Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – 5:58 p.m
Sharjah, 16th May / WAM / The delegation of the Food Trade and Industry Working Group in Sharjah, operating under the umbrella of Sharjah Trade and Industry, reconstituted its membership and held its first meeting today. To identify the nature of the committee’s work and the key role of its members in achieving effective and constructive communication between investors and workers.
The meeting held at the Chamber headquarters discussed the reality and future of the food industry in Sharjah, opportunities for export expansion, stimulating and increasing local production by monitoring foreign markets, identifying potential challenges to the sector and ways to address them. Developing proposed solutions for them, as well as stimulating initiatives that contribute to strengthening the directions and objectives of the UAE in achieving its sustainability based on the UAE security, food and advanced logistics infrastructure that the country enjoys, its strong trade relations with the countries of the world and its innovative strategies in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Abdul Aziz Shattaf, Assistant General Manager, Communications and Commerce Department, Jamal Saeed Bousnjal, Director, Corporate Communications Department, Chamber, Muhammad Itani, Chairman, Food Trade and Industry Working Group, members. of the group and Fatima Al Shehi, Senior Executive of the Chamber’s Sectoral Business Groups.
Abdulaziz Shattaf praised the efforts and work achieved by the Foodstuffs Trade and Industry Working Group in its previous session, which highlighted the importance of strengthening the sector’s position and Sharjah’s position on the economic map. Food industry, doubling Sharjah’s exports and entering global markets. New, sector-specific working groups emphasize the Chamber’s role as a key stakeholder in implementing and developing relationships with the private sector in the emirate, and seeking their views and proposals. To closely understand the challenges faced by these sectors and work collaboratively to develop them to ensure that the interests of member economic entities are achieved and initiate initiatives that serve the interests of the relevant sector and economic and local community of the Task Force. This will improve the efficiency of the emirate’s economic activities and enhance its competitiveness.
Abdulaziz Shattaf pointed out the importance of the food trade and industry sector in strengthening the food capital of the state and supported its flexibility in facing any changes, stressing the role that the food sector should play at the level of the Emirate of Sharjah. Diversifying logistics services, keeping up with the latest trends in the food world and exploring its future prospects. To meet and achieve the UAE’s strategic goals for food security 2051.
For their part, the chairman and members of the Food Trade and Industry Working Group expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the continuous support provided by the Sharjah Chamber and for initiating constructive initiatives and efforts to overcome the challenges faced by investors and workers in the food sector. At the emirate level, it emphasizes their full commitment to achieving the desired goals of the group and plays its role in improving communication with investors and the government sector, and highlighting opportunities to develop and improve the sector and improve its sustainability.
The meeting discussed ways to expand the areas of participation of food companies in local and international exhibitions specializing in the food sector, opening new markets for the emirate’s products and consolidating relations and partnerships between business owners outside the country. Ayesha Saleh from the Chamber’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department also gave a presentation in which she showcased the most important benefits that the Sharjah Chamber Corporate Social Responsibility platform offers to Chamber members. The platform is one of the Sharjah Chamber initiatives which aims to stimulate sustainable practices in an environment in the Emirate of Sharjah that establishes and raises awareness of the concept of social responsibility and invites private sector companies to contribute and support initiatives organized by the government. Departments and Institutions.
Ali Al Ali, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Emirates Development Bank reviewed the financial solutions the bank offers to companies operating in the food and beverage industries, the services and incentives offered to investors and the procedures followed. Bank financing should be sought to increase the contribution of the private sector in the economic and industrial development of the country.
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