Localization and Local Content in the UAE

  • 30 October 2019
  • 08:30 - 11:00
  • Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi


  • Price is inclusive of 5% VAT.
  • Price is inclusive of 5% VAT.

Registration is closed

Join the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi along with five other business groups fora joint breakfast seminar "Localization & Local Content in the UAE: Where are we? Where are we heading?"

Localisation programs have a long tradition in the UAE. While the defense industry has typically used so-called “offset” or Industrial Cooperation programs, ADNOC has launched an In-Country Value (ICV) program, which was followed by the Abu Dhabi Value (ADV) program soft-launched by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi. Offset and ICV/ADV programs are procurement-driven and require a reciprocal economic contribution to the UAE, of a designated percentage of the value of the contract awarded. Foreign defense companies are granted offset credits under the Tawazun program in exchange for meeting their localisation commitments. Under the ICV/ADV programs, suppliers are granted a localisation score based on their local “footprint”.


  • 8:30am : Registration & Networking
  • 9:00am : Welcome Address by Oliver Oehms, CEO, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)
    • Legal Insights on ADNOC’s In-Country Value Program (ICV); Department of Economic Development’s Abu Dhabi Value Program (ADV); and Tawazun Economic Council’s Economic Program by Dr. Constantin Frank-Fahle, LL.M., Senior Lawyer, SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultant
    • Localisation Programs in the UAE – Update on the Programs’ Status by Dr. Tom Deeb, T&M Associates
    • Finding and Implementing a Unified Localisation Strategy in the GCC by Michael Hackenbruch, Senior Manager Commercial, McDermott (tbc
    • The Tawazun Economic Program and Synergies with ICV/ADV by Kim Schofield, Managing Partner, O2K Limited
  • Panel Discussion: How can the defense and oil & gas industries collaborate to satisfy their localisation/offset requirements? Synergies between the industries and opportunities to leverage.
    • Doug McEwan, Director of Marketing and Contracts - Middle East and Asia, Borr Drilling Management DMCC
    • Helmut Reichelt, Head of Diehl Defence Representative Office Abu Dhabi
    • Jens Winkelmann, Managing Director, Endress+Hauser UAE
    • Moderation: Oliver Oehms, CEO, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK)

Ticket Prices:

CBC members: AED 150
Non-CBC members: AED 200
*Price includes 5% VAT and breakfast.

Dresscode: Business attire

Participating Business Groups:

  • Amcham Abu Dhabi
  • BENELUX Business Council
  • British Business Group Abu Dhabi
  • Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi
  • German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK) 
  • Swiss Business Council