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Sharjah Chamber trade mission to India hold 365 business meets

SCCI-Officials

Top officials of SCCI with Indian businessmen during the trade mission to India.

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), represented by the Sharjah Exports Development Centre (SEDC), has successfully concluded its trade mission to India by arranging 365 bilateral business meetings.

These meetings brought together representatives of companies participating in the trade mission and more than 220 Indian businesses operating across various economic, industrial, and investment sectors.

In its second leg, the trade mission organised the Sharjah-India Business Forum in the Indian city of Mumbai. The event was aimed at exploring avenues for boosting trade volumes and expanding economic cooperation across diverse domains of commerce and industry.

Discussions also veered towards introducing the promising investment opportunities in both Sharjah and Mumbai, encouraging business communities to invest in sectors and areas aligned with the economic visions of both countries.

The forum was attended by Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI, alongside HE Abdulla Husein Almarzooqi, Consul General of the UAE in India; Waleed Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, Second Vice Chairman of the SCCI Board of Directors, and HE Ziyad Mohmoud Khairalla, Board Member Honorary Treasure at SCCI.

Also present were Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Business Sector at SCCI; Jamal Saeed Buzangal, Director of the Media Department at SCCI; Marwan Salem Al Muhairi, Head of Exhibitions at the Sharjah Exports Development Centre (SEDC) affiliated with Sharjah Chamber, and Sultan Abdullah Al Ali, Head of the Investor Services Department at SCCI, as well as Lalu Samuel, Chairman of the Indian Business and Professional Council in Sharjah, in addition to several CEOs and officials of industrial, production, and export companies in the emirate.

During the forum, the Sharjah Chamber’s delegates organised over 205 bilateral business meetings, bringing together representatives of companies participating in the trade mission and more than 110 Indian companies operating in Mumbai, representing various sectors and investment areas.

Furthermore, discussions were held with key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to exchange expertise and explore investment opportunities available across different economic sectors.

Addressing the meet, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais emphasised that the Sharjah Chamber’s trade mission to Mumbai is a significant step towards bolstering economic ties and trade exchanges between Sharjah and India.

Mumbai, renowned as a global commercial powerhouse, serves as an optimal destination for the SCCI’s mission, with expectations high for the pivotal role that the local business community and operating companies will play in augmenting economic collaboration, attracting joint investments, and enhancing the presence of Indian businesses and enterprises in Sharjah.

These anticipations stem from the UAE-India deep-rooted historical ties, which have been further solidified by the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). This agreement has greatly enhanced the non-oil trade volume between the two countries over the past two years. From April 2022 to March 2023, bilateral trade between the UAE and India reached $84.5 billion, with that figure expected to rise to $100 billion by 2027.

Al Owais reiterated the Sharjah Chamber’s invitation to the business community in Mumbai to explore the diverse and attractive investment opportunities available in the UAE, particularly in the Emirate of Sharjah, across various crucial economic sectors.

He emphasized the Chamber’s commitment to fostering with India’s business ecosystem to expand existing partnerships, exchange expertise, and seek new opportunities that will significantly contribute to the economic development and prosperity of both nations.

He also highlighted the imperative of bolstering bilateral exports, noting that India’s exports to the UAE stood at $31.60 billion in 2023, while India’s imports to UAE during 2023 amounted to $53.23 billion. These figures demonstrate the robustness of the UAE-India investment ties, with UAE’s direct investments in India reaching around $17 billion by the end of September 2023.

During the forum, key decision-makers from the governmental and private sectors in both Sharjah and Mumbai engaged in discussions focusing on the promising investment prospects in the Indian city and the emirate’s business landscape alike.

The forum put spotlight on Sharjah’s investment allure and its pivotal role in fostering the UAE’s industrial sector growth. The discussions outlined the facilitations the emirate offers for investors, with particular focus on the privileges and advantages offered by its specialized free zones, which further bolster Sharjah’s endeavors to attract investors, particularly Indian entrepreneurs keen on establishing thriving enterprises.

 

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