Decoding key laws that have impacted business in the UAE

Decoding key laws that have impacted business in the UAE

A study of international supply and trade over the past few years reveals a fascinating insight — the UAE has emerged as one of the largest supply chain nerve centers on a global scale. In its recent study titled ‘Destination Digitalisation: The Future of Logistics, ADQ uncovered predictions that the UAE’s logistics market is poised to grow phenomenally by 2026 — at 8.41% annually to reach the $31.4 billion mark.

Much of the region’s logistics success story can be traced back to the UAE’s favorable procurement supply chain regulations. Here is a preview of some such legal provisions.

UAE’s free zone law

Free zones in the UAE are designated areas where foreign investors can establish and operate a business without needing a local sponsor. Operating in a free zone comes with benefits like 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, more relaxed import and export regulations and, above all, exemptions from certain taxes and tariffs. 

The region’s FDI regulations

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a relatively open policy towards foreign direct investment (FDI) and actively encourages investment in the country through various incentives. FDI regulations in the UAE allow for 100% foreign ownership of companies in most sectors, except for some like oil & gas and media.

By protecting foreign investors through bilateral investment treaties with many countries, the UAE has cemented its position as a central hub for businesses worldwide.

Tax regulations in the UAE

Although the standard VAT rate of 5% applies to the supply of most goods and services within the UAE, some supplies are exempt from VAT or carry a 0% tax rate. For instance, supplies for the export of goods/services to countries outside of the GCC and supplies related to international transportation are subject to zero-rated tax. These beneficial provisions reduce the overall cost of procurement of such supplies in the region. 

Customs regulations in the UAE

The UAE is home to 12 commercial trading ports, and over 60% of the incoming cargo in the GCC arrives through the region’s seaports. Moreover, UAE’s strong and beneficial customs regulations make commercial activity via seaports lucrative for various international suppliers. As a result, the region has exempted all goods imported into FTZs from customs duties. Further, re-exports from these free zones are not liable to duties and taxes. 

Want to expand your business in the UAE? 

If you answered yes, it is vital to understand the different laws in the UAE that impact procurement. This way, you can manage compliance efficiently and take advantage of the laws in the region that promote supply chain mobility. With a procurement supply chain partner like Moglix, you work with business that are complaint with laws and regulations that govern the region, ensuring seamless business setup and operations. Know More

The role of digitization in meeting ESG procurement goals

The role of digitization in meeting ESG procurement goals

Sustainability and ESG frameworks are becoming increasingly crucial for businesses across sectors today. As Boston Consulting Group reports, over 80% of companies intend to increase their investments in sustainable practices. In this regard, procurement and supply chain are crucial, given that around two-thirds of the average business’s ESG footprint can be traced back to their partner suppliers.

Building a practical ESG framework for procurement can put your business on the leaderboard in your industry. And digitization plays a pivotal role in accelerating the journey to sustainable purchases. However, before identifying the best practices for sustainable procurement, it is essential to understand the importance of ESG criteria in meeting sustainability goals.

The role of ESG criteria in meeting sustainable procurement goals

Although environmental-friendly processes feature right at the top of the list, sustainability is about more than just this. It encompasses all business operations that can be sustained continuously over time — without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs. ESG criteria that focus on environmental, social and governance aspects make this possible.

Including these criteria in supply chain management enables businesses to experience the whole gamut of the benefits of sustainable procurement processes. This includes increased cost savings, reduced risk, easier compliance, improved brand reputation and a future-proof procurement strategy.

Practically speaking, here are some examples of sustainable procurement processes that can be integrated into your business’s ESG framework for procurement:

  • Identifying comprehensive ESG criteria to implement in the supply chain
  • Transparent supplier evaluation and onboarding based on the above criteria
  • Aligning ESG goals with procurement goals for improved efficiency

Digitization: The way forward for sustainable procurement processes

For Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) keen on implementing sustainable procurement best practices today, digitization is an underrated and often overlooked tool. Here is a closer look at how the right technological and digital solutions can quicken the adoption of sustainability in procurement.

It helps capture ESG data

Data is crucial in the shift from conventional to sustainable procurement practices. Digitization makes it easier to capture ESG data across the supply chain. This puts businesses in a better position to use these insights and streamline organizational procurement.

It improves transparency and traceability

Technology also brings greater transparency and visibility across the supply chain. As a result, it becomes easier for your business to trace and track vulnerable areas, so you can quickly address these weaknesses before they adversely impact your ESG goals.

It minimizes resource wastage

Above all, with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it becomes possible to avoid procuring obsolete inventory, facilitate logistical moves that reduce carbon emissions and monitor waste (and minimize) generation in the procurement process.

Make the switch to sustainable procurement

A partner like Moglix can facilitate the right kind of digital transformation in your enterprise procurement journey. Moglix with its comprehensive and end-to-end digitization solutions speeds up your journey towards a more sustainable and ESG goal aligned procurement ecosystem. Know more about this.

What the India-UAE currency swap means for businesses in the region?

What the India-UAE currency swap means for businesses in the region?

Over the past two decades, cross-border trade between India and the UAE has risen. As a result, exports from the UAE to India have grown at an annualized CAGR of 12.7% — from $1.1 billion in 1995 to $22.1 billion in 2020. Against the backdrop of this scenario, these two regions have entered into currency swap agreements and bilateral trade pacts to strengthen cross-border trade along this route

What is a currency swap?

To make the most of such international contracts, businesses in the regions involved need to know what the terminologies and jargon mean. In the context of a currency swap agreement, it essentially involves two parties entering into a contract to exchange an equivalent amount in their respective currencies directly. They do not benchmark either currency against a third standard currency (typically, the US dollar). 

The benefits of currency swap 

Currency swap agreements benefit the countries involved as well as the businesses therein in several ways. Foremost among these advantages is the facilitation of more straightforward trade between the two regions. Additionally, the currencies involved are strengthened, and the accompanying trade risk is reduced. 

Aside from these direct benefits, currency swap agreements cement the trust between the two regions, opening up more cross-border trade opportunities. This could give small businesses and startups a platform to expand their trade beyond local markets and enter the export business. 

Decoding the India-UAE currency swap agreement

Towards the end of 2018, India and the UAE entered into a currency swap agreement to facilitate direct trade between the two regions — without using any third benchmark currency. This bilateral currency swap was for a sum equivalent to ₹35 billion or 2 billion dirhams, which was expected to boost the two local currencies. 

In February 2022, India and the UAE signed a bilateral trade pack, the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Touted as the most significant trade agreement between the two regions, it could enable more efficient trade across the India-UAE border as the world opens up post-COVID.

Benefits of such agreements for businesses in the UAE 

In the next five years, the CEPA is expected to boost bilateral trade in goods to over $100 billion and in services to over $15 billion. This, coupled with the impact of the currency swap agreement signed in 2018, will undoubtedly have a positive cascading effect on businesses in the UAE. 

For one thing, it will strengthen the buyer-supplier relationships across the India-UAE border. In addition, both established ventures and small businesses get the advantage of enhanced market access abroad, so they are poised to scale greater heights and expand into newer market segments. It also enables more competitive trade between the two countries, resulting in huge business savings since the currency conversion bypasses the US dollar. Lastly, the currency swap agreement could also indirectly facilitate smoother supply chain movements between large and small businesses in India and the UAE.

As borders blur, streamlining e-procurement is key

If your business is based in the UAE, Moglix can help you with this. With comprehensive digital supply chain solutions that are future-facing and aligned with the UAE’s vision for the years to come, we enable businesses in the region to streamline their e-procurement procedures and strengthen supplier relationships. Get in touch with us to learn more.

How will blockchain revolutionize procurement supply chain?

How will blockchain revolutionize procurement supply chain?

Even as the world moves towards a more efficient future, blockchain is slowly but surely transforming B2B transactions on a global scale today. In fact, the total number of B2B cross-border blockchain transactions is projected to surpass 1.7 billion by 2025. The UAE, in particular, is a region of interest because it is quickly emerging as one of the most preferred markets for blockchain startups and businesses.  

In a world where blockchain is gaining increasing prominence by the day, businesses need to be equipped to tap into this technology optimally. And where better to begin than the fundamentals? 

Beginning at the basics: What is blockchain?  

The word ‘blockchain’ is everywhere now, but businesses need to understand what it is all about to truly make the most of this new technology. Simply put, a blockchain is a decentralized and immutable digital ledger. Blockchain technology uses this concept to facilitate transparent yet secure data sharing across a network.  

The role of blockchain technology in UAE’s vision for the future 

In the journey to the future, the United Arab Emirates has always been one step ahead. So, when blockchain emerged as a potential contender for technologies that could shape the world in the coming years, the UAE embraced it and how! The launch of the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021 and the Dubai Blockchain Strategy are some of the most relevant examples in this regard.  

Further, the Dubai Future Foundation also established the Global Blockchain Council to explore the possible applications of this futuristic technology. Amid this dedicated focus on blockchain in the UAE, businesses in the region must understand how technology can revolutionize the procurement supply chain.  

Three ways in which blockchain can revolutionize the procurement supply chain 

Here is how blockchain technology can add value to your procurement supply chain.  

The creation of smart contracts 

Blockchain can be pivotal to creating smart and tamper-proof vendor contracts. These contracts can support multi-party agreements and even be self-executed, so payments occur on time.  

Enhanced supply chain transparency  

Improved transparency and visibility across the supply chain make vendor management more efficient for your business. With blockchain, you get the benefit of audit trails, better traceability and verifiable supplier credentials across the procurement cycle.  

Streamlined purchase management 

Purchase management is a crucial part of the procurement supply chain. Blockchain technology can be a game-changer since it facilitates more efficient order approvals, quicker invoice processing, and a more streamlined procure-to-pay cycle.  

The first step in the blockchain-led revolution 

Digitalization is the first step that will make your business ready, for when you would need to take that leap into the future of procurement supply chain using blockchain technology. Moglix facilitates has been working with organisations digitally transforming their procurement supply chain. Contact us today to learn more about how your business can keep pace with the newest trend in the UAE’s B2B landscape. 

The Global Supply Chain Crisis: What’s in store for 2022?

The Global Supply Chain Crisis: What’s in store for 2022?

We wish there was good news. We wish there were even regular news. Alas, as we have gone deeper into 2022, our crystal ball does not have the clarity to report. Just as we’re hoping that we are seeing the back of COVID19 disruptions in global economic trade, supply chain, and logistics, we can already see new crises on the horizon. 

Market Sentiment, Challenges, and the Supply Chain Connect

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded its global economic growth forecast by half a percent to 4.4. In doing so, it cited supply chain issues as a primary reason that is pulling the optimism around growth downward. 

It’s not that the pandemic-related issues are simply going to vanish, but that the fragility of our supply chain ecosystem stands exposed. We also heard of COVID19 shutdowns in China, a vital piece of the global supply chain jigsaw puzzle. Expect the unexpected.

The world is also acutely aware of the conflict in Eastern Europe and its implications on global supply chains. The cross-border war has fractured the global manufacturing supply chain community into diverse groups, impacting import-export schedules, and affecting embargos, trade routes, and more. 

On the other hand, the standoff between the two major economies of Asia is adding to the woes of local manufacturers and suppliers. It has given rise to a race – to gain supremacy and control on the best maritime trade routes to enable predictable, safe, and cost-effective movement of goods.

The 4Ms of Global Supply Chain Diversification as a Response

In short, we could all use a breather. A 4-M model could provide respite for organizations exposed to the intricacies and lack of predictability in the supply chain.

  1. Multi-Commodity: It is time for organizations to look at a broader range of products to diversify risk and tide over difficult times. By going wide and searching for alternatives, we can insulate ourselves against geopolitical risk and region-specific blockades to a more considerable extent.
  2. Multi-Supplier: As the name suggests, manufacturers should look at a broader supplier base for the same materials. While this may seem counter-productive for vendor management, the risk of receiving critical supplies from a select group of vendors is more dangerous.
  3. Multi-Modal Logistics – We must look at a more flexible and robust combination of logistics modes rather than depend on the tried and tested formula. The choice between air, land, and sea must be balanced to avoid last-minute surprises.
  4. Multi-Routes – Organizations are advised to select a combination of safer routes (green/yellow classifications) to ensure supplies emanating from different geographical areas do not face disruption.

In essence, in the coming years, businesses need to be resilient and flexible so they can be better at anticipating, reacting, planning, and recalibrating against the unexpected by developing long-term strategies and solutions; and enabling cross-functional integration and collaboration within their ecosystem of vendors.

Understanding the depth of your procurement and supply chain database by automating the collection, integration, analysis, reporting, alerting, and visualization of your supply chain data can help you recognize risk early and actually do something about it.

To experience an increased visibility and transparency in your operation process, let your sourcing and procurement teams have access to real-time visibility and data so they can be gung-ho!

Avengers Assemble: Manufacturing Technologies as Superheroes

Avengers Assemble: Manufacturing Technologies as Superheroes

While the future of manufacturing is endless; today UAE is at the helm of all digital transformations and an emerging manufacturing leader from the COVID19 pandemic endgame within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Just like Avengers are a group of superheroes working together – that defines an individual collaborative ‘single platform’ solution, Batman is the new kid in the manufacturing block leading the forces towards the technological future we deserve. 

While there are multiple competitive businesses rising within the horizon, like a phoenix born to life, manufacturing ‘futuristic’ technologies just like the Marvel series is an individual solution for all manufacturing supply chain management needs. 

The UAE Economic Vision 2030 seeks to shed this tag. As the world grapples with the aftermath of the pandemic, UAE aims to invest more in adopting advanced technologies to establish itself as a world-class manufacturing hub for decades to come. The Government has an ambitious aim to increase the contribution of manufacturing in the GDP from 11% to 25%. It seems that this enormous task befits the Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The Avengers Assemble: Know the Start Cast of Manufacturing Technology Superheroes

Dubai’s commitment to adopt the latest manufacturing technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, 3D Printing, and Smart Manufacturing is directly responsible for its rise as a global technology and innovation hub. This blog aims to equate these cutting-edge technologies to pop culture Avenger superheroes. The UAE seeks to assemble an ensemble cast that ushers in a new era of success.

Smart Helmets/3D printing – Enter Iron Man

Dubai is one of the world’s foremost travel hubs, with nearly a billion footfalls every year. The pandemic posed a considerable challenge to ensure proper safety protocols and healthcare access. Just like Iron Man has a Jarvis-enabled helmet, Dubai equipped staff with thermal helmets that allowed them to scan more than 200 travelers per minute. Innovative 3D printing technologies ensured there was no shortage of face shields. Just like Iron Man likes to tinker in his lab, Dubai is fast becoming a hub for product design and digital transformation. 

4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) – Age of Ultron

A global revolution was exactly what Ultron had planned. The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology push is instrumental in the set-up, deployment, and investment into AI/ML, robotics, big data, and alternative energy sources. 4IR is also directly linked to supply chain efficiency and resilience. Talent and skilled resource development are also a must if the UAE is serious about creating the type of impact that Ultron had envisioned. 

Laser Testing and Processing – Vision for a Vision

Dubai and the large cross-section of UAE geographies are fast building a reputation as a source for precision engineering and laser testing. The credibility set can help unlock the true potential of industry hubs like energy, chemicals, plastics, metals, heavy manufacturing, healthcare and electrical equipment, with a renewed focus on agri-tech, biotech, advanced manufacturing and space.

Digital Procurement akin to the Silver Surfer

It is essential to connect unto our conversations to measure RoI, social impact, and sales tools that enable you to go out individually. Catalog-based buying, digitalization of data, and procurement operations are the long-term answers, especially after the last two years of supply chain disruptions. Just like the Silver Surfer possesses speed, agility and the ability to harness limitless energy, digital procurement platforms will help UAE bring supply chain transformation to introduce deep tech investments over the next ten years. 

What’s Next for the Avengers Assemble? A Window to the UAE in 2032

The UAE economy has expanded 57 times in the last five decades, rising from Dh6.5 billion to about Dh353.90 billion in 2020, on the back of burgeoning services and industries. And as the recently-released Dubai 2040 urban development master plan suggests, there will be continued investment in physical infrastructure as well, including transport, housing and leisure facilities to improve the quality of life for residents and to make Dubai a desirable place to live and work in the coming decades.

The UAE has been adopting new technology for greater digital advancement and applying it well in various sectors. And as digital integration takes the center stage, the UAE will continue to move towards and adopt collaborative ways of working in procurement and B2B commerce

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Why Collaboration is the key to good procurement in the future?

Why Collaboration is the key to good procurement in the future?

Zoran Kecman

AGM – Supply Chain, EFS Facilities Services

Many would argue that COVID-19 has changed the way we work, especially in procurement. We have had to move in and out of our offices, conduct virtual  meetings, and use our great negotiation skills to get the best deals. Supply chains became more complex and having a single source has turned into a risk. 

Is there any aspect of procurement that has not been affected? Is there any aspect of procurement that could have been done differently, and maybe, better?

Without the need to have the team in one single office, teams today have enabled a distributed way of working, adjusting to different cultures and time zones of our partners and suppliers. A couple of years back I heard a story of a Canadian manufacturer. Their main suppliers were in Southeast Asia. Hence, the procurement manager was sitting in Australia with her team of 6 buyers, located in 6 different countries, taking care of quality control and ensuring that goods were delivered on time. They were constantly monitoring the local market for new potential vendors, which was quite a challenge from halfway around the world.  Today, this has become a norm. 

While I have seen the presentations of 3D virtual conference systems, I still believe that real meetings are not replaceable with technology. After all, we all know that the best deals are made over lunch, and not in the boardroom. However, technology has enabled us to connect faster and more often. Instead of meeting three times a year in person, now we can meet six times online and once in person, which you have to admit, helps build relationships and enable collaboration in the long term. 

Procurement needs to change – both internally and externally. More than ever, the teams must be flexible. We have to re-write our procedures and processes to adapt to the new realities around us and be ready to quickly give up our old habits. Finding the “sweet spot” between flexibility and control was always difficult. Now, with all factors constantly changing, we have to live with the fact that the change will never stop. 

I believe that 5-year contracts will not come back for a long period. We have to learn who is critical in the process and could lead our operation to a halt. You must learn and adapt that your entire 5000 person factory depends on a small factory in the middle of another country, producing a small, yet crucial product. If they stop, your Tier-1 single source also stops. To eliminate supply chain risks, we must reach out to Tier-2 vendors and monitor their operations.

When it comes to vendors, the job of procurement is, now more than ever, to think globally. COVID-19 is a scary reminder of how critical running of our supply chains is and how we must remain connected no matter where we are.