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SCCI to strengthen its capacity to serve the business community


Officials of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the workshop.

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), has hosted a workshop on the Business Continuity Management System (ISO 22301) to strengthen the chamber’s capacity to serve the business community in emergencies.

Organised by the SCCI’s Strategy and Institutional Excellence Office, the workshop was attended by HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the SCCI, in addition to senior directors of departments, as well as SCCI personnel.

The workshop was presented by Maryam Ahmed Al Ali, Director of SCCI Strategy and Institutional Excellence Office, and Mahmoud Al Anati, a specialist in institutional excellence and strategic planning.

The gathering reviewed the mechanism for developing a business continuity plan and highlighted the potential scenarios and risks that might result in service disruption.

Al Awadi stressed that the workshop comes in line with the SCCI’s strategy and plans to address future challenges and ensure that the chamber is always prepared to offer the entire range of services to the emirate’s business community at all times, including in times of emergencies and crises.

 “The SCCI is committed to fostering institutional excellence and adopting a practical approach to enhance the performance of its staff. The workshop is not only intended to improve the occupational performance of our employees but also to achieve the chamber’s strategic goals, which include developing competent and highly experienced national cadres that can effectively contribute to taking the chamber to new heights of quality and excellence,” Al Awadi said.

For her part, Maryam Al Ali clarified that the implementation of the Business Continuity Management System standards will improve the SCCI’s capacity to fulfil its obligations toward Sharjah’s private sector, while also helping the chamber achieve its strategic goals of promoting performance, upgrading the level of service delivery, and ensuring its continuity at all times.

“The workshop has provided a comprehensive understanding of how to prioritize services provided and carry out operations during crises while satisfying relevant authorities. It was also meant to highlight necessary measures and procedures required to confront challenges in order to reduce operational costs,” Al Ali said.

Meanwhile the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has on Sunday made a number of recommendations to strengthen the emirate’s public-private partnerships, following the Cabinet’s recently approved decision to issue a federal law regulating partnerships between the federal authorities and the private sector in the UAE.

During its regular meeting held at the SCCI’s headquarters, the board of directors has ordered necessary arrangements to be put in place to fuel public-private sector partnerships, promote various business sectors in Sharjah, stimulate and attract further investments to the Emirate.

Chaired by Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI, the meeting was attended by Sheikh Majid Bin Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Khalid Al Qasimi, First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber, and Waleed Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, SCCI, as well as other board members and Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, SCCI’s Director-General.

Al Owais stressed the importance of the private sector, saying i has always been a key tenet of Sharjah’s and the UAE’s comprehensive development journey. “The issuance of a federal law regulating the partnership between the federal authorities and the private sector will certainly bring about positive outcomes that will not only promote Sharjah’s sustainable development but also accelerate growth rates in many sectors of the national economy,” he added.

Al Owais emphasised that the chamber is committed to fostering an integrated business environment that stimulates and advances public-private sector partnerships.

“The SCCI takes great interest in representing the business community in the best way possible, while also encouraging it to enter into comprehensive development and economic partnerships that enhance Sharjah’s economy and contribute to realising some of the major objectives of Sharjah’s and the UAE’s development plans,” he stated.

For his part, Al Awadi noted that the Chamber, through its sectoral business groups, is making every effort to reinforce mutual cooperation between the business and public sector to help them overcome any possible obstacles while also taking advantage of available opportunities.

“Their constructive collaboration will undoubtedly yield in an integrated infrastructure and new opportunities that; in addition to satisfying the demands and ambitions of the various economic sectors, will promote the sustained growth of the emirate,” Al Awadi said.

During the meeting, the SCCI’s board of directors reviewed a number of indicators related to the private sector in Sharjah and recommended launching additional initiatives to boost economic progress and improve the sustainable performance of the private sector.

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