The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, or Shurooq, in collaboration with the French Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates, or FBC, held the first ever Sharjah-French Round-Table, during which both sides discussed investment opportunities existing in economic, tourism and cultural sectors in Sharjah and France.
Taking place at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the forum brought together representatives from more than 20 leading French companies, as well as 20 representatives from the Sharjah government and various leading Sharjah-based businesses, with the aim of bringing the authority and business community closer to their French counterparts, and creating synergies and opportunities of mutual benefit for both communities.
Sharjah business leaders and prominent members of the FBC discussed a number of topics, including logistics, renewable energy sources and environmental issues, travel and tourism, and healthcare.
In his inaugural speech, Shurooq chief execuive officer Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal emphasised the deep-rooted relations between the UAE and France, which are based on strong bonds of friendship and mutual respect and trust — a fact clearly manifested in the several cooperation agreements signed between both countries.
“It is therefore not a mere coincidence that the UAE is home to Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and The Louvre Abu Dhabi, among many other cultural French initiatives being implemented in the UAE. Neither is it a coincidence that the first ever French Business Council which was established in the UAE was based in Sharjah,” Al Sarkal said.
Al Sarkal noted that Shurooq aims through this business forum to bring government and private bodies in Sharjah closer to French investors and businessmen in order to familiarise the French business community with available investment opportunities in the emirate and create joint work mechanisms for the mutual benefit for both communities.
He indicated that the Sharjah-French Round-Table is just the beginning and there will be more meetings and business gatherings between both sides.
FBC president Claude Valle thanked Shurooq for its initiative of arranging this meeting as such meetings will work on future economic developments between both sides.
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