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Chinese delegation shows interest in DPA and JAFZA’s continued growth

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, August 25 - 2004 @ 15:53

The delegation was headed by Wen Shi Shieh, Chief Secretary of Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau in Taiwan, Richard J.C. Fang, Director General of the Commercial Office of the Republic of China to Dubai, Tsai Bein-Hui, Chief Regional representative of Evergreen Marine Corp. in Dubai and Chief Chang Ya-Fu, Port Development Section in the Research and Development Division of Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau.

As part of the meeting Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah highlighted the recent developments of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA). Captured in the DPA Master Plan are projects geared towards meeting global standards and the changes facing local and international shipping industry. DPA completed the development phase of Berth 11 at Jebel Ali Terminal and the expansion of its container yard adding 116,000 square meters. Around 120,000 square meters was also added to Berths 22 and 23. The construction of Empty Containers Storage Area, which provide around 246,000 square meter, was completed in June of this year.

The development of Berth 18, 19 and 21 is ongoing. Berth 18 and the back yard was completed in July 2004. The new quay has been dredged to 17m and dredging is now in progress in the basin. Berth 19 and 21 will be completed early 2005. The reshaped Quay 4 will add 400 meter of quay length.

“In addition we are redeveloping General Cargo berths on Quay 5 to form a new container berth 24 and 25. The berth will be completed in the first quarter 2005, although the supporting yard will be ready in November.”

During the meeting the representatives discussed the business growth of Dubai Ports Authority and Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ). Dubai Ports Authority handled 5.15 million TEU in 2003, a record growth of 23% in comparison with 2002 throughput. JAFZ currently host more than 3500 national and multinational companies from more than 100 countries worldwide.

They also focused on the development of emerging economies, the significant and beneficial effects of the merge of Dubai Ports Authority, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and Dubai Customs, into the streamlined unit of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and the advantages of Jebel Ali Free Zone’s close proximity to DPA.

Bilateral trade between Dubai and China was recorded at approximately Dhs13.7 billion in 2003. Imports from China via DPA grew from 192,000 TEUs in 2002 to 277,000 TEUs in 2003. The principal imported goods have included textiles, machinery and parts, base metals and footwear & accessories. There has also been a corresponding growth in exports to China via DPA, from 6,000 TEUs in 2002 to 9,150 TEUs in 2003. The principal products being exported include base metals, textiles, various foodstuffs and beverages, plastics and rubber articles.

There are currently 38 Chinese companies located in JAFZ, mainly involved in trading. These include oilfield and petroleum equipment, machinery, electronics, assembly of personal computers and accessories and textiles. Some are also involved in the industrial sector, including the manufacture of steel ropes, cashmere wool products and luggage.

On another note, Mohammed Sharaf, Managing Director, Dubai International received a 9-member visiting delegation from Gujarat Private Ports, Terminals & SEZs and Adani Port in India headed by Sanjay Gupta, President, Association of Gujarat Private Ports, Terminals & Special Economic Zones.

Mohammed Sharaf highlighted the recent developments of Dubai Ports International (DPI), which operates and manages a growing network of container terminals and ports around the world.

The visiting delegation showed keen interest in DPI’s committed strategy of promoting a greater cooperation with India. Discussions also highlighted the significant alliances created by the international divisions of Dubai Ports International (DPI) and Jebel Ali Free Zone International (JAFZI).

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