UAE and Greece to strengthen economic and investment ties

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Top officials during the participation of 11th Arab-Hellenic Economic Forum in Athens.

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has wrapped up two days of participation in the 11th Arab-Hellenic Economic Forum, which was organised by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber in cooperation with the Union of Arab Chambers in Athens on October 25th-26th.

The chamber’s delegation, led by Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI, also took part in the fourth “Meet the Arab Ambassadors” Roundtable Discussion, which was held on the sidelines of the forum.

In his capacity as Vice President of the UAE Chambers, Al Owais delivered a speech in the forum, shedding light on the Gulf-Greek relations, which are remarkably growing and prospering in all fields and serve the two parties’ common interests, as well as economic, commercial, and investment cooperation.

Al Owais spoke highly of the solid Emirati-Greek relations and the growing economic partnerships in many areas.

Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the trade exchange between the UAE and Greece over the past two years increased significantly by 17 per cent, and the value of non-oil trade in 2021 alone amounted to about Dhs2.1 billion, Al Owais said.

He added, “By the end of 2019, Greece’s investments in the UAE amounted to over Dhs341 million, 50 per cent of which were in the real estate sector, 23 per cent in transportation and storage, 20 per cent in building and construction, and.04 per cent in information and telecom.”

According to the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre’s data, the total direct joint investments between the UAE and Greece by the end of 2020 amounted to about Dhs1.4 billion, with over Dhs931 million of which were Emirati investments in Greece, while Dhs468 million of which were foreign direct investments from Greece in the UAE.

Compared to around Dhs217 million in 2011, Al Owais added that the entire amount of foreign direct investment from Greece to the UAE has significantly grown by 116 per cent by the end of 2020, reaching Dhs468 million.

He noted that Greek investments in the UAE had covered six sectors, including real estate, transportation and storage, building and construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and other activities.

“Exports from Greece to the UAE totaled $266 million in 2020, an increase of 7.8 per cent annually, while exports from the UAE to Greece amounted to $95.2 million, an annual growth of 13.3 per cent,” he elaborated. Al Owais continued, “The economic relations between the UAE and Greece have taken a considerable step forward in the past few years, with a series of agreements and memorandums of understanding inked by various authorities in the two countries. These MoUs and agreements covered different areas, from investment to renewable energy, health, industry, sophisticated technology, and other crucial sectors of significance to both nations.

WAM

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