July 02, 2019: Dubai South has made its latest move to strengthen trade relations with leading business and trade organisations based in Shanghai, in support to UAE's leading efforts to promote the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), a global infrastructure development led by the Chinese Government. Two separate memorandum of understandings (MoU) were signed with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai (CCPIT) and China Chamber of International Commerce Shanghai (CCOIC) at the Dubai South headquarters.

Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of the Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South signed the agreements while Yu Chen, vice chairman of CCPIT and CCOIC Shanghai signed on behalf of the organisations. The MoUs were designed to boost economic relations between Dubai and China aimed at increasing engagement in the multibillion-dollar project.

Both Chinese trade associations seek to further strengthen and promote economic and trade relations between Dubai and Shanghai through continued engagement aimed towards creating and adopting business opportunities across related enterprises. As part of the agreement, both parties agree to host and organise exchange visits for trade missions and project study groups for various economic and trade sectors and offer potential key services.

From its part, Dubai South will host various investment and business delegations from China who will be visiting the UAE to explore business opportunities focused on industries such as e-commerce, logistics, supply chain , and trading. Dubai South is also expected to offer key support to Chinese companies and guide them through the process of setting up their businesses via a diverse range of business solutions. The agreement further explores the opportunity for CCOIC Shanghai to establish an official Dubai office to serve Chinese businesses operating in the GCC market and the region.

Al Zaffin said, "China continues to enhance its trade and diplomatic ties in the GCC, especially in the UAE considering it is the fifth largest source market for the country. Out of 5,000 Chinese companies in the UAE, 4,000 of them are based in Dubai alone, which represents the strong market ties between Dubai and leading Chinese markets. The set of new agreements aim to promote cooperation initiatives between Dubai and Shanghai and expand investment options for key companies from both cities."

Zhang Jianwei, vice chairman of CCOIC Shanghai and chairman of Royal Belt DWC, a company based in Dubai South expressed the organisation's commitment to the agreement. He commented, "We are looking forward to realise the agreements, including the establishment of a representative office of CCOIC Shanghai in Dubai South, and bilaterally promote economic and trade exchanges. These efforts will support our members and other enterprises in Shanghai seeking to invest and develop their businesses in Dubai."

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