The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) welcomed a high-profile delegation from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), led by the President of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Richard Nagatia, accompanied by a group of Kenyan businessmen operating in the food industry among other sectors.
The delegation was received by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, in the presence of HE Nasir Musabeh Ahmed Al Tunaiji, Board member of the SCCI, HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the SCCI, and Abdul Aziz Shattaf, SCCI Assistant General Director, Members Services Sector, and Director of Sharjah Exports Development Center (SEDC).
The meeting touched on means of joint coordination to open a representation office for the Kenya National Chamber in the Emirate of Sharjah, to enhance bilateral relations and support business communities in the two friendly countries.
While welcoming the visiting delegation, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais underlined that Sharjah Chamber is keen to provide all the support for opening the Kenyan office, noting that this step would help underpin the strong relations between Sharjah and Kenya.
He pointed out that the companies operating in Sharjah could play a pivotal role in enhancing the bilateral economic cooperation by making use of the enormous opportunities for investment in Kenya, especially in the agriculture, infrastructure, and energy sectors, noting that the visits conducted by the Chamber to Nairobi over the past years aimed to maintain Sharjah's position as a gateway to Africa for regional and global markets and enhance the Emirate's presence in the emerging markets in Africa.
Richard Nagatia underscored his country’s willingness to ramp up the economic cooperation between Sharjah and Kenya and sign various business partnerships, noting that the Kenya Chamber is intending to open a representation office in Sharjah to get the most out of the lucrative opportunities for investment in the UAE and Sharjah, especially in industry, commerce, tourism sectors, logistics, and financial services.
The volume of non-oil trade exchange between the UAE and Africa amounted to $ 50 billion in 2019, while the volume of non-oil trade exchange between the UAE and Kenya reached about $ 2.7 billion during the same year.