The event was hosted by the three Italian associations in the United Arab Emirates: Italian Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates, Italian Business Group Abu Dhabi and the Italian Industry & Commercial Office in the UAE of Sharjah under the patronage of the Italian Embassy to the UAE.
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qassimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade – awarded this March by the Italian President of the Republic, H.E. Giorgio Napolitano “Grand Official” of the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity of the Italian Republic for the precious contribution to the enhancement of the relations between the UAE and Italy – was special guest speaker of the event.
H.E. Paolo Dionisi the Italian Ambassador to UAE addressed also a welcome speech to the attendants. Omar Hijazi, CEO of Tejari, the leading online B2B marketplace for emerging markets, informed about the opening of a new office in Milan.
Ottavia Molinari, President of the Italian Business Council – Dubai & Northern Emirates said:
“Our joint invitation has been overwhelmed by the warm reception and encouragement received from individuals and companies as well UAE and Italian government institutions invited to attend our first gathering. Today is an historical day of celebration for the Italian entrepreneurial spirit in the United Arab Emirates. United Arab Emirates and Italy enjoy a warm historical relationship that goes back over the last 37 years. United Arab Emirates’ rapid economic expansion as well growing regional and international influence along with its political stability becomes more and more a pivot reference point for the Italian economical sectors and investments. The trade & industry facts speak for themselves. As much as the UAE economy has been growing, the Italian entrepreneurs’ presences and business has grown proportionally. So we express gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for these opportunities so given and so taken. A lot of progress has been made but we believe potentials are still remarkable between our Countries.”
“Special thought and thanks go to the new and more to the old presence of Italian pioneers’ entrepreneurs that believed in this Country and made the foundations of our business community. The establishment and operations of our 3 Associations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah here unified for the first time in a joint social event, facilitate the relations for our businessmen and professionals to better integrate within the local and international business community by sharing contacts and vital information.”
“Looking more broadly at building our relationship, we need to further enhance the breadth and intensity of our interaction with UAE. This involves both government and non-government sectors. Our Councils’ strength is not only attributed to the active support of its members but also to the invaluable encouragement and level of cooperation and support received from the Chambers of Commerce and Industry – under which we born and under which umbrella we operate to build close relationship and communication channel with the local and international business community – as well as from the Italian and UAE governments’ economic-institutions. ”
“Today, we are honored by the high presence of H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qassimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade along with many others UAE governmental dignitaries that confirm our good relationship. The high attendance of guests is a clear example that provides ample evidence of the close personal and professional linkages that our business people already enjoy in this Country. ”
“Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi in 2004 became the first woman in the country’s history to assume a cabinet position appointed Minister of Economy. Sheikha Lubna previously was also the Chief Executive Officer of Tejari. Among the many International Awards, H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been awarded in March 2008 by the Italian President of the Republic, H.E. Giorgio Napolitano “Grand Official” of the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity of the Italian Republic for the precious contribution to the enhancement of the relations between the UAE and Italy, with particular regard to the economic and trade sectors becoming a Great Friend of Italy to which she has been dedicating an outstanding support at the highest possible level.”
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