Thu 22-02-2018 16:42 PM
DUBAI, 22nd February, 2018 (WAM) — Dubai Exports has met with three international delegations – from New Zealand, Australia and Vietnam – at Gulfood 2018. The meeting is part of Dubai Export’s efforts to introduce international buyers and manufacturers to the advantages of Dubai as a source market as well as a re-export hub to serve markets across the Middle East and North Africa.
The prime focus of the meetings was on reinforcing the Islamic economy advantage of Dubai and expanding cooperation on developing the halal industry through providing competitive Islamic finance options and promoting the hub-to-hub concept for halal exports and re-exports through the emirate.
The New Zealand delegation was headed by the country’s Ambassador to the UAE, Jeremy Clarke-Watson, and included a number of local companies. The Australian delegation was led by Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry for New South Wales while the Vietnamese delegation was headed by the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE, Trinh Vinh Quang. The Vietnamese delegation also included a number of food and beverage companies participating in Gulfood 2018, including the Hapro Corporation.
“Dubai Exports plays a pivotal role in supporting exporters locally and internationally. Meeting with international trade delegations is part of our efforts to address international companies and encourage them to establish their presence in Dubai for re-exporting to the Middle East and North Africa. It also allows us to review the capabilities available locally in Dubai and the UAE to enhance foreign trade,” said Saed Al Awadi, CEO of Dubai Exports.
Al Awadi added that the importance of Dubai’s Islamic economy capital initiative in promoting the halal sector was highlighted in the meetings with the three delegations. “We are exploring new opportunities for halal across consumer markets worldwide. During our meeting with the three visiting delegations, we discussed the growing global attention on halal and rising consumption as well as the possibilities of future export integration with importers interested to source from the UAE.”