The roundtable will be attended by Tang Weibin, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China and government representatives from both Sharjah and China, as well as members of the Chinese Business Council and local Chinese businesspeople in the U.A.E..
Presentations laying out Sharjah’s appeal as an investment destination will be given by bodies representing key sectors and regions. As well as the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, authorities include the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, SCTDA, the Hamriya Free Zone Authority, Bee’ah – Sharjah Environment Company, and Sharjah Healthcare City. A Q and A session and networking lunch will end proceedings.
Speaking ahead of the event, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, said, “This roundtable offers a tremendous opportunity to explore new avenues to expand the burgeoning relationship between Sharjah and China. As well as having the second largest economy on the global stage, China’s outbound investment has surged to record levels and made the country the world’s third largest investor. We are delighted to enjoy a long and warm friendship, with many mutually beneficial initiatives. Our objectives for this event are to reinforce these existing business ties while nurturing new ones.” There have been rapid increases in bilateral trade between China and Sharjah in recent years. The value of total trade exchanges – encompassing imports, exports and re-exports – jumped more than 18 percent between 2010 and 2012, from AED 3.3bn to more than AED 3.9bn. That equates to a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent. In particular, products related to petroleum – including drilling equipment and petrochemical products – generated high value.
More widely, trade between the U.A.E. and China has flourished over the last decade, multiplying many times over. This momentum shows no sign of letting up: in the first half of 2013, imports and exports combined jumped almost 14 per=cent to AED 78.6bn, after registering close to 40 percent year-on-year growth over 2012. There are more than 4,000 Chinese companies currently operating in the U.A.E..