SCCI launches Emirate’s first Portuguese Business Council

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The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), launched Sharjah’s first Portuguese Business Council, one of the most prominent outcomes of the chamber’s business council’s initiative earlier announced to set up business councils representing friendly countries and their businessmen in a bid to strengthen joint cooperation and increase the volume of trade and investment exchange.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Dr Daniel Pereira Pontes, Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Portugal and Lourdes Isabello, Chairperson of the Portuguese Labor Council, launched the new council in a ceremony held at the chamber’s headquarters.

The event was attended by Mohammed Rashid Al-Dimas, SCCI board member, Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of SCCI, and Fatima Khalifa Al Maqrib Director of the SCCI Department of International Relations.

Lauding the new step, Al Owais affirmed that the setting up of the Portuguese Business Council will pave the way for launching more councils of friendly countries in the Emirate of Sharjah, as part of the Business Councils Initiative.

During the Portuguese Business Council launching ceremony

“The SCCI takes great interests in supporting this initiative simply because business councils are considered one of the most important methods to strengthen our ties with our friendly countries and to support the mutual relationship between the economic sectors and business communities of those countries,” Al Owais said.

He affirmed that the new business council will further deepen the solid ties between Sharjah and Portugal and is crowning the so many meetings and mutual visits of official and commercial delegations between the two friendly countries over the past years. It will also contribute to boosting the commercial relations and mutual investment between the business community in both countries, taking them into new heights.

“The recently launched business council represents a significant step forward and a perfect opportunity for Portuguese businessmen to enhance networking with their counterparts in the Emirate of Sharjah and build up new relationships, as well as to exchange information, learn new experiences, and inaugurate new ventures, benefiting from the development plans adopted by our wise leadership,” Al Owais added.

He went on to say: “We are expecting that these efforts will bear fruit within a short period, where the Portuguese business community can promote their businesses in the UAE, launch new economic initiatives, take part in exhibitions and conferences, exchange trade delegations, increase trade exchange between the two countries, and take advantage of the outstanding services provided by the Sharjah Chamber”.

Lauding the chamber’s strenuous efforts made to launch the Portuguese Business Council, Dr. Daniel emphasised that since 2012, commercial relations have significantly developed between the two friendly countries, something which will further be boosted by the establishment of the new council. “The council will not only contribute to developing and devoting economic cooperation but will also help enhance investment and trade exchange between the two countries, which last year reached about 300 million euros,” Pontes said.

For her part, Lourdes Isabello called on the Emirati business community to visit Portugal and learn about the available investment environment, adding that she will encourage Portuguese companies to visit Sharjah and learn about its economic opportunities.

SCCI officials and Malaysian delegation recently discussed topics of common interest and developing exports and the means of trade, and investment exchange between the two countries. The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), represented by Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, SCCI Director-General, received a delegation from Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), headed by Omar Mohammed Saleh, MATRADE Trade Commissioner.

Sharjah and Malaysia to establish new and promising investment partnerships that help develop prospects and areas of mutual cooperation. The meeting was held in the presence of Abdul Aziz Shattaf, SCCI Assistant General Director, Members Services Sector and Director of Sharjah Exports Development centre (SEDC), and Fatima Al Mokarrab, Director of the SCCI International Relations Department.

The meeting dealt with topics of common interest and means of developing and enhancing exports, trade, and investment exchange between Sharjah and Malaysia. Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi said: “This meeting comes as part of the joint endeavors of both sides to establish new and promising investment partnerships that help develop prospects and areas of mutual cooperation between Sharjah’s business community and their counterparts in Malaysia.”

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