ADNOC appoints six additional certifying bodies to expand In-Country Value programme

ADNOC appoints six additional certifying bodies to expand In-Country Value programme
Published: 1 April 2019 - 6 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
ADNOC announced that it has expanded its In-Country Value (ICV) programme by appointing a group of six additional third-party certifying bodies, which will be responsible for verifying and measuring suppliers’ ICV performance, bringing the total number of the programme’s certifying bodies to 12, from six. The signing ceremony occurred at ADNOC’s headquarters.

This announcement follows the completion of the ADNOC ICV programme’s inaugural year, in which ADNOC’s spend on local goods and services put more than $4.9bn back into the UAE economy. ADNOC is now expanding the programme to meet increasing interest among suppliers – not only in the UAE, but around the world – as the company continues to deliver on its most recent procurement forecast, delivered at ADNOC’s 3rd annual Business Partnership Forum, which outlined the increasing volume and range of new business opportunities being tendered across the group.

The appointment of six additional certification companies will not only drive deeper competition among the private sector and bring suppliers’ certification costs down, but enhance the overall speed and efficiency of the ICV certification process. This will, ultimately, expedite the rate at which ADNOC, in partnership with its suppliers, will deliver more value for the UAE, stimulate GDP diversification and expand employment opportunities for the UAE nationals.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, business and commercial support director at ADNOC, said: “The launch of ADNOC’s In-Country Value programme was a critical step in catalysing our nation’s progress and development. We are pleased with the constructive and positive feedback we have received from our partners and suppliers this past year, and we look forward to driving even more In-Country Value in the years ahead.

That is why we are proud to be deploying a total of 12 leading certification companies –some local, others global – all experts in their field, committed to serving our community of suppliers as they help us advance our In-Country Value programme’s mission to drive national prosperity and growth,” Al Shamsi concluded.

More than 2,000 suppliers have already obtained ICV certification. The certifying bodies’ ICV evaluation formula takes account of goods manufactured in the UAE, the value of third-party spend in the UAE, a company’s investment in the UAE and its Emiratisation record, as well as the UAE-based expatriate employees’ contribution to the national economy. The evaluation also takes account of a supplier’s operating costs and depreciation cost, along with any exports created.

ADNOC’s ICV programme was launched in January 2018 and was designed to (i) encourage private-sector partnerships and opportunities resulting from the company’s 2030 growth strategy, (ii) catalyse socio-economic development, (iii) improve knowledge transfer, and (iv) generate employment opportunities for the UAE nationals. It reinforces ADNOC’s unwavering commitment to supporting local businesses and their role in driving economic diversification and GDP growth.

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