Ministry of Economy wins three ISO certificates

WAM DUBAI, 8th February, 2014 (WAM)–The UAE Minister of Economy (MoE) has received three ISO certificates from SGS Gulf, a subsidiary of SGS Swiss International, the global verification company. The new accreditations make the Ministry the first in the UAE to receive ISO certifications “the integrated Certification against all three Management System Standards” in quality management, environment management, and occupational health and safety.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, received the three quality certifications that include ISO 9001 certification related to quality management systems, ISO 14001 environment management certification, and OHSAS 18001 ISO certification for the management of occupational health and safety.

The certificates were awarded at a special ceremony that was attended by Andrea Rachlin, the Swiss Ambassador to the UAE, Engineer Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Humaid Bin Butti Al Muhairi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commercial Affairs. Held at the Minister of Economy’s office in Dubai, the ceremony was also attended by Adrian Bless, Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates, Tareq Ahmed Almarzouqi, Director of Government Communications at Minister of Economy, Alia Mohammed AlAmiri, Director of Corporate Excellence at Minister of Economy, Rachid Cherkaoui , Managing Director Middle East at SGS Gulf, Dr. Shahul Mansoor, Director, Systems ‘&’ Services Certification, Arabian Peninsula at SGS Gulf, Jayakrishnan. P, Business Development Officer at SGS Gulf as well as senior ministerial officials.

The accreditations endorse the Ministry of Economy’s conformance to the highest quality standards in its efforts towards developing a competitive, global and diversified economy. The ISO accreditations also reiterate the MoE’s ongoing efforts to align itself with the Federal Government Vision 2021. In addition, the achievement validates one of the MoE’s strategic goals for 2014-2016 of providing administrative services that conform to standards of quality, efficiency and transparency.

Al-Mansouri said: “I commend the efforts made by different sectors and departments of the MoE – especially the corporate excellence department and its staff, as well as the special working groups that played a significant role in facilitating the MoE’s achievement of the international accreditation in three key areas. Our success at receiving these certificates is largely due to the MoE’s cooperation with strategic partners, including SGS Swiss that grants the international ISO certification. This achievement reflects the process of change in the Ministry that seeks to spread the culture of excellence and innovation at various levels.” He added: “It is the MoE’s priority to implement the highest internationally-recognised standards of quality as envisioned by the federal government under the directives of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.” Al-Mansouri urged all cadres of the ministry in their various locations and capacities to endorse the highest quality of work and remain focused delivering excellence and innovation to enhance performance. The Minister pointed out that the UAE Vision 2021, and the national agenda, requires every individual to possess the skills, efficiency, excellence of performance, innovation, and creativity at work across businesses and services.

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