The Board of Directors of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, lauded the directives of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah which were adopted by the Sharjah Executive Council in terms of resuming activities of the exhibitions and conferences held under the management of government authorities.
The board members also expressed their confidence in the decisions of the wise leadership and its exceptional management of the Covid-19 crisis, stressing the importance of the comeback of the exhibitions and conferences sector to drive the economy and provide a positive contribution to other relevant sectors.
This was stated during the Chamber’s 13th periodic meeting, headed by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, in the presence of HE Sheikh Majid Faisal Khalid Al Qasemi, SCCI First Vice Chairman, Waleed Abdul Rahman Bu Khatir, SCCI Second Vice Chairman, HE Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, SCCI’s Director-General, and board members.
The meeting touched on the SCCI’s most important achievements over the past months as per the approved action plan. This includes the surge in the new and renewed memberships rate and the launch of the Sadder” (export) Fund, the first of its kind fund across the Emirate Sharjah for financing export operations, as well as the outstanding success of “Sharjah Shopping Promotions”.
The meeting also commended the accreditation of Sharjah Training & Development Center as a certified training center by the Sharjah Private Education Authority and the renewal of the Integrated Management Systems Certification (ISO 9001: 2015), ISO environmental management system (ISO 14001: 2015), and the ISO Occupational Health and Safety Certification (ISO 45001: 2018) at the SCCI and its affiliated institutions.
“This year was very exceptional for the Chamber in spite of Covid-19 challenges. During this crisis, we have been keen to combine efforts and move forward steadily toward enhancing Sharjah’s economic status to the highest levels,” said Abdullah Sultan Al Owais.
He added: “What has been achieved during this crisis, especially the hike in membership rates, reflects the remarkable business environment in Sharjah, thanks to the wise visions and directives of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah who has provided unlimited support and care for the SCCI, enabling it to fulfill its mission and serve the interests of the business community and private sector.”
Al Owais called for continuing efforts to provide Sharjah’s business community with the necessary support, as well as developing the Chamber’s digital system to guarantee the smooth functioning of businesses, exploring innovative initiatives to bolster the private sector, and increasing the incentives to support the business community in the current circumstances.
Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi highlighted what has been achieved during the past months, such as the expansions of Expo Al Dhaid due to its role in fostering the commercial traffic in the central region and the role of the SCCI’s sectoral business groups in following up closely on the conditions of various economic sectors.
He also shed light on the work progress in the investment ventures carried out by the SCCI to pave the way for a stimulating business environment, including the infrastructure development project for the 10th industrial zone which aims to reconstruct the whole area and to provide the best services for the individuals.