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ACCI meet highlights importance of exports
By our business bureau April 16, 2018
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AJMAN: As part of the chain of seminars organised by the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to address important economic issues, it organised a panel discussion titled ‘Challenges of Exporters’.

The session was chaired by Abdullah Al Muwaiji, Chairman of ACCI, while attended by Salem Al Suwaidi, the Director-General, Khawla Khalfan, Executive Director for Corporate Support Division, Nasser Al Dhafri, Executive Director for Planning and Members Support Division, and the Chamber’s employees.

The panel discussion pointed to the importance of the exports and the role played by them to strengthening the trade balance. The statistics of the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) indicate that the non-oil trade volume of the UAE ‘direct trade and free zones’ reached Dhs1.564 trillion during 2016 with a growth of 2 per cent in the imports and 5 per cent in the exports compared with 2015.

It further mentioned the most important countries to which the emirate of Ajman exports namely: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, India, Sudan and Oman. While the top sectors of exports are food industry, mineral industries, chemical industries and plant industries.

The session also discussed the most common challenges that face the exporters such as the availability of logistics services, how to reach and stay in a new country, correct assessment of foreign markets to properly explore export opportunities, determining the strategy for access to foreign markets, availability of funding and other challenges.

The attendees stressed the necessity of cooperation between the concerned government entities to provide appropriate guidance to the stakeholders of the business community. They need adequate information about export operations like marketing and promotion, in addition to the provision of consultants and experts in this field, workshops and training courses and forums. Exporters and factories should export their products to several countries, they recommended.

Al Muwaiei affirmed that the Chamber spares no efforts to develop the export operations of local products through strengthening the economic partnerships with various countries in the world. It provides an umbrella for businessmen to expand their business and meet others from different countries, in addition to engaging them in major regional and international exhibitions and events to find new markets. Furthermore, it organises specialiSed exhibitions with local, regional and international partnerships, Al Muwaiji added.

At the end of the panel discussion, Abdullah Al-Muwaiji thanked the participants for their interventions which enriched the session’s theme. He emphasiSed that Ajman Chamber is keen to address important issues related to the economic sector.

The chain of seminars organised by Ajman Chamber aims to enhance the economic references and culture of the employees. They serve as brainstorm sessions to come out with ideas and proposals to support the development of the work environment, Al Muwaiji added.

Ajman enjoys many natural aspects and features making it one of the most important attraction spots in the region, and qualifying it to be an important hub for investments which can open new horizons in the world of economy, and provide significant investment opportunities.

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