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Sharjah and Egypt discuss ways to strengthen bilateral co-operation


Officials during the meeting.

The Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) recently received a delegation from the Egyptian Commercial Office in Dubai to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation, get the most out of Expo Centre’s accumulated expertise and experience in organizing and hosting major exhibitions and events, and boost the participation of Sharjah’s business community in the exhibitions to be held in Egypt.

This came during a coordination meeting held at Expo Centre premises between Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, and Counselor Ashraf Hamza, Egyptian Commercial Attaché, Minister Plenipotentiary, in the presence of Dr Khaled Makled, Secretary-General of the Arab Entrepreneurship Union, President of “Irtiqaa” company, and a number of department directors at Expo Centre.

While welcoming the visiting delegation, Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa underscored the importance of enhancing the presence in the economic and business events that are held in the two countries as this will pave the way for holding permanent investment partnerships.

Al-Midfa pointed out that the diversity in the Egyptian products makes it a preferred option by a large number of consumers across the country, calling the Egyptian exhibitors and companies to boost their presence in the Emirati market by participating in the events hosted by Expo Centre to get the most out of its organizational, marketing, and promotional capabilities with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Lauding the distinguished experience of the UAE and Expo Centre in the exhibitions industry, Counselor Ashraf Hamza underlined the importance of holding such meetings to enhance bilateral cooperation and exchange experiences.

He pointed to the importance of utilizing Expo centre’s expertise to develop Egypt’s exhibitions and conferences sector, inviting Emirati handicraftsmen to participate in the “Turathna” exhibition, the largest handicrafts exhibition across Egypt.

Meanwhile the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) welcomed a high-profile delegation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai and the northern regions, led by Kandra Negra, the Indonesian Consul General in Dubai, accompanied by Budi Priantoro, Assistant Consul for Economic Affairs and a number of representatives of the economic sectors at the Indonesian Consulate.

The delegation was received by Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, in the presence of Raghda Tarim, member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the SCCI, and Sarah Al Yahya, International Cooperation Executive, SCCI.

The meeting discussed topics of common interest and ways to enhance economic ties and promote trade and investment exchange in the service of the interests of business communities in both countries.

While welcoming the visiting delegation, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais underlined that the Sharjah Chamber is keen to enhance cooperation and coordination with the Indonesian Consulate, in a way that contributes to consolidating cooperation at the economic and commercial level between Sharjah and Indonesia to get the most out of the numerous investment opportunities available in both countries, calling for the redoubling of efforts to strengthen the existing relations and cooperation projects and to raise the rates of trade exchange.

Al Owais threw light on the most important investment opportunities available in Sharjah and the Chamber’s efforts to defend the interests of the local business community and investors, calling upon the visiting delegation to hold an exhibition of their products at the Expo centre Sharjah to get the most out of Sharjah’s outstanding position as one of the region’s most distinguished economic hubs.

Kandra Negra said that the meeting comes as part of the relentless efforts being made to strengthen bilateral cooperation, in light of the growing economic and commercial work and the flow of investments between the two countries, commending the emirate’s comprehensive development process, its economic development and its prominent position as an economic hub at the regional level, and the facilities provided to Indonesian investors and their projects in Sharjah.

Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi pointed to the importance of strengthening the economic and trade partnership between the two friendly countries, in light of the huge potential and investment opportunities the two sides enjoy, highlighting the importance of exchange visits between businessmen and representatives of the various commercial and industrial sectors to explore more business opportunities available in both countries.

Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, emphasised the importance of supporting the products of Emirati companies, expanding logistics networks and diversifying the state’s foreign markets, and launching initiatives that bolster the leading position of the private sector in the foreign trade.


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