During the recent East Africa and Dubai Agribusiness Roundtable meeting, representatives from the East African Community (EAC) joined Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Ethiopian International Office to discuss opportunities for cooperation and investment.
In attendance at the meeting were Abdul Razak Mohammed Hadi, UAE Ambassador to Kenya, and representatives of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, the Private Sector Federation Rwanda and the Chambers of Burundi, Tanzania Zanzibar and Uganda.
The roundtable focused on the agribusiness industry, an industry of the utmost importance to the UAE, which imports 85 percent of its food from overseas markets.
“The UAE is fully committed to increasing trade and economic development in the region and we have done this by offering excellent logistical and export/import free zones while helping African companies to carry out their trading activities with global traders through the country,” Hadi said.
Omar Khan, director of the international offices of Dubai Chamber, was also in attendance and talked about the importance of the African continent as a strategic partner for Dubai’s business community. The chamber will open international offices in the continent to support private sector growth.