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Sharjah, Lithuania discuss ways to expand economic, trade cooperation


Top officials during the meeting.

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has engaged in high-level discussions with the Ambassador of Lithuania to the UAE, exploring avenues for enhancing economic cooperation, bolstering trade ties, and fostering investment partnerships between the two countries’ business communities.

This follows a series of business meetings held last year, culminating in the UAE-Lithuanian Business Forum, which was hosted by the Sharjah Chamber and concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two sides to establish the first UAE-Lithuanian Business Council.

Discussions took place during a meeting, held today at the SCCI’s headquarters, between Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI, and Ramnas Davidonis, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the UAE, along with his accompanying delegation.

The meeting was attended by Halima Humaid Ali Al Owais, Board Member at SCCI; Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Business Sector in SCCI; Fatima Khalifa Al Muqarrab, Director of the International Relations Department at SCCI, and Mai Abdullah Bin Haddah Al Suwaidi, Head of Partnerships and International Cooperation at SCCI.

During the gathering, both sides outlined the ongoing efforts to complete the establishment of the UAE-Lithuanian Business Council. The Council aims at enhancing investment opportunities and strategic partnerships between the private sector and business owners in both countries, thereby boosting the UAE-Lithuanian trade exchange volume.

Furthermore, the discussions veered towards leveraging the UAE’s abundant investment advantages, including facilitative measures, incentives, and promising opportunities catering to investors’ needs, as well as the diverse and attractive investment environment offered by the Emirate of Sharjah across multiple sectors.

HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais noted that the economic relations between Sharjah and Lithuania have seen significant growth in recent years across various fields. This growth is reflected in the enhanced coordination and communication among private sector representatives, investors, and business owners.

He attributed this progress to the Sharjah Chamber’s commitment to promoting economic cooperation with Lithuania. Serving as a robust platform to facilitate communication and interaction between business communities in both nations, the Chamber organises several meetings, forums, and trade exhibitions to promote the exchange of information and expertise between both sides, thereby encouraging joint investment ventures.

Al Owais affirmed that the SCCI’s pivotal role in facilitating economic cooperation between the two business communities was clearly demonstrated when the Chamber hosted the UAE-Lithuanian Business Forum, which was organised by the UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI).

This event was a crucial opportunity to strengthen communication between the business communities of UAE and Lithuania, showcasing the investment opportunities available in both nations.

Additionally, intense efforts are already underway to establish the first UAE-Lithuania Business Council, which are set to solidify economic ties and stimulate bilateral investment flows.

Meanwhile 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.

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