SCCI and Costa Rica discuss boosting bilateral relations

SHARJAH, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, and the Republic of Costa Rica have discussed means to boost bilateral relations in trade, commerce and industry.

This came during a meeting between Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, and his accompanying delegation, with the top hierarchy of the SCCI.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of Department of Statistics and Community Development, DSCD, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Vice President of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, Sheikh Majid bin Faisal Al Qasimi, First Deputy Chairman of SCCI, senior government officials in Sharjah, and Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri Director-General of SCCI, in addition to a number of senior officials in the Chamber.

The meeting saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between SCCI and the Costa Rican National Agency for Export Promotion, PROCOMER, to boost cooperation, and commercial relations. Al Owais and Alexander Mora Delgado, Chairman of PROCOMER, signed the MoU.

Al Owais welcomed President Rivera and his delegation, hailing the visit which is the first of its kind by a head of state from Latin America to the chamber. “SCCI is proud to receive the Costa Rican President, a man of rich culture, a historian, an academic professor, and the kind of character who cares about education, culture, history and heritage, who has contributed significantly to his country’s economic prosperity and development,” he said.

Al Owais added, “It is my pleasure to convey the gratitude of the leadership of the Emirate of Sharjah and SCCI family. You have been known for recognising H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The Costa Rican president’s visit to Sharjah stems from his impression of his highness’s academic and cultural reputation, in addition to his willingness to develop frameworks of cooperation between Sharjah and Costa Rica.”

The Costa Rican president expressed his country’s sincere keenness to strengthen bilateral relations with the UAE in general, and the Emirate of Sharjah specifically, highlighting the successful economic vision and the prestigious cultural reputation of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

He indicated that the Costa Rican delegation’s visit to SCCI aims at giving the business community in the emirate an idea about business and available investment opportunities in Costa Rica and consolidating relations between the business communities in both countries.

The president talked about the features of the Costa Rican economy and the nature of his country’s foreign trade activities, hoping this visit will contribute in consolidating relations and exchange of investments between the two friendly nations.

Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director-General of SCCI, said, “Such historical meetings will establish a new and fruitful phase in economic, commercial and investment relations between Sharjah and Costa Rica, and open the door for businessmen and organisations, in both countries, to have a closer look at the business environment and mutual available cooperation and investment opportunities.”

The MoU between SCCI and PROCOMER stipulates coordination between the parties in exchanging published material and information on a continuous basis, toward economic activities and trade development, including international trade exhibitions taking place in Sharjah, boosting economic cooperation, bilateral trade and consolidating support services for visiting delegations, and so paving the way for successful results for commercial projects.

The MoU calls for Emirati companies to participate annually in Costa Rica’s economic forums, and also welcoming Costa Rican commercial companies which are involved in Business Technology Management, BTM, for buyers to participate in specialised and general exhibitions that are organised by the SCCI.

This is in addition to coordinating with the concerned authorities and agencies for forums and conferences to exchange information, and best practices in commercial activities for developing trade and investment between the parties.

Source: Emirates News Agency