Coinciding with the exhibition, the organizer, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) is also holding Sharjah International Industrial Conference, the first event of such nature in the region.
HE Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, SCCI chairman, said the exhibition aims at developing Sharjah industrial sector, encouraging investors on showcasing their products, creating the suitable investment environment, diversifying sources of revenues and making Sharjah a global industrial destination and a major industrial supplier in the Middle East region.
The First Sharjah International Industrial Conference also aims at gathering industrial experts to discuss the future of the local industrial sector and its contribution to GDP, and exchanging views on best practices, export, operational and production challenges facing the sector, handing over conference recommendations to concerned authorities with the aim of enhancing the sector’s contribution to overall development plans, added Al Midfa.
“The growth of the industrial sector in Sharjah was planned. Sharjah adopted a scientific strategy that focuses on giving priority to the industrial sector in future plans. We exert all efforts to serve the sector because it is a focal point for other sectors,” he stressed.
Al Midfa, said, “SCCI works on enhancing Sharjah’s economic stance and creating a competitive environment that attracts investors, in line with the UAE general guidelines and strategy that aims at diversifying sources of revenues, offering value added services and increasing UAE exports.”
Meanwhile, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, SCCI general manager, said, “The exhibition is an ideal opportunity for companies to showcase their local production. SCCI is always keen on supporting Sharjah-based business owners and investors in all economic fields.”
He also referred to the importance of the conference, a vital addition to business owners and investors because they can exchange ideas and experiences of the industrial sector in the entire world.
“SCCI always aims at enhancing the industrial sector through different initiatives like the Made In Sharjah exhibition. Our 2013 strategy focuses on expanding further into global markets and increasing our presence in promising markets,” he stressed.
Lalu Samuel, Industry Business Group chairman, SCCI, also said, “This year’s edition of the exhibition saw the enrolment of many local industrial companies who are aware of the event’s importance in promoting and marketing their products. The last two editions were very active in introducing the companies to the world and helped them expand their businesses, sign deals and expand the partnerships of SCCI members and companies in neighboring countries.”
Companies participating at the Made In Sharjah exhibition represent several industries including: food and beverages, wooden products and furniture, mineral and non-mineral raw materials, chemicals and plastics, oils and rubber, cement and tiles, cloth and readymade garments, leather, electric products, building materials, paper, printing and publishing products, packaging and cans, lubricants and others.
The First Sharjah International Industrial Conference will also focus on three sessions: ‘Sharjah- The Industrial Capital Of The Region’, ‘Generating The Economic and Social Wave’, and ‘Global Industrial Trends’.
Since the past four decades, Sharjah has been a focal point in the UAE’s industrial sector as well as the region. Total production of Sharjah manufacturing sector reached more than Dhs20bn and its total exports touched around Dhs3bn. Incentives given to Sharjah’s local industrial sector also led to the rise in the number of industrial establishments to 1700 including big, medium and small enterprises.
Sharjah has also become a major destination in the UAE for the manufacturing industries, food and beverages, furniture, electric cables, medicines, minerals and chemicals.
Made in Sharjah exhibition is part of SCCI’s marketing strategy that aims at introducing the region and the world to local production, supporting industrial establishments, introducing Sharjah’s local production to global markets, directing industrial investments towards exports and improving the competitive edge of local products.
It also aims at strengthening relations between international credit agencies and local bodies specialized in supporting exports and external trade, and enhancing relations between local exporters and international importers.
SCCI also aims at training employees of the industrial and re-export sectors on the basics of exporting at Sharjah Training and Development Center, activating government support, bringing modern industries and technology, and encouraging the establishment of new specialized industrial zones.
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