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Ahmed Bin Sulayem addresses the gathering

300 experts discuss new trade order at DMCC event

DUBAI, April 22, 2018

More than 300 experts from the global trade and investment industries discussed the emerging world trade system at an event organised by Dubai-based DMCC, a global leading free zone and Asia House today (April 22).

The New Global Trade Order conference at Almas Tower in Dubai, UAE also addressed Asia’s important role in contributing to the Middle East’s economic growth.

Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy, said in his keynote speech: “Today, some of the world’s leading thinkers on global trade and investment are taking part in this conference, and the aim is to provide insights and analysis to help business leaders and policymakers better understand – and capitalise on – the new global trade order. I believe that Dubai has a growing role here, and it is fitting that this discussion is taking place at DMCC – a world leading free zone, and we are delighted that Asia House has decided to host its first Middle East conference here in Dubai.”
Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, chairman, Asia House, said: “There can be nothing more important to all of us in the 21st century than the rise of Asia, which is changing the balance of world power. The Middle East is an increasingly important element in that rise.”

“Twenty years ago, almost 60 per cent of non-oil exports from the Middle East went to the EU, with just 20 per cent going to Asia. Today, less than 40 per cent goes to the EU, whilst the Asian share has risen to 35 per cent. This pivot by the Middle East’s towards Asia raises new questions and challenges, but brings a balance of new opportunities. It is changing the trade equation for every country in the Middle East.

“Where else, then, should we have held this important discussion than in Dubai, a city that is home to the largest container port between Rotterdam and Singapore, and one that is already capitalising on Asia’s rise,” he added.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, DMCC, said: “Across all the industries DMCC operates in, what we are finding is that Asia consistently proves to be an open and willing partner to do business. The businesses in the region are also very receptive to our approach to remove all possible barriers to trade, and enable global trade flows to pass through this city.”

 “Despite the challenging global economic situation, the doors to trade remain wide open if you just look in the right places – especially in Asia,” he added.

The first panel on “The Future of Trade” addressed the key trends emerging in the global economy, highlighting the challenges and opportunities these present to businesses operating between Europe and the Middle East and the rest of Asia. The emergence of new trade hubs to service the shifting trade order and the geographies likely to benefit were a particular focus.

Next on the agenda was a discussion of China’s new approach to infrastructure development beyond its borders through the Belt and Road initiative. The panel identified the initiative’s progress to date and highlighted the commercial opportunities and economic impact of the initiative to the Middle East, and Asia more widely.

The last panel on the digitalisation of trade focused on the impact of new technologies and infrastructure development as they enable new forms of connectivity between economies, especially among emerging markets, regional blocs and trade hubs across Asia.

The conference concluded with closing remarks from Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House, followed by a series of private roundtables and bilateral meetings. – TradeArabia News Service

Watch the video highlights of the event here: https://vimeo.com/265982767

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