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Dubai, Canada discuss export opportunities

Dubai, April 24, 2011

The officials of Dubai Exports, a unit of Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), and Canadian Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates (CBC) held key discussions on how to boost bilateral ties and export opportunities.

The officials met at a networking breakfast jointly hosted by DED and CBC for companies to develop business relationships and conduct trade and providing the opportunity for Canadian buyers to meet the UAE-based firms.

“As a government body charged with promoting exports from the Emirate, it is our objective to enhance the competitiveness of Dubai. Such networking events are one of the tools we use to encourage our members to explore other trade opportunities in different key markets,” said Saed Al Awadi, chief executive officer, Dubai Exports.

“Delegates to this event were also presented with the export services we currently offer and how we can assist them to meet potential new international customers. We are looking forward to events such as this would yield positive results for our local companies and eventually contribute significantly to the country’s GDP,” he added.

According to Dubai Customs sources, Dubai’s direct exports to Canada in 2010 hit Dh96 million, direct re-exports were put at Dh87 million and FZ exports at Dh48 million.

The CBC was established in 1993 as a not-for-profit business association, and currently holds a growing roster of over 345 members.

“We are very pleased to co-host this networking event with Dubai Exports, which lends to CBC’s objective of building a bridge between Canadian companies and organisations dedicated to the development of trade between Canada and the Middle East” said Marie-Josee Primeau, chairman of the CBC. 

During the networking breakfast, both the organisations presented their services to the delegates. The local companies that attended the networking breakfast represented sectors as: food, chemicals, constructions, and services.-TradeArabia News Service




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