UAE to Open Trade Office in India

ABU DHABI - The UAE will open a trade office in India soon, Minister of Foreign Trade, Shaikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, said at the Federal National Council (FNC) session on Tuesday.



By Adel Arafa

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2009, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:32 AM

The office is designed to open more global markets to the UAE exports, similar to those the country has set up in the US, China and Switzerland, she said in reply to a question of Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, member of the FNC, on the procedures the Ministry of Foreign Trade has made to encourage the opening of international markets to domestic products.

The Ministry is keen on opening markets in the world for local products as it held 125 meetings with officials abroad, Shaikha Lubna said, noting that, the chambers of commerce and industry in the country took part in these meetings as well as medium and small establishments.

She cited an example of the UAE delegation to Malaysia recently, which included representatives of 71 companies.

These participations are part of the keen interest of the ministry in clearing the hurdles which hamper the expansion of UAE exports reaching countries, she said, adding that, the international rating of 2009 ranked UAE in 33rd position instead of 44 in terms of the presence of UAE exports in global markets.

“The UAE is looking forward to expansion in global markets, especially in technological industries,” she said.

In comments to the Shaikha Lubna’s reply, Suwaidi called for the setting up of an independent authority for promoting UAE’s non-oil exports.

Education

Meanwhile Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, UAE Minister of Education, and chairman of Human Resources Authority said, “The Ministry will coordinate with the higher education section to examine the possibility of standardising university and school vacation.

Qattami was replying to a question of Maisaa Rashid Ghidiyyir, member of the FNC.

Maisaa said in her question that the academic years 2007, 20078 and 2009 had seen difference in the time of vacations between schools and universities, especially the mid-year holiday.

She said, “When the school vacation commences after the end of exams, the university exams begin.”

This according to her caused confusion for many parents.

The Minister said the government is keen to ensure the progress of the education process.

Road Works

UAE Minister of Public Works, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said, “The Ministry is coordinating with the departments of planning and municipalities in Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaima to pave a special road for trucks, to serve the Northern Emirates in general. All trucks coming from the central zone and Fujairah as well as Ras Al khaima will be diverted to take the new road.”

This came as reply to a question by Khalifa bin Hwaidin, member of the House saying, “It was noticed that heavy trucks taking the road junctions in Thoban, Al Seeji and Seeh Al Mahab in Fujairah and Sharjah caused many accidents and damages. So, what is the plan of the ministry in improving these road junctions, and construction of flyovers?”

The minister said his Ministry is working at present with the concerned municipalities to upgrade the existing roads.

adel@khaleejtimes.com


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