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Etihad Aviation Group launches new programme for UAE suppliers

Successful suppliers who meet the criteria will receive a 'local content partner' certification for a renewable two-year period

Etihad Aviation Group launches new programme for UAE suppliers

Currently, only 30 percent of the Etihad Aviation Group's spend is with UAE-based vendors.

Etihad Aviation Group has launched a new local content programme for local partners that hope to partner with the airline to provide products and services, the company added.

To be eligible for the new programme – called Al Watani – suppliers must demonstrate that they already operate a business in the UAE.

Successful suppliers who meet the criteria will receive a ‘local content partner’ certification for a renewable two-year period.

In a statement, Etihad said that the programme’s primary objective is to build a pool of local partners to ensure a reliable supply of products to the airline. By working with UAE partners, Etihad says it hopes to create a “cycle” that will boost the growth and sustainability of UAE businesses.

“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,” said Akram Alami, chief transformation office of Etihad Aviation Group.

“Currently, only 30 percent 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,” Alami added. “The UAE is a thriving hub that encourages a diverse market of growing businesses including multinationals and SMEs, as well as innovative start-ups.”

While suppliers who are not certified through the programme continue to be eligible to participate in sourcing and procurement activities held by Etihad Aviation Group, certified suppliers will be deemed strategic partners.

Additionally, all contractual payments will be routed through identified local banks in the UAE.

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