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Dr. Abdul Fattah, the Head of the Research and Studies Center began the discussion session pointing out the contribution of the Research and Studies Center to the industrial studies. He also mentioned the strategy of the emirate of Ajman in the proposed Strategic Development plan in Ajman and UAE’s industrial strategy. He mentioned the main pillars of the industrial strategy, including improving the quality of life in Ajman, development of the service sector in all fields, industrial development and facilitate working opportunities in business field.Dr. Abdul Fattah mentioned the initiatives of the Research Centre by presenting Ajman’s statistics including the industrial statistics. He stressed the significance of the studies about the development of the industrial sector regarding the number of the establishments, investment volume, labor and the legal entity of the factories in the UAE in general and in Ajman in particular.He also mentioned that several studies were conducted by the center presenting the statistical and analysis of various sectors, including garments, wood, furniture, food, boats and yachts. He added that there was an expansion in the industrial sector as per the industrial survey that was conducted in Ajman in 2011.At the end of the panel discussion, attendees had raised questions, a matter that contributing to raising the level of performance at work.The panel addressed the “Industry and Economic Development in Ajman” during the period from 1998 to 2010. Dr. Mohammed Amerah, the Economic Advisor at the Research and Studies Center of Ajman Chamber, presented the evolution of the industrial sector in the Emirate. Dr. Amerah pointed out the raising number of the industrial establishments in Ajman from 239 in 1998, to 724 in 2010.He stated that the industrial sector in Ajman has witnessed a number of structural changes including the increase in the relative importance of the number of chemical plants from 17.1% to 24%, and the decline in the relative importance of the manufacturing plants of garments from 31.5% in 1998 to 14.8% in 2010.
Dr. Amerah mentioned the development of industrial production in the emirate that increased from 1081.2 million in 1998 to 6045 million in 2010, with an average annual growth rate of 38.2%.
In addition, he showed to the emergence and increase in the numbers of the workforce in Ajman industry, and the evolution of the invested capital in the sector at an annual capacity of 23.7%. By viewing the number of certificates of origin issued by Ajman Chamber the exports of industrial products was increased. The exports amount was 444.6 million dirhams in 1998 and reached 897.4 million dirhams in 2010 at an annual capacity of 8.5%. At the end of the panel discussion, Abdullah Al Muwaiji expressed appreciation for the presentations positive interaction of the attendees.