Manufacturing takes centre stage at Sharjah show
Sharjah, October 19, 2011
With Sharjah’s local manufacturing sector accounting for almost half of the UAE’s industrial GDP, local products and investment opportunities in the Emirate were on focus at the ‘Made in Sharjah’ exhibition that got under way at Expo Centre Sharjah recently.
UAE has a total of 4,600 industrial establishments, out of which more than 1,554 are in Sharjah and over 700 are in Saif and Hamriyah free zones
The value of total industrial products is estimated to be more than Dh20 billion ($5 billion) and total exports stand at Dh3 billion ($816 million).
Aiming to showcase Sharjah’s fast expanding industrial units and emerging investment opportunities, the second edition of the show was opened by Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, chairman of Sharjah Sea Ports and Customs.
The exhibition which is being organised by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry will continue until October 21. The opening ceremony was attended by Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, chairman, SCCI, and Hussein Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, SCCI director general, senior government and industry representatives.
“The Government of Sharjah is keen to provide a good investment climate and continuous support to small and medium enterprises, the backbone of any local economy,” said Al Midfa.
“The exhibition aims to support and promote local industrial products of Sharjah and expand their reach to regional and international markets. Over 100 industrial enterprises, in addition to several local government authorities and federal ministries, are taking part in the show. The exhibition offers various opportunities for businesses to pursue new projects and sustain their expansion programmes across the region,” he added.
Al Midfa said that favourable laws, facilities and incentives provided by the government to investors have contributed significantly in attracting major international companies to Sharjah.
“This pro-investment approach has gone a long way in cementing the Emirate’s position as a key destination for investment in the industrial sector,” Al Midfa added.
A seminar titled, ‘Sharjah Industrial forum’ was held alongside the show for the first time and showcased investment opportunities in the Emirate and target governmental bodies, manufacturers, industrial services providers, importers and exporters, and industrial researchers.
“Made in Sharjah exhibition comes under the guidance of the government of Sharjah to provide all forms of support to stimulate the industrial sector and to push for increased sales and promotion of local products,” said Al Mahmoudi.
The exhibition is also part of SCCI's commitment to provide local businesses a platform where they can promote their products and services, aimed at boosting economic activities and helping double the rate of the sector’s contribution to the country's GDP.
It will also highlight the launch of the new ‘Made in Sharjah' slogan, a branding activity that is expected to help promote the quality of local products and their competitiveness and help strengthen business ties between producers, local exporters and importers from other countries.
Participants at the show include Sharjah Airport Free Zone, Al Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Civil Defence and other government departments, apart from private establishments. – TradeArabia News Service