Abu Dhabi hosts UAE-Bulgarian biz forum

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The Forum shed light on the main opportunities and trends for enhancing bilateral cooperation….reports Asian Lite News

The UAE-Bulgarian Business Forum, organised by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), concluded its activities which were held in Abu Dhabi. The Forum emphasised the importance of enhancing bilateral relations, and setting new strategic frameworks that drive economic partnerships by stimulating investment in a number of vital sectors.

The Forum was held in the presence of Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria; Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Abdullah Mohammed Al Mazrui, Chairman of ADCC; and Humaid Mohamed ben Salem, Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI).

Rumen Radev, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, said: “It is a privilege to be in a country that serves as a pillar of stability in the region. A strategic collaboration between the UAE and the Republic of Bulgaria is key for opening doors and providing opportunities for economic cooperation in different industries including energy, trade, investment, digital and green technologies, smart solutions, agriculture, defense, education, and other sectors.”

“The UAE has built a strong economy and we are keen to do more business with the country, given its strategic location, best access to the European market, stability, good relations, qualified labour force, and lack of corporate taxation,” he added.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said: “The UAE deeply values our longstanding partnership with Bulgaria, and we are encouraged by the significant progress made across political, economic and cultural areas in recent years. For example, non-oil foreign trade amounted to US$121 million in the first half of 2022, representing a 40 percent growth compared to the same period 2021, and 10 percent growth compared to 2019. Today, Bulgaria ranks as one of the UAE’s top 25 trading partners among European countries.”

“The UAE serves as Bulgaria’s second largest trading partner among GCC countries, accounting for more than 25 percent of its trade with the GCC in 2021. Economic partnerships remain a top priority within the UAE’s foreign cooperation policy. As we pursue an aggressive reform agenda to accelerate and sustain future economic growth. We are also working to expand our trade and investment cooperation with key global partners,” he added.

The Forum shed light on the main opportunities and trends for enhancing bilateral cooperation. It showcased the UAE’s prosperous business environment, which attracts foreign direct investment (FDI), as well as its sustainability and effective and flexible legislative framework in the region.

At the conclusion of the Forum, a number of officials from both countries gave presentations on key investment opportunities in the different sectors, including Fintech, Construction, Defence, Information and Communications Technology, and Manufacturing, which are the most attractive sectors for attracting FDI. In addition, a number of bilateral meetings were held between official, businessmen, and investors from both sides.

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