Dubai Chamber seeks quicker US visa

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry delegation attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas met Gary Locke, US Secretary of Commerce, and urged him to facilitate the quick issuance of visa for Dubai’s businessmen which will further help consolidate trade ties between the two sides.

The Dubai delegation comprising of Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber and Chairman of Electronics Business Group, Hamad Buamim, Director General, and other officials of Dubai Chamber discussed the enhancement of the trade relations between Dubai and the US in the area of IT and related industries, healthcare, food and beverages and collaborations to support the Chamber’s members from the small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).

During the high profile meeting, Secretary Locke spoke about mutual trade and welcomed investment into the US. He emphasised that the US is looking into exporting services and not only consumer goods and revealed his plans to lead a US logistics sector delegation to the UAE in mid-year.

Buamim focused on certain strategic areas of cooperation including franchising, green technology, consumer electronics and Dubai’s exhibition industry and outbound missions to potential US markets and the vibrant logistics sector which can support the hosting of major global exhibitions and events in the Emirate.

He expressed the Chamber’s willingness to host the next CES event in the Emirate as he said that Dubai’s reputation of an ideal venue for hosting international exhibitions and conferences makes it a fitting location for a gigantic global event like the Consumer Electronics Show.

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