Lunch-Conference with HEM Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, Ambassador of the UAE in Brussels

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Ambassador Abushahab United Arab Emirates

We have chosen 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' as the overarching theme of the World Expo which Dubai will host in 2020… Through that theme, Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform to foster creativity, collaboration and ideas on a global scale.
HEM Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, Ambassador of the UAE in Brussels

On the occasion of its Board meeting and Assembly General, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce found it opportune to organize a Lunch-conference on "Opportunity and Investment: Deepening the UAE's Economic Partnerships".

And who better than the Ambassador of the UAE himself, His Excellency Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, could give us a more valuable insight on the matter?

During his presentation, Ambassador Abushahab explained that “enabling business to thrive is a key motivator in the UAE”. Adding that the UAE stable and strong economic context is characterized by flexibility and diversity, and that they are constantly reforming their commercial legislative landscape to ensure it is at the forefront of global institutional excellence.

HE Abushahab underlined the fact that The UAE is ranked 21st globally by the World Bank for ease of doing business, and 17th in terms of global competitiveness. Recalling that the UAE is unparalleled in terms of its regional and global connectivity. “We are a leader in the global logistics index, excelling in international shipments, customs, infrastructure, and timeliness.”

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He then continued his analysis by giving the audience further insights on UAE's Vision 2021 and Expo 2020.

He also drew attention to the fact that EXPO 2020, for which more than 170 countries have confirmed their participation, will act as a unique gateway to the Middle East, also targeting vital markets in Africa and South Asia.

This event was also a great occasion for the participants to meet face-to-face with His Excellency Abushahab and to expand their network as it gathered together distinguished guests from the Arab world (such as the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers), Arab Ambassadors, Belgian Agencies for foreign trade, Representatives from the Belgian and Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and Belgian and Luxembourg Enterprises.

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Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers

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Dr. Khaled HANAFI UNION OF ARAB CHAMBERS

This week, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce has had the honour to welcome Dr. Khaled HANAFI, new Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers.

Mr. Hanafi, who took part to the Board meeting of the ABLCC and to the subsequent Lunch-conference with the Ambassador of the UAE as Guest of Honour, stressed the need to bring about a change in the relations between Arab countries and the EU: the EU could be considered a major partner of the Arab Region.

In this sense, Dr. Hanafi took advantage of his visit to Belgium to meet with Mr. Michael A. KÖHLER, Director Neighbourhood, Directorate -General for Development Cooperation at the European Commission.

He also explained that one should not simply consider the access to the number of citizens in the Arab Region but also and more importantly the access to more than 2 billion citizens based on trade agreements.

Last but not least, Dr. Hanafi underscored the need to shift from traditional trade and investments to strategic economic partnerships.

Wallonia Export Days / Exportbeurs

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The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce is proud to have taken part to the Wallonia Export days organized by AWEX as well as to the Exportbeurs organized by Flanders Investment & Trade.

We are proud to put our 40-year expertise in doing business with Arab countries at your service!

If you did not get the chance to meet us during the Wallonia Export days or the Exportbeurs, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

تطور العلاقات العربية الأوروبية بين الطموح والتردد

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العلاقات بين العالم العربي والاتحاد الأوروبي علاقات تجارية وثقافية وسياسية واقتصادية تمتد جذورها في عمق التاريخ كونهما جاران متلاصقان يقعان على ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط الذي يفصل بينهما ويجمعهما في آن واحد، وقد مرا عبر الزمن بفترات ازدهرت فيها العلاقات والمبادلات بينهما كما مرا بفترات صعبة إذا ما صح التعبير.

وبما أن الطرفان يرتبطان بمجموعة واسعة من المصالح المشتركة فمن البديهي أن تعزيز العلاقات بينهما في جميع المجالات هو مسألة ذات أولوية لكل من الاتحاد الأوروبي والعالم العربي. ومن المعروف أن العالم العربي يمد أوروبا بموارد الطاقة، بينما تقوم أوروبا بدور هام في تلبية الاحتياجات العربية للمشاريع التنموية ومن مختلف السلع المستوردة.

أداء الاقتصاد البلجيكي والتوقعات لعام 2018

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Belgian Economy 2018

لمحة عن الاقتصاد العالمي

توقع صندوق النقد الدولي في شهر تموز/يوليو ان يتعزز الاقتصاد العالمي وأن تبلغ نسبة نموه 3.5٪ عام 2017 و3.6٪ عام 2018، غير أنه سيتباطأ في ذات الوقت في الولايات المتحدة حيث تراجعت التوقعات لعامي 2017 و2018 من 2.3٪ و2.5٪ على التوالي إلى 2.1٪ خلال السنتين المعنيتين. أما فيما يتعلق بالصين، فقد تم تعديل التوقعات قليلا إلى 6.7٪ (أي بزيادة 0.1) هذا العام و6.4٪ (بزيادة 0.2) عام 2018 بفضل تحقيق مستوى نشاط اقتصادي أقوى من المتوقع في الربع الأول من العام ونتيجة الإجراءات والإصلاحات اقتصادية.

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