Officials during a meeting.
Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, the Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, recently received a high-level US delegation headed by Seth Oppenheim, Commercial Officer, SelectUSA Investment Summit, accompanied by George Calboh, US Department of Commerce representative.
The meeting was held at the SCCI headquarters in the presence of a number of officials at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Fatima Al Mokarrab, SCCI’s Director of International Relations Department.
The two sides discussed the cooperation prospects for enhancing joint investment and building the foundations for serious future work between economic activities in both the Emirate of Sharjah and the United States of America.
Al Owais was also briefed on the details of the SelectUSA Investment Summit and the field visits that will follow the upcoming summit on June 1.
Discovering the Investment Climate
Commenting on the meeting outcomes, Al Owais said: “This meeting is an important opportunity to develop strategic relations between the two sides in various sectors and to establish new projects to enhance the common endeavors to support economic growth in both countries. This visit is also an important platform that allows investors and businessmen in the US to discover the investment climate in the Emirate of Sharjah and establish solid economic relations that support the flow of trade exchange and economic cooperation between the two friendly countries.”
Al Owais explained that the UAE is the largest Arab investor in the US market, with a total investment of about $4.8 billion, stressing the depth of the bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the commercial and investment sectors, where the non-oil foreign trade between the two countries recorded about $24.5 billion in 2018.
“The SCCI is calling on the business community in Sharjah to take part in the SelectUSA Investment Summit, as this would help increase the volume of bilateral trade exchanges, in addition to leveraging investment opportunities in the US market and learning more about the best practices and technical progress witnessed by American industries in the productive and innovative sectors,” he concluded.
Expressing his admiration and appreciation for Sharjah’s holistic renaissance, Seth Oppenheim emphasised his country’s interest in enhancing cooperation and commercial exchanges with the Emirate of Sharjah and pushing it forward for the benefit of both parties.
Oppenheim called on the SCCI and the Emirati business community to visit the US and seize the opportunity to participate in the summit to hold direct meetings and to take advantage of the investment climate and to get acquainted with the main areas of the US economy including; information and communications technology, advanced industries and other sectors.
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