Major Chinese presence at Annual Investment Meeting from 11 – 13 April

HE Al Mansoori: “The UAE plays instrumental role in the Silk Road Initiative”

Dawood Al Shezawi: “AIM will highlight Silk Road Economic Belt, and open UAE-China talks on how to utilize Silk Road Initiative”

UAE serves as gateway to 60% of China’s merchandise exports to regional markets

4000 companies, 249 trading agency, and 5451 Chinese brands registered by the UAE Ministry of Economy

Dubai, UAE, 13 March 2016: HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy confirms the strong UAE-China trade and economic relations. He elaborated that the UAE and China enjoy strong trade partnership, a result of a long and deep-rooted relationships between the two countries. He added that China is the second largest trading partner of the UAE, while the UAE is considered a gateway to about 60% of China’s merchandise exports to the regional markets.

This statement comes in connection with the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), an event which serves as a platform to feature the most prominent investment opportunities. HE expressed hope to see wider Chinese participation, following distinctive presence in the previous years, especially in light of China’s renowned global position in attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs). The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report reveals that China became the largest recipient of FDI in 2014, followed by Hong Kong and the United States of America. In 2014, China and Hong Kong recorded USD 232 billion, accounting for close to a fifth of global investment flows, and accounted for close to 50% of total world investment flows to Asia. This data suggests that China’s investment flows in 2014 came as a result of investment in the service sector, which reflects the remarkable progress of China in this area.

HE Al Mansoori continued that the non-oil trade volume between the two countries in 2014 surpassed USD 46 billion (equals to about AED 170 billion), registering a growth in bilateral trade relations of direct trade in 2014 of 28% compared to 2013. The total value of non-oil foreign trade during the first half 2015 was AED 88.6 billion (USD 24.1 billion).

Today, the UAE is home to nearly 300,000 Chinese citizens for living and working purposes, along with more than 4000 companies, 249 trading agency, and 5451 Chinese brands registered by the UAE Ministry of Economy.

HE Al Mansoori added that these figures are projected for further growth as there are many opportunities that pose a wider joint cooperation between the two countries, especially through the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and ‘Maritime Silk Road’ initiatives launched by China recently, which represent additional support to the international collaboration between the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa, across more than 60 countries.

HE Al Mansoori said the UAE has become a hub in the Middle East and an ideal channel that links the east with the west. This is attributed to several reasons including the political and security stability as well as a the world-class infrastructure and legislations that support the business climate in the country. The UAE also has 34 tax-free diverse disciplines free zones, to consolidate its position as an advanced destination investment not only in the region but across the world.

He continued that in light of the well-developed infrastructure and legislative and sophisticated business environment, as well as openness to about 220 markets around the world, the UAE is eligible to play a dominant added-value role in the Silk Road Initiative. He pointed out that there is an open discussion between the UAE and China about the possibility of enhancing opportunities to take advantage of this constructive initiative. Moreover, he said the UAE has shown eagerness in this ambitious initiative by joining, as a founding member, to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

HE Al Mansoori said the increase in the number of direct flights between the two countries is another factor promoting trade, tourism and business relations, pointing out that last year saw an intensive exchange of visits by senior delegations between the two countries at the governmental and private levels.

From his end, Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM Organising Committee confirms the strong UAE-China relations, saying there is significant Chinese participation in AIM 2016, which will discuss the Silk Road Initiative.

This project would bring significant development to more than 60 countries of the world’s economies which makes up 63% of the world’s population, and reflects positively on the global economy. Al Shezawi predicted that the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ will have positive impact on some 4.4 billion people of the world initiative, to see trade of USD 10 trillion in the next five years. China alone will support the initiative by USD 500 billion.

Al Shezawi added that 6th AIM will showcase promising investment opportunities in ‘Guangdong’ province of China, which is one of the largest administrative districts in China, with economic income of 7% of the total income of China. It will also showcase Guangzhou city which is located in the South China and the capital of ‘Kongdng’ province. Guangzhou is one of the most dynamic commercial and tourist destinations in China and some call it ‘the city of wholesale’ where almost all Chinese goods are being sold there. Guangdong and Guangzhou two will take part also in the coinciding exhibition to showcase their products and services.

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