The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai and the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology ESMA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote commercial compliance among businesses. The MoU will also lead to shared awareness programmes between the two parties to improve the quality standards of different products available in Dubai and the UAE.
The initiative aims to strengthen supervisory authority and ensure transparency in all proceedings to protect the rights of consumers, thus enhancing the economic and business environment in the UAE, particularly Dubai.
Mr Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General for Planning and Development Affairs in DED, said: “DED seeks to form strategic partnerships that will promote economic development in Dubai and the UAE. Our partnership with ESMA will contribute to improving commercial compliance and provide a suitable economic environment that ensures enterprises and their products meet the standards and specifications as laid down by the Cabinet.”
“DED will ensure that businesses fully comply with the approved standards before they obtain certificates of conformity, send a report to ESMA on the outcome of our inspection campaigns, as well as conduct educational programmes to educate traders on the importance of compliance,” added Mr Ali.
Eng Mohammed Saleh Badri, Acting Director General, ESMA, said: “The MoU will contribute to promoting confidence in various economic sectors, and support the creation of ideal markets in terms of quality and absence of products that do not meet the mandatory standards in the UAE. The MoU also covers market surveys, and certificates of conformity for all products listed on ESMA website.”