His Excellency Ibrahim Al-Khajah, Board member of the Abu Dhabi
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has received a trade delegation of 15
entrepreneurs from Shenzhen City, China headed by Ms. Yu Jian, Executive
President of Shenzhen Entrepreneurs Association, at the Chamber’s tower in Abu
Dhabi. Both sides discussed trade and investment cooperation relations and
exchanging experiences in entrepreneurship.
Mr. Abdullah Ghurair Al-Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of the
Abu Dhabi Chamber, and Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, Director of the National Program for
SMEs at the UAE Ministry of Economy, attended the meeting along with a number
of entrepreneurs and representatives of the business community in Abu Dhabi.
In a welcoming remark at the beginning of the meeting, H.E.
Ibrahim Al-Khajah, Board member of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, emphasized that
economic cooperation between the UAE and China reached advanced levels and
witnessed considerable development and that the UAE is the 1st non-oil trade
partner to China, whereas China is the biggest trade partner to the UAE.
He pointed out that both sides are concerned to increasing the
role of the private sector and extending economic cooperation through oriented
platforms, exploring opportunities and building partnerships in different
economic sectors, especially in entrepreneurship and small and medium
“The topic of entrepreneurship
has become a very important aspect of developing economies across the globe.
Here at the Abu Dhabi Chamber we pay much attention to supporting entrepreneurs
and SMEs starting with providing information, data and logistic support as well
as consultations and training courses in addition to providing the opportunity
of incubating innovative and creative projects and encouraging them to
participate actively in developing the economy and realizing competitiveness in
the business environment,” the Board Member added.
For her part, Ms. Yu Jian, Executive President of Shenzhen
Entrepreneurs Association, praised the advanced economic level of Abu Dhabi
economy, noting that most of the members of the Chinese delegation are visiting
Abu Dhabi for the first time and they expressed their hope to achieve more
cooperation between the two sides, considering the economic capabilities which
would facilitate joint cooperation.
Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, Director of the National Program for SMEs at
the UAE Ministry of Economy, pointed to the considerable role of the Abu Dhabi
Chamber in organizing economic meetings with international trade delegations
which would contribute to increasing the opportunity of investment cooperation
and the prospects partnering with the private sector.
He also pointed to the pioneering role of the National Program
for SMEs which encompasses more than 1,650 Emirati entrepreneurs who have the
passion to explore more promising opportunities, especially in China.
Whereas Mr. Abdullah Ghurair Al-Qubaisi, Deputy Director General
of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said that the Abu Dhabi Chamber’s role in
facilitating the mission of companies of the private sector get acquainted with
the available investment opportunities, especially in promising sectors.
He added that the Abu Dhabi Chamber sends Emirati delegations
consisted mainly of entrepreneurs and owners of SMEs to other countries to
enable them penetrate foreign markets, pointing to the huge success of the Abu
Dhabi delegation which visited China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou City
He added that during that visit, a number of trade partnerships
were concluded with Chinese markets and the members of the delegation took a
closer look at new trade activities and exchanged experiences.