Dubai Airshow 2019: R&D agreement reflects closer Franco-UAE industrial ties

20 November 2019

United Arab Emirates (UAE) offset authority the Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) is setting up a joint steering committee with French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), to foster defence research and development (R&D) activities.

The two parties announced an agreement on 19 November during the Dubai Airshow. It reflects one of the major priorities for TEC, as the agency identified the need to encourage stronger R&D when the UAE offset programme was reformed in February.

"The establishment of the joint steering committee with DGA marks a new and important step in further enhancing bilateral relations, as we establish a framework for joint projects that will be announced in the very near future," Tawazun CEO Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani said.

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