SHARJAH, UAE – The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has discussed strengthening trade and economic ties with diplomatic delegations from Guatemala and Indonesia.
The discussions focused on amplifying bilateral relations in industry, agriculture, food security, livestock and broadening trade exchanges and organizing events to promote local products and markets.
Welcoming the Indonesian delegation, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, SCCI Chairman, stressed that the UAE and Indonesia share strong and deep relations, as evidenced by the comprehensive economic partnership agreement between the two countries.
He said the SCCI is committed to fostering this partnership through collaborative efforts with the embassy, thereby enhancing the scope of economic and trade cooperation and investment opportunities.
Al Owais invited Indonesian businessmen to visit Sharjah to see progress on existing projects and experience the facilities the emirate offers to prospective investors in various sectors.
Husin Bagis, Ambassador of Indonesia to the UAE, expressed his interest in intensifying joint work with the SCCI to facilitate dialogue among business owners and commercial representatives to explore new investment areas, increase trade and investment between the two sides.
Bagis also invited the Sharjah Chamber to participate in the Expo Indonesia in October, encouraging them to explore investment avenues and tourism opportunities.
In his meeting with the Guatemalan delegation, Al Owais emphasized that trade relations between the UAE and Guatemala are significantly growing.
He underlined the need to increase coordination between the Chamber and the embassy to explore new avenues for partnership and make significant strides in developing bilateral economic relations.
He said the SCCI and the embassy can focus on potential opportunities in renewable energy, agriculture and food security.
Al Owais briefed the delegation on Sharjah’s competitive advantages, such as a flexible legislative system that encourages business growth, strategic location and an advanced industrial infrastructure that makes it a top business destination.
He said that the Chamber will spare no effort to assist Guatemalan companies interested in investing in the emirate.
He also extended an invitation to Guatemalan agricultural companies to take part in the upcoming Dhaid Date Festival, to be held in July at Expo Al Dhaid.
Ambassador of Guatemala to the UAE, Willy Gomez, said that the meeting would serve as a pivotal platform for new joint ventures and advancing bilateral relations in various sectors.
He lauded Sharjah’s interest to support Guatemalan companies through its attractive business environment and economic capabilities.
Gomez also referred to a memorandum of understanding signed in 2022 between the SCCI and several Guatemalan ministries, including economy, tourism, and investment.
He described the MoU as a driving force for enhancing trade relations and stimulating economic cooperation between the business communities of Guatemala and Sharjah.