Dubai Chamber, represented by its representative office in Mozambique, and in cooperation with the UAE-South African Business Council and “ABSA”, recently organized a virtual seminar attended by 113 participants from the UAE and South Africa to introduce economic opportunities and bilateral cooperation between the UAE and South Africa, and to enhance Dubai’s position as a gateway and global center for South African companies.
The virtual symposium aimed to introduce participants from Emirati companies to the investment and new business opportunities that exist in various sectors in South Africa, in addition to the advantages and facilities that Dubai provides as an international business center, and to shed light on the economic landscape of South Africa from different perspectives and the existing economic synergies with the UAE. .
The list of speakers at the symposium included Omar Khan, Director of External Offices at the Dubai Chamber, Imtiaz Patel, President of Multichoice, Paul Potgetter, President of the UAE South African Business Council, and Barry Bedford, Chief Operating Officer – Dubai at Mediclinic Group East Middle East, Professor Stein Heckrot, Chief Thought Officer at PCL, Melanie Fiennes, President of the Federation of South African Chambers, Yunus Hussain, Head of Investment Division at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition in South Africa, and Karim El Alami, Division Manager at Ennero. and Premission Naidoo, Head of the Middle East and Asia Region at Absa. Omar Khan stressed that South Africa is one of the markets of strategic importance to Dubai and the Dubai Chamber, noting that the Chamber is focusing its efforts on exploring business prospects in the country through its representative offices located in various parts of Africa, adding that Dubai has strengthened its position as a preferred trade center for South African companies. He revealed that Dubai’s non-oil trade with South Africa has grown significantly in recent years to exceed $4 billion in 2020.