Enticing opportunities: The role of Industrial Partnerships in a shifting economic landscape.



MBDA is the European leader and a world leader in the missile systems sector. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a global leader and the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasure products already in operational service, and more than 15 others currently in development. Missile systems are the ultimate effectors and the culmination of military action. They are the key to military superiority and therefore to effective ground force operations, they are also force multipliers that contribute to the operational performance of air, sea and land platforms. Thus, MBDA allows the European armed forces to ensure full sovereignty in this key military sector. With industrial facilities in five European countries and within the USA and a highly skilled workforce of about 10,000, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.9 billion euros with an order book of 15.1 billion euros. MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37,5%) BAE SYSTEMS (37,5%), and LEONARDO (25%).

About Abu Dhabi Global Market: The world’s Newest International Financial Centre Opened for Business on 21st October 2015

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the UAE – Abu Dhabi, opened for business on 21st October 2015. In line with the Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision, ADGM’s mandate and jurisdiction as an IFC extends over the entire 114-hectare Al Maryah Island as the designated financial free zone in Abu Dhabi.  ADGM’s purpose is to establish a sustainable business and financial eco-system in Abu Dhabi for local and international financial and non-financial businesses to thrive and add to the success of the Abu Dhabi economy.

Strategically situated in Abu Dhabi, ADGM plays a pivotal role in positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for business and finance that connects the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.  

Abu Dhabi has created one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, and is being internationally recognised as a wealth centre.  It is a natural progression to harness on Abu Dhabi strengths as a global wealth centre, with world-class infrastructure, political stability and security, and robust regulatory framework to develop itself as an international financial centre focusing on growth areas of private banking, asset management and wealth management. 

Thus, as a broad based financial centre, ADGM has anchored its foundation on three of Abu Dhabi’s strategic strengths and growth areas and continually expands its financial services to address businesses’ and market’s needs.  ADGM has put in place a conducive environment, underpinned by a responsive regulatory framework, and introduced a full spectrum of investment vehicles and legal structures for corporate companies, banking entities, asset management firms, insurance companies, family offices to professional services to realise their business and anchor themselves in Abu Dhabi.  ADGM has created a proportionate and calibrated admission and supervision approach, allowing ADGM to cater to not only the needs of bulge bracket firms but also boutique and new innovative players.

Overall, ADGM’s three independent authorities, the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and ADGM Courts, enable registered companies to conduct business in a zero-percent tax environment and operate with confidence within an international regulatory framework with its own independent judicial system and legislative infrastructure based on Common Law.

For more details of ADGM, please visit www.adgm.com

Welcome to ADIOC 2017

Tawazun Economic Council is greatly honored to welcome you to the Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC 2017) which will be hosted in our beautiful city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE under the theme “Enticing opportunities: The Role of Industrial Partnerships in a shifting economic landscape”. 

Under the Patronage of


Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

HE Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri
Chief Executive Officer, Tawazun Economic Council and
Tawazun Holding
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Matar Ali Al Romaithi
Chief Officer, Industrial Devt Unit Tawazun Economic Council
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Bilal Aktas
Head of Industrialization Department, Undersecretariat of Defence Industries
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Dr. Dhafir Awadh Bader Al Shanfari
Chief Executive Officer, Omani Authority for Partnership for Development
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Lieutenant Colonel Dong-Woo Kim
Deputy Director of Offset Division, Defense Acquisition Program Administration Korea
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