Dubai – MENA Herald: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has finalised preparations for its trade mission to South Africa and Mozambique from May 2 to 6 as part of its strategy to reach out to the promising markets of the world, especially the African markets and to promote Dubai and the competitiveness of its business community.

The Dubai Chamber delegation, which includes over 20 senior representatives of the private sector, will hold public sector roundtable discussions and private sector focus group entitled: Africa – Bridging the Gap and a Chamber to Chamber dialogue in the presence of leading business and government leaders from South Africa and Mozambique as well as field visits in both the countries.

Led by H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber, the delegation includes H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, H.E. Essa Abdulla Al Ghurair, Chairman, Essa Al-Ghurair Investments L.L.C, Abdullah Sharafi, President, Gerab National Enterprises, Ali Al Fardan, Managing Director, Al Fardan Group of Companies, Mohammad Al Suwaidi, SVP, Business & Government Relations, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chairman, EduHub, Rassem N. Zok, CEO, Middle East and North Africa, The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, (Dubai Branch) and Rob Hersov, Founder & Chairman, Invest Africa.

H.E Hamad Buamim said that the Dubai Chamber trade mission to the southern African region reflects on the organisation’s commitment to explore new markets for the emirate’s business community despite the global economic slowdown as challenges create opportunities and the Chamber is committed to support global expansion of its members, especially in the emerging markets of the world.

He also said that the trade mission has an interesting line-up of meetings between the public and private sector representatives from the two countries as well as constructive dialogues on grabbing opportunities while confronting mutual challenges. These meetings with African investors will lead to short and medium-term partnerships and joint cooperation ventures as the future of business and investment is largely based in the African continent.

The President and CEO of Dubai Chamber said: “In line with our strategy of reaching out to the African continent, we launched the Africa Global Business Forum which concluded its third successful session last year and we are now preparing for its fourth session next year while pursuing our approach to reinforce Dubai’s position as a gateway for global investments to and from Africa. This trade mission today is part of these efforts, which also include the opening of international offices in the continent and the organisation of the next edition of the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai.”