.

The Abu Dhabi government also signed an agreement in March that extends Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's in-country value programme to government entities.

The programme certifies the level of economic benefits generated by suppliers.

Updated: July 14, 2020 07:36 PM

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