Wednesday 8, June 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: As part of its efforts to promote Dubai as an attractive business destination and to familiarise overseas companies with the emirate’s business environment, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently concluded its Food Import Trade Mission to Azerbaijan and Georgia highlighting the requirements and conditions of exporting foodstuffs to Dubai.

During the trade mission, Dubai Chamber organised a UAE Food Export Briefing each in the Azerbaijani capital Baku and the Georgian capital Tbilisi which were attended by 70 public and private sector representatives from the two countries.

The Briefings were addressed by Omar Khan, Director, International Offices, Dubai Chamber, H.E. Ketevan Bochorishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia, Abdalla Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission, UAE Embassy in Azerbaijan, Yusuf Abdullayev, Vice-President, Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and Amal Salem Saeed Al Bedwawi, Head of Food Studies and Risk Assessment Unit, Dubai Municipality.

Omar Khan stated that the objective of the conference was to provide a general overview of important aspects of doing business in Dubai as well as nutritional standards of food packaging and health certification guidelines to importing of agricultural products in Dubai and the UAE to the representatives of the business community and food industry in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

He further stated that on its part Dubai Chamber attaches great importance to the issue of food security and is well aware of the CIS markets’ huge potential in meeting the food requirements of the emirate and the region due to the abundance of high quality agricultural produce in these marketplaces.

The International Offices Director at Dubai Chamber also expressed the Chamber’s desire to establish partnerships with food makers in Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States, adding that Dubai will be the base for the production of processed food and the Chamber’s international office will help promote this trend.

Khan added that Dubai Chamber looks at the CIS market as a promising destination for its members which also falls in line with its strategy to explore new and upcoming international markets for them as well as other Dubai companies, in this case the Azerbaijani and Georgian companies dealing in agricultural products.

Held in cooperation with Dubai Municipality, Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Fund (AZPROMO) and Entrepreneurship Development Agency (Enterprise Georgia), this Dubai Chamber organised trade mission’s aim was to introduce Azerbaijani and Georgian companies to business opportunities in Dubai, and to attract more companies from these countries to the emirate.

The UAE delegation, which included senior representatives from leading food manufacturing and trading enterprises, visited several agribusinesses around the two capitals to familiarize themselves with manufacturing and logistical capabilities of potential partners in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Dubai Chamber’s International Office in Baku serves as a gateway for UAE investments in the CIS markets besides opening the doors for CIS companies to enter the Dubai market while highlighting the competitive advantages of making the emirate the headquarters for their business’s expansion into the region.